We are coming up on our last week in Santa Barbara. And although Harper and I have enjoyed hanging with our friends and soaking in the beautiful summer weather, we are looking forward to going home and having our family back together. But before we head out, I have made sure that we experience our favorite CSA a few more times. The quality and variety of their produce helps to ease the pain of being homesick (I guess it’s no longer a secret what my drug of choice is…). As does a rockin’ produce party :)
Last week we had a total of 12 links which yielded a whole lots of produce…especially tomatoes :) I was most intrigued by Kirsten’s Kale Hummus this week. I have been really into kale pesto this summer but kale hummus…mind blown! I can’t get enough of the beauty that is Salted Plates Peach Caprese Salad. Simply gorgeous. And finally, I’m excited to try Eats Writes Shoots Vegetarian Tacos with Grilled Zucchini. Yum! Thanks to everyone for linking up. I truly can’t get enough of your ingenious ways to eat your veggies.
And now on to how I plan to eat my veggies…
It’s boxes like this that make me miss my old CSA :( I mean, there is so much delicious and summery goodness, it’s hard to know where to start. But since this item is new to me this week, I have to highlight it first…
Have you ever seen something so adorable?! They are mouse watermelon cucumbers and they are my new favorite treat! Kind of a cross between a grape and a cucumber, that looks like a watermelon but is slightly slimy and sour in the middle. But they keep me coming back for more :) I have been popping these suckers in my mouth ever since I opened up my box. They are crunchy and delicious and as soon as we start up another garden, these little gems will be front and center. Love!
And then there are those red flame grapes. Or as I like to refer to them, “nature’s candy”. These grapes are so sweet and crunchy, they have been serving as my post meal treat.
I am also loving the assortment of pluots this week. During the days of pluot abundance, I would have made my famous crumble. But these days, it has been a while since I have had the chance to sink my teeth in to one of these. Now, I am savoring each and every bite :) The Flavor Gold ones are by far my favorite!
I am excited about the melon. I am assuming it is a cantaloupe but haven’t cut it open yet. It is still a bit green so I am going to try to let it ripen up a bit. But I am looking forward to scooping out the seeds and filling it with cottage cheese or plain yogurt. A healthy and hearty mid day snack.
Speaking of snacks, Harper and I have been snacking on those monstrous carrots the last few days. If there are any left I have the perfect dinner dish to make with them and am looking forward to sharing it with you.
I have been craving big, protein filled breakfasts lately and adding fresh spinach and tomatoes to a morning scramble is a great way to kick off the day. Or, they might make into a quiche, in which case, a salad on the side would help to create the perfect lunch or dinner.
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 :)
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