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What's in my CSA Box? Ideas for eating and cooking.

Posted 1/9/2014 7:16pm by Jill Rendleman.

Great spinach soup recipe at the end!  Keep reading.....Spinach rules the boxes this week, but there is some great repeats from last week as well.....the strong flavored celery and the mild pac choi, along with some baby sweet potatoes.  We often make a meal of steamed spinach and a baked sweet potatoe....so good together.  Place a little olive oil and a bit of water in a shallow pan, heat up, add the spinach, and stir until it just turns colors, add minced garlic and heat a little more, remove and eat at once!  Sweet potatoe is great just baked at 375 until a knife goes in easily...but not so easily that its mush....remove sweet potatoe while still a little firm, it will continue to cook out of the oven.  The other night late there was a cooking show on where the lady baked the sweet potatoe, added sugar and all sorts of things to the mush, added it back to the sweet potatoe, then covered it in apples, cranberries, and pecans and topped with syrup.    The only reason i can see for people coming up with recipes like this.....they must be getting sweet potatoes that were industrially grown, are old, and have no taste.....thus the adding of things that have a taste and add calories and most likely, non organic ingredients.  After you bake a sweet potatoe, you dont have to add anything at all to enjoy it's natural sweet taste...maybe a bit of butter and a pinch of salt is all i would add if anything.   Think sun, think longer days, think spring!   Remember early sign up for discounted spring/summer shares ends March 1.  

Here is a great recipe for Italian Spinach Soup.....it has a nice clear type broth, but is hearty, thus the name.  The Italian sausage in the recipe can be replaced with Turkey Italian sausage, Vegetarian Italian sausage (they have it at the Co op), or you could leave it out completely and just add more herbs.  i like to cook my cannelloni beans rather than using a can, as they stay more firm, but it takes more time.  The green ingredients in this soup are very dense in nutrition and help keep the immune system strong in the winter time.  

Hearty Italian Soup

1 16 oz. pkg. Italian sausage (I used ground Italian turkey sausage)
2 tsp olive oil
1 lg onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp of dried red pepper
48 ounces chicken broth
2 15 oz. cans cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
5 oz. fresh spinach (or more to taste)
1 /4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Freshly shaved parm cheese

Cook sausage in hot oil in Dutch oven. Remove sausage, reserving drippings in pot.  Sauté onions 3 min. until tender.  Add garlic and sauté about one minute.  Return sausage to pot.  Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.  Stir in spinach and next 2 ingredients.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes.  Top each serving with Parm cheese.  

I served this with toasted bread with parm cheese and a green salad.

Yum yum!  jill

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Highway 51 N

Cobden, Illinois 62920




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