If you follow my social media channels, you know that I recently got my first CSA produce box from Greenling.com. Scroll down to the bottom for an easy giveaway to win a $50 gift card to Greenling! You can try out a CSA for free to see if you like the idea. That's what I did! Loved it.
CSAs are awesome because you get to :
1) Support local farms 2) Eat locally 3) Eat organic 4) Be forced to get creative with whatever shows up in the box!
Check out all that I made with the fabulous ingredients that came from Greenling!
Fennel Mint Slaw
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Red Radishes, sliced thin
1/2 head green cabbage, sliced thin
1 bulb fennel, sliced thin (reserve the tops)
1 Tablespoon mint, minced
In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, onion, honey, olive oil, dijon mustard and salt. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Chop up about 1/3 cup of the tops of the fennel fronds. Toss those into the mix. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Can be made up to 12 hours ahead!
So what exactly is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Each week (or however often you choose), you are sent a big box of seasonal produce from your local farm. With Greenling, the produce comes from a few local farms. You don't pick what you get-- it comes to you based on availability. I like this because it forces you to get creative in the kitchen. For example, I had never cooked with fennel before, and I was excited to do so. But, I had all these other beautiful ingredients I wanted to incorporate as well. I would have never made this fennel mint slaw without this CSA box.
This is what my delivery looked like (I know, my shoes are adorable):
Included in my CSA box was local, fresh, organic:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mixed Salad Greens
That's a ton of produce for $35.99! I made so many meals out of it. I loved using the ingredients in smoothies in the morning, fresh salads for lunch and creative side dishes for dinner.
I served the fennel mint slaw with roasted root vegetables. I bought the baby carrots at the grocery store (I always have them on hand) and the sweet potatoes came from the CSA box! I tossed them in melted coconut oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and cinnamon and roasted them at 425º for 25 minutes. I make these all the time!
How should you serve fennel mint slaw? With friends and family, pork belly and roasted root vegetables, of course! How lovely.
Look! It's Corben Thomas! He's mad at me for making him eat so much pork belly:
I made a simple salad with the mixed greens from the CSA box and my Chili Lime Pepitas:
Greenling is more than just a CSA delivery. They round up local, organic products from produce to pantry. They also have meal kits for those of you who are not so culinarily-inclined. They wanted me to try out their newest meals, Paleo Kits!
Spicy Turkey Skillet
Thai Lettuce Wraps
Paleo Breakfast Bowls
The ingredients come pre-chopped, sorted and measured for you. The recipes with detailed instructions come with it. All you have to do is follow the easy directions and eat!
The paleo kits come with a pound of meat, but with an option to include a second pound. I think the second pound is absolutely necessary, especially if you are feeding two people.
Easy ingredient prep:
Spicy Turkey Skillet:
Greenling would like you to try out some of their Paleo Meal Kits, too!
I am giving away a $50 gift card to a lucky reader!
If you'd like to try them out, leave me a comment here with your favorite song and your email address.
For example: Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughn; brittanie36 (at) gmail (dot) com
I'll pick a random winner Friday, July 25, 2014.