CSA Week Ten

Look below!  Do you see that? There are peppers in this weeks CSA share! Woo Hoo! Plus I was introduced to a new type of squash this week, Tromboncino Squash. It is long, skinny with a fun shape. It tastes, well like squash, but does have a sweet flavor that almost has a mild buttery flavor. These purple beans have been fun cooking with and if you have kids I am sure they would love the magic of these beans. When they cook, they turn green. So imagine blowing your kids away as you put them in the oven purple and then they come out green. Even I thought that was fun!

 

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Week Ten Share: Rainbow Chard, Tromboncino Squash, Sweet Peppers, Banana Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, Garlic, Fennel, Cucumber, Purple Beans

 

CSA Week Nine

 

Hip Hip Hooray!!! I am so excited to start seeing some of the summer produce appear in our CSA. Don’t get my wrong, I love my greens, but zucchini and beans and carrots oh my! I can’t wait to start cooking! Since I am gluten-free and cannot eat pasta, I love me some Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) and cannot wait to share that recipe with you!

 

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Week Nine Share: Fennel, 2 Kinds of Kale, Carrots, Lettuce, Cucumber, Squash & Zucchine, Cabbage, Purple Beans, Lemon Basil & Mint

 

Does anyone have any suggestions for Fennel?  I am stumped on what to do with it other than use it to tickle my husband’s toes lol. It is perfect for that 🙂

Kohlrabi Krisps

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Oh I have been so excited to post this recipe! Kohlrabi is this funky root that I received in my CSA Share and I had no idea what this alien looking root was all about. So I did some thinking and came up with these Kohlrabi Krisps. An awesome thing about Kohlrabi is that it lasts a long time in your fridge. I went on vacation for 2 weeks and when I returned, these were still perfectly firm and ready to be eaten. I heard you could bake or fry these like potato chips and I knew I had to try it since I am a sucker for a good homemade potato chip. Plus these are much healthier and make a great snack!

 

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One of my favorite things about the CSA is getting to try new fruits and vegetables that you can’t find at your typical grocery store. Kohlrabi is one of those things, and to be honest if I saw this is the grocery store I would have no idea what it was or how to eat it. So this my friends is a delicious way to eat this funky root…

Start by cutting off the extra “limbs” to this root and peel it with a vegetable peeler.

 

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Slice thinly or use the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer: Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Best Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals if you have one to make your “krisps”.

 

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Put coconut oil in pan and heat on medium-high heat and then add the kohlrabi. I did these in sections so I could flip them. If you put them all in the pan at once, you might steam them and loose the crunchyness (the best part). You could also bake these in the oven if you toss them with oil and then bake, but I wanted a crispy chip so I decided to “fry” them on the stove.

 

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By the way, I love this coconut oil, Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce and I order it through Amazon every other month on subscribe and save. This is a really good price and lasts us about 2-3 months.

 

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Cook over medium-high heat and flip once the bottom side is golden brown and do the same to the other side.

 

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Remove from heat and put on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil. While they are still glistening, sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder. You could also add whatever seasoning you’d like. Steve, being from Maryland and all suggested Old Bay. Shocker! (He puts old bay on everything…seriously everything!)

 

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Don’t these look delicious? Yum, they were so good! I dipped them in ketchup, but they were also yummy plain!

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Kohlrabi – 4 peeled and sliced

 

Other Ingredients:

2-3 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

Garlic Powder to Taste

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Peel kohlrabi
  2. Slice into thin pieces
  3. Add coconut oil to pan and heat to medium-high heat
  4. Add kohlrabi into single layer in pan
  5. Cook until golden brown and then flip and cook the other side until golden brown
  6. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder

For more recipes from our week five CSA share, click HERE.

For more recipes, click HERE.



CSA Week Six…Seven…Eight

Vacations are nice, everyone needs a little time away every now and again. Time to refresh, recharge, and relax. We just got back from a 2 week vacation, road tripping it from Kentucky to Asheville, on to Hilton Head, Cocoa Beach, Atlanta and then back to my old Kentucky home. We enjoyed visiting with family, tasting new beer, eating fresh seafood, and surfing. And in case you were wondering we didn’t see any sharks in the ocean, so that is always a plus. Oh well now it is back to reality…

Here is the week 6 CSA share that I received before vacation. I was excited for more Kohlrabi, click the recipe below to see what I did with this funky root. (You will love it, it was so yummy….think potato chips). Weeks 7 and 8 I didn’t get a picture of since I let my parents pick up and enjoy all the fresh produce since we were on vacation. I enjoyed the texts I received from my mom all week wondering what to do with all the deliciousness.

