Friday, June 15, 2012

CSA - Week 1

I decided to write a CSA post every Friday with the previous weeks CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share box and what I've done with it.  I've only just decided this now so forgive me in the lack of pictures.

Let's start with a link to the contents of last weeks box!  Looks good, doesn't it?

So being the busy gal I am, I thought I'd be forced to be rid of most of my box - but no!  I made a true effort to get through this bad boy and boy did I make good on my plans.

I brought the box home on Thursday last week and unfortunately had to eat out due Paul's 1 year Reunion at Sloan.  Well... whatever!  I started using this bad boy on Friday.

Friday - I had a mesculin salad for lunch with tomato, onion, hakurei turnips and avocado.  I made pork stir fry with bok choi, green garlic, onion and red bell pepper!  It was so yummy and delicious.  I served it over white rice and used only a small piece of pork ... leaving room for a ton of veggies.  I ate 2 servings alone since Paul was at another reunion event.

Saturday & Sunday- I blew it... as we were in NY the whole weekend
Monday - I had a mesculin salad for lunch & I fried up 2 pieces of Tilapia and served it with corn, braised greens with green & regular garlic and made a huge salad of mesculin again for dinner.

Tuesday -  I made a huge salad for Paul and I for lunch.  We had to skip eating home this day too - we had a work function dinner for Paul's job.  We tried this amazing Afghan restaurant in Cambridge.  It was unbelievably good!

Wednesday - Yet another huge salad for lunch and for dinner... Sausage & Broccoli Rab over pasta with a huge salad.  It helped use up more green garlic, the broccoli rab & more salad! 

Thursday - I had some left over pasta for lunch... and for dinner I made some pork stir fry with brown rice!  I included some red bell pepper, spinnach, bok choi, green garlic, carrots, Hakurei Turnips  & some of the cilantro that was salvageable.  I also added some garlic scapes from this weeks box.

What I have left:
  • 3/4 bag of arugula
  • 1/3 bag of spinach
  • Oregano - I dried the oregano and have it all left.  I don't particularly like oregano but may use it during the next sauce making day

What I threw away:
I did have to toss some of the cilantro.  It was a shame but I did continue to add it to stir fry, salads, and really almost anything, just to use it up.  But even I couldn't seem to get rid of it all.  I had to toss the last bit since it was approaching the mushy stage.

Reflection on week 1 -
I'm pretty proud of myself for using most of the box despite having to eat out of the house for 3 days of the week.  It's been tough eating the amount of salads I've been eating as an entree and not as a side dish... but hey - that's okay!  Tonight we plan on eating the left over stir fry for dinner & we'll be munching on the rest of the pasta for lunch.  It really forces you to eat more veggies.  It helps you think about what you are eating and where it's coming from.  And it really encourages you to plan your meals around this box of seasonal and local veggies  I'm proud to say that 90% of the veggies in my house right now were grown 22 miles away from my home!  And that 80% of my fruit was grown within the state of MA!