CSA Week 17: The Key to Success is 5 Staples


Week 17 Bounty:

  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 bunch of carrots
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 bag salad mix
  • 2 delicate squash
  • 1 heirloom eggplant

Well, they did it again. I have never eaten delicate squash that I know of! So, roasted delicate squash is on the menu. I may just find a new fave because from what I hear, people like them even better than butternut! Say what?!

This brings me to the concept that I try and convey to everyone making dietary shifts. It is all about exploration. There will be things you hate and never eat again. There will also be things you love and eat regularly for the rest of your life! For a long time, I would pick up something foreign from the grocery store every week and figure out what to do with it. Ugly fruit, jicama, beets, tomatillos, papaya, plantains, weird spices, etc. Doing it one at a time made finding recipes manageable. It doesn’t take long before you’ve stumbled upon some pretty awesome foods and flavors!
I believe the key to success here is finding food you enjoy that also serves your body well. If you can find 5 staples that are easy, quick, and tasty, you will have go-to’s for everyday and save complicated stuff or experimentation for times when it can be fun! Every night doesn’t have to be from a cookbook. I encourage you to choose your “5.” Mine happen to be Tacos, Stir Fry, Burgers, Egg skillets, and Steak with sautéed veggies. All of them come together in less than 20 minutes, I always have the ingredients on hand, and the base recipe allows for changing out ingredients easily.

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