|CSA strawberries are the BEST!|
I absolutely LOVE getting a CSA from our local farm each week. Sometimes, I will admit, it can be a challenge to use it all up in creative ways. Anyone know what I mean? :) On occasion, I have been guilty of tossing spent produce into the compost like most anyone else. However, as many of you know, I dislike excess and wastefulness ...and since we were going to be out of town moving our eldest son off to college, I wanted to use up the remains of our produce before we left. Here is what I did (this might sound nerdy, but it worked!):
1. First, I made a list of all the remaining produce in our fridge and on our counter (fruit bowl and basket). Only a few things were not from our CSA box, including the apples, bananas, and red pepper.
tomatoes (really a fruit)
1 red pepper
carrots-lots of them
kale-just a little bit
broccoli-just a little bit
2. Now came the fun part! :D I looked at the list and figured out what I could make with what we had:
SALSA, using the tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro
CABBAGE SALAD, using the cabbage and adding the red pepper, some carrots and parsley
SMOOTHIES, using berries, banana, squeezed oranges, and KALE
STEAMED BROCCOLI AND CARROTS
STEAMED GREEN BEANS AND CARROTS
SALAD, using the lettuce, onion, carrots and tomatoes
GRAPEFRUIT CAKE, as a dessert
WATERMELON, on it's own (naturally!)
APPLES, for snacks and BAKED, for a dessert
3. I then planned our meals around all of the above ideas. For example, the steamed veggies were side dishes, the salsa was incorporated into a Mexican-style casserole, the salads were eaten as main dishes, etc.
I am happy to say that all this amazing produce has been accounted for (except for a couple of onions and carrots). Hopefully this little post will help someone who tends to toss produce or needs a little inspiration to use everything up. Remember, too, that many fruits and veggies can be prepped and frozen (or canned for that matter).
BE CREATIVE! :D
|Gluten-free brownie with fresh strawberries!|