CSA Box #4 | November 23

I was actually out of town when our CSA Box was delivered, but thankfully Mac was around to pick it up! There were a few recurring standard items in this box, but also a few exciting new additions that I’m eager to cook!

Item Breakdown:

CSA Box | Week 4

  • 20 potatoes
  • 1 leek
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 bunch purple kale
  • 1 head romanesco
  • 1 bunch curly lettuce
  • 1 onion
  • 30+ baby carrots
  • 2 heads garlic

Total: 10 items

Week 3 Recipes and Meals:

I strayed a bit from the recipe plans I made in week 3. I did end up making the quinoa, cranberry & apricot stuffing, but since I added the dried fruit to the quinoa as it was cooking, the whole dish was a bit too sweet for my tastes despite me adding copious amounts of salt & herbs to try and enhance the flavour. I ended up adding oats to the mush and shaping them into patties for baking. They were a little more tolerable this way, but were kicked up another notch by dipping them in a delicious sauce.

Quinoa with Dried Fruit | CSA Box

I also overcooked the acorn squash from the CSA Box, so I blended it into a chocolate pudding inspired by the one in the Oh She Glows Every Day cookbook. It wasn’t as good as the original, but I was happy to scarf it down!

I did make Ashley’s Carrot & Lentil Cakes which were certified delicious. Mac & I loved these on their own, but also crumbled into salads.

Carrot & Lentil Cakes | CSA Box

For the cauliflower & potatoes, I made Twice Baked Potatoes with Buffalo Chickpeas and Cauliflower from The First Mess. My potatoes were a bit smaller than recommended in the recipe, so I just served the chickpeas & cauliflower over cubed & roasted potatoes. I also added leeks & carrots to the mixture to kick things up a notch (and to use them up as they were starting to look a little worse for wear!)

Baked Potatoes with Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpeas

Baked Potatoes with Buffalo Cauliflower & Chickpeas

Week 4 Recipes & Plans:

Carrots: I’m loving the looks of Deliciously Ella’s Warm Cumin Roasted Carrot, Red Onion & Lentil Salad. I’m thinking it’ll be a great way to use the insane amount of baby carrots I received this week!

Sweet Potatoes: If these babies don’t make their way into a chocolate pudding (can’t stop won’t stop), then they’ll probably be made into a dish I’ve been loving lately: Fiesta Casserole. It’s just black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, diced sweet potatoes, salsa & some spices thrown in a dish and baked until cooked & utterly delicious. I also found a recipe for a sweet potato loaf that looks lovely. I might tinker with the recipe, and I’ll be sure to share it if it’s a success! I absolutely love sweet potatoes and I’m so happy they’re a somewhat constant feature in my CSA Box!

Leeks & Potatoes: Who knows, maybe this will be the week I make a Leek & Potato Soup!!

Romanesco: I’ve only ever steamed romanesco, but this recipe for roasted romanesco with tarragon & olives looks divine. As does this whole roasted romanesco with hints of smoked paprika & lemon. Talk about a show stopper!

Have you ever cooked romanesco? What’s your favourite way to use potatoes and/or sweet potatoes?