I had so much fun making this recipe. I picked the apple from our tree, the nuts came from the local farmer’s market and the squash from our weekly farm box. After I devoured it I threw the shell in the compost pile in our backyard.
I’m sure it was extra yummy due to the freshness, but this is also a tasty, healthy “pantry recipe”. You can easily keep these ingredients on hand to throw together at the last minute. Squash lasts for months on the counter and I suggest keeping nuts in the freezer. Dried fruit may also be used.
Our Apple Tree
Acorn Squash, cut in half and seeds removed
Nuts, chopped (I used a mixture of pistachios, walnuts and chestnuts)
Apple, peeled and chopped
Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 350
Mix nuts, apple, and cinnamon
Divide mixture and place in cavities of squash halves
Top with dabs of coconut oil and shake of salt
Cover and bake @ 40 minutes or until cooked through
I spent many years scribbling down recipes and filling many journals. It is so wonderful for me to be able to write my new recipes in a blog: to share them with others and for my personal records.
This recipe idea came from my friend Carol who taught me how to cook beans and made it seem so practical and easy. This is a recipe I threw together for dinner at the pool as it is light, filling and the longer it sits the better.
Oooh La La White Bean Salad
Rinse and soak dry white beans overnight
Cover in new water –a few inches above beans
Add garlic, salt, and chopped onion
Boil until beans are soft–adding water if necessary
When beans are cooked and most water is absorbed–combine with olive oil, chopped tomato, more salt and fresh basil
Perhaps I should mind my own business: but I would love to see more people eating vegetables for a main course. Everyone knows it is important to eat a lot of vegetables–the issue is learning how to prepare them in a way that feels satisfying. I made this for dinner tonight and it was very tasty–I’m still stuffed!
Hearty Vegetables Over Green Beans
Green and yellow summer squash, thickly sliced
Lasagna Sauce (recipe below)
Saute green beans in olive oil, salt and a little water for a few minutes–set aside
Saute rest of ingredients-leave some basil aside
Cook over low heat until squash is fork tender
Serve over green beans with fresh cut basil on top
Layer tomato sauce, slices of summer squash, pesto, goat cheese, basil and sliced tomato. Top with olive oil and a dash of salt. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
I hope this recipe inspires your wild and crazy vegetable adventures!-Julie
It is often the times that we are feeling low energy that we reach for the convenient, pre-made comfort food. When we are tired we are more likely to go off the rails–but it is at these times that we most need a boost from nutritious foods. If you are on special diet be it gluten-free, vegan, or whatever else–you are more likely to prepare your own meals. This is one of the many reasons you likely eat healthier. At the same time–we don’t not always have the energy or motivation to make everything we eat.
I recently spent a very lazy afternoon reading and napping. I was tempted to go for something unhealthy but came up with this recipe instead. It only too a few minutes to throw together and the result was extremely satisfying. I give you Lazy Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza:
Gluten-free pizza rice crust (I keep these on hand in freezer)
Here is what is cooking (or not cooking) at my house this week from my farm box ingredients:
Arugula: I am using the arugula for small salads every night and to garnish sandwiches. I also made a big dinner salad one night with arugula, strips of fajita beef and sugar snap peas from last week.
Strawberries: Delicious for desert!
Carrots: I am adding carrot strips to salads and snacking on them in the car.
Peaches: So good as is and we may put them on the grill for a family barbeque.
Green Beans: These are perfect plain and I will make a simple dinner out them cooking them briefly with olive oil/salt and serving them over brown rice.
Zucchini: I will likely make my Zucchini Lasagna again or throw them on the grill (slice and brush on olive oil and spices). I also like to roast zucchini and have it for breakfast.
Red Onions: I am going to save these for next week when we start getting tomatoes so I can make a sauce.
Bunched Red Beets: I roasted these beets and have been adding them to salad. They are also very good for breakfast. I got strawberries in bulk last week from our farm and froze them. The frozen strawberries and beet greens with some almond milk and banana make a delicious smoothie.
Cherries: As is!
Apricots: As is!
I hope this post helps you with your farm box or in making a decision in subscribing to a Community Supported Agriculture program.
Last week our farm box newsletter suggested cutting zucchini lengthwise and use them in lieu of noodles for lasagna. It sounded like a perfect fit for a gluten-free recipe. While there are gluten-free noodles available-I’d much rather eat a vegetable.
When you go gluten-free you learn quickly that what you lack in textures and consistency you need to supplement with flavor and high quality ingredients. For this recipe I used our farm box zucchini (if you have the means get one!) and excellent tomato sauce. I’m not one to endorse a product but the Mario Batali pasta sauce is really exceptional. I added the ground turkey because like many other gluten-free intolerants I tend to be low in iron. You can use any cheese, or none at all, but I chose the goat cheese because I tend to stomach it better than other cheeses. And it paired well with the turkey.
To make this vegetarian or vegan I’d suggest adding some hearty chopped vegetables.
Two zucchini sliced lengthwise
Goat cheese, 6 oz. crumpled
1/2 pound ground turkey
One jar pasta sauce
One tomato, sliced
Brown and break-up turkey. Add tomato sauce and cook about 15 minutes.
Slice zucchini lengthwise.
Layer sauce, zucchini & cheese.
Top with sauce, tomato slices, olive oil and basil.
Bake @ 350 for 40 minutes. Cover with foil and let it sit another 20 minutes. This dish is best the next day when all the flavors come together and the texture solidifies.