Good morning! I hope you all had a happy and safe fourth of July!
I am so happy that it is finally feeling like summer! We are still getting a lot of rain which often puts a damper on summer plans, but the sun is starting to shine a little bit more often than not.
The last two years Adam and I have participated in a CSA to get fresh vegetables from a local farm. The farm is located only 4 miles from our house and the family that owns the farm is always so nice! The farm is Cobblestone Creek Farm feel free to check them out. If your local to the Syracuse area, I definitely recommend joining their CSA! We paid for our membership over the winter, and now our grocery bill is super low since we don’t need a whole lot of produce from the store. Plus, supporting a local business is always a good thing!
In our first pick up we got broccoli, garlic scapes, radishes, cucumbers, a basil plant, collard greens and eggs. I have never cooked with or had garlic scapes, to my knowledge. I used the collard greens to make Utica greens and put the scapes in the recipe. It was delicious!
Our second week we got lettuce, napa cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, snow peas and beets. Adam made a delicious dinner using the napa cabbage as wraps. He made a homemade curry sauce and put it over cooked ground beef and onions. He shredded carrots and cooked quinoa. We used the napa cabbage as wraps and put the curried beef, quinoa and carrots inside. We are having that tonight as leftovers and I am hungry just thinking about it!
I love that the CSA helps us to branch out and try new vegetables that we probably wouldn’t seek out at the store. We’re not picky eaters and love to try new things.
We recently got a juicer. I have been reading about juicing for about 2 years now and have wanted to do it. I didn’t know if I would like it and therefore always talked myself out of trying it. Some local places have juices that are fresh, and I have been trying different kinds. So I decided, I do like fresh made juices and got a juicer! Juicing is another great way to use vegetables from our CSA!
Last week we made three different kinds of juices:
- Carrot, apple, pineapple, ginger, lemon- this one was my favorite. We made it twice!
- Kale, cucumber, lime, apple- this one was okay. I kept a little of the lime rind of when I put it threw and it made the juice have a little bit of a bitter taste to it.
- Beets (greens and all), carrots, apples, lemon, ginger and parsley- this one was good!
I know that some people juice as a meal replacement, but I’m not trying to meal replace. I am more trying to snack replace. I could probably eat all day long- which gets me into trouble when I’m trying to fit into my clothes. Juicing is a healthy way to replace unhealthy snacks with a healthy one! Last year Adam and I were marathon training all summer and that helped save me from gaining weight. Now, I still have the hunger from marathon training, but am not working out quite as much.
Have you ever juiced? What are some recipes you recommend I try? I am open to suggestions!