A Wonderful Weekly Menu from a CSA Shareholder
I thought I'd share something relevant to the Chatfield CSA: a friend of mine, Christina has a peck share of the CSA but has missed many of the distributions because she has been battling cancer for the last 6 months or so. She has very recently completed her radiation (after a long round of chemo and surgery), and was in the hospital for a secondary infection from the surgery. I've been able to pick up her veggies some of the weeks for her, but I wondered what she was actually able to do with them, given that she hasn't had much time or energy to cook: she lives alone with her 41/2 yr old daughter and is still trying to work; her family lives in Ireland. Her friends here have all been taking turns bringing her meals, so it finally occurred to me that I should cook her peck and bring that to her instead. So here is why I am writing: with one week's peck, I was able to create the following:
1) “Disney” style ratatouille with a twist (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, onion, and beet)
2) Fresh steamed green beans with butter and slivered nuts
3) Sautéed vegan mixed greens, Southern style with onion and peppers
4) Traditional tomatillo salsa, made with cilantro, onions and garlic (great with chips!)
5) Roasted, herbed potatoes with a kick (with nearly all the different herbs we got).
6) Antioxidant raw pepper mix (red and yellow)
7) Mixed baby greens salad kit- radish, peppers and tomatoes
8) Homemade Italian Marinara sauce, with super veggies (sautéed eggplant, onions, and peppers give it extra nutrition and flavor, as does the CSA basil and marjoram!)
9) Traditional basil pesto (with parmesan cheese, olive oil, and garlic)
10) Simple steamed broccoli with lemon juice
In all cases, I made a double batch with our peck and then divided in half. Anyhow, I was impressed with the volume of food.
Because of the CSA, I now know how to make ratatouille and eggplant parmesan (and Jeremy likes both) - I never bought eggplant on my own before.
Thanks again for all you do!