There are oh so many sign ups when you’ve got kids in school. There’s the PTA, the recycling “green” team, the carpool traffic cop . . . and so much more. Which is why my hand is always raised when there is anything, at all, even halfway related to food. I grabbed that beautiful CSA box once again from my daughter’s school and did it all Chopped style to make some awesome gluten-free food stuffs for the school. LOVE IT. And how great looking is that produce up in there? Daaaamn.
I’ve always wanted to to see how kids respond to quinoa and cheese vs. traditional mac style, and this was the perfect opportunity to try that biz out. Adding tiny chopped broccoli makes it community supported agriculture-box friendly, and super delicious for kids and adults alike. Here it is, a one pot super fast dish that is RAD –
Really, you just cook the quinoa as the package instructs, add in about 1/4 cup of vegetable stock (gluten-free, natch) at the end, keep the burner on low and add 1 cup of grated cheddar and diced broccoli. Stir, and serve. YUM.
I’m honestly at a loss with the Kiwi fruit. I have such a weird seed issue, but it’s so cute! I thought about throwing together a tart, then went “Mascarpone!” One way to enjoy delish fruit is to just dip it into a lovely mascarpone, honey, vanilla and cream mixture like Ina Garten does. Serve it up, my friends, Serve it up.
If you want to keep things running smoothly and quickly, call in the stir fry police. Yes, it is a cheap and easy move, but who doesn’t love a great stir fry? This particular box included snap peas, bok choy, leeks and carrots. Which means = delicious over rice.
Sauteeing these farm fresh vegetables in olive oil, garlic, ginger, wheat-free tamari and sesame oil keeps the veggies crisp, flavorful and fresh. Be sure to use the peeler to shave carrots over the mixture right before it finishes cooking so carrot ribbons don’t soften too much. Serve over organic brown rice, and BAM.
The kicker recipe was, of course, the Citrus Julius. Mmmm, mall food.
I’m starting to think I should start a service where people drop off their CSA boxes and I cook up a crazy meal. Of course, these people would have to love the idea of mystery ingredients. And throw-backs to the ’80s. Actually, those people sound like AWESOME people.
Also, this entire process (except for the freezing of the citrus juices) took about 30 minutes total. COOL. Which kind of goes to show that fresh, unmessed with ingredients can really turn into something amazing with just the tiniest effort. Really, the instructions above will give you a great, fast, easy result. Try it, you’ll like it! And that ends my preaching for the day. OH, except one more thing. If you haven’t seen it yet, you MUST watch True Detective. Best. Show. Ever. Matthew McConaughey. That is all.
Where does one get these CSA boxes you speak of. I’m intrigued.
Good Life Organics services my area. We have a pick up at my kid’s school. But if you search for ‘community supported agriculture’ you should be able to find one in your area. They range from $15-40 a week and are SO GOOD.
CSA boxes sounds like a really good initiative! Not the same but reminds me of when I get my weekly organic fruit & veg box delivered -a fun challenge creating a meal with the random ingredients! 🙂