Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CSA 2013 Week 12

*Image from Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
Week 12 Bounty:

Beautiful Swiss chard
Small tomatoes
Large tomatoes
Large pepper
Small pepper

I never realized that I hadn't posted last week, so now here is this week one day early.  Our vegetable drawer is empty and we have barely taken up any room in the freezer yet.  We have been mostly staying on top of things and using recipes chock full of vegetables.  

Meal #1 (eggplant, squash, onion, garlic, tomato)
Tunisian Vegetable Ragout with Quinoa
We cut the raisins and threw it all in the crockpot on high for four hours.  Delicious!1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2- to 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, halved and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 cinnamon stick
1 -2 teaspoons harissa or chili sauce (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, canned
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup vegetable broth
8 cherry tomatoes, halved (or 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped)
1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth, fatfree
1 clove garlic, minced
Cover a large plate with unbleached coffee filters. (4 cone-shaped filters fit a dinner plate perfectly.) Toss the eggplant in a bowl with a little salt, and arrange it on top of the filters. Microwave for about 8 minutes, while proceeding with the rest of the recipe. (Note: You can skip this step and sauté the eggplant along with the onion. Allow additional cooking time as needed to fully cook eggplant.) 
Sauté the onion in a large non-stick pot until it begins to brown, adding a little water if necessary to prevent sticking. Add the garlic, and cook for another minute. Add all spices, including cinnamon stick, and stir for another minute. Add the zucchini, canned tomatoes, chickpeas, raisins, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the eggplant and cherry tomatoes. Cover and cook on low while quinoa is cooking.
Heat a medium-sized nonstick pot. Add the rinsed quinoa, and cook, stirring, for a few minutes until the quinoa is fairly dry. Add the vegetable broth and garlic, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Cook until quinoa absorbs all of the water, about 15 minutes. (If quinoa is tender and doesn’t seem to absorb all the water, remove the cover and turn up the heat for a few minutes.)
Remove cinnamon stick. Spread a bed of quinoa on each plate and top with ragout.  * Recipe from

Meal #2 (broccoli)
Roasted Broccoli
This is one of the kids favorite vegetables.  They particularly like the leaves because they are like kale chips.  We served with pan-fried diced fingerling potatoes and emu sausages.  See Week 11.

Sides (chard, green beans, garlic, cucumbers, tomato, bell pepper, onion, parsley, cilantro, dill, melon, corn)
Fruit and Veggie Shake
We used a handful or two of mixed chard, lots of fruit (anything we have on hand: watermelon, cantalope, pineapple, apricot, kiwi, mulberries). Add a little whole fruit juice and coconut water and blend. Occasionally I add yogurt.

"Bean" Dip

This dip is simply delightful.  We enjoy it with crackers and some red wine.
1 cup cashews
2 cups green beans, cleaned and ends removed
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp oil (I used olive)
2 tsp onion powder
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
Dash cayenne pepper
Soak 1 cup cashews in water for 30 minutes. Drain most of liquid, but not all. Puree 1 cup soaked Cashews into a paste. Leave cashew paste in your food processor or blender and add the remaining ingredients. Puree everything together until well blended. * Recipe adapted from

Cucumber Salsa

This is really good.  I have one child who loves the Freezer Salsa and one who loves cucumbers, so this seems to satisfy them both!
2 medium cucumbers, peeled,seeded,chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded,minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a medium bowl stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Serve with tortilla chips. (I actually tossed it all in the Ninja (peeled and seeded) and with the touch of a button, it was done) * Recipe from Kaarin at

Melon was enjoyed as a snack and the corn was cooked and frozen as in Week 11.

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