Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables

Now that we are members of a CSA, I’m on the lookout for easy vegetable recipes that I can make on a weeknight that don’t take too much time.

Let’s face it, it’s already a struggle just to get the main course on the table each night…now that I’m not making veggies out of a bag from the freezer, dinner takes even longer to prepare.  That’s why I love this roasted summer veggie recipe…I can prepare all the veggies and then stick them in the oven to cook on their own while I work on the main course!

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This is actually more of a method than an actual recipe because you can switch up the ingredients, depending on what you have in your CSA box or what is available at your local grocery store.

You don’t have to just save this for the summer either…I do this with root vegetables in the winter as well :)

Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables

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This particular day, I happened to have a couple of tomatoes and zucchini on hand, so that’s what I used. This dish also works well with eggplant (and it’s so easy to trick the kids into trying it!) and summer squash, and you can mix and match all of them.  Just dice the veggies into about 1/2 inch cubes.

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Place the cut vegetables on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean up!), then drizzle them with some olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper to taste. Again, the amounts will vary, but for a 15X12 baking sheet, I usually use 1-2 tablespoons of oil and about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.  Roast the veggies at 350 degrees for 25-45 minutes, until they are tender.

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This has got to be one of the most easy vegetable recipes ever! Not only does it make a pretty and colorful side dish, but I usually have an easier time getting my kids to eat this than when I prepare veggies another way.

Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables

Easy Vegetable Recipes: Roasted Summer Vegetables

Ingredients

  • A combination of any of the following:
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Summer Squash
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1-2 T. olive oil, depending on the amount of vegetables used

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven heats, wash and dice vegetables into 1/2 inch cubes. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle olive oil onto veggies, then sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Using your hands or a large spoon, toss the veggies to evenly coat them in the oil and seasonings.
  4. Roast the veggies until tender, about 30-45 minutes, depending on amount of vegetables.
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I hope you get a chance to try this out soon! Look for more easy vegetable recipes on the blog soon as I work my way through our CSA share :)

Weekly Goals: It’s VBS week!

Weekly Goals

One of my favorite times of year is back again…VBS week!

For the past several years, my kids and I have attended and volunteered at Vacation Bible School at our church and each year we have a great time. In fact, being at church every day for a week really helps grow our faith because we are surrounded by stories, music, crafts and snacks that talk about God’s love for us.

My goals for this week are a little bit lighter, due to my work there, but I hope to have a lot of pictures to show you later in the week. If you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to sooner rather than later, head over to Instagram to follow me there!

Luckily, our new dryer is now fixed (it turned out to be a wire that was installed incorrectly by the delivery crew that was the fault)! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s actually nice to be able to do laundry again ;)

Here’s how I did on my goals last week:

And this is what I’m working on for this week:

What are you planning for the week?

Menu Plan Monday

Good morning….happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend :)

This week is going to be even more super crazy than usual. We are starting a week of vacation Bible school at our church today…the kids are attending and I’m one of the group leaders…and even though it’s a whole lot of fun, it is also exhausting! (I don’t know how all of you teachers out there do it on a daily basis!) So with that mixed in with piano lessons, doctor appointments and all the other stuff we do to keep our household running, I’m sure I will be one tired mommy come Friday.

Menu Plan Monday

That’s why I’m keeping the menu pretty simple for dinner this week. I”m also trying to use up our CSA veggies, so we are also trying out a couple of new things:

Monday: Borscht with sandwiches

Tuesday: Spaghetti with Italian sausage, roasted eggplant and zucchini

Wednesday: Burgers on the grill, oven fries, fruit

Thursday: Oven Chimichangas, Spanish rice, veggies

Friday: Egg and ham scramble (or quiche if the CSA gives us spinach), toast, fruit

Saturday: Eat Out

Sunday: Steak on the grill, tomato and cucumber salad

If you need more inspiration for your own weekly menu, check out OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday link-up.

What’s for dinner at your place this week?

This Week’s Kindle Book Round-Up

Good morning! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!

Here are some great list of Kindle books that are available today…some free and some not. (Please note, this post contains affiliate links.) Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for contributing to this list!

Free Kindle eBooks

Fiction

Fiction
Into the Free: A Novel

The Forgotten Child (Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series Book 1)

Hard Landing: An Alex Shanahan Thriller

In Between (Katie Parker Production Book 1)

Heart of the Ocean

Non Fiction

NonFiction
Organic Square Foot Gardening: Learn The Secrets of Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs in Less Space

Weight Loss: 25 Simple Habits to Lose weight, Feel Great, and Have More Energy for A Healthier Life

The Productive Person Action Guide: How to be more productive and maximize your work-life balance in 2 weeks

How to Budget Your Money in 5 Easy Steps

How To Water wisely In The garden

Cookbooks

Gluten Free Diet for Beginners: The Ultimate Gluten Free Diet You Must Know About To Look Amazing

Paleo Slow Cooker: 60 Easy and Delicious Gluten-free Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes for a healthy Paleo Diet

JeBouffe Home Canning Step by Step Guide

Dinner Redesigned: Complete Menus and Recipes for Simple and Healthy Meals

Healthy Lunch Recipes For Kids: Quick & Easy Meals For Healthy Children, Parenting Has Never Been More Easy

Kids Books

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If I Were A Robot (A fun picture book for children 3-6!)

