Do you ever watch the show Chopped? I went into labor with my third child watching that show.
My weekly CSA is much like opening the mystery basket. I don’t pay much attention to the emails they send of what’s being delivered so it’s always a fun surprise.
I like to challenge myself to come up with a dinner using something out of the CSA box. No recipe searching, just quick cooking. I had a defrosting piece of salmon waiting to be cooked so knew the leeks would pair perfectly with it.
Leeks are relatives of onions and garlic and are absolutely delicious. They look like giant scallions (aka green onions). They have a mild onion flavor but are a little sweeter and are just perfect when sautéed in a little olive oil. I made this a recipe for one, but it’s a method that you could easily double or quadruple. Roasting the salmon while the leeks cook on the stove top makes this a quick fix meal.
I can’t tell you how buttery and flavorful this meal was with such few ingredients. Seriously, it goes to show you when you have quality food products you don’t need to do a lot to make them taste good!
Leeks provide manganese, folate, Vitamin K and C and provide antioxidant benefits, similar to onions and garlic. Mmmm.
Also in my CSA box were shiitake mushrooms. I don’t usually buy that variety but thought I’d sauté them for a side dish. Note, they were pretty tasty but the texture was um, weird. I am not going to get into what it reminded me of because I don’t want to gross you out. I would much prefer them incorporated into a grain like the wild rice and quinoa blend I use so next time I will do that.
To make them (which is the method I use for portobellos and regular white mushrooms), I just remove stems, wipe them clean, slice them up and toss them in a skillet on medium heat that has been drizzled with olive oil; then add a minced garlic clove and sauté for about 4 minutes, hit them with some salt, pepper, a shake or two of red pepper flakes and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and cooked them 1 more minute.
I am totally looking forward to my next CSA box. I highly recommend doing a google search to see if there are ones in your area. It’s a great way to enjoy local, organic produce!