Sunday, November 28, 2010

CSA Veggies and Nature Hike

I can’t believe our long weekend is coming to an end. I’ve been fighting a very nasty cold for almost a week now, and for much of the past week I didn’t feel like getting out of bed. But I did anyway… I’m still not feeling 100% and haven’t worked out in almost a week. Earlier in the year, I got quite sick and didn’t get better for many weeks, and I think it may have been because I kept pushing myself too much. So I wanted to make sure to rest enough. While I didn’t do a real workout, I still went for walks and played with the toddler outside almost every day. I hope to be all better soon…

On Friday, we got our CSA box.

Here is what we got and what I plan to do/did with it:
  • Cranberries – I’ve been enjoying the leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving in my oatmeal, so I think I’ll make some more.
  • Apples – already eaten.
  • Pears – already eaten.
  • Beets – I roasted them. They were SOOOOOOOOO good!!!!
  • Spinach – I made a spinach salad.
  • Bok Choy – I’ll make a stir fry with it.
  • Acorn Squash – I don’t think I’ve ever cooked an acorn squash. I think I’ll roast it. I think I may have seen a recipe for stuffed acorn squash somewhere. If I can find it, I may make that… Do you have an acorn squash recipe I should try? If so, please link to/point me to it in the comments.
  • Baby Mixed Lettuces – I used them in a simple salad. As always, the salad tasted very fresh.
  • Celery – I’ll use it in a stir fry.
  • Carrots – already eaten by the toddler. He loves the CSA carrots.
  • Yams – I roasted them.

Here are the yams and beets before I put them into the oven to roast them. We were all too excited to take a picture once they were done! Smile

Yesterday it rained for most of the day, so we didn’t get to spend much time outside. Today was a beautiful day, and we took advantage of the beautiful weather by going on a nature hike. The toddler did an amazing job and walked the whole way. He was really tired when we were done and took a nice afternoon nap. Just the way we like it… Winking smile

After our hike, we went home and had some leek soup, which I had made in the morning. I simply sautéed the leeks with some cilantro, basil, and garlic, added water, salt and pepper, and then pureed the mixture. Actually, the leeks were from the Nov. 12 CSA box, but luckily they had kept really well in the fridge. We also had the lettuces from this week’s CSA box. There was also some bread and cheese. A simple, quick, and healthy lunch.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What was the favorite thing you ate? And, if you have an acorn squash recipe, please let me know about it! Smile 

Be well,


    Butternut and acorn squash soup! My favorite.

    I love the idea of making cranberry sauce and adding it to oatmeal. Yum, adds a nice texture and sweetness.
    The best thing I ate this weekend was Nick's mom's turkey. I don't know what she does to it but it's always the BEST turkey EVER!

  2. I'm excited to see what you do with the acorn squash as I've never cooked with one either!

  3. I'm sure your toddler enjoyed the trip very much. Children love seeing real things especailly animals. Hope you're having a wonderful week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

  4. Anonymous11/29/2010

    happy belated thanksgiving!!!
    Hope you feel better soon... and you're right. pushing yourself too hard makes it harder to recover.
    hiking sounds a lot of fun! I love hiking during fall/winter. I wish I could do more! :)
    highlights of the weekend? a lot of relaxing time with my hubby.
    best food? the best kabocha in a long time! ;)

  5. It seems EVERYONE is sick!! My family included!I'm glad you're taking it easy on yourself so you can get better!

    Mmmm...loving all your veggies :)

  6. what a great day and great way to recover from Thanksgiving!

    sorry you have been sick, but some fresh brisk air and warm soup sure can't hurt!

    we played, rested and ate good food. PERFECT no?

  7. Anonymous11/29/2010

    I definitely need to start cooking with root veggies more! I always get intimidated but roasting really takes the edge off! :)

  8. Afternoon naps are the best. Wish mine were still young enough for them!! LOL

    I spent most of the weekend at the rink, but I did enjoy it. Also had a giggle watching the kids place in the snow....from the warmth of my livingroom, of course. ;)

  9. The highlight of my weekend was cooking brussel sprouts for the first time. Wow, I guess I love the little things in life, right? They are probably my favorite thing I ate, too. As I had over two servings and was left way too full.
    I wish I was part of a CSA. I love getting fresh veggies and learning how to cook them.

  10. What a beautiful walk with your little guy! Acorn squash? No recipe, I just oven roast it and then flavor it with a little salt and pepper or cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar. Delicious.

  11. Anonymous11/29/2010

    The hike sure sounds like fun! Great CSA products and the leek soup sounds yummy for sure.

  12. I hope you get to feeling better SOON! A week is too, too long!!

    Acorn squash are so easy -- cut in half and roast at 375 for about an hour. I just put a tablespoon of butter, 2 Tbsp of pecans, and 1 Tbsp brown sugar in mine. I much prefer them sweet than savory, but I've heard they're great with quinoa in them, too! You could make a cranberry quinoa maybe...yumm! :) Always jealous of your CSA loot! :)

  13. Darn, I don't have the recipe, but it was baked acorn squash, then brushed with butter and brown sugar and filled with a quinoa salad that had celery, carrots, and some other stuff. I am going to keep looking, because I think the original recipe was with couscous, so I think I am searching for the wrong thing.

  14. I love all the photos! And I think I need to do CSA next year. I always am jealous of your goods.

  15. I've been wanting to try roasted beets. I hear they are amazing!

    I have a great recipe for roasted rosemary acorn squash (my hubby loved this recipe!)...

    Hope you start feeling better soon!

  16. Andrea, great pictures...enjoyed the yummie stuff on the CSA box :-) Oh! This past weekend was so nice...after a nice Thanksgiving we walked along the beach and read a lot...SO SO relaxing :-)

  17. Anonymous12/01/2010

    OH - those pictures are great! What a beautiful walk to share with your baby. Also, have you ever tried to make potato soup with leaks? We have it a lot in the winter and it is so much tastier than the same soup with onions. I am jealous of your CSA box!

  18. Here are a couple recipes you might like:

    Acorn Squash Bisque (only 2 WW points)

    and this one was a chili stuffed acorn squash - loved the flavor combos in this one!

  19. Just slice the acorn squash thin and roast with brown sugar, or sautee with butter! Or stuff it with some kind of rice and then bake it...maybe kimchi fried rice? Tee hee.

  20. I love the contents of your box! I recently got 3 leeks in my delivery and am so glad they last long in the fridge. That's a lotta leeks!

    Hope you feel 100% soon :)


    it's one of my fave recipes i've made :)

    anyways, that leek soup looks amazing! i have had my eye on some potato leek soup recipes, and can't wait to mix up a warm bowl of yum.

    hope you feel better!!!

  22. What a gorgeous hike!
    I just signed up for a delivery type that provides you with organic local foods. I am excited to see what I get!
    I have never cooked an acorn squash but am looking forward to see what you come up with!!

  23. There's nothing like a hike in nature. I'm hoping to get a new bike by the end of the year so that I can go on the trails here in SoCal.

  24. What a great hike and I know kids are so fascinated by farms and animals, what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.