Crockpot Pattypan Squash & Collard Greens Lasagna

It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through our season of CSA baskets this week! And I think this week’s basket was the most photogenic of all of them so far. I mean, aren’t the colors gorgeous?

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One of the really fun things about this recipe, too, is that you can substitute pretty much any vegetable you have extra of or you think would taste delicious. I used up my pattypan squash and collard greens, plus a bit of my surplus zucchini, but you really have a lot of leeway here.

This was really, really tasty, and I always find it seriously impressive when uncooked noodles get dumped into a crockpot and come out perfectly cooked. Try this one out, you won’t regret it.
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Crockpot Pattypan Squash & Collard Greens Lasagna

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Delicious “Clean Out Your Fridge” Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry

I recently found myself with a fridge full of random veggies that didn’t really go together, and realized that a delicious asian-inspired stir fry would be the best way to get an awesome heaping serving of vegetables, and to use up my many CSA leftovers from weeks gone by.

The recipe I adapted used totally different vegetables, and you can use totally different ones from the ones I used, as well. Just substitute whatever you have left over! The sauce will make it all taste delicious, I swear. Please excuse my photo swimming in sauce. I couldn’t help myself.

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Weeks Four & Five: Garlic Scape Hummus & Quinoa Tabouli

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Hummus is one of those foods that I can’t get enough of, but I’m rarely motivated enough to make from scratch. Why bust out the food processor when you can just buy a little tub of Sabra, right?

I’ll tell you why in three simple words: Garlic Scape Hummus.

I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with garlic scapes in everything since we got them in our week four basket, but this is far and away the best use of garlic scapes I came up with. Combine that with the deliciously fresh tabouli I made from the curly parsley in our week five basket, and you have an incredible lunch for the whole week.

I ate this on crackers, served with sliced turnips from our week six basket, on top of a bed of salad greens, and slathered all over the carrots from our week seven basket! Please make this for yourself, and don’t delay.  Continue reading

Weeks Four & Five: Escarole and Garlic Scape Pasta with Cream Sauce

Look at all of those beautiful fresh greens waiting to become dinner! From left to right, it’s young onion tops, garlic scapes, escarole, and flat leaf parsley.

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Coming up with interesting takes on new-to-me vegetables and keeping up with all of the produce we get each week can be a challenge (albeit, a fun one!), so I totally nerd out when I can incorporate two+ CSA veggies into one recipe. This one used four!! My husband chuckles at how excited I get when I’m able to accomplish that.

I’m not going to lie to you and say that I loved escarole. I’d never had it before, and I doubt that it’s going to become my new favorite green. But this cream sauce was easy and delightful, plus I’m convinced that any dish is made better with garlic scapes. And look at how much green leafy goodness you’re getting for dinner!

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Escarole and Garlic Scape Pasta with Cream Sauce

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound small pasta
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 5-6 garlic scapes, chopped
  • 3-4 young onions, diced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 large head escarole, roughly chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

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Weeks Four & Five: Greek Zucchini & Squash Fritters

I’ve been traveling all around New England for the past couple of weeks on an audition tour of sorts, so there hasn’t been much time for cooking. As a result, I’ve got quite the backlog of produce piling up in my fridge. No complaints here, as I actually found myself craving veggies and missing my CSA produce while I was on the road, but it means that I’ve got some catching up to do!

My husband and I toured Greece five years ago on our honeymoon, and both of us have been in love with Greek food ever since. Greek food can be a bit seafood-focused, given its island culture, but there is a lot of delicious Greek flavor to be had if you’re a vegetarian, too.

I’ve made zucchini fritters in the past as a way of making my veggie-averse, feta-worshipping husband happy, but we had half summer squash and half zucchini in our CSA baskets for the past three weeks. I’m not a huge fan of summer squash on its own, but I wondered if it would work as well in these Greek-style fritters. And it totally did!

Mine were about 2/3 summer squash and 1/3 zucchini because I had some summer squash that really needed to be used first, and these were absolutely delicious. Throw in a young onion from my week five basket and a big bunch of fresh dill from this week’s basket, and you not only have a great way to use up a ton of veggies at once, but an incredibly tasty dinner. OPA!

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Greek Zucchini & Squash Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups packed grated zucchini & squash (6-7 very small zucchini & squash, shredded together in whatever ratio you choose)
  • 1/2 bunch dill, chopped
  • 1 young onion including greens, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup feta
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 TB olive oil for frying

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Week Three: Cilantro-Lime Lentils

In my week three basket, I had a giant bunch of delicious cilantro to work with, on top of cilantro from my own garden.

Loving lime like I do, I thought that trying out a batch of cilantro-lime rice would be tasty and a good way to use up all of that cilantro at once. But I’d rather eat something a bit more nutritious and filled with protein, since I won’t be eating meat with it. And since I’ve already regaled you with several tales of quinoa, I decided to experiment with using lentils instead.

The result was delicious on its own, but really shines as a flavorful topping on all of the salads I’ve been eating with the crisp greens that are also in our baskets every week. And lentils are just so good for you and so filling!

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Cilantro-Lime Lentils

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown or green lentils
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB vinegar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Rinse the lentils under cold water. Place the lentils in a medium saucepan and add enough cold water to cover by 3 inches. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
Meanwhile, zest and juice the lime, and put both in a large mixing bowl. Add the diced green onions, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.