The Greatest Blessings

Seasons of the Moon Series, Books 1-4: Six Moon Summer, All Hallows’ Moon, Long Night Moon, and Gray Moon Rising

Minecraft: Top 30 Tips and Tricks in Survival Mode

JULIA JONES – My Worst Day Ever! – Book 1: Diary Book for Girls aged 9 – 12 (Julia Jones’ Diary)

Other Kindle eBooks

Fiction

The Divine Secrets of the Whoopie Pie Sisters: The Complete Trilogy

Hidden

Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Non Fiction

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer)

Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch

Cookbooks

Love Your Leftovers: Through Savvy Meal Planning Turn Classic Main Dishes into More than 100 Delicious Recipes

The Big Book of Backyard Cooking: 250 Favorite Recipes for Enjoying the Great Outdoors

The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally

Kids Books

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

Umbrella Summer

The Hiccupotamus

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CSAs: Are They Worth It?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in my Menu Plan Monday post that my neighbor had given me her CSA veggies for the week that she and her family were on vacation.

It was the first time I had tried out a CSA, and while I was grateful for the week’s worth of free veggies, I wasn’t sure how I would do with a bunch of vegetables that I may or may not know how to prepare. I thought it might be good to weigh the pros and cons after my experience to see if joining a CSA was worth the money.

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Just what exactly is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it is just what it sounds like. Basically, a farm, or collection of farms, pre-sells their produce to a group of people in their local community.  The buyers give the farm a lump sum of money up front, and then throughout the summer, the buyers receive products each week.

Here in my area of Maryland, CSAs are huge. I mean, people go so crazy over community supported agriculture that you have to get on a waiting list in January to be able to get your summer produce. They are also expensive, ranging from $600 to $1,000, which you have to pay upfront, although some CSAs offer payment plans.

The upside of this program is that a person receives fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables (and sometimes dairy, meat or other food products). This means that the produce that you receive is super fresh, and hasn’t been sitting on a truck while being hauled across the country, or spoiling on a grocery store shelf.

Unfortunately, most of the time, you do not have a say in what kind of fruit and vegetables you receive from the farm…you get what they decide to grow. So, for example, if you don’t like kohlrabi…or never even heard of it…you are out of luck.

Are CSA fruits and veggies actually good?

Now, I may be a little prejudiced when it comes to fruits and veggies because I am originally from California’s Central Valley, home to some of the best farms and orchards on the planet. Growing up, we always had delicious berries, peaches, tomatoes, squash, just to name a few.

After my move to Maryland, I realized how good I had it as a child…the produce in the grocery stores here is just, well, sad. Most of the time, things will go bad before I have a chance to cook it, and I hesitate to buy things like peaches, because they go from unripe and crunchy to rotten in a few days without ever being actually edible.

I’ve tried a few farm stands here and there, but most of the items are similar to what you find in the grocery stores…they even have the same tiny stickers with the produce code that the cashier uses at the checkout…only the prices are higher. My best bet was to shop at Aldi, where I could mostly buy good strawberries and other fruit from California. Needless to say, I didn’t have high hopes for the CSA.

During the week that we tried the farm-direct produce, we received:

  • blueberries
  • green onions
  • cucumbers
  • romaine lettuce
  • summer squash
  • mushrooms
  • beets
  • spinach
  • basil
  • bread
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • cheddar cheese

They all looked delicious, and I was excited to try everything!

What can you make with CSA produce?

I’m happy to report that I successfully cooked everything that we received from the farm. Honestly, I was worried about a few of the items, because I didn’t know if my family would be open to eating them.

Here are a few of the dishes I made during the week:

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 Tossed salad using the romaine lettuce

summer-squash-with-basil Sauteed summer squash with basil

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 Make-your-own taco bar with romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese and green onions

I neglected to take a picture of the beet salad I made, but it was pretty good!

How much does a CSA cost?

The farm from which we received our items runs for 23 weeks and costs $897, which averages out to $39 per week. I took a look at some other CSAs in our area, and they run about the same price per week, with some arrangements lasting a shorter time.

At first, I thought, “Oh, that’s way out of our price range!” I usually try to stay at under $100 per week for all of our groceries, and I couldn’t see spending 2/5 of our budget on 10 items.

On the other hand, the produce was much nicer than what I found in the store, and knowing that it was already paid for made me determined to cook all of it, so that none went to waste.

That particular week, we ate much more veggies than ever before, and that was something I was excited about.

So, what’s the verdict on the CSA?

The verdict was that we loved it and we are now members of this same CSA.

Even though many other CSAs in the area fill up very early in the year, during my research I noticed that this farm did not have the word “full” next to one of their delivery routes. I emailed them to ask if I could still join and they said yes!

We picked up our first share a couple of days ago and have been enjoying more blueberries, peaches (although they are still crunchy!), a delicious herb bread, and more. Nothing “weird” this week, except for maybe kale, which I have not cooked before, but for which I know I can find a million recipes on Pinterest :)

Are you a member of a CSA? What do you like/dislike about it?