Monday, July 1, 2013

CSA Share Ninja Rescue 2013: zucchini, beets and fava beans (10 unique ways)

Welcome to another installment of the 2013 edition of CSA Share Ninja Rescue, a weekly feature in which you tell me on Fridays what veg you got in your CSA share box (or found at the farmers' market) that you don't know what to do with and I'll give you a whole bunch of recipe ideas on the following Monday.

Seriously: where else can you get recipe suggestions on demand? OK, other than Google? (snort)

Apparently, the zucchini giant has awoken. I'm still waiting for mine but my readers are already drowning in it. Additionally, other readers are looking for different ways to deal with an excess of beets and fava beans.

So let's jump right in, shall we?

  • Lemon zucchini cookies: Citrusy, but they still let the zucchini flavor and texture come through
  • Summer harvest zucchini bread: It's like an entire garden in one loaf (pictured above) -- and it's savory
  • Sauteed zucchini: This one is simple and comes to you courtesy of my cousin, Susan -- a little side dish her mother, Anna, created to use up zucchini. Add some olive oil to a pan, throw in some minced garlic and shredded zucchini. It tastes almost like broccoli.
Fava Beans
  • Grilled fava beans: Perfect if you hate shelling the beans first -- they pop right out after grilling
  • Fava puree: Another option for making gorgeous, delicious appetizer crostini
  • Fava bean burgers: Says the creator, "If a samosa and a falafel had a burger baby, this would be it"

And don't forget to check out my rescue posts from 2011 and 2012, too, for even more ideas -- we're in our third year of this, after all!

Now, with what veg can I give you a little help next week? Leave a comment -- The Ninj wants to know.


  1. Oh beet bread! I really don't like the flavor of beets, so my beloved other half has been eating them by herself. But this...this I could maybe get behind. To the rescue!!!

    1. Definitely report back on the bread if you try it!