WIAW: First CSA Share

19 Jun

WIAW was so fun last week I decided to participate again! I am one excited foodie today. Yesterday started my local farm’s CSA share and I went to pick up the goodies right after school.




In the mix:

Swiss chard (which I’ve had before and was NASTY…but I’m googling other ways to use it), lettuce and garlic scapes (not sure what these are…I’m assuming the tops of garlic.


I also came home to an exciting package from my friend who works at a specialty olive oil store:


Naturally I got right to work to incorporate the CSA share veggies and the olive oil into my dinner!


Swiss Chard- like I said I’ve had it before when I just sautéed it with garlic and olive oil. It tasted like bitter dirt….ugh. For the salad I made last night I only wanted to use the stalks. So I cut them off and chopped them like celery.


I’ll save the leaves for later in the week and hopefully they will be edible. Any suggestions?

The salad I made last night was scrumptious:

Baked mustard glazed chicken thighs over lettuce from the share, caramelized onions, the chard stalks, roasted sweet potatoes and avocado. I used the Chipotle olive oil for the sweet potatoes which gave it a nice kick!


Other notable meals and obsessions this week:


Ummmm don’t buy this if you don’t have the money to support the addiction. Many scoops with a spoon are regularly taken out throughout the day. OMGGG sooo good.


Taco Lettuce Cups using butter lettuce


It’s grillin’ season! Zucchinis! Yum


Practical Paleo Salmon Cakes- they got the picky fiancé approval too! You should make them.

That’s all for this week!

What are your current food obsessions? Ever had coconut butter?

What was the best thing you ate/made this week?

Suggestions for the swiss chard leaves?


14 Responses to “WIAW: First CSA Share”

  1. Fitcupcaker June 19, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    coconut mana, yum! I love cooking with coconut butters and oils 🙂

  2. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because June 19, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    This looks so good!

    With swiss chard, I just usually steam or saute it until it’s super wilted and soft, like any other green. Also, make sure you wash it REALLY well!

  3. The Cookie ChRUNicles June 19, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I am forever obsessed with peanut butter. The craving never goes away, no matter how many times a day I eat it!

  4. onmywaytohealth June 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I think the fresh swiss chard from the csa will probably taste better than anything you get from the grocery store, fresh grown veggies straight from the garden always taste 100 times better!

  5. Her Happy Balance June 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I pick up my third CSA share tomorrow! 🙂 For the swiss chard, I took it and put it with french chard and sautéed it with lots of red pepper flakes, olive oil, about a tbsp of butter, and lots of sliced garlic. It was super spicy so I didn’t even really taste the greens haha that could potentially get rid of the bitter taste!

  6. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I need to try those salmon cakes!

    I had a raw carrot cake dessert last night and it was amazing 🙂

  7. jeri June 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Swiss chard is a lot like spinach; you have to really, really wash it. And if you think you’ve washed it enough, wash it again. Those crinkly leaves can really hold the grit. It’s a little bitter, so cook it like kale or collards. Then dress it with a little balsamic and good olive oil.

  8. di @ life of di. June 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Oh my gosh – I have never had coconut butter but I bet it’s amazing! I love Earth Balance’s Peanut Butter w/ Coconut Oil and adding shredded coconut to my oats. Really, anything with coconut gets a thumbs up in my book 🙂

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes June 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Omg me too!! I’ve been dying tontrybthat earth balance stuff. I’m getting myselfnaddictedtotoo many foodie things lol

      • di @ life of di. June 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

        I know! I bought a jar of it last Monday and it is almost gone. Oops. ADDICTION!!!

  9. Tammy June 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I haven’t had the butter but I roasted some acorn squash in coconut oil this week and they were awesome.

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