Here’s what we got!
A pepper, a cucumber, another white eggplant, a bunch of carrots, fennel (?)
Bag of greens, bag of basil, green onions (hiding), micellaneous corn, a paper bag with….
Eight ears of corn!
Closer look at the bag of greens, an onion, a yellow squash, a pepper (any guesses as to what kind?), melon
- 1 green pepper
- 1 cucumber
- 1 eggplant, white
- 1 bunch carrots
- 1 fennel
- 1 bunch of green onions
- ~10 tomatoes
- 8 ears of corn
- 1 bag greens
- 1 bag basil
- 1 onion
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 melon
- 1 pepper
Not a bad haul.
I’ve realized something. Getting our CSA box is helping me learn how to cook. I cooked before but I was not adventurous. I would eat “anything,” but I didn’t really know how to prepare veggies aside from boiling or steaming them.
I mentioned last week that I would share the recipe I used for coleslaw. What I needed was a coleslaw that I could eat, but that didn’t have mayo in it because my husband hates mayo. I just Googled “coleslaw without mayo” and I stumbled upon Gluten-free Goddess’s Snappy Crunchy Coleslaw. LOVE IT (and so does my husband). I made it a bit differently than she did. I skipped the caraway seeds, dill, cumin, and pepper and just drizzled honey on it because I’m addicted to sweet.
Oh yeah, I added cucumber too (yeah, I have quite a few of those!)
The texture was a bit too chunky for me so the next time I made it, I dusted off my mini-Cuisinart (received it as a wedding gift many years ago – probably haven’t used it since my son’s birth) to pulverize all the veggies and it looked like this:
I added chopped-up kohlrabi, skipped the onion, and let my son push “chop” and “grind” The texture was way better.
Since I had my
seldom-used trusty mini-Cuisinart out, I decided to try making salsa. I had never made salsa before so I never knew it was so easy! I used the recipe for salsa with nectarines and corn from the book Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone. Salsa recipes can be found anywhere and are super easy (and delicious). I ended up skipping the corn and just whizzing the tomatoes and nectarines (and the rest of the ingredients) in the little machine. Part of my problem with tomatoes is that I don’t like chunks. The salsa I made had no chunks. I used a banana pepper (moderate spice level) instead of a jalapeno, which was a great substitution.
I took a picture of the salsa, but I can’t share it because it was the color of puke. Tasted amazing, but after getting tossed around in the food processor it didn’t look so great. You’ll have to trust me on that one.
I also made corn cakes with red pepper, fennel and basil for Sunday’s breakfast. My husband almost died — they were that good. Also from Silvana’s book though I added what I had and didn’t know how to use: the fennel and the basil. No pictures because I forgot. Her book is my go-to gluten free cookbook.
Lastly, I’m perfecting the “use something for two meals” technique. I roasted a bunch of veggies:
Before they baked for 45 minutes. By the way, the beets and potatoes are from the farmer’s market. No after pic…
That night we had sandwiches with roasted veggies on the side. The next day I made a stew starting out with oil in a pan and chopped onions (from the CSA) and then chopped up the leftover roasted veggies and threw them in there. I let it sit for a bit while I boiled up some lentils, wild rice, and black quinoa. Threw everything in one big pot and it turning into a terrific stew. To guide me I used an old magazine cutting “If you have lentils, you could…” and it gave a beginning cook an idea of where to start. Hilarious, but it was a great road map. I keep a small binder of interesting recipes that I cut out of magazines and the paper:
I’m big into casseroles and stews. My husband loved the lentil stew, but my son? Not so much.
I still don’t know what to do with every veggie. I still feel overwhelmed in the kitchen a lot of the time. I still deal with food refusals from my son.
But at least I’m trying. One thing I’ve learned through this blog is that it’s worth it to take risks.