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BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES, Mainers!    produce fairy

 

There’s a blizzard coming, my friends, and I’m stoked! I live by the idea that if it is going to be cold, I want snow. If not, let it be summer all the time! Seriously, though. Be careful! Head to the store! Make sure you have drinking water (just in case). Candles? Check! Electronics charges? Check Check! Supply of adult beverages? Check Check Check! Now we are ready! 🙂

Your produce fairies should be all set to rock you with your organics on Thursday! In the event of delays or cancellations we will reach out to each and every one of you! So….you wanna know what kinda crock pot goodies you are getting this week???

Farm to Dooryard Features: Potatoes, Spinach, Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, and Celery!!!!

Super Sale: Fennel/$5.29, Avocado/2 for $3!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Cough Drops!

Recipe Of The Week: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms!

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

GO PATRIOTS,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Seasonal Eating/ Fall Superlatives: Most Likely to Be Flavorful

 

 

Ever just CRAVED soup? Ever NEEDED mashed potatoes in the worst way? Have you ever DREAMT about diving into a bowl of macaroni and cheese(Don’t lie, you totally have)

 

When the weather cools down, your internal alarm clock goes off and you start to crave denser, heavier foods.

 

The cravings are REAL.

 

Your body is recognizing a change in seasons and is letting you know that its time to ditch the cucumber salads and reach for some warm,  hearty foods.

 

Cool.

 

The farmers market is stocked with locally grown goodies. EASY.

 

Now WAKE UP at 8 a.m. on a crisp  45 degree Saturday and go grab some local beets to “warm up”.

 

Yeaaahhhhhhh…turns out our bodies naturally want to hibernate under the covers this time of year.

 

But WAIT! A solution!

 

Casco Bay Organics makes it easy for you to eat local, seasonal foods to satisfy your natural instinct. They offer weekly or bi-weekly delivery of seasonally fresh produce RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR. You literally don’t even have to come out of your blanket burrito to answer the door.

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You don’t even have to put on pants (but you probably should you slacker)

 

And what benefits will you reap for eating seasonally? So happy you asked! Okay, I asked but just go with it, I’m rolling here.

 

You get:

 

  • The Most Affordable Produce Available
  • The Most Nutrients Present In Your Produce
  • A Wide Variety Of Produce To Choose From
  • Most Flavorful

 

I  am trying to explain that seasonal produce has more flavor because it’s grown and harvested when mother nature intended, but every time I look at the bullet that says “Most Flavorful”, all I can picture is this…

Mr. Pumpkin Face

Most Flavorful

Peter “Pumpkinface” McGee

Seasonal Eating is an excellent way to keep your grocery bill in check. You can count on what’s growing locally to be available for a reasonable cost RIGHT NOW.

 

The taste. OH THE TASTE of seasonal produce is UNREAL. These goodies are getting pulled from the ground super mario 2 style, dropped in a bucket and transported only a few miles. No chilling, no freezing, no long transports.

 

SUPER FRESH. Nutrients stay in tact. You are getting the best version of your produce.

 

Variety! The spice of life! Eating seasonally can offer a wide array of produce to try. This gives you an opportunity to experience something new!

 

This week I used an organic buttercup squash from my goodie box to put a spin on an old favorite of mine, squash and sage risotto. I swapped the arborio rice out for cauliflower rice pumping up the veggie content and making this dish allergy friendly and lower in carbohydrates. I also added spinach or swiss chard as an option because I like to add greens to my meals when possible!

 

 

Grain-Free Harvest “Rice”

 

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, chopped

½ riced cauliflower

1 organic buttercup squash, seeds removed

2 cups chopped organic spinach OR rainbow chard

¾ cup organic chicken broth

2 Tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

½ tsp pepper

¼ cup toasted pine nuts

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and pierce the top and sides of the buttercup squash with a fork. Place squash on a baking sheet and roast 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let squash rest until its cool enough to handle.

 

When squash is cooled, slice the top off and scoop out the seeds from the center. Continue to scoop the inside of the squash out until you have separated the squash “meat” from the skin. Chop squash “meat” and set aside.

 

Chop cauliflower into pieces and use a food processors grate blade to “rice” it. Alternatively, you can use a box grater and hand grate the vegetable yourself.

 

Heat olive oil in a saucepan and sautee shallots and garlic for 2 minutes over Med-Low heat. Add riced cauliflower and ¾ cup of chicken broth and let simmer for 5 minutes before adding squash and spinach.

 

Add herbs and seasonings and stir until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

 

Toss pine nuts in small frying pan with a spray of oil or butter and toast over Med-Low heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Sprinkle over warmed harvest “rice” and enjoy!

 

 

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Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam
Have a great Day!

 

 

 

Veggie Coco Soup!!! – By NourishingNomsWithSam

“I never buy fresh vegetables because they always go bad…”

 

Can you relate?

 

Picture it:

 

Lettuce goes on sale at the grocery store. You buy two big, beautiful, green heads with the intention of being “super healthy” this week. You picture yourself giggling wildly over a bountiful salad at work while your co-workers look on enviously…”GOD! Thats a great salad..” to which you reply.. “ AND the lettuce was on SALE!”

 

You Thrifty McHealthnut, you.

 

Flash forward to reality:

 

You wake up late. No time for breakfast let alone CHOPPING LETTUCE FOR LUNCH. You plan to use the lettuce for dinner, but because you didn’t bring lunch, you are deliriously hungry by your 5 pm evening commute.

 

The stomach pains are real as you inch your way through traffic.

 

You can’t take this feeling any longer. You could quite possibly die from starvation at the wheel. At this point, your brain takes over and pulls into the nearest gas station/fast food joint and you order anything and everything yelling numbers and pointing frantically at the board because this is survival we’re talking about here.

 

Three days of “life stuff” and that once bright and crispy lettuce is now wilted, soft and kind of stinky. Into the trash it goes along with the shattered dreams of hilarious salads.

 

I’ve been there, man.

 

And I can help.

 

I utilize Casco Bay Organics’ produce delivery service to prevent the previous scenario from occurring in my own life. I’ll be dishing out some creative recipes using the delicious produce Casco Bay Organics has to offer. This way, you have access to recipes every week using the exact same organic goodies I am using.

 

I want you to use your produce. I don’t want it to go to waste.

 

This week, I used some baby bella mushrooms and a HUGE daikon radish in this Asian-inspired vegetable soup. I kept the ingredients simple and used what I had in the house to make this an easy recipe you can try without taking another trip to the store. Enjoy!

 

Asian-Inspired Veggie-Coconut Soup

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2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 chopped yellow onion

8 oz. organic bella mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups vegetable broth

1 large organic Daikon Radish, julienne sliced  into “noodles”

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

1 Tablespoon lime juice

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Sea Salt and Pepper

1 can full fat organic coconut milk

2 green onion stalks, chopped

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Heat oil in a soup pot and saute chopped onion, garlic and mushrooms for 10 minutes on Med-Low heat.

Add broth and daikon noodles and bring soup to a boil for 2 minutes. Toss in the ginger, lime juice and red pepper flakes and stir until combined.  Season with salt and pepper. Cover pot and reduce heat to a simmer for 15 minutes until daikon and mushrooms are tender

Remove the soup from heat and stir in coconut milk. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onion and serve warm. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam

Have a great Day!