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Week 18: Brussels Sprouts Greens

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 7 weeks since I last posted an update on my CSA experience. That must have been just about when work got really busy and the summer finally kicked in.

The summer is just about over (remember it doesn’t officially end until September 21) and life is slowing down a bit. And, so unfortunately are the veggies. Although we’ll get something each week until Thanksgiving I don’t expect to get the kind of bounty we had in the summer months.

So, how did I do? Well, I did find it was tough keeping up with the veggies some weeks.  But, I did learn a few tricks—a little late—along the way to help me use up what I’d gotten.

I now have some corn, green beans, and carrots in the freezer for this winter’s stews and soups. And, I will definitely make more Maple Corn Fritters because they’re sooo good. I’ve also got some frozen soup (Jane’s Garden Minestrone) and ratatouille which will make nice lunches on cold days. I learned to make a big pan of all types of veggies mixed together to have with grilled chicken or fish. Or, on cooler days I roasted them with potatoes for a one pot meal.

The most important thing I took away from this experience was to let go. That’s a tough one for someone like me who’s a planner. I make a list when I go to the grocery store and in my head I’ve planned what I want to make the upcoming week. You kind of have to do that, right? Well, with the CSA, Mother Nature is doing that planning for you. You can kind of get an idea of what’s in season and get a jump on it but for the most part you get your veggies each week and then decide what to do with them. That’s just the opposite of what I’ve always done. I think I’ll be better at it next year.

Anyway, we got Brussels Sprouts Greens this week. OK, could you have planned for that one? Not me. I didn’t even know there was such a thing! Well, I just jumped in and here’s what I came up with.

Brussels Sprouts Greens with Penne

First, I sauted a half an onion (chopped) and a clove of garlic in olive oil. I added two beautifully ripe diced tomatoes. Topped it all with the chopped greens (without the woody stems) and simmered it until they were wilted. A little more olive oil, some chicken broth, cooked pasta and some diced cooked chicken were mixed in. Served with grated cheese and, boy, was it was heaven!! The greens were sweeter than expected. I like them!


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