The word for beets in Italian is barbabietole.
The beets were in the CSA box with the other vegetables I used to make the prior meals.
This beet salad was for dinner one night. The heirloom tomatoes came from the box of organic tomatoes I bought.
To roast beets you cut off the top and bottom. You roast them at 400 degrees for 45 minutes in the oven.
I let the beets cool a bit after taking them out of the oven. Then I used a knife to cut around in a circle to remove the hard skin.
I used the onion that was in the CSA box too.
This is the first time I’ve cooked and eaten Bok choy. The vegetable was part of the CSA box I bought for this week’s dinners.
I used one head of Bok choy and could’ve used 2 heads. The recipe is tasty and I will feature it in a coming blog entry in the future.
With a ton of tasty vegetables on offer year-round I say: ditch the meat. Produce sold in-season is cheaper.
Colorful veggies are happy food. Feel-good greens can give you benefits instead of reaching for vitamins.
A lot of people take vitamins and that is their choice. I stopped taking supplements years ago.
In my estimation I think the decision comes down to what each of us as an individual needs to nourish our bodies.
Which might be different from the advice an expert peddles to the masses.
However I do adhere to some guidelines and I’ll talk about these guidelines in the future.
The Caprese salad above I had for dinner one night.
You’re not supposed to eat cheese. I read somewhere that the production of cheese contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
I don’t have cheese often and it’s because having a lot of cheese can elevate your LDL–the bad cholesterol in your body.
I would like to publish a cookbook one day. It wouldn’t be a vegan cookbook.
There are ethical reasons for being a vegan.
Whatever eating plan a person adheres I stand by my life motto: No Judgments.
In one way I have done something differently: I rarely eat chicken and fish anymore. I usually have scallops for seafood and often shrimp.
More often than not I cook vegetables for dinner.
Simply reducing your reliance on food like meat that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions will go a long way in promoting self-health and the health of the planet.
I’m not going to sit around judging what people do though.
I have no desire to be an eco-cop policing people or an enviro-vigilante.
Human beings are doing the best we can with what we were given.
Even the buzzword “plant-based” should be enough of a change to make.
The blog entry coming up features another vegetable dinner that I used CSA box produce to cook.
The carrots onion tomatoes and jalapenos above turned into the salad below:
Boy do I love tomatoes in the summer.
For $12.99 I bought the tomatoes in the box below:
For $29.99 I bought a CSA box of organic vegetables as follows:
Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes
Baby Green Bok Choy
I used the CSA box food plus bought heads of Boston lettuce to make a salad for dinner to start off the week.
The Bok choy I’ll have for lunch on Tuesday.
Photos are to follow of the meals I created with the food.
A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture.
In New York City you can get a CSA box delivered to your house or apartment via Fresh Direct instead of having to travel to an inconvenient location to pick up a CSA box and then schlep it home.
The photo below features a salad created with CSA box produce: red romaine lettuce, red oak leaf lettuce, greenhouse tomatoes, and french breakfast radishes.
You can buy the indispensable book Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop.
I go running to this cookbook all the time in Greenmarket season.
Also in the box was kohlrabi and I’m going to make a recipe with this vegetable too.
The box contained yellow chard and baby red bok choy too.
This is the spring table decor. A joyful table can put you in the mood to linger over your food.
I didn’t post the zucchini recipe. I realized I had posted a blog entry with this recipe years ago. It might be in the recipes category link on the right.
I will return in the coming week to topics I refer to in my upcoming non-fiction books.