Green me up

With all of the indulgence going around this week (and every week), I am thrilled that my CSA is now in full swing and provides (almost) everything I need to balance all the sugar with lots of green.


This week’s salad consists of a 100% CSA base with mesclun, pea shoots, and spinach. Each day, I pack a bunch of those leaves in a giant container and then pack a “dressing” separately for last-minute addition so that I can sidestep the wilt. The dressing for my CSA salad this week consists of CSA garlic scapes (sauteed in olive oil), CSA cilantro, CSA-inspired three-leaf pesto, CSA spinach stems, frozen corn niblets, chopped dried apricot, red wine vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

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Thanks to my coworkers, I’ve been able to use my CSA salad all week long as a base for addition enhancements! For Monday’s parents’ group, Inginia and I ordered roast chicken, yellow rice, and beans. I added some of the rice and chicken to turn my glowing green salad into a well-balanced protein powerhouse πŸ™‚





On Tuesday, my salad came back again with some of the leftover chicken from Monday and a couple of spoonfuls of Myrna’s homemade rice, beans, and meat (hiding in the top left):


The salad has continued to serve me well all week long. Thank goodness for greens!

Of course, every lunch needs a dessert, so I’ve re-invited an old favorite into my life: pumpkin yogurt (equal parts of each) with chopped apples, loads of cinnamon, and hemp seeds:


Sigh, it feels so purifying to do a post all about healthy food. I really do love to eat this way — it just gets impossible for me when cake and authentic multi-cultural delicacies lie in wait around every corner!

What is one food you will never ever ever turn down?

14 thoughts on “Green me up

  1. brandi says:

    i love the glowing green goodness from your CSA πŸ™‚

    food I will never turn down….good fresh fruit, homemade cookies, good cake with my name on it πŸ™‚


  2. Gina says:

    Mmm, looks tasty! Chicken and beans is a favorite combo of mine. As for a food I would never turn down…chocolate cake! I may not have to have an entire piece, but at least a bite or two, I can’t say no.


  3. Alison says:

    I will almost never turn down chocolate chip cookies. Or anything with good chocolate.

    That salad looks great. I love the addition of garlic scapes. And the beans sound wonderful.


  4. Krista says:

    I would have to say a food group….fruit. Leaning more towards berries and melons and pineapple. I’m not much of an apple/orange/banana girl…

    Lovely salad!


  5. Gina Boland says:

    Obviously, pretty much anything chocolate I can never turn down! Today it was Olivia’s PB Chocolate cake. She gave Kate some to give to me. Thanks Olivia!


  6. Erin says:

    I love all the green! It’s how I love to eat too, but I know what you mean about deliciousness lying around. I can never ever pass up Indian food!


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