Menu Plan Monday: Dandelion Dreams

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This week’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from Two Small Farms brings a few herbs, some interesting greens and one of my Dad’s favorites – Red Beets. Our box contained: Baby Carrots, Cilantro, Thyme, Braising Mix, Mei Quin Choy, Dandelion Greens (Frastigliata), Fennel, Red Beets, Romaine Lettuce and Green Garlic. 

And here is my weekly menu plan:

Monday: Dandelion Souffle (I am going to follow my usual chard souffle and sub in sautéed Dandelion Greens; part of the base will include chopped Green Garlic), green Salad with Fennel, roasted Beets, fresh bread 

Tuesday: Chicken strips with Cilantro Peanut Dipping Sauce (thanks Liesl and Becca!), steamed Mei Quin Choy (similar to Bok Choy)

Wednesday: Salmon with Cilantro pesto, Braised Greens, brown rice

Thursday and Friday: Out to dinner

The Carrots I used last Friday – I roasted them whole, then diced and served atop carrot soup I made with last week’s carrots. May Ling really wanted me to try this recipe for Carrot Oatmeal Cookies, maybe next time! And the Green Garlic I am using like an onion – DH used some on Saturday night when cooking his famous New Mexican Smothered Pork. It was tasty! 

The only thing I am not sure about this week is the fresh Thyme. I ended up with two bunches – I wonder if I can dry it and put it in a jar for future use? Any suggestions?

I am participating in Meal Plan Monday, hosted by Org Junkie. I highly recommend a visit to Laura’s site to check out all the other meal plans this week. Who knows? You might be inspired to try something new!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Your CSA box was awesome this week ~ what a great box of treasures.

    Blossoming Skillets last blog post..Spring Gripe…….

  2. Posted April 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Wow! A great menu. How does dandelion saute taste? I really have to try CSA. Sound like a great service.

  3. Kitchen Gadget Girl
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    Posted April 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I sauteed the dandelions and used them in a souffle, which turned out well. The dandelions were a little sharper in flavor than my usual choice, chard, but I thought the souffle turned out well!

    And yes, the CSA is a great service, I like having it delivered to my door and the variety it brings to our diet.

  4. Posted April 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment @ my blog. I looked into CSA and found one in Hawaii. Considering of ordering one. Thanks for the info :)

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