Our last two CSA boxes, we'll be getting a new one tomorrow already!They're starting to have less greens and more summer veggies, just as we've gotten so used to the greens and how to use them! Above is beets, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, I ordered sharp cheese (yum!), mint sprigs, the meat was 4 hamburgers and bacon that week, I also ordered chicken, kohlrabi, green onions, Oregon peas (so tired of those, that was bag #4 of them), cherry tomatoes and our eggs.
This past week we got 3 ears of corn, 4 cucumbers, 1 squash, 1 zucchini, beets, an albino green pepper (so cool!), kohlrabi, a red onion, green onions, carrots, blueberries, I ordered applesauce and chicken, and we got our eggs and the special meat this week was another whole chicken. Lots of variety and things with a good fridge life. Can't wait to see what we get tomorrow!
We've repeated several of our favorite recipes lately, Crock Pot Carnitas, always a major favorite of ours. We also made Turkey Nachos again and Indian Tandoori chicken. These helped use up some meat I had in the freezer and other stuff I had on-hand to use.. I'm really trying to eat through a lot of groceries that seem to stockpile around here. I'm the opposite of all those crazy coupon people, I want less stuff in my cabinets!
I pulled out a jar of Sweet Chili Sauce I've had for a while and used All Recipes to find a recipe to use it in. I'm trying to do that with one recipe per week to eat down our constantly overflowing pantry. I ended up finding a great recipe for a Sweet and Spicy Pork and Napa Cabbage Stir Fry. This was SO good and helped us use a pork tenderloin in the freezer, the last of our napa cabbage from our CSA box as well as some other things in it, and the whole bottle of Sweet Chili Sauce. And it was SO good, it was Brent's favorite thing we've had in a while. We did a lot of the chopping the night before, and also let the pork marinade overnight and all day.
(This is the new bumblebee Pillow Pet she got for planting her pacifiers in the backyard. The following recipes are of her harvesting all the candy that now grows in the backyard since she sleeps without her pacifiers now).We've had a lot of very different for us side dishes with the things we've been getting in our vegetable box. We had this cucumber-watermelon salad tonight that was SO good. I cut the portion size in a 1/4th because it sounded like a lot. We made this Massaged Kale Salad with the last of our kale, we didn't care for it. It was mega salty and just not our thing,maybe if we ever did it again we'd lay off the salt some. The other things in the salad were good, the salt taste was just overwhelming. This Parmesan Corn on the Cob was just ok. We've made better before, and the corn wasn't super juicy (but I think that's more the type of corn than the recipe).
This Sour Cream and Cucumber side was also really different for us, but good! Not something I'd make a ton, but it was a nice change. We made several different salads with the cherry tomatoes we got. We've never been big on tomatoes, but I think these recipes were all really good. I think this Cherry Tomato Corn Salad was probably my favorite and it also helped me use one of my many cucumbers we've had lately! Brent's been making fun of me because really, pretty much everything has cucumbers in it! We love feta, so this feta cheese tomato salad was really good and simple. And of course this one helped me use cucumbers, tomatoes and the mint we got!
I roasted the chicken we got from our CSA box using this Slashed Chicken with Bacon recipe from a website I really like. I think it turned out really well and was a very moist chicken. I still don't love whole chickens, I don't think we do a great job getting all the meat off or making the most of the bird.
We used the remaining chicken for this Chicken Salad Wrap recipe and it was SO good! It's not a super traditional chicken salad recipe, but it goes great in a wrap. And of course had a cucumber in it! I really hope cucumbers are a "super food".....