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I am always looking for new ways to cook my favorite veggies. These fritters are such a great change! I have a veggie spiral cutter that I have not used in awhile, and I was so excited to pull this fun appliance back out. The spiral cutter is an awesome kitchen tool that I use for making veggie pasta noodles, homemade curly fries, veggie slaws, and much more. It is so fun and easy to use. If you don’t own some type of spiral cutter, you can use a julienne cutter or a grater.

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Ingredients:

1 yellow squash

2 zucchinis

1 egg

2 T finely chopped onion

3 T almond flour (optional)

salt and pepper

Sauce:

3 T tamari or soy sauce

1 T rice vinegar

1 T agave nectar

1/2 tsp ginger

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Grate or spiral cut your zucchini and squash. Use whatever zucchini and squash you have on hand; it doesn’t have to be 2 zucchinis and 1 squash. I have made them with all zucchini and also with all squash and both are delicious.

Put the grated veggies into a strainer and place the strainer in a large bowl. Salt the veggies generously and mix to thoroughly coat. Let sit for about 20 minutes. This allows moisture to drip out from the veggies into the bowl, so that your fritters are not soggy. After the 20 minutes, take a towel and squeeze out all the remaining liquid from the veggies.

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Now, beat the egg in a separate bowl and mix in the finely chopped onion and pepper.

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Combine everything in a mixing bowl and sprinkle in the almond flour.

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Heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. When the skillet is nice and hot, form the veggies into balls (they will be runny) and drop onto skillet. Cook for about 3-5 mins on each side. Make sure they are nice and crispy and not falling before when you remove them from the skillet.

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To make the sauce, simply whisk all the ingredients together.

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These are amazing with or without the sauce….enjoy!

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In this salad I used almost everything from my CSA box! Combining all the leafy greens and lettuces made for a refreshing and not-so-boring Summer salad.

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I dressed it with a whole grain mustard dressing that is simple to make and compliments the greens perfectly. With this meal my goal was to make it as simple as possible to use as many of your CSA veggies as you want all in one meal. Our bodies thrive with a large variety of vegetables each day instead of just a bunch of only one or two types. Our bodies will thank us after this meal of a huge variety of leaves!

Ingredients:

  • All the CSA lettuce varieties
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley plus more for the dressing
  • sliced radishes
  • a sprinkle of diced CSA onions
  • an avocado diced
  • your choice of seeds and nuts ( I used sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, and chia seeds)
  • 3/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 2-3 cloves garlic pressed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

 

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Wash all lettuces and leafy greens and chop. Toss all of the veggies together with the lettuces and greens. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic. Add a pinch of the fresh chopped parsley and salt and pepper to the dressing. Garnish the salad with the nuts, seeds, and remaining fresh parsley. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and your salad is complete. Enjoy the fresh, straight from the ground taste!

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It is such a shame to use the beets and not enjoy to delicious and nutrient dense beet greens! They have a rich earthy flavor.  Letting it marry together with a simple dressing enhances its unique flavor.  I like to mix all of my other CSA lettuces with this salad too. This salad is ideal for the vegetarian or anyone else looking for meals high in iron.

I love the simplicity of this combination, so you are able to experience all the flavors of the full beet plant. The is no need to add too many ingredients to naturally flavorful foods. Also, it makes for an easier meal with less preparation which is always a plus!

Goat cheese or feta cheese are a perfect pairing with beets, so that’s why I add a sprinkle.  I always opt for goats cheese, since I have a cow’s milk allergy, but either is yummy.  The capers are a nice added touch of flavor as well. This Mediterranean dish is not only healthy, but something new and different from your usual salad.

Ingredients:

  • Beets and their greens
  • additional CSA lettuces (optional)
  • 1/2 c  goat or feta cheese crumbles
  • 2T drained capers
  • 3/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Preheat oven to 450

Cut the beets from their greens, wash, rub with oil, and wrap in foil.  Bake for 40-45 mins and while still warm pinch of skin. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Remove the stems from the beet greens and wash the greens thoroughly. Dry them well and chop the leaves.

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Combine the red wine vinegar, garlic, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk the olive oil into the vinegar mixture.  Place your chopped greens in a bowl and pour as a much of the dressing as you desire, combine, and let marry for a bit.

Thinly slice the beets and arrange on salad plate. Add the greens around the beets and sprinkle with goat cheese and capers.

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The Swiss chard we have been getting in the CSA box is so pretty! I am always excited to try new recipes with this power green. With this dish I added mushrooms and white beans for some extra protein, so it can be a complete vegetarian meal.  I always like adding garlic and red pepper to my greens for an extra pop of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • Swiss chard washed
  • sliced baby Bella mushrooms
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic pressed
  • 1 can of white beans
  • a splash of broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • a splash of  dry white wine
  • 3 T grapeseed oil
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Remove the stems from the chard and dice them. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the stems, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper, and salt and pepper. Cook over medium high until mushrooms are browned.

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Add the leaves of the chard and cook it down a bit. Then, add the splash of broth and wine.

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Add the beans and simmer for several minutes.

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Enjoy!

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