It's an exciting week this week here, as the last day of school is tomorrow and summer schedules will start! We'll still be going to the CSA every Monday for pickup, so that will affect menu planning a bit. I may end up changing the day I do menu planning to Tuesdays for the summer so that I can include our CSA produce.
Last week at the CSA I picked up a bag of garlic scapes. I've never used them before and saw another CSA member mention that she made pesto with them. After researching recipes for garlic scapes pesto, I found one (posted below in my menu plan) that I only altered slightly by replacing the pine nuts with walnuts. Garlic scapes are very strong! There will be no vampires in our home for a while! I froze most of the pesto I made in an ice cube tray so that it's in nice sized portions for later use. Another CSA member told me today that she freezes her scapes in pieces and uses them in place of garlic in recipes. I love traditional basil based pesto. This pesto was very strong in garlic flavor and I needed to use much less than I traditionally would use.
It's kale season too, apparently, because I now have two bunches of the stuff. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of kale, yet. I am blaming it on not yet finding a recipe that makes it tasty to me. I have been searching for one to make a nice kale based salad. I've found this Strawberry Kale Salad recipe that sounds promising and this kale chopped salad with maple-almond vinaigrette. This week I also picked up some more swiss chard, that was really tasty last week! The salad greens are a mix of many different greens. Some are more peppery than others. It makes a nice green salad. The strawberries this week were amazing. My son requested that I freeze them to use later on in smoothies or popsicles. I like to add some to my salads too!
Monday: Grilled chicken, garlic scape pesto pasta salad, green salad
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! Soft shells this week! Salads on the side
Wednesday: Coconut Chicken Salad with warm honey mustard dressing
Thursday: salmon, swiss chard, kale salad
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