When they are done, drain the lentils and rinse in cold water, and drain again well. Place lentils in the large bowl and toss with the rest of the ingredients. Chop the cilantro and mix into the salad. Serve the salad as a dish on its own, or add to a bed of lettuce with dressing and other veggies.

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Do you like lentils? What is your favorite use of cilantro?

Week Three: Thyme Broccolini, Sweet Potato, and Baked Egg Mini Pizzas

Week three saw a LOT of delicious fresh salads, so you’ll excuse me if you catch me making pizza yet again this week 🙂

I had never cooked or even eaten broccolini (otherwise known as broccoli rabe!), so this was a fun experiment for me. I asked my friends on Instagram what their favorite way to eat this new-to-me leafy green, and my friend Katie from Ruffles & Truffles suggested pizza! Knowing that I’ve made and loved a Kale and Sweet Potato pizza in the past and that my brother absolutely adores sweet potatoes, I decided to incorporate that delicious veggie. I also love thyme, which pairs well with sweet potatoes, and I wanted to add a baked egg for heartiness and protein for this non-meat eater.

Behold, my pizza triumph! I’m particularly proud of this recipe of mine:

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Week Two: Spinach, Feta, & Caramelized Onion Pizza with Arugula Pesto

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This recipe is my personal triumph from the past two weeks. Not only was it super delicious and an easy way to make both my brother and my husband happy, but I managed to use not one, not two, but three separate CSA vegetables on one pizza!

Make this pizza for a tasty game night snack (we played Monopoly!), and as a fabulous use of extra CSA veggie leftovers to prep for your next share pick-up!

Spinach, Feta & Caramelized Onion Pizza with Arugula Pesto

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough, I used Bobby Flay’s recipe for this pizza
  • Arugula Pesto, same as Radish Green Pesto, just swap for Arugula!
  • 1 large onion, caramelized
  • 1 cup feta
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach or regular spinach with stems removed and ripped into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 diced green onions

Roll out the Pizza dough to the size and thickness of your preference. Spread arugula pesto in a thick coat. Layer spinach, caramelized onions, green onions, and cheese. Bake on a pizza stone or cookie sheet covered in tin foil at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until your crust is golden brown.

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What’s your favorite way to combine multiple CSA vegetables into one recipe?

Week One and Two Bonus Ideas!

The fancy recipes I’ve been sharing on this blog are great, but sometimes all you have the time or energy for is throwing something quick together. One of my favorite (and unexpected!) benefits of being in the PLG CSA is that I have so many greens to get through every week that it’s forcing me to incorporate more produce into just about every meal. So good for me!

So here’s a round-up of what I’ve been doing with my CSA vegetables when I only have the inclination to throw something quick together, but still want to eat some delicious veggies.

Saute kale and chickpeas with some leftover Peanut-Lime Dressing:

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Frozen veggie burger brought to life with leftover caramelized onions, mesclun mix, and Arugula Pesto:

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Saute whatever greens you have extra of that week and eat them in your pasta:

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I’m a big fan of the cheese sandwich for an in-a-hurry lunch, so just add some mesclun to that and make a side salad to go with it:

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How do you incorporate CSA share veggies into your quick meals?

Week Two: Couscous Salad with Roasted Hakurei Turnips

Hooray, week two! I’ve used up pretty much all of my week one produce, except for a little bit of salad greens that I’ll polish off throughout the week. Pleased to have used everything in a delicious way with absolutely no waste, and excited to get a start on week two!

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Turnips are a vegetable I previously relegated to bland sounding soups and the cute little clip art in this blog header. But when I picked up this week’s basket, there were these beautiful little white Hakurei Turnips that I was eager to try out, since one of the most exciting parts of being in this CSA is cooking with new-to-me vegetables.

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I searched for recipe inspiration and found this little gem. I never have to be sold on couscous, love throwing chickpeas into every dish for more protein, and I added feta for cheesy goodness. Because tagging my recipe blog posts is quickly teaching me that I have what definitely borders on a feta obsession. Is there any dish that isn’t made better by adding feta? When my brother tried this dish, he said, “This is really good and filling…I think the feta is what really pulls it all together.” Indeed 🙂

Couscous Salad with Roasted Hakurei Turnips

Adapted from NotEatingOutinNY.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch hakurei turnips and greens
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • Juice and zest from 2 lemons
  • 4-5 TB olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Trim turnip greens off, leaving a short piece of the stems attached. Quarter the turnips and finely chop the greens.

Toss the turnips with 1 TB olive oil, salt and pepper, and chili flakes. Roast for 5-10 minutes, or just until lightly browned. Flip and continue roasting another 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook your couscous according to package directions.

Heat 2 TB olive oil over medium-high flame and add garlic. Once fragrant, add the turnip greens and chickpeas, sprinkle with salt & pepper. Sautee until just wilted, 3-4 minutes.

Combine the green onions with the couscous and greens. Add lemon juice and zest, an extra TB of olive oil, feta, and salt & pepper to taste. Serve with the roasted radishes on top.

 

Have you ever cooked with turnips before? How did you use them?