We’re rounding up all of our favorite recipes in anticipation of the 2014 CSA Season! It was such a looooonnnggg winter in New York, and just about everywhere else. Our crew is definitely appreciating the beautiful weather and things are sprouting up in the fields and high tunnels. When we test recipes at the farm, we try to think about everyone’s different dietary needs and preferences. Most of our recipes include gluten-free and vegetarian alternatives. We have added tabs to our Recipe Index for Paleo and Gluten Free Recipes, and we already have a huge Vegetarian and Gluten Free section. The great thing about our vegetable CSA Share is that everyone benefits from a wide variety of veggies in their diets, whether you’re going grain-free or dairy-free. Stock your pantry with a few key items like whole grains, beans, and nuts for easy CSA meals all season long.
Whole grains. Grains are a great addition to any plant-based diet, and it’s so easy to branch out beyond typical rice. Quinoa, farro, barley, and teff are grains that are also high in protein. Check the bulk area of your local food co-op or natural food store, you can buy grains in small amounts to try out different varieties.
Beans and Peas. If you’ve been a vegetarian for a while, then you’ve probably incorporated bean dishes into your diet. Cooking beans from dry is simple and inexpensive if you have a crock pot or pressure cooker. Regardless, it’s good to keep a few cans on hand for easy weeknight meals. Try black beans and kidney beans for soups and stews, chickpeas and brown lentils for salads, and red lentils for curried dishes. This is another thing that you can pick up in the bulk area of most natural food stores.
Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They add great texture to salads, rice dishes, and stuffed squash. Sunflower seeds, walnuts, and pumpkins seeds make great pestos and spreads. Sliced almonds and hazelnuts are delicious in savory dishes or on top of salads. Hit up the bulk area of the grocery store to try different varieties at a low cost.
Proteins. Tofu, tempeh, and seitan are also good sources of protein, just be sure to buy organic to avoid GMOs. Whole grains, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds, are good sources of unrefined protein.
Dairy. We’re lucky to live in an area where local, organic, grassfed dairy is abundant! Yogurts, cheeses, and milk add protein, and calcium. We also love goat milk products and sheep milk cheese.
Once your pantry is stocked and you’ve picked up your CSA Share, hearty vegetarian meals are easy to prepare! Here are a few of our favorites.
Carrot Enchiladas with Salsa Verde
Sweet Dumpling Squash with Wild, Rice, Pomegranate, and Goat Cheese
Appetizers and Snacks
Roasted Root Vegetable Cheese Platter
Parsnip Cheddar Scones with Sage