The variety of vegetables in season grows as the summer progresses, so it becomes both more fun as well as more challenging to pull together recipes that we love and use the available produce. This week I am excited about the menu below for its variety and inclusion of dessert! Has anyone tried out yet the Italian Wonderpot that has become a phenomena on social media?
Week 9 Vegetables:
This week’s Round River CSA share includes: golden beets, carrots, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers, swiss chard, broccoli, pea pods, celery, basil, parsley, and nasturtiums.
Week 9 Recipes:
Ingredients listed are from the CSA cooler, additional ingredients will be needed.
- Sesame-Ginger and Cucumber Soba Noodles: uses cucumbers (and green onions and cilantro, if you still have some from previous weeks). For some extra protein, add some baked tofu or edamame. You can buy baked tofu at the store or make your own. I buy the frozen bags of edamame, which makes for a really easy add-in.
- Italian Wonderpot: uses swiss chard (just sub in chard for spinach) and fresh basil (instead of dried). I also would throw in a little parsley, if you like it. Evidently this has been all over Pinterest – anyone out there want to give me an introduction to Pinterest? What I do know about Pinterest is that I’m happy it wasn’t well known when we got married 5 years ago.
- Zucchini Fritters: uses zucchini. Did you try the kohlrabi fritters recipe earlier this season? This is another great one, especially if you are looking for ways to use up summer squash.
- Buddhas Delight: uses carrots, broccoli, pea pods, and whatever other veggie you want to add! I like this way of preparing the tofu, but you could swap in chicken or another protein, too. Definitely don’t skip the fresh ginger – it makes the flavors pop.
- Shaved Golden Beet Salad topped with Fried Goat Cheese: uses beets and basil (you could top this as well with the nasturtiums). You could also use the Chioggia beet from last week, too. This could also be served alongside fish or another protein, but remember – I am obsessed with goat cheese….
- Grilled Marinated Zucchini: uses zucchini. Last week I included a delicious grilled zucchini recipe, but this week I thought I’d try another. This recipe was highlighted in the Co+op Deals for our local co-op this month.
- Chocolate Zucchini Bread: uses zucchini. A fun dessert and a favorite recipe from a former colleague (thanks, Ruth!).