Paleo and CSA

After doing CSA for a while you get used to many of the veggies that come to you. My meals and sides are often the same.  I enjoy finding new recipes, but let’s be honest…..sometimes I just don’t have time to execute anything new. I use a meal planning/shopping app called Emeals.  I love it because of the step by step instructions that it gives for cooking.  It also will build my shopping list based on the recipes I use. Because of the way we eat at our house, many of our meals are Paleo.  If you aren’t familiar with Paleo way of eating you can read about it here.

It has proven to be hard to find meal plans that include this way of eating.  But not too long ago Emeals developed a Paleo meal plan that has been wonderful.  Some Paleo meals have not been loved by all in my house.  Some of the vegetables and seasonings are not my kiddos favorite. I share all of that because I would love to challenge you to try a few paleo meals using your CSA.  Our CSA sets you up perfectly to eat this way.  Many times I am only buying meat to go along with dinners because everything else comes in my box.

Here is an example of a recipe I made this week:

Italian Chicken Sausage with Apples and Onion

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 1 (12- to 14-oz) pkg Italian chicken sausage links, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
  • 2 Gala apples, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Melt 1 Tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add sausage, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet, reserving drippings in skillet.
  2. Melt 1 Tbsp oil in hot drippings. Add apples, onions, bell pepper, seasoning, and salt. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until onion is very tender.
  3. Return sausage to skillet; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Note:

If you don’t have Italian seasoning, substitute 3/4 tsp dried basil, 3/4 tsp dried crushed rosemary, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp dried thyme.

Balsamic Wilted Spinach

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10-oz) pkg baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add garlic, and cook 1 minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add spinach, vinegar, salt, and pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until spinach is wilted and liquid almost evaporates.

I used apples, onions, peppers all from CSA.  This was one of my favorite meals I have had in a long time.  Another Paleo meal that can easily be made from your CSA basket is:

Spicy Flank Steak and Bell Pepper Stir-fry sweet Potato “Pappardelle”

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb flank steak
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup coconut aminos soy-free sauce
  • 2 Tbsp organic beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp Asian chili garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice beef across the grain; sprinkle with pepper. Cook in 1 Tbsp hot oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over high heat 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet.
  2. Sauté bell pepper, onions, and garlic in 1 Tbsp hot oil in a skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until tender.
  3. Combine coconut aminos, broth, chili sauce, and arrowroot in a small bowl, whisking until blended.
  4. Add beef and sauce mixture to pan. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, or until sauce is thickened.

Sweet Potato “Pappardelle”

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 sweet potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Shave potatoes into long, thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler.
  2. Microwave ribbons with water in a large microwavable bowl, covered, at HIGH 5 to 7 minutes or until just tender; drain.
  3. Toss ribbons with oil, salt, and pepper.

 

Maybe this will give you a new way to use your CSA or maybe even a new way of eating.

 

Happy Healthy Eating

Lindsay

 

 

Lindsay

I am a wife and stay-at-home homeschooling mum of 4. I could sit all day and read cook books and learn new recipes. I love that I get fresh, clean, healthy food delivered each week that we as a family get to incorporate into our diets. We strive to eat very little grain and really limit our processed sugars. The CSA is a HUGE help in this.

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