Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CSA Week 2

Here's what I got this week:
Beets, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Yellow Squash, Onions

And here's what I made:

I love beets so I would have been happy just roasting them and eating them, but I decided I wanted to be a bit more creative.  I decided to make beet burgers and after reading a few recipes online, I used this one.  I was pretty happy with how they turned out, though there isn't a ton of seasoning.  If I were to make them again, I would definitely play around with that a bit.

When I saw the broccoli, the first thing that came to mind was Chicken and Broccoli, one of my favorite Chinese dishes.  I've never made it before and I wanted to avoid using a pre-packaged seasoning packet.  Once again I turned to the Internet for recipe help and used the one I found here.  I thought this was pretty good (especially for my first attempt), though it was a little heavy on the oyster sauce.  I might play around with the sauce ratios if I make this again. 

I used the first cucumber for snacking.

I made salad with the second cucumber from the cookbook The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet by Nava Atlas.  Basically you combine tomatoes, cucumber, a plain non-fat yogurt (8 oz) and whatever seasonings you choose.  I used dill.   This was a very light and refreshing salad, great for summer!

I used the squash to create a ratatouille type dish.  I sliced up the squash and some of the spring onions and sauteed them in a large skillet with a bit of vegetable broth.  Then I added a can of tomatoes, covered the pan and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.  Then I threw some grated cheddar cheese on top (probably a bit too much, actually) and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

It was another good week for kitchen experiments.  I was happy with how everything turned out and glad that I managed to use almost everything I received in the delivery!  I did learn that if I am going to keep making "complicated" meals I am going to have to hire a dishwasher.  I have to wash everything by hand and it's definitely the least fun part of this whole process!


Anonymous said...

Everything looks so good! I love beets and those burgers look awesome.

Anonymous said...

Those beet burgers are so creative!

Elizabeth said...

Very creative! I love beets, and I'll bet those burgers were yummy. It's amazing how delicious healthy foods can be! :-)

amy said...

So smart! I'm taking this recipe. I love beets.

Anonymous said...

Beet burgers - what a creative idea! You always make the best stuff from your CSA!

LAPT said...

You're a girl after my own heart!

Stephanie said...

How were the beets, i have no idea what to do with them? you are amazing at this! Ok so I am coming to DC labor day weekend, are you around?

Erin @ UntilYouTri said...

Yum! these all look amazing. And hmm...beet burgers! I've never seen these before but they sound really good. I have some beets in the fridge, so I may just have to try some!:)

Rachel said...

wow, i'm impressed! those recipes look pretty darn tasty! i discovered beets this year and it was love at first bite. they are excellent as a simple salad with avocado and feta btw!