Anyone meal plan around a CSA?
Do you just have other ingredients (grains, beans, spices, oils, frozen meat or fish) on hand and then get creative with what is in the box?
I feel strongly this is a good direction for our family to go, but it's hard to leave the relative comfort of my typical meal planning.
And the meal planner can be clicked to from there. I am actually running a recipe contest right now, if you have anything to add to the database.
And you can filter your search results for dietary needs such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc...
Hope this helps!
Justa for instance... last week we got chard, squash, onions, red potatoes, sweet potatoes and something else I don't remember at the moment. So one night I did pork loin, chard and mashed red potatoes and did leftovers the next day. Then we had friends over and did steak, corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. Today I'm doing a whole roasted chicken with yellow squash, the last of the red potates and carrots. Then I'll use the leftover chicken on homemade pizza tomorrow with some onion, tomatoes & spinach. I also make stock from the bones. Wednesday is a vegetarian dish and then I'll start all over with our CSA. (This week was a bit extravagant with both steak and pork loin, normally we do more ground beef and cheaper dishes, but the pork loin was on sale and I couldn't pass it up. LOL.)
ETA: Also, a lot of what I'm cooking is new to me (since we're originally from the north and they don't do "greens' up there. ha, ha.) So I look recipes up on allrecipes.com all the time to get ideas for meals.
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I see this as the major flaw of CSA shares. Luckily my csa farm has a market stand, and while it's a bit more expensive to get their produce from there vs. a csa, I rarely waste anything this way and spend less money on it overall by buying only what I need and know I will eat.
I think if you want to make it work and your CSA is anything like mine was (ie, lots and lots of the same thing at once) is to learn how to preserve in a variety of ways. Or else you'll get really sick of eating zucchini! As the years went on it did get a little better as I learned new ways of putting things by. It's definitely a creative endeavor, and I applaud the people who have the skill and patience to do it!!
I'm doing a mixture of changing up interesting recipes, freezing some meals for later, and freezing some veggies for later.
It's definitely a lot of food!
The meal planner works well with farmers' market purchases as well, and I plan on making it interface well with iPhones at some point, so you can plan your meals based on what you pick up at the market, and head straight to the store with the rest of your list.
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I do! I built a website with a free meal planner, specifically to address this issue! :
Hope this helps!
I'm not very tech savvy, but it took me a lot of clicks to get to the meal planner. Is that your intention? It was well worth the effort though, because it's now in my favorites!:
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ok, now...............beets? my family is not a fan; i could possibly be the only one eating them. i don't love them either, or haven't found a way i like them yet. sorry for highjacking op, but it's along the same topic .
They will be HOT PINK, and have a slight earthy flavor that is to die for.
So they will be hot pink, and you can salt/pepper them as normal, use butter or Earth Balance, and you're all set. It makes a GORGEOUS base on your plate for things like roasted chicken or a big veggie saute/roast. Drizzle the pan drippings on it and you're good to go.
I'll be making an obscenely large batch this weekend, then freezing portions for hearty winter dinners.
I should probably put this in the EatRealGood meal planner! http://mealplanner.eatrealgood.com
Oh, that reminds me - YES! I hope everyone starts putting their recipes into it, so we can make it a community of shared recipes. There's also a little random drawing contest going on right now - each recipe submitted earns an entry into the drawing. The prize is an EatRealGood SIGG bottle!
There are instructions here: http://www.eatrealgood.com/meal-planner.html