A good friend of mine, Amy, from high school lives in St. Louis now with her husband and kids. She gets a box of locally produced food every week and was stumped with what to do with the contents. So she challenged me to come up with some yummy stuff for her to prepare.
Here is how our conversation netted out.
BTW – Paleo is a simple dietary lifestyle that is based on foods being either in or out. In are the Paleolithic Era foods that we ate prior to agriculture and animal husbandry (meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms, etc.). Out are Neolithic Era foods that result from agriculture or animal husbandry (grains, dairy, beans/legumes, potatoes, sugar and fake foods).
Another BTW - She is also participating in Fight Gone Bad to raise money for Livestrong, Wounded Warriors and Crossfit Foundation. Log on and help her raise some cash for these causes (http://bit.ly/bBtp89). All of you Upper St. Clair alumni. This is the famous Amy Norton so I expect you to log on and donate!
I get my CSA stuff today...here's my list. Bonus Points if it's Paleo, Double Bonus if my kids will eat it! Ground Lamb ;Jalapeño Peppers; Sunchokes;Spaghetti Squash; Green Beans;Fairy Tale Eggplant;Grapes; Fresh Figs; Methuselah; Companion Muffaletta. Not sure what the Muffaletta is because Companion is a bakery, but ...
WOW! What a challenge, but I think you can make some great stuff here. Ground Lamb is so delicious, but not everyone loves the gaminess so I cut the flavor with 1/2 ground beef, add some garlic, salt and pepper and grill it up as burgers.
Then you can top it with Jalapenos that you have cleaned the seeds from and then roasted for about 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Cut the figs in half and roast them also at the same temp and for the same amount of time. Take one or two of the Jalapenos and blend them in a food processor with the figs. Taste and then add honey to sweeten it a little. You can also add some rice vinegar in, a little at a time, to give it tanginess.
Use the sauce as ketchup and to keep it Paleo by staying away from the Muffaletta. If you want the bread go ahead and place your lamb burger on one piece of the bread, spread the sauce over top and top it with the other half of the bread.
The side dish could be a warm salad of the sunchokes, which you will need to roast at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until a knife slides into them easily. Roast the squash and eggplant for the same amount of time. While they are roasting par boil your green beans until bright green. When all is done chop into bite sized pieces and toss with the juice of 1 or 2 lemons, olive oil, a few dashes of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
I LOVE frozen grapes and so do kids Amy. When they get home from school give them a big cup of frozen grapes as a snack.
What is Methuselah... I am stumped.
It's a local MO cheese. Here's a definition I found: " Methuselah from Heartland Dairy is a hard, aged cheese with a nutty flavor and crumbly texture. Great in place of parmesan. Use in pasta dishes, on eggs, potatoes… " (so NOT Paleo. Although I can just omit it from my meal)
One other thing to consider is putting the cheese on the side and letting people add it to the salad. That would be soooo tasty. I want to know how this turns out.
Go light on the jalapenos ;)