We received an 8-pound, 12-ounce green cabbage in our CSA box this week. Yes, it's huge and it's heavy. And to put it into perspective for you, neither of my children weighed that much at birth.
So, what are we going to do with such a giant vegetable? Read on to find out!
This Week's CSA Box
- 3 bell peppers
- 1 bunch kale
- 8-pound, 12-ounce green cabbage
- 3 eggplant
- 2 pounds tomatoes
- 1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes
- 2 zucchini
- 3 leeks
- 8 ounces chard
- 3 yellow onions
Bell Peppers: We've been loving the fresh peppers that arrive each week — they're crisp and mildly flavored. I've been keeping them sliced in the fridge, ready for snacking, and so far so good! But if you're up for something a little fancier, roast your peppers and make roasted pepper and tomato soup?
Kale: Faith's post about Sukuma Wiki, or African braised kale with tomatoes, begins with a sincere recollection of her time spent in Kenya and how she grew to love the dish that when translated means to "stretch the week." It may be plain family fare in Africa, but she explains that "for those of us who love greens and eat them regularly, this kind of basic, quotidian dish of simple greens is one of the building blocks of healthy weeknight meals."
Green Cabbage: I love green cabbage. It can be shredded for slaw, roasted for something more savory, or fried and eaten with rice. This post about learning to love green cabbage is a great place to begin, even if you already love it like me, because, after all, we've got 8-pounds, 12-ounces to figure out.
Eggplant, Zucchini, and Cherry Tomatoes: I'm sure winning the lottery is monumentally more exciting than finding a recipe that includes multiple CSA ingredients. But I still feel awfully giddy when I come across recipes like Mediterranean eggplant and barley salad and realize they include THREE CSA veggies. Wahoo!
Tomatoes: I'm in heaven over here with all of our CSA tomatoes! Gazpacho last week, tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes this week, and next week maybe one of these 13 recipes that make the most of fresh tomatoes? What have you been doing with all of your CSA tomatoes?
Leeks: Leeks were a great surprise this week! I'm thinking either cheddar and leek muffins or lemon frittata with leeks and goat cheese or maybe even creamy leek and yogurt soup.
Chard: Even though I'm tired of discovering bags of chard in our CSA box, these two recipes look pretty darn great: Brown Rice Bowl with Chard & Nutty Romesco Sauce and Crispy Paprika-Parmesan Fish Fillet with Sautéed Chard.
Onions: The truth is, I'll likely use these onions the same way I'll use this week's garlic: I'll use it in the recipes listed above. But if I don't — or if you have an oversupply of yellow onions — think about making this French onion dip with caramelized onions and Green yogurt.
(Image credits: Landis Carey)