Are you enjoying the bounty of a farm share, a community supported agriculture (CSA) box or what's cropping up at your local farmers market? Then you should check out our list of fresh fruit and vegetable recipes to make with all that seasonal goodness.
This week's boxes are likely to include incredible veggie gems like collards, kale and carrots. And many of us lucked out with a fantastic and versatile herb, cilantro. For fruit, we're enjoying lots of ripe, juicy strawberries.Try these ten fruit and vegetable recipes this week using your CSA box for inspiration.
1. Meyer Lemon and Herbed Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette: Use your collards, kale and strawberries in our amazing salad. Top it with any citrus slices you like if Meyers aren't available for you yet. The strawberry vinaigrette is a wonderful compilation of flavors with the sweetness of the strawberries and the slight tartness of the rhubarb set off by honey and vinegar.
2. Wild Greens with Fried Eggs: Have some farm fresh eggs to pair with your greens? The fattiness of the eggs bring out the richness of the greens. Try it with collard greens or kale.
3. Pesto Sauce: Pesto is always a great recipe to whip up when you get too many greens from your garden or CSA box. It's an especially great recipe to make if you forget the greens in the back of your crisper and they're starting to wilt. Pesto is very forgiving with the greens' freshness. You can make pesto sauce with just about any green--not just basil. Try vegan kale pesto.
4. Easy Garlicky Greens: Our easy garlicky beet greens recipe can be converted to use with collards in a snap.
5. Spicy Nutmeg Carrots: If your carrots survive your children (mine love to munch on carrots from the crisper as a snack), try our spicy nutmeg recipe for carrots. You'll just need butter, garlic salt, nutmeg and ground red pepper. Delicious!
6. Strawberry Yogurt Scones: This recipe offers a tasty and lighter alternative to the classic blueberry or cranberry scone, and uses yogurt in place of large amounts of butter. Serve these fruity bites for breakfast or a sunny afternoon tea!
7. Trifecta Guacamole: Use that cilantro where the culinary gods intend it to be used---in guacamole. This recipe uses fresh basil and parsley, too.
8. Strawberry Jam: Made without processed sugar, this simple strawberry jam is an incredible use of your bounty of strawberries. It's sweetened with maple syrup and it's a great starter recipe for those wanting to begin preserving food.
9. Vegan Strawberry Empanadas: Sweet empanadas for breakfast or dessert are a staple around our house. They’re simple to put together once you master the dough. And you’ll find yourself filling your empanadas with all sorts of crazy concoctions when you get addicted to these little pockets of deliciousness. This vegan strawberry empanada recipe is filled with yummy homemade strawberry jam.
10. Kale Chips: Of course, no list including kale recipes would be complete without kale chips. Use your imagination and add whatever spice you like.
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