I stopped taking pictures of my CSA deliveries for a while there. I like winter squash, greens and citrus plenty, but after a while they’re not that exciting. When summer produce starting arriving my interest was renewed! Before I get to that, here are a few dishes that used up the last of my winter and spring produce.
Fajita-style poblanos, fennel and mushrooms over polenta cakes with lettuce, tangerine salsa, beans and a bit of Daiya.
I had some sweet potatoes sitting around and decided to try to make a sweet potato based bbq sauce. It turned out a little grainy but tasted good enough on tempeh. In the back is a brussels sprout and corn hash.
I used Tofurkey Italian Sausage and subbed egg substitute in the dumplings. This was a very hearty and tasty dish. You cook the dumplings right on top of the stew! Some of my root veggies were beets, which turned the whole thing red and a little sweet. Next time I would probably stick with neutral colored roots.
Black bean and sweet potato hash with cumin, coriander and orange; steamed broccoli on the side.
This orzo salad was for Vegan Happy Hour. I caramelized shallots then reduced some balsamic vinegar in the same pan, and blended the mixture with mayo and seasonings. The orzo and dressing was tossed with diced tomato, raw corn and fresh basil.
This isn’t CSA related, but these blackberries came from my backyard! We had some friends over on a Saturday and I had a bowl of freshly picked berries, so I made the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Joy of Vegan Baking into a cake, subbing berries for the chocolate. I added some cinnamon, which was a great compliment to the banana and berries. This was a perfect snack cake – moist but not dense, sweet but not too sweet.
Peppermint tea! I’m not a huge fan of mint in food, so I boiled a pot of water then seeped a whole bunch of mint. Strained, chilled and served cold with stevia and lemon, it was a great treat.
After my last CSA delivery included basil, I was wondering what I could use to make an interesting pesto other than nuts. Lucky for me, that very same day Gena of Choosing Raw posted a recipe for hemp pesto. Perfect! I dont’ love hemp seeds as is, so I’m always looking for different ways to incorporate them into my diet. I used only one tablespoon of oil, and mixed the pesto with some shirataki noodles. In the back are some green beans cooked with coconut oil, onion, lemon and fresh dill. I really liked the pesto, and had the leftovers on toast with arugula and sliced tomato.
Lastly, one of my favorite ways to use up random veggies, the hot dog salad. This salad included lettuce, tomato, gypsy peppers, radishes, carrot, cilantro, sliced veggie dogs and Cesar Chavez Dressing from Appetite for Reduction. What is most important about this picture is that I finally figured out how to take a good picture of a giant salad! Normally I just pile stuff in the salad bowl while I chop it up. For this picture, I kept a bit of each topping off to the side then sprinkled them on top at the end so that you can see all the pretty colors! Obvious to some, maybe, but I was pretty proud of this accomplishment.