Make no mistake: I love meat. Steak? Bring it. A good burger? Love. But since I joined this CSA (Harvest Moon Farms), I’ve been powering through massive amounts of farm-fresh produce and I find myself skipping the meat part of a meal. Kind of accidentally. And you know what? Not only have I dropped a few pounds, but I feel good – as if my body is saying, “Oooh, yes, this fresh produce is sooo good. Kind of makes up for the massive amounts of wine you pour into me and the occasional cigarette you smoke.”
Now, those of you who know me, let me assure you, I am still enjoying my wine (a lot), and I have not turned into some hippie-dippie veg-eating health nut. Please. But let me show you what my din-din was tonight:
This all came from today’s Harvest Moon delivery.
- Steamed Green Beans with a shower of fresh lemon juice and some good Spanish olive oil I bought in Madrid, and a few shavings of Parmesan cheese
- Corn on the Cob with a mild basting of good French Plugra butter and sea salt (did you know that you can microwave an ear of corn wrapped in a wet paper towel, for 60 seconds? Perfection).
- Salad of fresh leaf lettuce, shaved zucchini, sliced cucumbers and grape tomatoes with a blitz of Champagne vinaigrette
And it was DELICIOUS! It did occur to me that I could’ve added a poached egg to the whole lot, to add some protein, but I’m good for now. (Watch for future post on my poached egg mania).
And check this one out: the most amazing summer Saturday breakfast ever:
This, my friends, would be a mash-up of left-over roasted baby potatoes, grape tomatoes and the famous poached egg with a small storm of basil ribbons. I’d roasted a rainbow of baby potatoes (purple! red! white! pink!) days earlier, and then just threw some into a saute pan with some grape tomatoes and a splish-splash of olive oil and sea salt to warm it up all up, then plopped a poached egg on top. Stellar! And it keeps you full almost all day long!
So – what I am saying is: I’ve accidentally not eaten meat in days and days. I’m not missing it, but I am prepared for a future craving for a Cro-Magnon-size steak sometime soon. With a big glass of Cab, or something. But summer is my favorite time of year and fresh veg is what I want most of time. I gotta eat as much of it as I can — corn, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, greens, peas, fresh carrots, beets, whatev — while I can, and I hope I can share some good, easy recipes with you at the same time!
The Crazy Cook