Category Archives: veggies

Roasted Acorn Squash Halves, p. 368

We received several acorn squashes in our CSA share last fall. Typically I just put some butter and maybe some maple syrup on them and call it a day. But this recipe suggested orange juice which was a fresh alternative. Great alternative to our usually overly sweet recipe.

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Curried Coconut Eggplant with Potatoes, p. 296

I had high hopes for this recipe. I love curries. Eggplant is not our favorite, so I hoped that the curry flavor would make up for the eggplant.

Using eggplant up from our CSA, I also added green beans to the dish per the suggestion in the header. The dish took about an hour to make, and according to my note was “good.” Bryan now hates eggplant, so I’m not sure if we’ll be making it again.

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Beet Greens with Double Garlic, p. 316

With my first CSA bag this year we got beets with greens still attached. Beets are my new favorite vegetable. Greens though, I’m not sure what to do about them. I’m not typically a greens eater. Occasionally I’ll prepare some sauteed spinach, but that’s about it.

One of the nice things about the How To Cook Everything app is you can search by ingredient and it will put up recipes that use the ingredient. This recipe originally recommended Dandelion Greens, but beet greens were another vegetable it suggested you could use.

Unfortunately in the preparation of this recipe I think I might have fried my greens. They turned out to be super cripsy, yet still delicious. I’ll have to try it again next time I get beet greens.

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Sauteed Eggplant with Basil, p. 295

Another catch-up recipe from last fall. I made this one in October as part of our CSA as well. Bryan hates eggplant and it’s not a favorite of mine either. I loved this one as it used some of my fresh garden basil.

My notes: Good. Easy. Although B. now hates eggplant.

We’ll probably try this again this summer when we have more eggplant in our CSA.

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Pasta with Red Peppers and Balsamic Vinegar, p. 519

When we first got married Bryan had a list of foods he did not like. They included, but were not limited to: peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms. He’s grown to accept tomatoes and onions in some forms. But he loves peppers. Seriously love them. His love and acceptance of things that he previously didn’t like is what spurs me to continue to try things I don’t like (beans).

I put this meal on our meal plan with him in mind. Unfortunately the timing worked out so that he wasn’t home when I made it. Oh well. I enjoyed it and ate it all up.

 

I was particularly thrilled to get to use the first fresh basil of the season from our garden. I did find that there wasn’t enough balsamic vinegar to my taste and ended up adding a dash or two to each single serving I had. Also of note, I enjoyed it leftover cold better than fresh, warm.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Yeah, I know. Probably one of the easiest things to cook ever. Baked sweet potatoes. This is not rocket science.

Here’s the thing though, growing up I did not like sweet potatoes. They fell under the same category as beans. But I’ve been trying different things, especially the things I don’t like hoping that maybe I’ve matured. And I’m proud to say I have. A little bit.

This past fall when there wasn’t much at the farmer’s market other than sweet potatoes and greens I bought a couple of sweet potatoes hoping for the best.  We enjoyed them!

 

They are the perfect side dish. After the first time I made them at least two or three more times over the winter months. So far we have just kept it simple, but maybe next fall we’ll start experimenting with fun things to top and season.

 

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Potato Rosti, p. 345

This past winter we got on a bit of a potato kick. They were a pantry staple. Tired of roasting them or doing hashes I looked a few new ways to cook them.

A cross between hashbrowns and a big pancake, we both enjoyed this dish. We enjoyed topping our pie piece with our favorite condiments. Me: comeback sauce, Bryan: Tabasco and ketchup.

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