There is nothing like locally grown produce to truly make it feel like spring. After working our way through the deep winter CSA share this winter (think LOTS and LOTS of potatoes, butternut squash, onions, beets, turnip and carrots) we are so very grateful for fresh greens and colorful radishes!
This is our first time participating in a spring CSA share and I'm so glad to be able to eat locally grown food this early in the season, when farmer's markets don't start popping up for another month or two. While this first distribution was a bit on the small side, I fully expect to be drowning in some greens in the next few weeks. The first thing I do when I get my share home is lay it all out on the table to see what I'm working with. Of course, then I need to photograph it because it looks so darned pretty. After that, the work begins. Washing and prepping it for storage and figuring out recipes for the week.
Here's what was in our share this week and what happened to it:
Russian Red Kale: washed and trimmed of stems ("deveining" in our house). It will go into a salad with roasted beets and goat cheese like this one Beet and kale goat cheese salad
Spring Greens: washed and will be used in lunch salads all week, served with leftover roasted chicken or tuna.
Scallions: rinsed and added to lunch salads and scrambled eggs for breakfasts. I also already used some to make mashed potato cauliflower scallion cakes for dinner the other night. My recipe was based on this one cheesy mashed potato pancakes
Radishes: tops chopped off and composted, radishes cleaned. Stored in the refrigerator drawer to be added to lunch salads this week.
Cilantro: I love having fresh herbs in the house. I've just recently become a fan of cilantro, I use some in my water during the day and add to recipes during the week. Here is one of my favorite cilantro recipes Crock Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken
Well, that was all for this share. We should be able to use it all up in time this week, but come on back next week to see what we get in the next share!
Health and Happiness,