CrunchyMetroMom

Trying to create balance…

Adventures in CSA: Brinner Gone Wild September 22, 2011

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I don’t know about anyone else, but there are some nights when the meal plan is just kinda filled with question marks. We had actually planned for tonight to be makeshift Chinese food (some frozen General Tso’s Chicken with rice on the side, plus some manner of veggie and maybe some egg rolls or other appetizer from the deep freeze). Still, the CSA veggies beckoned, and we decided to go for a “brinner” (breakfast as dinner) instead.

You see, there are few foods that make me come running nearly so fast as hash browns. No – not home fries…little chunks of potato with peppers are just kinda meh, in my opinion. But, you shred some potatoes, throw those suckers into a pan and turn ’em golden brown…well, that just makes a little pan of heaven. So, DH took our lovely little red potatoes from the CSA, shredded them in the food processor, and tossed ’em in a pan with some butter. They took longer than either of us were hoping for, but the end product was still crispy in spots and soft in others (perfect!) and delightfully yummy. We paired those with french toast and turkey sausage. But didn’t we still need a veggie? Why YES.

At this point, that’s when things get “wild”. Brinner went smorgasbord when we added kale chips to the mix, crisping up the CSA kale in the oven. The recipe couldn’t be simpler – just wash and dry kale leaves, then chop into small pieces. Toss the pieces in a bowl with a small amount of olive oil and spread them no more than one layer deep on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle some seasoned salt on top (we used Penzeys 4/S Special Seasoned Salt) and bake at 350F for about 10-13 minutes. Even the kids got behind the idea of kale chips!

As with last week, we’ve made a good dent in the CSA box. We haven’t yet tackled the butternut squash (it’s still got plenty of time), and we have both onions left to be used. I did try one of the Asian Pears today, but I’m pretty convinced it wasn’t 100% ripe yet, since its flavor was so subtle as to be non-existent. Ah well, it can’t always be a winning day.

On the plus side, tomorrow is Friday and that means it’s CSA pick-up day! I’m looking forward to see what’s in my third veggie box…

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One Response to “Adventures in CSA: Brinner Gone Wild”

  1. […] the potatoes will go the way of their predecessors (week 1: rosemary-garlic french fries; week 2: hash browns), but both are really winning formulas. The squash may get roasted, or turned into risotto, or […]


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