WIAW: First CSA Share

WIAW was so fun last week I decided to participate again! I am one excited foodie today. Yesterday started my local farm’s CSA share and I went to pick up the goodies right after school.




In the mix:

Swiss chard (which I’ve had before and was NASTY…but I’m googling other ways to use it), lettuce and garlic scapes (not sure what these are…I’m assuming the tops of garlic.


I also came home to an exciting package from my friend who works at a specialty olive oil store:


Naturally I got right to work to incorporate the CSA share veggies and the olive oil into my dinner!


Swiss Chard- like I said I’ve had it before when I just sautéed it with garlic and olive oil. It tasted like bitter dirt….ugh. For the salad I made last night I only wanted to use the stalks. So I cut them off and chopped them like celery.


I’ll save the leaves for later in the week and hopefully they will be edible. Any suggestions?

The salad I made last night was scrumptious:

Baked mustard glazed chicken thighs over lettuce from the share, caramelized onions, the chard stalks, roasted sweet potatoes and avocado. I used the Chipotle olive oil for the sweet potatoes which gave it a nice kick!


Other notable meals and obsessions this week:


Ummmm don’t buy this if you don’t have the money to support the addiction. Many scoops with a spoon are regularly taken out throughout the day. OMGGG sooo good.


Taco Lettuce Cups using butter lettuce


It’s grillin’ season! Zucchinis! Yum


Practical Paleo Salmon Cakes- they got the picky fiancé approval too! You should make them.

That’s all for this week!

What are your current food obsessions? Ever had coconut butter?

What was the best thing you ate/made this week?

Suggestions for the swiss chard leaves?


14 thoughts on “WIAW: First CSA Share

  1. onmywaytohealth

    I think the fresh swiss chard from the csa will probably taste better than anything you get from the grocery store, fresh grown veggies straight from the garden always taste 100 times better!

  2. Her Happy Balance

    I pick up my third CSA share tomorrow! 🙂 For the swiss chard, I took it and put it with french chard and sautéed it with lots of red pepper flakes, olive oil, about a tbsp of butter, and lots of sliced garlic. It was super spicy so I didn’t even really taste the greens haha that could potentially get rid of the bitter taste!

  3. jeri

    Swiss chard is a lot like spinach; you have to really, really wash it. And if you think you’ve washed it enough, wash it again. Those crinkly leaves can really hold the grit. It’s a little bitter, so cook it like kale or collards. Then dress it with a little balsamic and good olive oil.

  4. di @ life of di.

    Oh my gosh – I have never had coconut butter but I bet it’s amazing! I love Earth Balance’s Peanut Butter w/ Coconut Oil and adding shredded coconut to my oats. Really, anything with coconut gets a thumbs up in my book 🙂

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