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Week of September 21st

My dear Community,

We are a rare lettuce-less box this week. We do have a few for our large shares and lettuce of the week subscriptions. Did you know that we hand seed each lettuce that comes out of the ground? To have lettuce ready for the boxes each week we literally have to plant them weekly. Maria is our star seeder and you can find her working away under a small shelter getting all of our seeds into flats daily. Our new crop is coming in at the end of the week, so we’re missing the mark. Take this as an opportunity to try something new like a collard slaw (recipe below). Or grab yourself a red leaf lettuce in our CSA store while they last.

Shawn Stevenson from the Model Health Show says, “Food isn’t just food, it’s information. And every bite we take creates a cascade of effects that reach far beyond the realm of conventional weight loss. There are specific foods that work like metabolic switches to control the rate at which you burn fat. There are specific nutrients that control your memory, focus, and overall cognitive function.” We’ve all heard the proverbial saying “you are what you eat”, but knowing it quite literally turns into tissues in my body it reminds me to seek out food that powers my mind, body and soul. I hope this box of farmaceuticals empowers you to be your most amazing self. Thanks for supporting what we do.

Be good to each other.

CSA Contains:
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED BELL PEPPERS
COLLARD GREENS
CARROTS
CANTALOUPE from SUNRISE ORGANICS
CELERY
RED TOMATOES
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
YELLOW ONIONS
GALA APPLES from GOPHER GLEN ORGANICS
BIG BOX ADD: HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, HASS AVOCADOS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, MINI SWEET PEPPERS, EGGPLANT

JUST the BASICS:
CANTALOUPE
RED TOMATOES
SPAGHETTI SQUASH
RED BELL PEPPERS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
CARROTS

JUICE FEAST:
CARROTS x2
ROMAINE LETTUCE
LACINATO KALE
CELERY
CUCUMBERS
WATERMELON
RED PEPPERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
GALA APPLES
COLLARD GREENS

FRUIT EXPANSION: BOSC PEARS + BLACK MISSION FIGS from MAYWOOD FARMS
LETTUCE of the WEEK: RED LEAF LETTUCE
MUSHROOM MIX: Picked fresh from Golden State Papaya here in Goleta

Spaghetti Squash With Garlicky Collard Greens

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 onion chopped
1 bunch collard greens stemmed
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
5 cups COOKED spaghetti squash I used a 3lb squash
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at Clean and Delicious)

Low Carb Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:
2 small spaghetti squashes – or 1 large
1 lbs ground meat (lamb, beef, turkey) or 2 cups cooked green lentils for vegetarian
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp paprika
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 red bell pepper
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 bunch kale (sub collard)
avocado oil
sea salt
pepper
1.5 cups shredded cheese – I love a mix of cheddar and Parmesan
parsley – for garnish
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at Green Healthy Cooking)

Collard Greens Summer Slaw with Soy-Sesame Dressing

Ingredients:
Soy-Sesame Dressing
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 scallions, minced
1 clove of garlic, mined
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons water
Collard Greens Slaw
1 large bunch of collard greens, tough stems discarded and very thinly sliced (see recipe note)
2 medium-sized carrots, sliced into very thin matchsticks
1 large beet, sliced into very thin matchsticks (sub red bell peppers)
1 medium sized kohlrabi, peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks (sub celery or apple for crunch)
4 scallions, finely chopped, white and green parts
1/2 cup basil, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup hemp seeds/hearts (or any nut or seed for topping)
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at Dishing up the Dirt)

Cozy Celery Soup

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, olive oil for vegan, ghee for Whole30
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups chopped celery, about 12 stalks
1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Optional ½ cup parsley, for color
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
To serve: dill and sour cream
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at The Endless Meal)

15-Minute Cowboy Butter Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into strips
3 or 4 medium zucchini
4 tablespoons butter, divided (grass-fed butter is best for this recipe)
Juice and zest of half a lemon
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup (60ml) low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon hot sauce of your choice (we used Sriracha)
2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives
2 teaspoons minced thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon slices, for garnish
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Eat Well 101)