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CSA #5: Greens’n’Beans!

It’s been a rough week. Other than my brief trip to Jose & Tony’s on Monday, eating-wise it’s been a week of scraps, leftovers, and retreads. It hasn’t all been bad, of course – burnt out by Wednesday, I took my partner to Thai Cuisine, where yellow curry with mock duck soothed my weary soul – but until the weekend, I hadn’t really had a chance to relax, to spend time in my kitchen, to write.

It was another great week for our CSA, however. No homemade preserves in this bundle, but a few welcome surprises, such as fingerling potatoes, hot peppers, and a big stalk of fresh garlic. If I can convince my partner to plant it instead of eat it, we might be able to start that garden sooner rather than later.

On a side note, but related to produce: It seems like everyone’s personal gardens are starting to burst with product. In the upcoming weeks I’d like to feature recipes that are of use to my gardening friends, so if you’ve got more zucchinis or tomatoes or basil etc than you can handle, drop me a comment and let me know what kind of recipes you’re in need of. If you just feel like getting rid of your produce, you can make sacrificial offerings at my address. We take all forms of vegetables, fruit, and cookies.

Now for this week’s yield!

Fresh basil


More Swiss chard (coupled with last week’s bunch, look for this in our featured CSA recipe this week – just at the bottom of this article)

Radishes (more white bean, radish, and pea pod salad?)

Onions (uncured, so we were warned that they would go faster than store-bought. Not a problem, we’ve already used two out of three.)

As stated above, this past week didn’t exactly afford me a lot of kitchen time, but the CSA has been a significant help in not going hungry. Thanks to two straight weeks of Swiss chard and well-timed purchase of navy beans, I made an easy dinner for our post-family July 4th evening.

Beans and Greens

– 1 lb Swiss chard, kale, or spinach, or green of choice (the amount can vary, but a pound is recommended)
– 1 small onion, chopped
– 1 15 oz. can navy beans, drained and rinsed.
– 2 tsp garlic pepper
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

– Heat oil in medium-sized pot, then saute onions until tender. Throw in the greens (feel free to tear them into whatever size you desire), add the garlic pepper, and cook at low heat for five minutes.

– Once the greens are looking tender (but not completely soft), add the white beans and basil. Cover and cook at very low heat for up to twenty minutes.

Good Morning, Lazy Bones!

As much as I love to cook, I am human, and therefore prone to exceptional laziness. When I come home from a long day at the office, I hang up my coat, pull off my boots, and sink into the couch for a little post-work relaxing. Sometimes that relaxation gives way to a motivation to make something elaborate and delicious, using all those slowly wilting/rotting/souring items in my fridge that I know won’t last forever.

And sometimes, like last night, I have other things I need to do with my energy, like weather-proofing my windows or working on stuff for this blog or sitting on my butt, watching episode after episode of The Wire (seriously, have any of you out there watched this show? I am a fool for having not watched the series earlier). Sometimes, the energy is just not there.

Thank goodness for lazy food or I might starve. I try not to sink into the microwaveable/processed food trap, but some nights the thought of chopping a single vegetable leaves me collapsed on the sofa. The thought of boiling water for my French press coffeemaker is too much to handle. I’m so worn out I’d sooner eat nothing than have to get up the energy to sully a single pot and pan.

My go-to lazy meal is cereal, which makes me feel like the culinary equivalent of a seventeen year old boy, but whatever. When I’ve got the good quality stuff at home, like granola or Kashi, it’s not quite as bad for me as a lot of processed food, but when I’m in the laziness throes, I’d just as soon eat the Malt-o-Meal sugary junk, which is what I had big bowlful of last night. Cinnamon Toasters, you  are undeniably delicious even if you are nothing but preservatives.

So, question on this snowy morning: What is your go-to lazy night dinner? Do you attempt to cook something very basic or do you just say, “Screw it,” and eat a pint of ice cream instead?