Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Veggie Tales

So, here I am, out of the blue, blogging for the first time in five months.

I'm not going to explain where I've been or what I've been doing. It's boring. I lead a boring life.

Nope. Tonight it's all about veggies. I'm a member of a CSA. Each Tuesday I briefly leave work to go pick up my weeks worth of veggies. After work, I take my veggies home, put them in the fridge and do nothing with them until I have to throw them away because they've gone bad, spoiled, wilted, whatever. I really do like vegetables. However, I work until 7:30pm and by the time I get home, I don't feel like cooking.

At least that's what I tell myself.

Throwing away beautiful, locally grown veggies is neither fit nor frugal.

So, for the past two weeks, I've been trying to be a good girl and eat all my veggies. Actually, I've been trying to at least clean the vegetable to eliminate one excuse for not using them. I'm doing better, but it's a lot of food for just one person.

Today's haul was huge! Turnips, green beans, wax beans, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and a small bunch of basil.

There was also a bunch of onions but I despise onions so those went to a coworker.

Oh and there's also blueberries and raspberries but those are never, ever, around long enough to go bad. Ever.

I got a little carried away with my food prep plans tonight. My dinner ended up being an odd assortment of very good veggies.

First up...tomatoes....basil....this screams caprese salad! Yum!

Next came three bean salad. It needs to chill a bit but it was still very good.

Finally, roasted turnip fries with Parmesan cheese. I've never cooked with turnips before so I checked out some recipes. I decided to start with the recipe that included cheese for my first attempt at turnips because it had cheese. These were good. They didn't get crisp, except for the cheese, but they were tasty. They have a little bite. Nothing too strong, but definitely there.

Overall it was a very tasty dinner.

Weird but tasty.

Hopefully my body won't reject the overload of veggies. It's already craving something familiar, something comforting. I believe it's time for some peanut butter. I'll call it dessert.