Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CSA 2013 Week 14

Image from Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
Week 14 Bounty:

Green beans

Meal #1 (squash, eggplant)
We enjoyed these with some Italian sausages.  They were delicious.  We make sure to make them small and thin so they crisp up or the kids don't like them.

Zucchini/Eggplant Cakes
1 whole Large Zucchini
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1/2 cup (to 3/4 Cup) Breadcrumbs
1/2 cup 4-cheese Italian Blend (or Parmesan Or Romano)
2 whole Eggs
Kosher Salt To Taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
Olive Oil
Wash and cut the end off of one large zucchini. Shred it using the large holes of a cheese grater. Squeeze the shredded zucchini inside of a clean towel until you’ve removed as much liquid as possible. 
Place shredded zucchini into a medium sized bowl. Add minced garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese (shredded), eggs, kosher salt and pepper to taste. Stir with a fork until well mixed. Heat olive oil (about ¼ inch deep in bottom of skillet) to a medium heat. When the oil is hot enough drop a glob of zucchini batter into the skillet and flatten it a bit. After about two minutes, turn the cakes over ( they should be nice golden-brown) and cook on the other side until done (about 2-3 minutes). Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice and enjoy!  *Recipe from thepioneerwoman.com

Meal #2 (arugula)
My husband, Allen, loves pizza with arugula and this effort was well worth it!
Pizza con Arugula
Whole wheat Trader Joe's pizza crust
Frozen pesto cubes from the freezer, thawed
Sliced fresh mozzarellla
Spread pesto on crust, added mozzarella slices and baked at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.  Added arugula just before serving.

Meal #3 (chard, onion, garlic, parsley)
This was not a hit with the little ones, but Allen and I enjoyed it.
Honey Lemon Salmon with Parsley Rice and Swiss Chard

4 tbsp lemon juice, separated
1 tbsp honey (21g)
2 salmon fillets
About 1/2 lb raw Swiss chard, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of cooked rice
About 1/4 cup fresh parsley, separated
Kosher Salt
Cook rice according to package directions. 
Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. In a separate pan, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and onion slices. Heat on medium, stirring every so often so they don't stick or burn in the pan. When they start to get soft add the Swiss chard. Lower heat slightly. Toss occasionally as the Swiss chard cooks down. While the Swiss chard cooks, combine honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside. When the Swiss chard is tender transfer to a serving bowl. This process should take about 15-20 minutes. If you like very wilted Swiss chard add about 1/4 of water to pan when cooking to speed up the steaming process. Wipe out pan and add 1 tsp of olive oil. Heat on medium. When hot add salmon fillets. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. When the salmon is almost done add the honey/lemon sauce to pan. Cook for about 1 minute longer for the sauce to thicken. Be care not to burn the honey (I turn the heat to low at this point). To plate add 1/2 of the Swiss chard to the center of the dish. Place salmon on top of the Swiss chard and top with a few sprinkles of fresh parsley.  Add remaining parsley to rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on the side. * Recipe from lifeonfood.blogspot.com

Sides (basil, garlic, green beans, okra)
Some fabulous repeats to stock up the freezer.
Basil Walnut Pesto
2 cups packed basil leaves
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons softened butter (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Place basil, olive oil, walnuts, garlic and salt (if using) in food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined. Add Parmesan and butter (if using) and blend 5-10 seconds more. Just before serving, add 2 Tbsp of hot pasta water from cooked pasta. Serve over pasta with bread and salad.* Recipe by dahlia at Food.com

"Bean" Dip
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 www.addictedtoveggies.com

Easy Indian Style Okra (for the freezer)
1 pound sliced fresh okra (about 1/2 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garam masala
salt to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tablespoons oil
Place the sliced okra in a large ziploc bag, add cumin, ginger, coriander, garam masala, pepper and salt. Freeze. When ready to eat, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until tender. Add frozen, spiced okra and stir for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover the pan. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until okra is tender. It may take longer depending on size of okra. *Recipe adapted from CALIGAL76 at allrecipes.com

Other (melon, tomatoes, cucumber)
Melon with lunch
Leftover - tomatoes and 

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