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Greenly: Cooking Away the CSA

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Before leaving for a week long vacation, I was tasked with cooking up all the fresh produce in the fridge, not to mention the week’s CSA haul, too!

There’s nothing worse than coming home to a drawer full of rotten veggies after an extended vacation. While packing and planning can get the best of you before an exciting trip, it’s important to give your fridge a little love before heading out the door to avoid any potential food waste.

My no-fail solution: Get creative! Before saying bon-voyage, take the time to take stock of what you already have. Then, try to mix and match flavors by repurposing leftovers or sauces with fresh produce. Most likely, this means there won’t be a recipe to follow, but don’t let that stop you! Let this be the time to think creatively and experiment with flavor combinations you know you already love.

If you begin to run out of options or receive the week’s CSA share the day before you’re scheduled to take off, why not throw a dinner party? So last week, that’s exactly what I did! It was the perfect way to catch up with friends and family before vacay and make use of the entire haul, too. Ingredients that weren’t needed for dinner turned into lunch. Then, it was off to the airport with a full belly and an empty fridge.

This Week’s CSA Haul
Garlic Scapes
Mesclun Mix

Dinner Party Menu
Carrot-Top and
Garlic Scape Pesto

Roasted Carrots
Green Salad
Peach Blueberry Crumble
A La Mode


Do you have tips when it comes to combining leftovers? Share your ideas with me below!

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio
Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn. more
  • Shalee R. 6 years ago
    Love leftovers
  • Tracy P. 6 years ago
    I always try to do this I hate wasting money when food goes bad or I try to give/share with friends and older neighboors
  • Sue C. 7 years ago
    Thanks Natalie. I think these are some great ways to use up food
    in the fridge before going on a vacation.

    When it comes to leftovers, it depends upon what I have leftover. If it's say chicken for example, I might make three different meals out of the cooked
    up chicken and alternate the meals during the week. Or perhaps use leftover ingredients as a topping on a pizza, or make them into a stir fry. Some ingredients just lend themselves very easily for multi-purpose cooking.
  • Liz C. 7 years ago
    Thank you for the garlic scape link! I have gotten them the last 2 weeks in my CSA and never know what to do with them =)
  • Jayalakshmi B. 7 years ago
    hurray for leftovers
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