csa noms: oven roasted peanuts

we got some roasting peanuts in our csa box this week. NOM! i’ve never had raw peanuts before or known what do to with them. so i googled it. turns out roasting peanuts is pretty simple.

preheat the oven to 350F. spread all the peanuts evenly out on a shallow baking dish. bake for 20 minutes. remove from oven and let cool. then break them open and eat them!

i roasted mine in the shell. if you shell yours before roasting, you’ll need to leave them in the oven for 10 more minutes. the shells hold heat, so mine technically kept cooking after i took them out of the oven.



csa noms: impromptu work salad

i didn’t have much food in the house this morning, so i left without packing a lunch. which brought me to a typical lunch-time predicament: i’m hungry. it’s 12:45. everything around me is fast food. what do i do.
thanks to a suggestion of a coworker, i made an impromptu csa salad! our veggie boxes had arrived an hour or so earlier. so i went and picked up some chicken strips so i could get some protein, pulled some arugula apart, cut up some grape tomatoes – and BOOM! NOMS! bonus: i asked for ranch as a side instead of the usual dipping sauce, so i also had a dressing ready to go. delicious.

csa noms: parmesan salmon with roasted green beans and corn

no fancy story behind this one. i got corn and green beans in the veggie box this week. did some googling. went to the store. made some modifications on the fly. and viola.


3 ears of corn, cut off the cob
2 cups of green beans, snapped
1 lb of salmon
4 tbsp shaved parmesan cheese
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp stone ground dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste


preheat oven to 375. toss green beans in 1 tbsp of butter with salt and pepper. place green beans in a baking dish and roast for 10 minutes.

while green beans are in the oven, combine 1 tbsp butter, salt, pepper and corn in a bowl. set aside.

brush remaining butter on salmon filets. then brush salmon with mustard. sprinkle parmesan over top.

after 10 minutes, remove green beans from oven. combine green beans and corn. if your baking dish is large enough, push the vegetables to the side and place salmon filets on other side. if your baking dish is not large enough, place salmon in separate baking dish.

place dish(es) back in oven and bake for 20 minutes.



csa noms: spaghetti squash

spaghetti squash! my new favorite nom! not only was this in my veggie box this week, it is SUPER gi friendly! i used a recipe from the food network. i ended up modifying it because it had me roast it at 450, but that caused the oil on it to smoke. so i scaled back the heat. worked out just fine.

1 spaghetti squash
1/8 cup of olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
marinara sauce (i like earth fare brand)
parmesan cheese


preheat oven to 300F. cut ends off of spaghetti squash and then in half. scrape out seeds. brush on olive oil. salt and pepper to taste. line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place squash on it flesh side down. bake for 40 minutes. when done, remove from oven and let rest until it is cool to the touch.

in the meantime, heat the marinara sauce on a pan.

when squash is cool, scrape out flesh with a spoon. then place it in the pan with the marinara sauce. stir just until squash is thoroughly heated. serve with parmesan on top.

non-nom: helpful tip about oil

right now, i am roasting spaghetti squash in my oven. i will post a blog about this nom either tonight or tomorrow. but – to the point – in this process, i have found something that will very much help me in my cooking endeavors: A TABLE TELLING YOU THE SMOKING POINT OF OILS! per the recipe from the food network, i am to roast my spaghetti squash at 450 after putting extra virgin olive oil on it. within 10 minutes, there was smoke all over my kitchen. why? because the smoking point of evoo is 320! that’s why! ugh – food network, you have failed me. for future reference, i will be choosing my roasting oils based on this chart.