CSA Stew

I picked up a wonderful assortment of vegetables from my CSA, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash,  green beans, onions, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, chard, corn and peaches!

But, as I was going out-of-town, what to do with all the goodies?

Not to worry,  I put some olive oil in the bottom of a big pot and sautéed the onion and some garlic until the onion was soft.  Next, I cut up the eggplant and added it to the pot, sautéing it until it turned slightly golden.  Then I cut up 4 tomatoes, a zucchini, a summer squash, a pepper, corn from one of the ears of corn, and added it all to the pot.  I simmered the whole thing adding a little water as needed, and seasoning it with my favorite, turmeric and cayenne 

It was delicious!  I’m calling it CSA Stew

Plant Based Diet and Joining a CSA

I have been eating a lot of vegetables lately.  I am following my own advise that I’ve been sharing in this blog and eating mostly a plant-based diet.

My objective is to eat for health, avoiding meat (except the occasional organic free range chicken and/or grass-fed beef), cutting out dairy products, and eliminating processed sugar as much as possible .

It really isn’t so hard when your motivation is avoiding diseases such as cancer,  heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  I have lost 8 pounds since February and even more important — I feel great!

To make sure I’m getting fresh, organic vegetables, I joined a CSA this summer.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  It is a way to share in the harvest of a local farm.  You pay the annual fee up front, giving the farmer needed cash for seeds, fertilizer, etc, and then each week throughout the summer, you get a box of fresh vegetables and fruits.

I’d like to thank Heron Pond Farm for letting me be a part of their community.  This week I got a pound of potatoes, a pound of snap peas, a bunch of beets, a bag of spinach, a head of lettuce, 2 tomatoes and a quart of strawberries — yum!  I eat fresh vegetables all week.

Whatever is left at the end of the week goes into my juicer!

photo by Julie Schneider of Heron Pond Farm