It’s been 2 weeks since we moved into our new home and we are finally feeling settled. We spent the weekend hanging pictures, arranging furniture and exploring our new town. The weather was beautiful so we decided to take a trip down to the local beach. To put it simply…it was magical.
And watching my little beach bum playing in the sand, was the icing on the cake…
The weekend was also filled with lots of celebrating. For mother’s day of course ;) And not only did I get to sleep in until 10, I woke up to this lovely view…
Gotta love homemade pancakes with a side of crispy bacon :)
And the celebrating continues as I received my first box from my new CSA this week. Can’t wait to share the goodies with you.
But first, let’s take a look at last week’s party. There were a total of 6 link ups, each one filled with loads of fresh, organic and local produce. I am thrilled to welcome Sharlea of Fresh Veggies in the Dessert back to the party. And was even more excited about her Grilled Artichokes. Shalama from Views from Here shared a mouthwatering Cauliflower Crust Pizza (something I have been dying to try for a while now). And Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts gave us the low down on how she makes her food look sooooo good! A big thanks to everyone who participated. I love reading through all of your posts.
After being without a box last week, I was starting to have some serious withdrawals. Luckily, I was able to find a new CSA pretty quickly thanks to localharvest.org. Not only is my new CSA cheaper than my previous one (by more than $10!) but the boxes are overflowing with even more goodies! I couldn’t be happier. Check out what I picked up this week…
Holy nutritious goodness…right? There was so much produce packed in that box, I had a hard time arranging it for the picture. I am currently in fruit and veggie heaven :) And not only did my new CSA provide me with great recipes, they also gave tips on how to properly store the items in this week’s box to maximize their shelf life. Could it get any better?
So here’s what I plan to do with this abundant haul…
Harper dug into the peas right away. My girl loves the green. As soon as she saw them she grabbed a handful and started shelling them (before I could even snap a picture of the box…thank God there were more than enough to be photographed). I have only gotten English peas once before and I can’t for the life of me remember what I made with them. But I remember it was good. So I will have to do some googling to figure it out :)
Once the pictures were taken, I grabbed a lemon and started zesting for this recipe. And even though the lemon zest is a small component, it makes all the difference in the overall taste. Delicious. And on the side I steamed up some of the broccoli. A household staple.
For breakfast this morning I sliced up some of the strawberries and ate them along with my oatmeal. Best strawberries ever. No exaggeration. They were juicy, flavorful and downright scrumptious.
I was excited to see a fresh bunch of spinach this week. I plan on making this Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Shallots again because it is so simple but so good.
I have all the ingredients I need to make my killer kale salad (kale, lemons, avocados), but now I just need mouths to eat it. It makes a huge portion and unfortunately Harper and Freddie aren’t kale fans. I wish I could eat it all by myself but even my belly can’t hold it all. I have plans to visit friends this weekend and might have to bring a kale salad along with me :)
For the beets, I think I am going to go straight for the roasting. They are so sweet and earthy, it’s hard to resist.
Of course, the lettuce will make a great salad, topped with some sliced radishes, grated carrots, crumbled cheese and a handful of chopped nuts. Might even throw in some grilled chicken breast if I am feeling really wild.
Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown? Any special recipe, tips or tricks you’d like to share? Looking forward to reading your responses :)
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