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Inside the CSA: The Building Blocks of a Good Meal May 19, 2013

Filed under: Adventures in Diana's Kitchen — dianatierney3 @ 7:08 pm
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This week’s CSA Box was a lot of simple ingredients. The basic building blocks for a good meal doesn’t need to be a bunch of elaborate ingredients. Sometimes it’s the simple ingredients that make the best meals.

The ingredients that I ended up keeping from this CSA box were rosemary, purlsane, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, asparagus, carrots and some citrus. Having the CSA box has inspired me to be far more creative with my meal planning. I have had plenty of stir frys and what not so I was looking for something a little different with the broccoli. Thankfully I discovered this Vegan Broccoli Soup Recipe from All Recipes (which is a great database of recipes might I add). It had all the consistency and 90% of your standard broccoli and cheddar soup flavor with none of the guilt or milk.

Yesterday my friend and her mom messaged me asking for some good quinoa recipes. Quinoa happens to be one of my favorite foods. My favorite go to recipe is Quinoa pilaf. It’s a simple recipe, cook the quinoa like normal, then add vegetable broth and spinach (using some more CSA produce might I add) letting it cook down some more until it’s at the thickness you like.

It’s very rare that I get a full day at home to do what I like. So I got to do something I haven’t had the chance to do: make vegetable broth. It’s a great way to use up some left over veggies that are getting soft. Likewise, after one days worth of work I’ll have a bunch of veggie broth in my freezer to last me for months. Which given how much I use it will save me a lot of time. I simmered a combination of Rosemary, onions, purlsane, celery, left over asparagus (I bought an extra bunch last week that’s now getting soft), a beet that never made it into the juicer and some greens from my garden. Covered it with about 8 cups of water and let it simmer for about 2 hours. All the while I did some gardening, made lemonade, started a new batch of limoncello (what else do you do with lemon peels?), thought about doing some laundry but turned on my xbox and started playing Assassins Creed. Totally feasible for a hectic life.

My remaining rosemary is ear marked for some homemade tofu I’ll be making next weekend in honor of boycott world Monsanto Day. And by then I’ll have lots of other goodies in my CSA box to use up.

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One Response to “Inside the CSA: The Building Blocks of a Good Meal”

  1. Tammy Says:

    I love it when broccoli begins to show up in the CSA box. Although it’s not my favorite veg, there is something about fresh, local broccoli that is amazing. In my opinion, it is one thing that really benefits from being local. Love your idea of making broth.


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