Archive for June, 2015

June 21, 2015

Salad love in a strawberry radish salad (CSA Week One)

I’m beaming and it’s a strawberry radish salad. Or pregnancy hormones. but I’m a crazy bundle of smiles today. I’m giving credit to this years first summer CSA harvest pickup from UBC farms and a day at the beach, napping.

Strawberry Radish Salad

So some sleep and some fresh vegetables, finally.

It’s been a long dark season of pre-packaged salad mix and a scary foray into bottled dressings.

Being pregnant and well, being The Healthy Project after all, I’ve made very conscious effort to eat my greens. The rule in the baby books is a green vegetable every day and an orange vegetable once a week. Seems simple until you throw in the wacky taste buds and strange food pairings. I don’t think blueberry pancakes and kale is too weird.

There’s been a lot of eggs and chard. Yes, Blueberry pancakes with a side of kale (this baby loves breakfast. And ice cream. And oddly, chickpeas).  Some steamed broccoli. Tomato and cheese sandwiches. A yam here and there. But the grocery vegetable staples have become so unexciting. So, oh just a vegetable.

This weeks not your average veggies CSA harvest box:

  • Bingo beans (1 lb)
  • Carrots (1 bunch)
  • Garlic scapes (1 bunch)
  • Radishes (1 bunch)
  • Salad mix (1 bag)
  • Tatsoi (1 bunch)
  • Strawberries (1 pint)

Much like my last UBC box a few years ago– the farm folks know how to package a box together. Or perhaps most of the magic is the seasons the veggies crop up in.  You don’t a too random mix of a bunch of things that do not go together.  Radishes and strawberries just seemed like it could be a great thing. A peppery radish with a sweet strawberries. It even got the special glass salad bowl

Beaming Strawberry Radish Salad (Serves 2, and a bit):

  • 3 radishes
  • handful strawberries
  • 1 TBSP balsamic
  • 1TBSP Olive oil
  • Pinch of Maldon Salt
  • Farm Salad Mix

This is a simple salad googled and  sparked by- Not Eating Out NY’s  variation with parsley.

About the Radish

We’re talking over dinner or lying in bed at night. Or maybe something on TV sparks an idea, or perhaps we ran into a scary mom yelling at her kids that she already told them to go to the bathroom before and it was just to late now. The baby comes up in conversations in  different ways.  “I never likes radishes when I was kid” my husband said. I don’t actually recall really eating one. The radish just wasn’t served. It isn’t something that necessarily goes as a side with mac and cheese. This salad would.

Here are a few radish facts from Organic Facts singing the praises of the radish. Hey, if you don’t like them apparently Smashed raw radish is a good cleanser and serves as an efficient face pack. Due to its disinfectant properties, radishes also help clear up skin disorders like dry skin, rashes, and cracks.”

Seems that radishes are also the perfect pregnancy food. Packed with vitamin C and Zinc and full of moisture to keep you hydrated. Up next, I’m pretty excited for the Tatsoi next which apparently rivals kale in it’s health benefits.

See you next week!

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