CSA excess?

By Julie

CSA pick up in our neighborhood is Tuesday evenings from 5:15-8pm. While it is one of my favorite days of the week, my family has a very hectic schedule on Tuesday. My kids play soccer, and I teach an evening yoga class at home. With a night like this, I don’t always feel like I have the time to really appreciate the gorgeous and fragrant CSA bounty. When we get home, it’s all about dinner, homework, baths, bed and preparing myself and the apartment for my 7:45pm class. In the meantime, the CSA just sort of sadly gets thrown (stuffed) into the fridge. I don’t get to wash anything, organize the produce or even imagine what I might prepare with it all until a day or two later.

Finally, when I get a moment to check out the weekly harvest, I spread all the produce out on the counter, wash it, and asses it to envision what I might be able to prepare with it all. From the fresh, tender lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, sweet summer corn, and fennel fronds–CSA pick-ups are truly a treat. There are the vegetables that I know right away what to do with, and then there are vegetables that are left over and don’t have obvious homes. It’s hard to get creative with eight pounds of red peppers three weeks in a row or fourteen pounds of eggplant one week and ten the next. In those moments, my favorite dish to make is a curry. It can be a soup-like curry or more of a stew/sauce-like curry.

My go-to recipe is quick, simple and easy:

  • Saute some ginger, garlic and onions together in oil
  • Add eggplant, peppers, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, etc (the options are limitless).
  • Saute for a few minutes and then pour in a few cans of coconut milk.
  • Stir in a few tablespoons of red or green curry paste.
  • Sprinkle in a few pinches of coarse salt and crushed red pepper and let simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  • Serve over rice and with a wedge of lime and cilantro.

Not only does it take care of so much of the produce and put a couple meals worth of food in your fridge, but a curry is also so very easy to share. And that’s what we’re hopefully getting into the mindset of doing more of, right?

What do you do with excess CSA produce? Share with us your tips below!