By now it’s quite obvious that I have an intense love affair for all things fruits and veg. But as of late, I have become specifically obsessed with “baby” produce. Need a visual?
So I was running into Albertson’s the other day to pick up some pie crust and this adorable little pineapple catches my eye. I have never seen anything like it before. It was so tiny! I couldn’t help but snap a pic. And then of course I had to reunite it with its momma for a family portrait. I remain curious about what it might have tasted like since I couldn’t bring myself to eat such a sweet innocent pineapple.
Then today as I am unpacking my CSA box I come across another sweet little piece of produce…
I mean, who needs baby carrots when you got the real thing? (ps: in case you didn’t know marketed “baby carrots” are not baby carrots at all…they are merely grown up carrots that are cut and peeled so they are more convenient for snacking…fun fact of the day!).
Now it’s time to get on to the party…
Last week we had a total of 47 link ups! It was filled with hits, misses and baby goats. I am blown away by the creativity this week. So many amazing dishes it’s hard to know here to start. How about a Fennel and Pear Sandwich? or a some Cantaloupe Sorbet? And who doesn’t love a big, juicy burger pimped out with some CSA veggies (and homemade buns)? If only this link party had taste-o-vision…
Thank you to everyone who participated. There were some beautiful hauls and tasty treats. I appreciate you going out of your way to share your goodies.
Guess that means it’s time for me to share my goodies…(cue angels singing)
I have had some gorgeous boxes before but for some reason these colors are just jumping out at me. And I can’t believe I got fresh strawberries! What a treat :) Harper and I devoured half of them before they even made it to the fridge (the evidence is all over her t-shirt…thank God for stain remover!).
Another family favorite is the broccoli. When I opened the box, the first thing Harper did was grab the “gocki”. She has a thing for the green trees. Check her out…
I think I will go ahead and steam these up and toss them with some butter and salt and pepper. Hits the spot every time :)
I am so happy to see two bunches of spinach! My CSA spinach is the best spinach I have ever had. I will settle for store-bought spinach in a pinch, but it never satisfies like this spinach. Whenever I get fresh spinach I always love to whip up a batch of Harper’s favorite dinner…these Turkey Ricotta Meatballs. They are the perfect meal for growing toddlers and hungry adults.
Speaking of hungry, just typing that word got me up and rummaging around in the kitchen. Lucky for me one of those green apples and a slice of Old Amsterdam cheese is hitting the spot right about now. I am sure the other apples will have the same fate. Along with those juicy and delicious pixie tangerines.
Whenever I see zucchini and carrots together, I can’t help but dream of turkey burgers. Or cupcakes (here and here). But considering my clean eating habits, I will stick with the burgers. Wrap it up in perfectly crisp romaine lettuce and dinner is served!
Is it strange that sage makes me think of butter? Ever since I tried this Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe (which has been featured on not one, but two different blogs recently…yay me!), a fresh bunch of sage makes me want to drown everything in fancy herbed butter. Mmmmmm…
And finally, some cute little tomatoes. I have the perfect recipe in mind. Here’s to hoping I can snap some pics and get it up on the blog before my busy birthday weekend :)
Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown? Any special recipe, tips or tricks you’d like to share? Looking forward to reading your responses :)
Linking up for the first time? Click here for more info…and Welcome! PS: Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post. Thanks!