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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cooking with organics.

I debated doing another Vegas post but I am too excited about our organic produce.

Signing up for a weekly delivery of organic produce was such a lifesaver. Now, our house always have fresh, delicious produce. Plus, we don't get to choose what comes in the box so it's always a surprise!

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For example, I got some purple basil. I could have made pesto with it but I decided to try hummus instead. First, get a can of chickpeas (garbanzos) and some olive oil. I suggest using fresh beans if you have the time. I do not.

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Add in a cup of sun-dried tomatoes. I bought mine at a farmer's market. They aren't packed in oil but you can use the oil-packed kind. Just cut back on the amount of olive oil.

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Chop 1/4 cups worth of basil. I used the purple basil from the CSA. It's dreamy but really any basil will work. Add more if you feel necessary.

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Add the entire can of garbanzos to the food processor. Water and all. Process until smooth and add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped basil and process again. It should come together fairly quickly. Add more olive oil if you find necessary.

Eat it with fresh crudites or pita chips!

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The organic grapes from the CSA were delicious. I wish I knew what to do with them besides eat them straight up.

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Next up was the elusive spaghetti squash. I always read about other food bloggers using the innards as a pasta substitute but I hadn't tried it myself. I had no idea what this was when it came in the box.

I roasted it cut sides up for 30 minutes at 350.

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While it roasted, I took this baby eggplant and sliced it.

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And sauteed.

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I used pancetta and olive oil from my misto to take out any bitterness.

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Buy a misto. It's so much better than regular cooking spray.

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Chicken meatballs were added to the mix.

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And the spaghetti squash innards. They were so easy to scoop out. It was kind of freaky.

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I topped my pasta with some buffalo mozzarella and chowed down. I loved it! I definitely wouldn't substitute spaghetti squash for pasta all the time (I love carbs) but it's a nice change of pace.

Andy's bandage is off. Do you want to see pictures? It's semi-disgusting.

PS! I am getting custom orthotics! Maybe I'll run again?

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13 Comments:

At August 18, 2010 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous kalin said...

this is boring and easy but frozen grapes are amazing i swear
chopped up grapes + yogurt + nuts is pretty good too

 
At August 18, 2010 at 5:35 PM , Anonymous Eden said...

I wanna see the arm, I can handle it! I just wont eat before/after.!

 
At August 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM , OpenID simplyshaka said...

Wow, that looks absolutely amazing. I am digging all the flavor!

I love using spaghetti squash as spaghetti but agree, I like my carbs too much to do that all the time! Mmmmmmm mozzarella.

 
At August 18, 2010 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Erica said...

WOW that is some awesome produce- totally jealous. That would be an ideal dinner for me. I totally want to see a picture of the damage. I can handle ;)

 
At August 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Mom on the Run said...

You got some great eats from your CSA. Purple basil is intriguing me. I only have standard green growing in my garden. Great dishes!

 
At August 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM , Anonymous ashleigh said...

I really want to do a CSA next year.. it looks like so much fun.

I hope the orthotics work out!

 
At August 18, 2010 at 10:45 PM , OpenID sohdalex said...

This looks SO good! Spaghetti squash is one of my favs and this combo looks like one to remember ;)

 
At August 19, 2010 at 4:08 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I never know what to do with grapes other than eat them straight up, too. But that's fine with me!

You should totally show pics of the arm..........we can handle it! :)

 
At August 19, 2010 at 5:21 AM , Blogger Beth said...

this looks good! I miss our CSA but we probably won't do one again because we're away too many weekends.

Hope the orthotics help!

 
At August 19, 2010 at 8:20 AM , Anonymous Tina said...

Purple basil? How interesting! I think having a CSA would help me be much more adventurous in the kitchen. I always want to try new foods but don't know what. If I had no choice to avoid it going to waste I know I would use it. And likely enjoy it.

 
At August 19, 2010 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Mo Diva said...

happy cast off day andy!

yay for orthodics!

I wish spaghetti squash was appealing to me. the first and last time i had some of it, i got really sick with a virus and cant even look at the stuff. it just brings back bad memories.

 
At August 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM , Blogger kat said...

That hummus sounds wonderful! As for the grapes, our favorite Italian restaurant serves grilled grapes & sausages with a balsamic reduction, I think its our favorite this on the menu! Seriously, grill those grapes.

 
At August 24, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I just found your blog through the new HLB site -- love it! And of course the first post I comment on has to be two weeks old. :)

Regardless, next time you get grapes? Make this. Roasted grapes + spicy chicken sausage = crazy delicious. I'll usually throw the whole thing over some wilted spinach or kale or whatever greens we have kicking around in the refrigerator. So good.

 

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