24 June 2014 @ 10:53 am
Victory!  
For once I used up everything in the CSA box with no wastage, and even the extra stuff I ordered (fresh corn!) and a cantaloupe left over from last week. I know that doesn't sound like much of a victory for those of you that get all 17 of your daily servings of fruit and veg without effort, but I had work or social dinners for three nights, my company catered lunch both days I was in the office, and I had leftovers to knock off as well. Plus, well, I have never liked vegetables.  I got the CSA box in an attempt to get myself to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and it's been a struggle sometimes to actually do it instead of wasting food.

Strawberries and cantaloupe with breakfast, cherries, grapes, and red plums as mid-afternoon snacks, endive and spinach became salad, corn and mushrooms I had with sausage for dinner, and this weekend I made up a kale and sausage pasta dish that was delish and also had leftovers for lunch this week. I came up with a pretty tasty dressing for the endive: lumpfish roe mixed with sour cream and a touch of vinegar, with some green onion thrown in.  The sour cream softens the bitter edge of the endive, and the lumpfish gives it some heft and depth as a meal.

I do have some tomatoes left, but I'm not counting them because a) extras I ordered and b) I put them aside deliberately because they were underripe.  I'll probably have some with my lunch today, as they look like they are finally ripe.
 
 
Alix (Tersa): Good Eatstersa on June 24th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
Ooooo. That kale and sausage thing sounds like it could be interesting, as well as the endive salad. Would you be willing to maybe bring one of those to Movie Nite some night that it's convenient for you? I'd like to try them!
Lauratavella on June 24th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Sure! Probably the kale, because they don't really send enough endive for more than 1-2 people (though maybe I could do it as more of an appetizer). I don't have kale in this week's box, but it'll surely be in one of the next couple, it's a regular.
Alix (Tersa): Good Eatstersa on June 24th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Appetizer would be fine! Thanks! :)
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on June 25th, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
:-)
You seem to get a CSA box for the same reason we do -- I never eat vegetables either, other than out of a warped sense of duty. I just don't like them, nearly regardless of how they're cooked.

I can usually cook onions into something that tastes good, and I like potato-leek soup after motleypolitico taught me how to make it, although it has so much potato starch, I'm not sure it counts as a vegetable. Other than that though, I just don't like them.

We joined a CSA that delivered to the kids' school and allowed you to pick what vegetables and fruits you wanted delivered. That helped a lot, although I'm not sure we ever achieved CSA victory, other than the one time the kids wanted to make lemonade and I ordered 4 servings of lemons and 2 of avocados for guacamole.

Avocados, that's another vegetable I'll intentionally eat, if it even counts as a vegetable.

Congratulations on your hard-earned victory! I could never do it if we had random vegetables delivered.
--Beth
Lauratavella on June 25th, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: :-)
There are a few vegetables I like, asparagus and corn on the cob and good tomatoes, but not a wide variety. But tersa introduced me to a really good spinach salad with raspberry dressing, feta, and cranberries, and I've discovered kale isn't much on its own but is great in some pastas and soups. So I've widened my tastes a little.

Still, I never really *look forward* to vegetables the way I might a steak or a baked potato. Except for artichokes. Mmm, artichokes.
si_anenomesi_anenome on June 26th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
Nice! Sounds like a lot of good food.

Lauratavella on June 26th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
Summer is definitely the easiest time to do it, when there's such a huge variety. When it's winter and you are down to mostly root vegetables, citrus, and winter greens for week after week, harder to get enthusiastic.