Week of July 4th

As we celebrate America and this phenomenal country of ours, it is a reminder to celebrate the people behind the scenes that make our country so great. Migrants and immigrants make America great because they made America. I personally, am deeply appreciative to all our workers that labor SEVEN days a week, without rest and show up every single day rain or shine. They represent the many sons and daughters of immigrants to whom we should be thankful — not only those who work in our fields, construction sites, kitchens and bathrooms but also those in the corridors and labs in our hospitals. I TRUELY believe that immigration is the cornerstone of what makes this country so prolific.
As we are enjoying all the abundance in our lives, let’s stop and celebrate our many cultures, races and all our differences. Most of us are descended from migrants and refugees and immigrants. This is who we are as Americans. And the best measures of our greatness are found in a history of respecting diversity as a source of strength.

CSA Contains:
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
WHITE NECTARINES from OLSON FAMILY FARMS
GREEN ZUCCHINI
RED TOMATOES
CHERRY TOMATOES
GREEN BELL PEPPERS
YELLOW ONIONS
CUCUMBERS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, PURPLE GREEN BEANS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, STRAWBERRIES, GREEN KALE

FRUIT EXPANSION: WHITE NECTARINES and STRAWBERRIES

JUICE FEAST:
ROMAINE LETTUCE
CARROTS
STRAWBERRIES
WHITE NECTARINES from OLSON FAMILY FARMS
GREEN KALE
RED TOMATOES
CELERY
GREEN BELL PEPPERS
ITALIAN PARSLEY
CUCUMBERS

Grilled Nectarine Salad

(Note from Carolyn: I imagine thinly sliced zucchini in here as well. And I’d use a salty cheese like Parmesan or a chunky goat cheese as preference, but I love the basis of this salad.)
Ingredients:
2 whole Nectarines, Halved And Pitted
Olive Oil, For Drizzling
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar
2 teaspoons Honey
1/2 cup Olive Oil
Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
6 ounces, weight (1 Bag Or Box) Salad Greens (good Spring Mix) Or Arugula
2 ounces, weight Stilton, Gorgonzola, Or Other Blue Cheese, Chunked
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Pioneer Woman)

Chickpea and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas 15 ounces (1 1/2 cups) rinsed and drained
1 small cucumber or 1/2 English cucumber, sliced lengthwise, seeds removed, and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
2 medium tomatoes chopped
1 small red onion diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup pitted black olives

FOR THE DRESSING:
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Veggies Save the Day)

Zucchini and Onion Gratin

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large onion, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, diagonally sliced into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
(Find the full recipe and directions here at My Recipes)

8 Ingredient Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients:
VEGAN RICOTTA
3 cups (402 g) raw macadamia nuts, soaked blanched almonds*, or 1 16-ounce block extra firm tofu*, drained and pressed dry for 10 minutes)
2 Tbsp (6 g) nutritional yeast
1/2 cup (30 g) fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tsp dried oregano
1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbsp or 30 ml)
optional: 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for flavor + richness)
1 tsp sea salt + pinch black pepper
1/2 cup (120 ml) water, plus more as needed (reduce if using tofu as it requires less)
optional: 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
THE REST
1 28- ounce (793 g) jar favorite marinara sauce
3 zucchini squash, thinly sliced with a mandolin
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Minimalist Baker)

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 pound rotini or other small organic pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces Persian cucumbers, diced (about 3)
1/4 cup sliced red onion
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (8 ounce) chunk feta cheese, cubed
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
(Find the full recipe and details here at Oh Sweet Basil)

Grilled Romaine and Pepper Salad

Ingredients:
2 artisan romaine heads, or regular heads romaine lettuce
2 bell peppers, any color, or 4 halves of different colors (used combination of red, yellow, and orange peppers)
2 shallots or half a red onion
1 pint grape, or small tomatoes
1-2 avocados, using 1 if making two salads and 2 if making 4 salads
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at A Whisk and Two Wands)

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