And maybe some of you are in the same boat too. So I thought I would share with you what I usually do with my farm share vegetables. Maybe it will inspire some of you to try something different. Likewise, I love reading food blogs because they give me ideas for different ways of cooking familiar ingredients.
My default thing to do with leafy greens from my farmshare is to stir-fry them. You can stir-fry almost anything with garlic and it will taste good – beet greens, radish greens, Swiss chard, kale – you name it. Oh, I did learn the hard way the collard greens take forever to cook, and a simple stir fry will NOT be sufficient.
Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy
I’ve been getting a lot of baby bok choy through my farm share lately. Baby bok choy is one of the Chinese vegetables that I almost invariably pick up whenever I go to Chinatown. I love how quickly it cooks, how great it tastes in a simple Chinese stir-fry, and how versatile it is. Not only does it work in Chinese cuisine, it’s a simple, great side vegetable for a piece of steak or fish.
2. Make Chips!
If you get a reasonably starchy root vegetable, chances are you can make chips out of them. I’ve made all sorts of oven-baked chips: taro root, sunchokes, sweet potato, even kale “chips”.
Oven Roasted Kale “Chips”
I love using up kale this way. First of all, the roasting gives the kale an excellent, deep caramelized roasted flavor that I love. Secondly, it reduces a whole bunch of kale into a rather manageable amount. Finally, it tastes really good, more like a snack than something that’s actually healthy and chock full of vitamins!
3. Blend It Up Into a Soup
Root vegetables are great for blended soups. You can mix and match them, making all sorts of interesting combinations. Here are two classics:
Carrot Ginger Soup
I have been getting quite a few lovely rainbow colored carrots lately. Although I have usually just been snacking on them raw, here’s a lovely healthy and flavorful soup that you can make with any kind of carrot.
Oven Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens
The moment I get beets from the farm share, I toss it together with some olive oil and salt, wrap it up in some foil, and roast it. It’s so versatile afterwards. You can toss it with your favorite dressing (balsamic works great) and a strong cheese, such as feta, goat’s cheese, or blue cheese. You can also reheat it and eat it as a side dish with meat. If you’re hungry in the middle of the night, you can even just munch on it cold straight from the refrigerator!!
5. Make Spring Rolls!
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Have an over-abundance of basil? Or mint? Or heck, even other herbs? Make Vietnamese spring rolls! This light, refreshing, cool appetizer is healthy and delicious. Works great as a light meal and is a crowd pleaser at potlucks and picnics.
6. Make a Chopped Salad
Tomato, Basil, Mozarella, and Corn Salad
Here’s my twist on the traditional caprese salad. I love fresh corn and I really think it adds to most salads. By quickly making the corn in the microwave using this super easy method, you can whip this refreshing salad together in minutes. Again, a great way to use up that excess basil!
7. Make a Cold Marinated Salad (or make pickles!)
Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad
I love this dish in the summertime. It’s so refreshing, cool, and healthy. It works great as a starter or also as a side dish to some grilled meat. I will often serve it with several other Chinese dishes to be eaten with rice.
8. Try Sauteing your Root Vegetables!
Sauteed Beets and Radishes
Last week, when I really was short of time, I decided to thinly slice my radishes and beets. I sauteed them in a small amount of butter with some herbs, and they tasted fantastic. They really hit the spot, and it only took a few minutes to prepare. That’s my kind of recipe.
So there you have it. Just a few of the ways in which I have been using up my farm share vegetables. I’m curious to try pickling something, or even making ice cream out of something, like beets! Stay tuned!
What are some ways that you have been using up your CSA Boxshare vegetables?
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