Lancaster County Farm Fresh CSA – Week 1

Our family decided to try out one of the local CSAs – Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We signed up for the Winter CSA Omnivore package which includes a share of vegetables, 1 pantry item (syrup, applesauce, etc.), 1 lb. pasture-raised meat, and 1 cheese block.  All items are locally farmed or made in our county and all items are organic.  Each week we go to our host location and pick up our box of goodies.

I’ve been a ‘little’ excited about this.  The fun of trying new recipes with fresh-from-the-farm foods has turned our daily dinners into a thrilling hobby for me. A few of the things we’ve gotten in our box the first couple weeks I had never heard of in my life.  Some I had heard of but just never tried.  I love that we’re trying new things and getting more veggies in our diet at the same time. Win, win.

Here’s what came in our box Week 1…

  • Orange carrots
  • Black radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Jerusalem artichokes (or sunchokes)
  • Portobello mushroom caps
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • 1 jar applesauce
  • Chicken legs
  • Blue cheese

Here’s some of the recipes we tried with these items…

Homemade Mushroom Soup by Season with Spice

Review: A-mazing! We used all the shitake mushrooms and one Portobello cap for this recipe.  We will definitely make this again.

Homemade Mushroom Soup recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

[Photo via Season with Spice]

Whitechapel Shepherd’s Pie @ Allrecipes.com

Review: Very good! I included black radishes, rutabaga, carrots, and potatoes from our box to make this.  We also traded out the ground lamb for ground beef since we already had it in the freezer.

Whitechapel Shepherd's Pie Recipe

[Photo via Allrecipes.com]

Creamy Scalloped Ginger Sunchokes by Boulder Locavore

Review: Never having heard of or tried sunchokes before, we didn’t know what to expect from this recipe.  The flavor was a little….weird….for our taste.  However, the following day I had the leftovers and they were delicious…much better after a night in the fridge.  I’m not giving up on sunchokes, so if we get them again, I’d like to try preparing them a different way.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll make this recipe again.

[Photo via Boulder Locavore]

Garlic Roasted Chicken & Potatoes @ Allrecipes.com

Review: This was really yummy.  We included the potatoes, rutabaga, and chicken from our box in this recipe.  I was most surprised by the delicious flavor of roasted rutabaga coated in garlic and maple syrup.  I might make that by itself next time, it was so good.  We will definitely make this one again!

Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

[Photo via Allrecipes.com]

Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs by Taste of Home

Review: We had two different kinds of blue cheese in our fridge, one from our CSA and one from the grocery store.  Because I’m pregnant and can’t eat soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, I wasn’t able to try the blue cheese from the CSA box.  I made half the eggs with the CSA cheese and half with the store-bought cheese.  Brandon wasn’t crazy about the CSA blue cheese eggs…said they tasted like a farm smells. P-U. We did enjoy the store-bought blue cheese deviled eggs though.  I put some hot sauce on mine and it was delicious.

Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe

Photo via Taste of Home

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Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Tomato, Mozzarella, and Avocado Salad made for Cookbook Club (click for recipe)

Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal, glass of milk x2
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal + Yogurt x2

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Grilled Cheese

Dinner

  1. BLT Sandwiches, salad or veggie
  2. Penne pasta with Lasagna recipe sauce (didn’t get to it last week), salad or veggie
  3. Bratwursts on the grill, salad or veggie
  4. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Cheese cubes
  3. Other snacks already on hand
  4. Fruits/Veggies

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Blueberries
  2. Watermelon
  3. Peaches
  4. Sweet Corn

Dessert

  1. Peach & Plum Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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B and friend, A, throwing rocks in the water at our campsite….ALL WEEKEND.

Breakfast

  1. Banana Muffins
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal + Yogurt x2
  4. Blueberry Pancakes x2

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Grilled Cheese, salad or veggie
  4. PB & J Sandwich, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. Penne Past with Spaghetti Sauce from this Lasagna recipe (from freezer), salad or veggie x2
  2. Strip Steaks, fries, salad or veggie
  3. Chicken Sausages (from freezer), salad or veggie x2
  4. Baked Parmesan Tomatoes on Toasted Italian Bread, salad or veggie
  5. Tomato, Mozzarella, and Avocado Salad (for Lancaster County Cookbook Club)

Snacks/Drinks/Sides

  1. Yogurt
  2. Cheese cubes
  3. Other snacks already on hand
  4. Fruits/Veggies
  5. Ambrosia Salad (for Facebook Cookbook Club)

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Peaches
  2. Plums
  3. Bananas
  4. Sweet Corn
  5. Yellow/Green Squash (grill or puree for smoothies)

Dessert

  1. Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars 

Next Week’s Meal Plan

Breakfast

  1. Smoothies
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal + Yogurt x2
  4. Blueberry Banana Pancakes (from freezer) x2

