So “rejects” might not be quite the word, more like it was time to try and barrel through the plethora of farm share items I have been building up and not being used. Some because I haven’t had the time to cook them like the potatoes and some because I seem to get more and more every week like the collard greens and cabbage. And really, how many things can you do with collard greens and cabbage?
Monday night I prepared our lunches for the week (I was a tad sore Sunday and wasn’t feeling the Sunday lunch routine). Salad of the week is red and green leaf lettuces with canellini beans, walnuts, and olives. I tried a couple of new recipes for Ben’s lunch, Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken and Mom’s Coleslaw. I think he likes his lunch this week! Coleslaw was the perfect cabbage abundance solution. I am not really a fan of coleslaw, but Ben loves it.
Thank you to Tania for this suggestion for the collard and turnip greens. Chopped up some bacon, crisped it and then added the collard and turnip greens until cooked down. This way I could also pull off a mostly veggie meal, but keep Ben happy by still meeting his (animal) protein “requirement”.
I was super excited to try out kabocha squash for the first time.
I have to say this was one of the more difficult squashes I have ever had to chop. Impressive I came out of this without any chopped fingers. For the squash prep, I roasted slices and lightly coated with olive oil before putting in the oven.
I found the kabocha squash to be pretty unique with a creamy texture. Delicious! And since I clearly had plenty of slices prepared I added a couple to my “salad of the week”.
As usual I prepared a bit too much food, and had also chopped some potatoes, rutabaga, shallots and minced garlic with a splash of olive oil and dried oregano.
Turns out, roasted rutabaga? Not so awesome, or at least I didn’t think so. Anyone else in agreement? It was my first time cooking with it so maybe better another way? Looks like I’m getting more this week, watch out rutabaga!
I’ll end this post with one of my favorite parts of October, the pumpkin tree!
Rumor has it the pumpkin tree doesn’t taste very good. 🙂