Recently, I started participating in Community Supported Agriculture--which is to say, I paid a local farm money up front, and have been getting lovely seasonal produce once a week ever since. The quality of the produce has been great. Like, strawberries that are red ALL THE WAY THROUGH because they are so perfectly ripe, that kind of great.
That being said, my CSA box also presents a bit of a challenge. Imagine, for example, that I gave you a bunch of puzzle pieces. Not all the pieces, and no box with handy picture to consult during assembly. Just pieces. That's what it's like getting a CSA.
Last week, my pieces were:
3 small summer squash
1 small bunch kale
1 big bag of salad greens
1 head of lettuce
About a quart size bag worth of snow peas
A couple garlic scapes
A few handfuls of basil
It took me longer than I'd like to admit to come up with a plan to use all these greens. I mean, there's only so much salad a girl can eat. Here's what I came up with:
Quinoa with Corn and Zucchini: I jazzed this up by charring the corn and zucchini, as seen here. Also, the leftovers were fantastic with a fried egg and sriracha (as are most things).
Garlic Scape Pesto with Kale and Basil: Johnna, are we in the same CSA? This was creepily useful. I tossed this with some whole wheat pasta and a bit of leftover ricotta for creaminess--it was a good day.
Citrus Edamame Noodle Salad: You knew there had to be a salad sometime! I would personally cut the noodles, but the combination of citrus, edamame and avocado is hard to beat.
Lettuce Soup: I've made this recipe before, and it is surprisingly good. The majority of the creaminess comes from the potato, and the chicken stock adds a nice savory element. Definitely worth a try! One tip--don't use purple potatoes. They will turn your soup grey instead of purple, and it's just not pretty.
Cucumber Lemonade: Did I take Deb up on her suggestion of adding gin to this? You know I did. Because, summer.
You may have noticed that I didn't have a plan for the snow peas. It's true. I want to find something to do with them beyond tossing them in a stir fry. Suggestions are welcome!