Blackened Tofu with Summer Vegetables

I’ve been eagerly waiting to receive some okra in our CSA box, and finally received some in our last pickup. I’m a big fan of it, though, previously, I had only had it at restaurants, and mostly in fried form. I thought about trying to use it to make an Indian-inspired okra dish, much like the one that we get at our favorite Indian restaurant, Dakshin. But being on a tight budget, I just didn’t have the money to go out and buy the spices necessary to make it. So, I was perusing the Internet when I came across this very simple Roasted Okra recipe on Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. The okra was so delicious cooked this way, and you just pop them in your mouth like french fries.

My husband and I were craving a simple vegetable plate, so I served the okra with sliced heirloom tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob and a side of Chow Chow relish. For our protein, I made the Blackened Tofu recipe from “Appetite for Reduction.” It was the first time I’ve tried it and it was so wonderful, especially with a little bit of the relish on top of it.

The meal was simple to put together, and it’s a great way to use up your summer vegetables.

CSA Week 10

Sorry for the lack of posts. It’s been a busy, but boring, few weeks. I’ve been really lazy with my cooking lately, too, which has led to some not-so-healthy takeout meals. As you can see, I haven’t been keeping up with my CSA posts, but our bounties have been pretty good, with the addition of potatoes, onions and garlic. We’ve gotten a few cases of blueberries, which I love. I’d be happy getting blueberries every week.

This week’s pickup is one of the best so far. We got two heads of cabbage, turnips, golden beets, red potatoes, zucchini, squash, garlic and two kinds of kale. I can definitely make quite a few meals out of this pickup.

I hope everyone is doing well!


CSA Week 1

For years, my husband and I have been wanting to participate in a CSA program. This year, we finally took the plunge and went with a more well-known CSA here in Louisville, Grasshoppers Distribution. This past week was our first pickup for the spring/summer growing season. I was really curious as to what we’d find in our produce box because it has been raining like crazy here in Kentucky. Sadly, the first pickup was a little disappointing, but, hey, that’s the chance you take with a CSA. But I really liked that they supplemented our box with a couple of locally made products: Bluegrass Soy Sauce from Bourbon Barrel Foods and fresh-made salsa from Eco Gardens in Scottsville, Kentucky.

In addition to the packaged products, our box included spring greens, strawberries and green garlic, which I’ve never used before. I found a risotto recipe that included green garlic, so I might try that. Either that, or I might put it on a pizza I’m planning on making this week. If you have any ideas for the green garlic, I’d appreciate any suggestions you might have.

I’ve already put the strawberries to good use as you can see below. Today is Derby Day here in Louisville, and while I’m not a fan of horse racing, I still like to use the day as an excuse to celebrate and to be a little decadent. For breakfast this morning, I made chocolate chip pancakes with cinnamon, strawberries and soy whipped cream.