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Grilled Cheese, salad or veggie
  4. PB & J Sandwich, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. World’s Best Lasagna, salad or veggie x2 (make recipe into two 8×8 dishes; put one in freezer)
  2. Kraft FreshTake Chicken, salad or veggie
  3. Chicken Sausages, salad or veggie x2
  4. Grand’s Pepperoni Pizza Bake (substitute sausage from freezer), salad or veggie (didn’t make this last week)

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Cheese cubes
  3. Other snacks already on hand
  4. Fruits/Veggies

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Oranges
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Apples

Dessert

  1. Chewy M&M Cookies (already made – dough in freezer)
  2. Pumpkin Scones (for Lancaster County Cookbook Club)

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal, glass of milk x2
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal + Yogurt x2
  4. Egg Whites for the Husband

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. Taco Bake (from freezer), salad or veggie x2 (didn’t make this last week)
  2. BLT Pizzas, salad or veggie (didn’t make this last week)
  3. Chicken Sausages, salad or veggie x2
  4. Chicken Parmesan Bake, salad or veggie (didn’t make this last week)

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Cheese cubes
  3. Other snacks already on hand
  4. Fruits/Veggies
  5. Easy Salsa Recipe (making it again with leftover ingredients – so yummy!)

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Zucchini
  2. Apples

Dessert

  1. Chewy M&M Cookies (already made – dough in freezer)
  2. Tiramisu (for Facebook Cookbook Club)

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal x3, glass of milk
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Breakfast Smoothies x 2, milk
  4. Egg Whites for the Husband

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Ham & Cheese Quesadillas (for Kids Cooking Club)

Dinner

  1. Taco Bake (from freezer), salad or veggie x2
  2. BLT Pizzas, salad or veggie
  3. Meatball Subs, salad or veggie
  4. Chicken Parmesan Bake, salad or veggie

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Other snacks already on hand
  3. Fruits/Veggies
  4. Easy Salsa Recipe (take to dinner with friends)
  5. Cowboy Caviar (take to dinner with friends)
  6. Chips (take to dinner with friends)

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Romaine Lettuce
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Watermelon
  4. Strawberries

Dessert

  1. Chewy M&M Cookies 

Next Week’s Meal Plan

Tuna Casserole via Allrecipes.com (Click on picture for recipe)

Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal x3, glass of milk
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Breakfast Smoothies (recipe to come) x 2, milk
  4. Egg Whites for the Husband

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. Best Tuna Casserole, salad or veggie x2
  2. Peanut Ramen Noodle Salad, salad or veggie
  3. Meatball Subs, salad or veggie
  4. Crepes with Spinach, Bacon, and Mushroom Filling (Date Night – Paris themed) —-possibly do an easy dessert crepe with vanilla whipped cream and berries

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Other snacks already on hand
  3. Fruits/Veggies
  4. Chocolate Pudding
  5. Easy Salsa Recipe

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Romaine Lettuce
  2. Plum tomatoes, jalapeños, and Hass avocados to make Cowboy Caviar 
  3. Golden Delicious Apples
  4. Cantaloupe

Dessert

  1. 2 Ingredient Cookies – The Burlap Bag (never made these last week, so we’ll try again this week!)

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Beer Can Chicken on the Grill – recipe coming soon

Breakfast

  1. Oatmeal x3, glass of milk
  2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk
  3. Cereal x 2, milk
  4. Egg Whites for the Husband

Lunch

  1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie
  2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie
  3. Grilled cheese, salad or veggie

Dinner

  1. Chef Boyardee, salad or veggie
  2. Salmon Burgers, salad or veggie
  3. Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad or veggie x2
  4. Pork Tenderloin – Chef Mommy, salad or veggie x2 (on sale)

Snacks/Drinks

  1. Yogurt
  2. Other snacks already on hand
  3. Fruits/Veggies
  4. String Cheese

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

  1. Grapefruit
  2. Celery
  3. Rome Apples

Dessert

  1. 2 Ingredient Cookies – The Burlap Bag

Next Week’s Meal Plan

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Sweet Potato Pie made for Facebook Cookbook Club (recipe to come)

Breakfast

1. Oatmeal x3, glass of milk

2. Eggs x2, toast, glass of milk

3. Cereal x 2, milk

 

Lunch

1. Dinner Leftovers, salad or veggie

2. Fish sticks, salad or veggie

3. Grilled cheese, salad or veggie

 

Dinner

1. Chef Boyardee (use coupon), salad or veggie

2.  Taco Bake (use coupon for taco seasoning) x2 – Double recipe, one for the freezer, salad or veggie

3.  Salmon Burgers, salad or veggie

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad or veggie x2

 

Snacks/Drinks

1. V8 Splash (use coupon)

2. Yogurt (use coupon)

3. Other snacks already on hand

4. Fruits/Veggies

 

Fruit/Veggies to Buy on Sale

1. Green Squash

2. Mangos

3. Gala Apples