Vegtastic meals

I’ve been trying to utilize my CSA share in my meals this week. Missed previous weeks? You can read about previous weeks’ CSA shares here.

Fava Beans

One new vegetable for me this week was the fava bean. Using a recipe for Fava Beans in Garlic Bacon Cream from my CSA newsletter. First I shucked the beans from the pods. I found the beans to be highly cute. Yes?

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..Then I dropped them in boiling water for two minutes.

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Oh…but THEN I realized… SNAP! I have to peel these suckers again. After blanching, I dropped the beans into ice water, and then proceeded to peel the light green covering off the bright green beans hidden inside. Voila! Into a skillet of rendered bacon, sautéed garlic, and fat-free half-and-half went the fava beans. I also mixed in half of a can of drained, diced tomatoes.

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I topped this fava bean side dish with chopped fresh basil, also from my CSA share.

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Conclusions:

  • I like fava beans. They are mildly sweet, have a nice texture, similar to lima beans.
  • This recipe was not bad, but I’d prefer the bacon sprinkled on top, because it got a bit soggy in the cream. Though it’s difficult to “mess bacon up,” amirite?

I served the fava bean dish with grilled BBQ chicken and grilled corn, seasoned with Old Bay seasoning.

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Broccoli + Irish Cobbler Potatoes

Another CSA-filled meal, utilizing the broccoli and heirloom Irish Cobbler potatoes. I adore these little potatoes – they are incredibly delicious roasted in the oven after being tossed in EVOO, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and thyme. Mmm mmm! The broccoli was also SO good! It tasted so fresh and yummy. I steamed it for a few minutes and tossed with a spoonful of butter, salt, and pepper (..and one half of a Kraft single Smile ).

For the main dish, I served Tangy Pulled Pork which I made in the slow cooker the day before so it was all ready when I got home from work on Monday night. It only takes about 4-5 hours in the slow cooker, and is so SIMPLE and SO good! I’ve made this recipe quite a few times and recommend it highly. This meal was an A+!

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Tonight’s project: Bok Choy.

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I sautéed the washed and chopped bok choy in sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper, and served it with deli turkey in Flatout wraps and a brown rice and quinoa side dish. I think next time I want to try adding the bok choy to a brothy Asian soup. Ideas?

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Note Currently listening to: Lying From You – Linkin Park.

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