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Week Six Share: Collards, Scallions & Garlic Scapes, Beets, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Snow Peas, Microgreens

CSA Week Five

Week Five brought some exciting new things this week in our CSA Share. I was excited to have some sour cherries to snack on, and boy were they tart. Made my face pucker like a baby eating a lemon. The other thing you might see below that looks a little “funky” is the Kohlrabi. Prior to this week I had never heard of Kohlrabi and when I saw this alien looking vegetable I thought it was going to open up and eat me alive like the piranha plants from Super Mario Brothers. But luckily it didn’t and proved to be a tasty root.

 

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Week Five Share: Sour Cherries, Rainbow Chard, Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi, Baby Turnips & Radishes, Lettuce, & Collards

 

Click below for recipes:

Kohlrabi Krisps

CSA Week Four

Week Four CSA Share

This week was a funny one. You know kale can look an awful lot like mustard greens. But just because they look similar, definitely doesn’t mean they taste similar and we found that out the hard way. Steve makes us green smoothies every morning, usually with spinach or kale. This week, we received what we thought was kale and threw it in the shakes. As I was driving to work the shake tasted pretty gross, but it was making my throat burn and I thought I was having an allergic reaction. I called Steve and he said his was “hot” too and we both determined that whatever it was we put in our shakes that morning it was not kale. A little research later and we determined it was mustard greens. So some words of wisdom…know your greens lol.

 

We’ve been traveling a lot lately so we are quickly throwing together everything here and there for meals and using our share up each week.

 

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Week Four Share:  Asparagus, Boc Choy, Lettuce, Baby Turnips, Baby Radishes, Garlic Scapes, Snow Peas, Mustard Greens

CSA Week Three

What is worse than being sick? Being sick and traveling. This week has been tough, but I still have time to use up some of these gorgeous greens you see below.  Part of the fun part of a CSA is the S.  Yes we get our weekly share each week from the community garden, but we also get to share our food with friends and family and I love that part. I left the beets down in Georgia for my brother to enjoy. We used the kale up in our daily green smoothies and I can’t wait to make a delicious salad this week with that lettuce.

 

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Week Three Share: Asparagus, Microgreens, Lettuce, Baby Turnips, Baby Radishes, Baby Beets, Scallions, Snow Peas, Kale

 

Click below for recipes:

Juiciest Tastiest Best Burger Ever

CSA Week Two

Yay, we successfully made it through week one without wasting anything!  We have some scallions left, but other than that we used every vegetable from the root to its leaves. With a CSA you will find that you will receive what is in season, which means we have received lots of spinach, kale, and lettuce, so we have made some amazing salads and shakes over the past couple weeks.

 

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Week Two Share: Peas, Spinach, Scallions and Green Garlic, Baby Turnips, Baby Radishes, Lettuce, Pac Choy, Mustard Greens, Kale, Asparagus, Microgreens

 

Doesn’t that all look yummy!

Click below for recipes:

Shrimp & Veggie Stir-Fry

Roasted Turnip Quinoa

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Dinner ahhh dinner, the highlight of my evening…that is only if I plan ahead. I am a big planner and organizer so if I don’t plan meals for the entire week it is usually a Chipotle night. Yum, love me a burrito bowl. Anyway…I didn’t do a good job of planning this week with our schedules, so as I went to make dinner tonight, I stared into my fridge full of these “green” things that we just got last night in our first CSA share and my mind starts creating a plan or an idea for hopefully a delicious meal. To be honest, I totally pulled this one out of my butt and it turned out fabulous. Not only did I learn to cook with some of these things, but I also learned that I loved the taste of new veggies and so did the husby which is always a plus!

 

I started with what I was going to use from the weekly CSA share. Peas, baby turnips, turnip greens, scallions, and microgreens.

