What to do with the yummy things in a Spring CSA bag

I got asparagus, mint, strawberries and baby greens and a whole lot more in my CSA bag!

Spring is amazing here because, in a matter of weeks, the produce world goes from collard greens, onions, and sweet potatoes, to some of the most exciting produce of the year!  In April, our CSA members get fresh spring asparagus, as well as young baby mixed greens, kale, spinach, sweet onions, mint, and fresh pesticide free strawberries!  Wow! What a plethora of yumminess!  Here are some suggestions for these fresh tasties.

asparagus and mushrooms veronicaAsparagus:  

  1. Wrap it in a wet paper towel and microwave it for 2 minutes.  Unwrap it, add fresh butter, add sea salt and enjoy the simple fresh flavor of just cut asparagus.  
  2. Buy some fresh mushrooms and green garlic or ramps at the market.  Sauté the ramps or green garlic in a good chunk of butter (or ghee). When soft, add a bunch of chopped mushrooms; when mushrooms are soft, add chopped asparagus.  Finish with sea salt.  
  3. This recipe came from a market DAD!  Sauté shallots in olive oil or butter.  When fragrant, add fresh washed chopped asparagus (with the water from washing still on it). Saute just a few minutes, until bright, and add a splash of wine vinegar and sea salt.  This one really impressed me. It was so so yummy.  Then, I got creative and combined number 2 with this one.  I added mushrooms to the mix.  
  4. Grill it up along with the steak!  Toss whole asparagus in olive oil.  Throw it on the grill for just a few minutes, after the steak is done and while it is resting.  When it gets some grill lines on it, it is done.  Finish with sea salt, or even a fancy salt, like truffle salt.  A squeeze of lemon is really great on grilled asparagus also.

strawberriesStrawberries:

  1. Just eat them.  No instructions needed.
  2. Make a smoothie out of kefir and strawberries.  Tastes like strawberry cheesecake.  Great way to get some kefir in the kids.  
  3. Whip up some fresh cream.  Add fresh sliced strawberries.  Add grated dark chocolate.  Add thin ribbons of sliced mint.  So easy and so elegant.

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Baby greens:

Baby greens can be any mixture of baby leaves.  It might include sweet mild lettuce, or it might include baby kale, chard, choy, radish tops, tiny turnip leaves, and mustard leaves all mixed up.  It is a highlight of spring.

  1. Toss them on the plate. Add some chopped chives or spring onions.   Drizzle with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Can’t beat it.
  2. Use them as a bed for steak, fish, chicken, or even a frittata!
  3. Make greens and eggs.  Fry out some chopped bacon and set aside.  Fry 2 over easy eggs in the bacon grease.  Place the eggs and crumbled bacon on a plate piled with fresh greens.  Once the eggs are out of the pan, heat the leftover bacon grease with some wine vinegar and minced onions, shallots, garlic, or ramps.  Drizzle all over the eggs, bacon and greens.  Enjoy a fresh spring breakfast.  

Eat up those spring veggies in your CSA bag!

Robin

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