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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spring Vegetables

It's half way between shares and its a good time for me to take inventory of my 'fridge and see what's left to use. I've been making smoothies (and juicing) over a year now. I find the possibilities for variety through the year are amazing. If you haven't tried a green smoothie yet, what are you waiting for?

We got:
asparagus- I marinated
baby bok choy- probably will juice and put in salads
red beet w/ top- beets can be juiced or put into a smoothie, which is what I mostly have done. I put the tops right in too. They can also be grated and put on top of a salad to make it very colorful.
green cabbage- I still had purple cabbage from two shares ago and made this salad. You can make it from just green cabbage also. This batch turned out really well. John even had 2nds.
carrot- lots to do with carrots. I've been juicing them a lot lately and I am beginning to feel orange. I need to back off.
Italian parsley- What I don't use here in there in this weeks recipes, I will dehydrate next week.
eggplant- Not sure what I am doing with it yet. Maybe this hummus.
red leaf lettuce- makes beautiful salads
jumbo vidalia onion-
green pepper- I took only one cause its not my favorite, and right away, John asked me if he could use it. Yeah.
garnett sweet potato- baked. I was thinking they don't go too well with smoothies, but Tam proved me wrong.
green kale- John used up some Kale with his peppers. I will make some marinated (EVOO, garlic and Tamari Say Sauce) salad with it .
kiwi-cut in half and scoop out or add too smoothie
white grapefruit- juice
cantalope- ate it up on the first night, it was perfectly ripe
tommy atkins mango- these were perfectly ripe. I took some extra off the bonus table and Scott ate three the first night!

Fruit Share:
golden pineapple- I will be planting the top of it in my garden.
snjou pear


artichokes- as a group we ordered an extra case of artichoke. I have never had artichoke before. I was in for a pleasant surprise when I dipped it in some oil and vinegar. I see artichoke is coming again next time and I am going to plan for a few yummy healthy dips. Kristen, Earthmother--what do you do with artichoke?

Last time we got (and I never published):

Green Leaf Lettuce, Red Leaf Kale, Asparagus, Squash, Zuccini, Sweet Potoato, Peaches, Spanish, Onions, Tomato, Carrots, Ginger, Honey Dew, Strawberry, Mangoes


Trish Chibas said...

I never thought of putting beets in smoothies. Do you juice them first and add the juice to the smoothie or do you cut them up and throw them in there still hard? Do you think my green smoothies could be making Lainey gassy?

Permission to Mother said...

GSG has a recipe for a hot pink smoothie with beets, coconut milk stawberries, cashews, large carrot, vanilla, hemp protein powder, chopped dates.

My version looked more like, the whole beet with greens (washed well), rice milk, apples, cashews, carrot fiber left-overs from juicing, spirultina or chloriphyll powder, chopped dates or apricots.

GS are one of the best things you can eat. Perhaps a particular ingrediant makes the baby gassy. Try switching ingrediants.

Lily Girl said...

Did you know you can eat the kiwi fruit skin? Most people are put off by the texture, but I didn't realize until I was in high school that eating the skin was not "normal". If you are feeling adventurous it adds a nice tart flavor and a bunch more fiber to the fruit.

Artichokes are delicious, that is so great that you can order extra items.

Kristen's Raw said...

I've had them cooked and dipped in a creamy raw sauce. I heard a long while ago about someone using them raw, I think, but I don't know how he/she prepared them. A quick google search might turn something up.

Cheers to Juice,

Becky R said...

I always eat the kiwi skin, I didn't know it wasn't normal either. I love it. I try to eat as much skin (apples, cucumbers, etc) as I can, it is good for you.

These organic lists you post make me hungry!!! I want to try and find a co-op in my area.

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