 

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Now what else do I have in my fridge? Mushrooms, garlic and onion…perfect! I went to my pantry and got out the olive oil and quinoa and we were in business.

 

I added 2 tablespoons of olive oil to my cast iron skillet and let that heat up a bit before adding my minced garlic and chopped onions. After about 3 minutes I added the chopped mushrooms and peas and sautéed that for another 3-5 minutes. This allows the peas to still have a delicious crunch to them.

 

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While that was cooking I was roasting the baby turnips in the oven on 350° and chopped up the turnip greens. Gave them a quick rinse and then threw them in the cast iron pan with the rest of the veggies and sautéed for another 3-5 minutes.

 

After my quinoa was done, and turnips were roasted it was ready to plate. I put a little quinoa down first, added my veggie mixture and some roasted turnips. Then I topped it with some scallions and some microgreens and we were ready to eat! Delish!

 

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The combinations of flavors was delicious, I almost forgot that I was eating healthy. And look there is a turnip in the shape of heart. How cute?

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Baby turnips and their greens

Scallions – chopped

Peas

Microgreens

 

Other Ingredients:

Olive oil – 2-3 Tbsp

Mushrooms – 5-6 chopped

Yellow Onion – 1/3 chopped

Garlic Cloves – 3 minced

Garlic Powder – 1 tsp

Red Pepper Flakes – ½ tsp

Quinoa – ½ cup

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare quinoa as directed
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 °
  3. Wash turnips and slice into 1/4 in slices, coat in olive oil and put on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
  4. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in cast iron skillet then add garlic and onions and sauté for 3 minutes
  5. Add chopped mushrooms and peas and sauté for another 3-5 minutes
  6. Add chopped turnip greens and sauté for another 2 minutes
  7. Add Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper and sauté for another 1-2 minutes
  8. Remove turnips from oven and serve with veggie mixture over the quinoa
  9. Top with scallions and microgreens

 

For more recipes from our week one CSA share, click HERE.

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CSA Week One…Let the Summer Begin

This year the Steve and I decided to join a local CSA. No no, not the Cub Scouts of America, you know a CSA.  What the heck is a CSA you ask? Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which means we are a member of a community garden and have direct access to high quality, organic foods all summer long.  Our CSA is at Greensleeves Farm, an amazing farm in Northern Kentucky with beautiful views, fresh produce, and friendly farm animals. Not only do we get to enjoy fresh organic produce all summer long, but we also get to roll up our sleeves and get dirty by helping out at the farm. Now I know that may not sound like a lot of fun to some people, but we enjoy gardening especially and since we have a small yard and can’t have our dream huge garden at our own home, it’s nice to still have that huge garden in a sense. Plus it is something we get to do together as a couple which makes it even more enjoyable.

 

So here we are week one, Steve picked up our first share yesterday and as I was unpacking it last night I thought what the heck are all these green things. I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a food expert, but we eat really healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables all the time and here I am staring at my table and have no idea what the heck I am looking at. I can identify the asparagus and that’s about it. Boy I am going to be challenged this summer trying new recipes and learning to cook with things I’ve never even seen before or tasted before. I’m not gonna lie, that freaks me out a bit, but time to roll up my “green” sleeves and start cooking. Challenge accepted!

 

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Week One Share: Snow Peas, Spinach, Scallions and Green Garlic, Salad Box, Baby Beets, Baby Turnips, Asian Greens, Baby Kale, Asparagus, Microgreens

 

Okay okay, so what the heck did I do with all this food?  Click below for recipes:

Roasted Turnip Quinoa

Roasted Beet & Veggie Quinoa

 

I encourage you to look into your community to see if you have a CSA nearby. It is an awesome feeling supporting local farming and learning at the same time. If you are in the Cincinnati area, please check out Greensleeves Farm. It is located in Alexandria, KY only about 25 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati. Gretchen and Alexa do a fabulous job of running the place and making sure we have a delicious share each week. Plus all the other volunteers, interns and CSA members do a great job to keep things moving. I am excited to see what this year has in store and learn from everyone. They have a great farm to plate dinner series starting this month featuring the chef of Bouquet. (Yum! My favorite NKY Restaurant!)