Monday, February 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: CSA Basket and the Start of Lent

In our CSA basket this last week, we got lots of fruit, plus:





-lettuce: greenleaf, iceberg & romaine






And we're making of it:

Saturday: miso soup with kohlrabi leaves & mushrooms

Sunday: chef salad (used kohlrabi bulb, lettuce, tomato and carrot)

Monday: turkey soup w/ basil rolls (from freezer stash)

Shrove Tuesday: pancakes w/ fixings and bacon 

Ash Wednesday: swiss chard and lentil soup (from this book), with yam fries

Thursday: taco salad (vegetarian, with beans)

I'm continuing to enjoy the challenge of menu planning with a CSA basket. It's fun to eat new things (kohlrabi was new to us this week), and I think we'll appreciate it especially during Lent.

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peace of Christ to you,

Jessica Snell


loves2spin said...

How lovely! What is a CSA basket?

Jessica said...

Hi loves2spin!

"CSA" stands for "community supported agriculture". Basically, you buy a small share in a local farm, and in return you get a basket of produce every week or every other week (ours is biweekly) - whatever's ripe that week. It's a great way to get local, organic produce, and ours, at least, is cheaper than buying produce at the store.

The fun of it is that you never know what you're going to get, so the menu planning is always an enjoyable challenge. :)

loves2spin said...

Thank you! What a great program. I don't think there is anything like that available where I live (SE Indiana) but we grow a garden. Hopefully, it will be a good year.

Amber said...

Looks great! I was considering planting kohlrabi this year (it is supposed to be fairly easy to grow) but then I thought about the fact that I've never eaten it nor do I have any idea what exactly I'll do with it. Spring garden planning is funny that way. Maybe we'll get some in our spring CSA and I can try it!

Linds said...

We LOVE our CSA box - it comes every other Friday. It's kept us very good at eating healthy food, and it's such an easy (and tasty!) way to make sure we're consuming food that's grown and collected ethically. It's rare to get to know who makes our food in this global economy!

I have found, however, that it makes Lent a little more delicious than perhaps it should be... :)

Found a really fun recipe that may be kid friendly if you have the ingredients (chard, leeks, quinoa)

Saute the leeks (chopped into half circles) in a mixture of butter and olive oil for 3-5 minutes. Add chard leaves (cut into strips) and saute until wilted and tender (about another five minutes). Add a splash of red wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Serve over quinoa. Delicious!