01 August 2011

Everything Out of the CSA

 CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and many farmers market booths offer them. If you have never had a CSA, try it! I get one box of delicious local goodies a week for 8 weeks and it averages $35 per week. For me, this is great since the produce in our markets is more expensive and disappointing.

I get a variety of veggies and fruits in season, along with a dozen local eggs, some jam or dipping sauce and herbs, greens and the best is when they throw in local goat cheese. It is a great way to get creative in the kitchen because some weeks you get produce you have never cooked with and it all tastes better knowing you are supporting your local farms.

My go to is usually a curry with some protein I have and lots of veggies.

Red Curry w/ Chicken and CSA Veggies
Serves 3-4 or leftovers!
1/2 white onion diced
3 small cloves garlic, minced
2 larger potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
1 yellow squash
1/2 zucchini
handful of snap peas, ends trimmed (if you have them)
1/2 tomato, diced
a few springs of fresh basil chopped
cabbage, chopped to garnish

2 T Red curry paste or more to taste
1/2-1 can can Coconut Milk (depending how saucy you want it)
a few dashes of fish sauce
salt to taste

3-4 Organic Chicken Breasts

1. Heat 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil in pan
2. chicken and cook on both sides
3. Add onions/potatoes and cook until onions are translucent
4. Add chopped garlic
5. Add coconut milk, paste, fish sauce and salt
6. Add squash, zucchini, basil, snap peas and tomato
7. Let simmer for 20 minutes until potatoes and chicken is cooked thoroughly

Serve with Cabbage on top if you wish.