Melon Smoothie

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 aΒ cantaloupeΒ 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!

CSA Tuesday: What’s in the Box? 8/6

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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!)
Green beans
Corn
Tomatoes
Avocados
Zucchini
Watermelon

I was getting a little overwhelmed with how many green beans I had accumulated. My baby is too small to eat vegetable purΓ©e 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 πŸ™‚

CSA Tuesday: What’s in the box? 7/17

This week was a great week for add ons.

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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.
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CSA Tuesday: What’s in the box?

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!

Some rolled oats for our breakfast shakes.

Why a CSA?

You may have read my previous post about CSA programsΒ 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.
Ready to find your own CSA? Visit:Β www.localharvest.org

I’ll have more recipes up soon that I’ve explored thanks to my CSA bounty!

-thegreenlatina

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)

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.
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What is CSA?

In high school I was an active member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). I must confess I had no intention of actually becoming a farmer one day. However, the organization afforded me leadership opportunities that I didn’t feel I could find with any other high school club.

After high school I went on to fashion school and never looked back. It wasn’t until recently when I was looking for local farmers markets that I found out about CSA (sorry Mrs. Burdi, I must’ve been absent the day we learned about these).

A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a program where you buy a share (a box or bag) of weekly or bi-weekly farm fresh produce. Not only is it a great way to support your local farmer, it’s a great way to eat fresh organic produce. Most offer whatever is in season and some offer the ability to add on raw milk or meats like grass fed beef. My first box came with Rainer cherries (that I devoured in a matter of minutes), Strawberries, carrots, rainbow chard, red leaf lettuce, red skin potatoes, fresh lavender, grass fed ground beef and burger patties.

Some groups require you to put in some hours of work on the farm. Here, in Southern California, I haven’t found any that do.

My local CSA is run by Abundant Harvest Organics and if you’d like to search for what is available near you, go here.

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