Recipes to help me use up my CSA baskets.
June: beets, bok choy carrots, summer squash, green onions, garlic scapes, spinach, strawberries, lettuce, potatoes, radishes
July: june-berry, blueberries, broccoli, blackcurrants, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrant, gooseberries, yellow beans, green beans, sweet corn, onions and leeks.
I make up this chickpea salad and keep it in the fridge for lunches all week long - store the extra cukes and red peppers covered in water and snack on them during the week too. Takes just a few minutes to prepare and keeps very well in a tightly sealed container. Also, good topped with feta and tomatoes just before serving.
Fresh produce hot off the grill makes an unbelievable sandwich. I use an indoor grill pan mainly because the onions can be hard to control on a grate-style grill (but you could poke a skewer through them to keep them from slipping through the grate). To make this off-season, you could mix some chopped sun-dried tomatoes (instead of fresh) into the goat cheese. For small children, this is surprisingly palatable and very healthy. Check out my last step for a tip on how to serve to little ones.
You can use a jar baby food beets, canned beets in water that you pureed (NOT pickled) or roast your own beets then puree. You will be very surprised at how good this is. In taste and for your health.
Beets are high in carbohydrates and low in fat. Containing phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, folic acid, and biotin.
Simple-to-make crepes makes excellent use of fresh-from-the-garden chives and scallions. Delicious served with yogurt of low-fat sour cream topped with additional chives for a low-cal lunch or with stir-fried shrimp and vegetables for lunch or dinner. Recipe originally printed in Garden Design (May 2003).
This is a wonderful salad! I use fresh herbs from the garden. Lemon basil is a favorite! You can use what herbs you have handy. You could add toasted bread cubes to make this a panzanella salad! Add what you like! Enjoy!
Fresh garden herbs are used to prepare this vegetable side dish. If you want to cook these in the oven with meat, adjust the oven temperature to correspond to the temperature that you are using to cook the other dishes (between 350-425°F adjusting the time necessary to cook the vegetables). Recipe adapted from The Way We Cook.
I got the basis for this recipe from my cousin's wife, who absolutely adores the taste of fresh basil! This is a great, simple summer pasta salad, with a nice light blend of flavors. FRESH basil is a must on this one!! This salad is great alongside BBQ chicken. Easy, and yummy!! Prep. time includes marinating time.
This is a wonderful lemon-flavored pesto. This was my first taste of pesto and I've never gone back!
Update as of 2/13/04
I'm glad that you all like this. I freeze this now and keep it on hand for my spaghetti sauce or others sauces. It freezes great!
A must for cool people - or those who like cucumbers! This is a very versatile sandwich spread or dip, which is so easy to whip up at the last minute; it makes VERY elegant sandwiches and is a wonderful accompaniment for smoked salmon, prawns (shrimp) or tuna. I have also used it to spread on savoury scones and crackers. If you plan to make this a day before you need to use it, you might like to salt the cucumbers first - as they do release water into the spread.
These tasty little sandwiches are great for appetizers, tea parties, ladies luncheons, etc., but my husband ate two full size sandwiches for lunch, and loved them. The recipe is from One of a Kind, a Mobile Junior League community cookbook I received from Sweetpea Burgess in the recent cookbook swap.
Note for the World Tour participants - this recipe is included in the British category. These are ideal little sandwiches to be served with tea, as is common in Britain.