Lotsa Veggies

by Erin

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Every year for the past four years we have taken part in a CSA farm share. Not only does it help local farmers and cut down on energy consumption, but it satisfies my need to try new foods. Four years ago, I had no idea what to do with kale or boy choy or salad turnips. Four years ago, I did not voluntarily bring beets or okra into the house. Today our family has a very large repertoire of veggies we eat, an appreciation for recipe experimentation, and at least two of the three of us can tolerate beets.

Every farm season, I continue to be on the lookout for new ways to use our produce. Here are some of the new recipes that we have tried so far this season.

Carrot chips

I think that I cut these too thick to make them truly enjoyable. They were a little hard but still maintained their carrot flavor. If you do this yourself, use a mandolin like the recipe recommends.

carrot

Juices

Out of the blue I received a juicer for Christmas. It has proven a great way to blast through some of those leafy greens. In order of tastiness we’ve enjoyed juices made from:

  • 1 apple, 2 kale leaves, 2 carrots
  • 1 pear, 1 orange, 3 Swiss chard leaves, 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 2 apples, 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery (pictured)

juice

Kale Chips

Lately kale chips have been all the rage. After making these, I get it. Pretty good. Even Husband will munch on these and he vehemently dislikes kale.

kale

Cheesy Orzo with Broccoli and Carrots

I made this with quinoa instead of orzo and everyone enjoyed it.

quinoa

Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones

I would add more spinach to these just up the nutrient ante a bit. Otherwise, these were great for both dinner and breakfast.scones

In a CSA yourself? Want more veggie recipes? Here is my collection on Pinterest.

Please feel free to comment below with your favorite ways to eat seasonally.

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