What's in the box? June 17, 2015

 I tell you what,each week's share offerings just keep getting prettier by the pound!


Here's whats in the box:
Sungold tomatoes
Squash
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Green Beans
Cabbage
Peppers
Celery
Kale
Romaine lettuce

    Ok soooo before we get down to business with recipes,links and the like let me throw this out there : Have you noticed that the MORE VARIETY we have in our share box the MORE HARMONY there is between vegetables?
For example: You could enjoy a lovely quiche with tomatoes AND kale ?
Mix the peppers and zucchini together in a skillet and you've get fantastic stir-fry or fajita ingredients?
  Each week I ,along with so many others, enjoy every single vegetable in our csa share I also don't want to use it all up and miss ONE SINGLE BITE of organic goodness.

 IT'S OK TO USE IT ALL UP! I promise. 

    Instead of using just a single vegetable in a single dish and truly finding your creative chef self in the kitchen,you can also celebrate a little harmony among the share's offering and make some rockin' quesadillas or a delicious salad with KALE AND ROMAINE!!!!!

 So what I'm going to do here on the Wednesday "What's In The Box ?" post is TWO things:
 1. As usual there will be a list that highlights each vegetable in the box and recipes that single out that particular vegetable. 
2. After that there will be a slightly shorter and more concise list of recipe links that features MORE THAN ONE  vegetable and above the link I will just type what vegetables to use from the that week's share in that particular recipe.

COMPLICATED??? Shouldn't be,just go with me.

Here goes nothing!

Sungold Tomatoes-
Five Ways To Preserve Small Tomatoes - friends this lady right here can can and she knows about some preserves too. Marisa McClellan is fantastic. Here she helps you save those beautiful small tomatoes for those green salads in the middle of winter.
Yellow Tomato and Basil Jam - if you're into making jam this looks likes a really,really tasty recipe AND would make a generous homemade gift.
Sungold Tomato and Rosemary Soup - this link and recipe are simple and straightforward. I think this soup might be a reason to invite some friends for lunch. It's just enough,yum!
Sungold Tomato Vinaigrette -this recipe calls for 1 cup of sungold tomatoes and that means you would have plenty left over to snack on!

Squash and Zucchini-
Zucchini,Eggplant and Tomato Gratin -  savory and light all at the same time,sounds good to me.
Carrot Feta Zucchini Fritters - ok gonna makes these fritters really soon. I think the sweetness of the carrots would appeal to kids. You could easily replace the feta with shredded Parmesan.

Cucumbers-
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad - I don't think this salad would work without the cucumber,just call it the glue of this salad...the balance in the salad bowl.
Cucumber Lemon Water -man this taste good!

Green Beans- 
Balsamic Green Bean Salad -you had me at balsamic vinegar!
Green Beans with Warm Shallot Dressing  - this looks heavenly.

Cabbage-
Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion-Dijon Sauce - well this recipe just fancied cabbage up for me.
Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad - a. I know cabbage is not in the recipe title but it's the foundation for this salad,for all of that flavor. b. this would make a delicious lunch to eat on all week long.
Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing - now this recipe calls for Napa cabbage and red cabbage. You could substitute the cabbage we got in our share just slice it thinly.

Bell Peppers-
Oven Fajitas - oh my stars this looks so easy and not too much clean up either.
Mini Pepper Nachos with Corn,Black Beans and Avocado -if you LOVE nachos and are trying to watch your carbs this recipe is FOR YOU! Bell peppers hold up well after cooking and would make a great vehicle for nachos.
** to use the bell peppers in our share in this recipe,just cut into large strips similar to the mini peppers in the pictures.**

Celery- 
Skinny Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad -easy,light lunch option for a picnic or lunch during the week.
Quick-Pickled Celery -so I've not used ALL of my celery from last week hoping that we would get celery again this week soooooooo I could make this recipe. I think this would make a fine relish on a grilled kosher beef hot dog.

Kale-
15 Ways to Make Kale Chips - I haven't made kale chips yet,but with 15 different ways in this article I think it's time for me to try.
Ginger Beef,Mushroom and Kale Stir-Fry - this recipe might just be the recipe I make this weekend for Father's Day. My husband would love to see a plate of this stir fry on the table!

Romaine Lettuce-
Grilled Romaine Salad with Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing -wow all of the colors AND flavors in this salad !

DOUBLE FEATURE RECIPES-
Sungold Tomatoes and Zucchini
 Zucchini Pasta with Sungold Tomatoes,Corn and Sunflower Seeds - light and classy,throw in that optional ingredient of lobster and you have a fancy dinner on your hands. **Note you could easily use angel hair instead of making pasta of the zucchini and toss thinly sliced zucchini in the dish itself.**

Squash,Zucchini and Bell Pepper
Grilled Veggie Quesadillas with Goat Cheese and Pesto - DEEEE-LICIOUS dinner idea right here.

Cucumbers and Romaine Lettuce
Turkey and Cucumber Lettuce Wrap - another healthy and tasty lunch option. **Trade the iceberg lettuce for the romaine lettuce. The romaine will hold up better as well.**

Kale and Romaine Lettuce

Kale and Romaine Caesar Salad  - a bowl of this salad next to a pan-seared steak or grilled portobello mushroom caps would make a fine summer's night dinner.

 

   Ok so I hope this format is helpful and gives you more options to enjoy your CSA share offerings. Have a great week!