CSA Delivery #2

In an effort to eat seasonal and expand our food horizons, my husband and I bought a share in a local CSA.  What is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? For a predetermined price, families can buy a share from a local farm and get weekly or biweekly produce “deliveries” over the course of the growing season.  It may seem a little pricey up front, but it works out to be a reasonable price per week of your family uses a lot of fruits and veggies. Plus, you’re guaranteeing your produce is local and fresh! To learn more about CSA’s or to find one in your area, check out the Local Harvest website for more info.

For each delivery, I’ll be breaking down what we got (mostly seasonal produce) and what we plan to use each item for.

  
This week’s delivery included:

  • Button mushrooms – Crockpot Chicken Marsala
  • Flat mushrooms – chopped and used for tacos, omelettes, and salads
  • Asparagus – Roasted with olive oil and sea salt in the oven; 400° for 15-20 minutes (you can also grill it!)
  • Assorted head lettuce (including mesclun) – salads for lunch
  • Mint – chopped for mixed drinks; frozen for future use
  • Spring onions – subbed for regular onions in recipes; grilled with olive oil and sea salt
  • Honey – slowly using in tea

Enjoy eating seasonal!
elyse

Healthy Braised Kale

  

 3 cloves of garlic

2 spring onions (or substitute in 1/4 of your favorite type of onion)

1 lb of kale, roughly chopped with stems removed

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tbsp balsalmic vinegar

1tbsp olive oil

1 cup of water (for more flavor, you can also substitute with chicken broth)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop garlic and onion then sauté in olive oil until garlic begins to brown and onions are tender. Add kale, water, and paprika. Stir and cover. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for about 20 minutes. Stir in balsalmic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

 

Enjoy!

elyse

CSA Delivery #1

In an effort to eat seasonal and expand our food horizons, my husband and I bought a share in a local CSA.  What is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? For a predetermined price, families can buy a share from a local farm and get weekly or biweekly produce “deliveries” over the course of the growing season.  It may seem a little pricey up front, but it works out to be a reasonable price per week of your family uses a lot of fruits and veggies. Plus, you’re guaranteeing your produce is local and fresh! To learn more about CSA’s or to find one in your area, check out the Local Harvest website for more info.

For each delivery, I’ll be breaking down what we got (mostly seasonal produce) and what we plan to use each item for.


This week’s delivery included:

  • Kale – Braised Kale with Spring Onions
  • Asparagus – Roasted with olive oil and sea salt in the oven; 400° for 15-20 minutes
  • Carrots – chopped, blanched, and frozen for use in future soups and stews
  • Head lettuce – salads for lunch
  • Rhubarb – Rhubarb Bread (to eat for breakfast)
  • Spring onions – subbed for regular onions in recipes; chopped, blanched, and frozen for use in future recipes
  • Garlic infused apple cider – slowly using in recipes and mixed with olive oil as a salad dressing

Enjoy eating seasonal!
elyse

Easy Kale Chip Recipe

Kale chips are a miracle food not only are they cheap, healthy, and easy, they’re also delicious!  This is a great recipe to have in your repertoire.

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Kale Chips

Ingredients

Kale (2 cups per serving)
Oil (I prefer olive)
Garlic Salt

Directions

Step 1: Rinse your kale and dry it as much as possible as this will allow it to get crisper when cooked.

Step 2: Remove all spines of the kale leaves.

Step 3: Coat cookie tray with layer of kale.  The more densely packed, the longer the kale will need in the oven.

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Step 4: Coat kale with olive oil.  I used my Misto which I love, but you can also use any oil in an aerosol can.

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Step 5: Sprinkle with garlic salt.

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Step 6: Cook in 350° oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.

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These chips are best eaten fresh from the oven, but will last longer in an air-tight container.

Nutrition facts courtesy of MyFitnessPal:

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*Note this snack has all of your daily Vitamin A & C!

Enjoy,

Celine