CSA Spectacular: February 2017

Achievement: #11. Monthly CSA Posts

We have been cooking up a storm lately, trying to beat the winter blues with all kinds of cold weather, healthy meals. Here’s a look at the recent CSA recipes we’ve made.

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First up, we did a double-feature CSA recipe night. We started with some garlic kale from Cooking Light.

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As the second side dish for that dinner, we sliced up that ginormous sweet potato and made extra-crispy sweet potato fries.

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Loved the kale; it had an earthy, meaty-yet-crispy texture out of the oven, and it was great for lunches all week.

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But the true star of the meal was the sweet potato dish. They didn’t turn out crispy AT ALL but it didn’t matter because the taste was incredible. I ate servings of this all week (because that giant sweet potato made a huge portion). So good, and will definitely be on our regular sweet potato rotation.

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In one of our boxes, we got a supply of parsnips. Parsnips are weird, and I feel like I’m constantly in search of a recipe that makes them taste less-parsnippy. I tried a recipe for parsnip & potato mash with spiced onions.

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The onions on this were fantastic, and the mash was okay. It still seemed awfully strong on the parsnip flavor. I’ll keep working and tweaking, but this was a good starting place.

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I cook a lot of dinners, but there is one breakfast item I swear by and make a few times a year: Red Flannel Hash.

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I swear by this recipe. It takes a bit of time to get all the chopping done, but it’s so worth it. The recipe calls for bacon, but I like to use pork belly slices (pan-frying them in root beer first if you can before adding them to the mix). And you can serve it with any chilled white wine, champagne, or, of course, a French 75.

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Finally, I made another fan favorite in our house: goat cheese polenta with basil almond pesto & spiced chickpeas.

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This recipe is a big one, but it’s so hearty and filling that you can eat it for lunch & have that “full” feeling last all afternoon. I love eating this on a day when I do a big workout or a long run. I cut back the amount of pesto in each serving, which leaves me with a hefty side of pesto that I can use for other recipes (or just dip bread into) for the rest of the week.

We’ll be back next month with more winter-veggie goodness!

2 Comments

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2 Responses to CSA Spectacular: February 2017

  1. Woubbie

    You can come to my house and cook dinner anytime you like! Yum, this stuff looks great!

  2. Conte

    It all looks so delish!

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