Sweet summertime! This summer we chose to do a CSA, which I’ve mentioned no less than about a million times, but its only because of how much I’ve enjoyed it. We are part of an 18-week share from River Sun Farm. They are local (Statesville) and USDA organic and we’ve been really pleased with the quality and quantity we’ve received each week.
It has made meal planning a little different, but since they mail out what we will be getting each Sunday (pick up is on Thursday), it’s definitely doable. It’s forced me to shake up meals (especially sides) and I love that the girls love combing through the bags with me as we try to figure out what everything is.
Here’s what we’ve been eating lately: summer edition!
Summer Meal 1
Beer soaked bratwursts, wax beans (prepared my family’s favorite way), roasted cabbage (which was surprisingly awesome: slice 1/2 inch thick, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and roast at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes), and a summer squash and zucchini bake that honestly didn’t turn out that well and isn’t worth sharing.
Summer Meal 2
We have ordered some eggs through the CSA once of twice ($4) and they’ve been really great- big with bright yolks. We also started with a lot of leafy greens in our CSA deliveries so I ate a lot of fried egg over sausage and spring onions, with mustard greens, and fruit (cherries here).
Summer Meal 3
Summer Meal 4
I feel this will be the summer of sandwiches and it’s all about the topping for me! This one has sharp cheddar, ham, avocado, onion, tomato, and a thin smear of mayo.
Summer Meal 5
I just can’t stop with the egg breakfasts. This time I sauteed CSA kale and spring onions, with sausage and cherry tomatoes, then topped it with a fried egg and 1/2 an avocado. My favorite breakfast!
Summer Meal 6
Simple broiled salmon (drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then broil for 10-12 minutes until flaky) over cauliflower rice and grape tomatoes, topped with a garlic scape and walnut pesto.
Summer Meal 7
We have received numerous cucumbers in each delivery, and this lettuce-less Greek Chicken Salad is my favorite lunch I’ve made with them: diced cucumber, diced red onion, diced cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta, chopped leftover chicken, and kalamata olives, all drizzled with olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper. I could eat this every day!
Summer Meal 8
This isn’t actually a real meal; it’s what I contributed to a 4th of July cookout, but I could basically make a meal out of a veggie tray and spinach dip. I used the old fashion veggie soup dry spice pack with sour cream, mayo, spinach, and water chestnuts. Reminds me of childhood!
Summer Meal 9
I made a roast in the crock pot and served it over white rice with grape tomatoes and sauteed zucchini and summer squash with a leek vinaigrette I found in my Eating Well cookbook. It was great!e
Summer Meal 10
Did I mention the summer of sandwiches? And you can’t go wrong with a BLT! I stopped by Josh’s Farmer’s Market for some bread from Nova’s Bakery, real tomatoes, and bacon. The layers are: toasted bread, sharp cheddar, onions, avocado, thick sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper, bacon, lettuce, and a thin smear of mayo. Incredible tasting!
Summer Meal 11
A throwback to my favorite breakfast of yore, a fried egg on avocado and sriracha toast with cherries and blueberries (from the CSA!) on the side.
Summer Meal 12
This stir fry lunch came together better than I anticipated. I had snow peas and spring bunching onions left from my CSA delivery so I sauteed them with leftover chicken, grape tomatoes, and soy sauce. Then I sprinkled hemp seeds over the whole thing and it made for a really tasty hot lunch!
I really love the fresh produce of summer and am trying to leave no veggie left unexplored!
What are some of your favorite summertime meals?
Have you tried a new-to-you vegetable lately?