CSA Box: February 15

Read more about why I love CSA and locally–grown fruits and veggies here.

This week’s box:


  • broccoli
  • dino kale
  • strawberries*
  • fennel
  • turnips
  • green onions
  • grapefruit
  • 2 blood oranges
  • lettuce

* Can we talk for a second about the cartwheeling and dancing that goes on in my household when strawberries are back in season? It’s embarrassing. You should see what goes on for summer squash . . .

A la carte items:


  • Brussels sprouts
  • brown jasmine rice
  • 2 creole tomatoes
  • garlic & onion spreadable cheese

These items all scream springtime to me, and I couldn’t be any more stinkin’ excited about spring. I know the cool thing out there is to be all about autumn—and I love autumn, don’t get me wrong—but spring is totally my season. Longer days, warmer weather, crawfish and strawberries, napping during an afternoon rain . . .

My total was $41 and some change (because that’s a ton of rice, btw).

Meal plan:

Hmm. Okay, this week’s box is not so much for a meal plan as it is for a classic lazy–but–healthy move.

The strawberries are for snacking, and the creole tomatoes + lettuce + cheese will make yummy little salads.

I cut up the grapefruit and blood oranges and froze them in a big ziploc bag. I like to make flavored water by adding a few frozen citrus slices (they thaw, thank you, science) and some fresh mint from the garden to a big pitcher of water, then sort of muddling it all together.

I hope that the rice speaks for itself.

As for everything else, I cleaned and chopped and added it all to a big roasting pan with a little drizzle of olive oil and some salt + pepper, then roasted it (375 for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally). I add a can of drained chickpeas during the last 10 minutes of cooking, then eat this stuff over rice for quick, healthy lunches and as a side with grilled chicken for dinner.

Any other spring-lovers out there?

PS: Did you know this little diddy is actually Shakespeare? True story. Stick with me, and I’ll teach you all kinds of useless information. ; )

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