From June-December 2016, we had a weekly farm share that provided our family with a slew of fresh and local vegetables, meats, dairy products, and other goods. I’m doing a series of posts documenting how we used the food. You can read more about the share and our first month of meals here. And you can read all subsequent posts here.
Oh man, I admit that I’m overwhelmed by the state of the US government right now and the population of Americans supporting them. I want to acknowledge that we are not OK with the sh*t going down right now. We believe in a country and world that’s so much better than what we’re reading about in the news, and we’re doing our best to lead by example.
As a result of the hostility that we’re observing, I’m feeling a deep need to hibernate and create a sense of peace, calm, and compassion at home (do you know how hard that is with two crazy little guys?!). Anyway, something that’s helping is taking the time to prepare nourishing dinners. So, to help me (and maybe you?) do that, I wanted to pick up on my farmshare dinner series.
… now that I’ve successfully created the most dismal post introduction ever, on with the food!
These dinners are from back in October, and as you’ll see, the pictures are getting worse and worse. It’s so hard to photograph dinner on dark winter evenings.
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Meal Planning – Month 4
The table below lists the variety of foods that we’ve received for the past month. I don’t know the exact quantity of vegetables we receive each week (it’s a large grocery bag filled with veggies, and I would say it’s about 20+ lbs), definitely enough to feed our family for the week. During the month of September, the vegetables have been some combination of those on the list below. In the protein category, we receive about 3-5 lbs of meat each week, made up of a combination of the items on the list. The tofu and tempeh each arrive once per month. Under the dairy & misc. category, we receive the yogurt & cheeses each week, we receive 1 lb of coffee once per month, and approximately two canned goods each week. While in season, we receive fresh fruit and some variety of fresh herbs.
|veggies||proteins||dairy & misc.||fruit & herbs|
|cucumbers||stewing chickens||herbed goat cheese||pears|
|potatoes||hot German sausage||camembert||apples|
|eggplant||ground beef||fruit jam||dill|
|variety of squash||eggs||rosemary|
|chard, kale, bok choy|
Above each photograph, I list the farm share ingredients used for the dish and, where available, I’ve linked to the recipes. Where necessary, I also include some notes about that day’s meal.
chicken sandwiches with burnt eggplant & pomegranate spread : lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, parsley
I make some variation of this sandwich fairly often – it’s sliced chicken thighs with a variety of seasonal veggies, and a spread or dressing, all wrapped in warmed naan. For the spread on these sandwiches, we made the burnt eggplant with pomegranate from Jerusalem. It’s considered a salad to be served as part of a meze platter, but decided to add it as a spread to these sandwiches, and it was amazing!
shrimp tacos & jalapeno poppers : carrots, kohlrabi, cilantro, jalapeno
Jalapenos must grow well in Colorado, because every fall we get a bunch in our share and see them at the markets. I love poppers, but had never made them until this year, and guys, it was so easy! Give it a shot this Sunday and heat up your Super Bowl party.
mushroom & pea soba noodles, chard, and poached fish : mushrooms, green onions, bell pepper, kale
This is another dish that I make fairly regularly. It’s inspired by the poached cod with shiitake recipe from the Wagamama cookbook (why isn’t there a CO location yet? why!). I poach tilapia or cod with a variety of fresh veggies (mushrooms, bell pepper, leeks or onions), and I vary the sauce to my taste on any given day.
pumpkin pasta : butternut squash, onions, mushrooms, kale
We found these cute pumpkin pasta shapes from TJs and had to turn them into a squash and pasta dish.
gratin : potatoes, kale, spinach, beet greens, dill, parsley, leeks, sausage, goat cheese
gratin v2 : pumpkin, potatoes, kale, parsley, sage, leeks, onion, sausage, goat cheese, yellow squash
shrimp coconut curry : green onions, carrot, green pepper, butternut squash, lemongrass
salmon, corn, and mashed kohlrabi : corn, kohlrabi
Mashed kohlrabi! Where have you been my whole life?
cauliflower salad : cauliflower, parsley
grilled chicken thighs with peach BBQ sauce, yellow lentils with carrot & potatoes, rice : peaches, onions, carrots, potatoes
teriyaki tempeh with braised cabbage and fried rice : tempeh, cabbage, onions, carrots, bell pepper
The teriyaki tempeh is a repeat recipe from month 2. It’s really delicious.
beef stew : beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, ketchup
This is a little trick from our mom – add ketchup to your beef stew, if it’s homemade, even better.
sausage & eggs~
tuna ramen with mushrooms, chard, and giardiniera (scroll down) : mushrooms, chard, broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, onion
quiche! : tomatoes, spinach, leeks
homemade pizza : mushrooms, onion, bell peppers, variety of cheeses
Ack, going back through that month of delicious and nourishing food was cathartic. What are you cooking this week?
Don’t forget that one way to get to know another culture is to cook and eat their food. Now’s the time to expand your horizons.