Saturday, April 14, 2012

CSA Veggies & A Meal Plan

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a photo of our CSA box. Getting our box is still one of my favorite parts of the week!

CSA April 12
If you are interested in my thoughts on CSAs, here are some previous posts in which I wrote about why I love my CSA and  how to make a CSA work for you.

Meal Planning

I haven’t done a very good job planning our meals lately. Life has been a bit busier than I like it. I still plan dinners every week on the white board in my room, but sometimes I don’t plan for all the days of the week, and we have been eating out a few more times than I’d like. So I’m determined to do a better job. Here are the meals for this week (plus some lunch items; we’ll have the same lunch more than once):

Meal 1: Cabbage & veggie soup & brown rice
Meal 2: Grilled salmon & a salad
Meal 3: Quesadillas with black beans, avocado, & salsa
Meal 4: Homemade ramen with eggs, lots of greens, spring onions, & basil
Meal 5: Japchae (we all really enjoy this dish right now)
Lunch: Curried chicken salad (organic chicken breasts, cut into small pieces, with a Greek yogurt/curry dressing)
Lunch: Quinoa & roasted veggie salad
Lunch: Egg salad

Questions: What meals do you have planned for the coming week? What’s your favorite lunch?

Be well,
Andrea

38 comments:

  1. Yummy! I really want to do a CSA order for the summer. Not only is it obviously healthy/cool, I think it will also be convenient timing to have healthy food delivered to my door :)

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  2. oh those quesadillas sound great!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to them!

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  3. Nick and I thought about joining a CSA this year, but we thought twice because many of the fruits and veggies that were offered were ones I can't eat!! Such a bummer.
    This week I plan on making pork cutlets and a white bean mac and cheese. I only truly prepare two recipes each week, then eat leftovers and easy things like tacos and eggs. That's what happens when you work until 6:30 or 7:30pm..... Ugh!

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    1. Yes, a CSA can definitely be a problem when you can't eat certain foods. Ours lets you fill out a form online with things you don't want to receive. But in your case, you would probably end up with pretty strange boxes as you sometimes can't eat most of the things in the normal box...

      Your easy meals still sound very good!

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  4. Hi Andrea! Well, I definitely think you're adventurous with food. I definitely have gotten more receptive to new veggies since reading your blog. You make cooking veggies seem easier than I used to think. So thanks for that.

    :-) Marion

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  5. Your CSA box is so bright! I've fallen off the meal planning band wagon, too. You're inspiring me to get back with it!

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  6. Its been difficult to meal plan around here with everyone's crazy schedule they are eating out or packing meals to take with them. I try to make easy to reheat and eat dishes like pasta, soup, Mexican shredded chicken, black beans and rice. Not much creative going on in my kitchen lately. For lunch I really like a salad with some protein and tons of veggies and a bowl of fruit with Greek yogurt.

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    1. I also love salads for lunch, but I don't think I have been getting very much protein lately. That's why I'm trying to add the chicken salad with Greek yogurt and the egg whites salad this week...

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  7. Our CSA is one of the things I miss most next to people. Your menu looks fantastic! I'm happy to say I've finally gotten back into meal planning after a good 4-5 months of adjusting to the road. It's SO helpful!

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    1. I just realized how long you've been on the road... And I truly admire you for planning and eating healthy on the road!!! Makes me realize that I really don't have any excuses...

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  8. You have apples already in your CSA box? The produce is so beautiful. One of these days I'll get back to California and I can't wait to join a CSA there.

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    1. I feel very lucky to have such great produce in our CSA boxes...

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  9. Let me think, tonight it's chicken masala, we will have lamb chops this week and tomato soup. That's what I know for sure.

    I don't have problems planning but I do find I sometimes don't eat what I have planned and I have some inspiration troubles planning my meals. Need to check my cook books more for that.

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    1. Your meals sound good! And, yes, I'll have to add some new recipes to the mix as well.

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  10. I'm trying curried chicken salad too! :) Which recipe are you using?

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    1. I'm not following a particular recipe for the chicken salad but just make it up from memory. I'll poach the chicken in some veggie broth and then cut it into pieces. To make the dressing, I'll use Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and curry powder (I'm forgetting something but can't think of it right now). I'll also add celery slices.

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  11. Love what you have planned!!
    I go back and forth with meal planning. I have been slacking a bit more lately and haven't eaten as well cause of it. I took a few extra minutes today to plan out some meals and I think it will be a great week of eats!

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    1. Great! Enjoy your planned meals! :)

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  12. It looks like a week of great meals ahead!

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  13. I don't have a favorite lunch, because it varies according to my time schedule and mood. I would love some japchae right now though...it's that season!

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    1. Yes, I love adding all my CSA veggies and make it "nontraditional"... :)

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  14. Love all the vibrant produce in your CSA box Andrea! That's still something I'm thinking about doing-I've just got to research all the options available. This is my first week back after our trip to NZ, so I was actually pretty excited to plan some home cooked meals after eating out for two weeks. Tonight I made an asparagus quiche, and other meals this week include Greek baked fish, and Creamy Avocado Pasta. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I always enjoy cooking at home a lot more after a longer trip... :) Your meals for the week sound great!

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  15. Not quite in the habit of planning meals for the week but I did load up on good ingredients on Sunday and did a bunch of prep: chopped peppers to make them easy to throw in salad, cut some carrots and celery for hummus, washed and spun some lettuce, chopped broccoli etc. Big salad with feta cheese and lentils was on the menu last night and I have a plan for today which includes salmon salad for lunch and tofu taco salad for dinner. :)

    Your CSA boxes always make me envious. And you weather of course!

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    1. I think having healthy, prepped foods around goes a LONG way when you are trying to eat healthy. In fact, you really don't have to plan specific meals when you have easy to grab things around...

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  16. Nice CSA box Andrea...as for lunch, not much planned...whatever I have as leftover :)
    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. I eat a lot of leftovers for lunch, but right now I have to plan a bit more... :)

      Have a great week, too!

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  17. If I lived in California, I would do a CSA again - the one year I did it our Midwest spring and summer was cool and for the first four weeks all I got were carrots, kohlrabi and eggs.

    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. I remember your comment on my kohlrabi post last year! :) I can imagine that you were disappointed with what you got, especially when you are not that fond of kohlrabi to start with...

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  18. Looks like you got lots of good stuff! I have no meals really planned this week. Cooking has been hard since it has just been me, so no big meals or anything. Ryan is back now, but on the night shift, so we are on opposite meal schedules. I probably won't do much meal planning before heading off next month for some vacation (sort of, I will still be teaching while I am gone) time with family and attending a friends wedding in Spain. I am hoping that when I get home I can get back into cooking dinner at least twice a week. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Have a great trip (even though you'll still be teaching)!

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  19. Looks like a great haul, we're less organized and much more impromptu. My favorite lunch is a soup and salad.

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    1. Love soup and salad. In fact, I'll make a big pot later today so that we'll have some for lunches for the week! :)

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