Last week’s CSA included a strange looking melon I had never seen before. It one of the things I love about the CSA program, getting to know new foods. This melon, I’ve come to find out, was a Galia melon. Its taste is like a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew… very sweet! I cut up the melon and ended up with a very large bowl of fruit. After a few days I realized we weren’t going to finish it all so I did what I do with all my fruit in order to preserve it: stuck it in the freezer. Then I came up with a quick and easy smoothie recipe that I can continue to make during the week.
Melon Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup frozen melon
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp Agave nectar (to taste)
- A dash of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, enjoy!
I kept it pretty simple this week, my only add on was some organic Italian Pork Sausage. It goes goes great in a baked ziti type recipe I’ve been cooking here and there.
Everything else is business as usual:
Seasonal Stone fruit (plums!)
I was getting a little overwhelmed with how many green beans I had accumulated. My baby is too small to eat vegetable purée and my daughter goes back and for between liking them. I came up with a quick and easy way to make them and I honestly couldn’t stop eating them.
Recipe posts coming soon 🙂
This weeks’ family outing idea: Pick your own farm.
I know I mention CSA programs all the time but this is another way to get to know your local farmers and get your kids involved.
It’s been some time since we had the chance to get the kids out to our local farms. A few years ago we took our daughters to Cal Poly Pomona during strawberry season where they had “Pick your own basket”. Continue reading
This week was a great week for add ons.
If you could just smell the basil… It’s amazing! I’m making some homemade pasta sauce with it tonight. My husband will be lucky if there are any nectarines left when he gets home. Those radishes make me think of carne asada, ooh with some roasted corn. Okay, I need to stop before my mouth starts watering.
So far every week my CSA has included few zucchini in the box, this week I made the hearty breakfast bread with them.
Zucchini Bread Recipe
I mentioned earlier in this week’s CSA post that I’ve been using organic rolled oats for my breakfast shakes.
I pick up my CSA bounty every Tuesday. Here is what came in this week’s box:
Peaches, pluots, green beans, cucumber, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. I see some zucchini bread baking in the near future.
My watermelon fiend daughter will love this!
You may have read my previous post about CSA programs here.
So why participate in a CSA?
- Offers you the opportunity to try out fruits and vegetables you may have overlooked at the supermarket.
- It guarantees the produce you’re eating is not only organic but also as fresh as it gets.
- CSA produce is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than anything you’d buy at the supermarket.
- Save money, time, and simplify your produce shopping.
- Explore new recipes.
- Buying local means supporting your local economy.
I’ll have more recipes up soon that I’ve explored thanks to my CSA bounty!
With the population of our planet only increasing, being “green” is not a fad, it’s here to stay and I believe it’s important for everyone to do at least a little bit towards living “green”.
My journey began when I made the decision to cloth diaper. I am inspired by women like my mother in law, she is an adamant recycler and compost user.
The idea behind being green is finding ways to produce less waste and thereby reducing your carbon footprint. The kicker with this is that you’ll often times find yourself saving money as well.
As an interior designer, one of my favorite things is recommending money saving products to my clients. That high efficiency washer you paid a little more for will end up saving you in water bills in the long run. The energy efficient appliances you purchase will do the same for your electricity bill. Replacing your old toilet, upgrading your water heater, or installing weatherproofing around your home are all great things to do. All of these have long term effects on how much you pay in utilities. Even starting small; installing aerating faucet adapters on your faucets is a simple step towards saving water.
I love my mom’s cooking, unfortunately, she doesn’t do it very often. In order for me to enjoy my childhood favorite foods, I’ve had to learn to make them myself. The great thing about my mom’s cooking is that she likes to keep it simple and as authentic as possible (if it’s too greasy or fatty she will usually adjust the recipe) Here is one of my top favorites, Sopa de Albondigas.