Well I guess so, as I have box #3 of our CSA staring me in the face. I have plans for you, little veggies…don’t you worry your pretty little veggieheads!
We had some vegetarian friends over for dinner which encouraged me to come up with alternate protein sources (I should mention now, with my head bowed in shame, that I have a degree in nutritional toxicology, of which I remember next to nothing. Sad, sad, I know, but I’m working to relearn it all).
For Saturday’s veg fest, we made beluga lentil crostini, quinoa salad with fava beans, fennel, spinach, walnuts and feta cheese, grilled veggie sandwiches (fennel, asparagus, onion, zucchini) with pesto mayo, and chocolate beet cake, included for its conversation-inducing properties. In fact, at your next dinner party mention the word “chocolate beet cake” and see what kinds of philosophical conversations ensue
The Rapini (aka broccoli raab, but I prefer “rapini” since I have no idea how to pronounce “raab”) was crazy yummy sautéed and tossed with pasta. I only got a couple spears as my little broccoli enthusiast turned to my plate shortly after inhaling his share.
The carrots became carrot orange soup (yummy for spring or winter) and the radishes and lettuce were salad-bound. Much of the spinach stealthily snuck its way into the kid’s peanut butter sandwiches. Esme caught sight of it after her first bite, stared at it for awhile, then apparently deemed it “sandwich appropriate” and continued on with her meal. Whew.
I had a chance to read through Super Natural Cooking this week and plan most of next week’s meals out of it. I can’t say enough good things about this book, so I’ll just show you next week with photos and menu items. How does that sound?
Here’s this week’s bin: Baby Romaine, Arugula, Cucumber, Baby Bok Choi, Broccoli, Carrots, Fresh Garlic, Fava Beans, New Potatoes. Wish me luck and have a peachy weekend!
Posted by melissa s. at 2:32 PM