So, I realized that aside from finishing off my last CSA entry with a cliffhanger (What will I DO with all that lettuce?! Duh dah DAHN!!) I also didn’t include my meal plans. This was not entirely due to absentmindedness: the delivery was on Thursday, and I was leaving Friday afternoon for the weekend. (Side-note: I was amused to note that The Boy stocked up on Bachelor Food for his weekend sans-wife.) I wasn’t sure whether I’d be back in time for dinner on Sunday (I wasn’t), and figured that I could use the extra few days to meditate a little on Lettuce-Using-Up Ideas.
Well, meditate (and Google) I did! Below I present my meal plans (few, I know; it’s a busy week) for CSA Week 4:
Lettuce-wrapped tilapia with Indian-style rice and a salad (CSA mesclun, lettuce, beet greens and radish, non-CSA red pepper and cuke, and some random homegrown wax beans, all in a creamy garlic dressing The Boy declared to be “Hoo, garlicky enough?!” Whoops.)
The Boy pronounced the fish (which I normally do pan-fried in a cornmeal “breading”) to be “meatier” than usual — I credit the braising with leaving it more moisture. I will say I overdid the wine though (again, whoops).
Steak with spuds of some sort (probably mashed) with grilled lettuce hearts (quite excited about this — hope it works out!), likely garlicky braised napa and beet green-red onion-leftover mesclun salad.
Stir-fry with napa cabbage and pretty much anything else left in the fridge, including rice.
I’m a little ashamed that I’m basically only planning three meals for this week, but I was gone for three nights (summer = dragonboat!), and we have a night out planned for tomorrow. Still, it heartens me somewhat that I managed not only to find non-salad uses for my lettuce, but also to revive my sad, wilty beet greens (basically let them soak in cold water all day, then patted dry) for meal inclusion.
My next experiment: The consensus does seem to be to keep greens in a damp cloth (thanks for educating me!), so I’ll try that for the beets and see if that helps them keep till Wednesday). I’m eschewing the paper towel for now, but if the teatowel doesn’t work, I’ll revisit it.
Next lettuce experiment (assuming I get another head on Thursday… which seems pretty likely): Chinese-style tacos. Umm, except with chicken instead of duck because I have lots of cooked chicken in the freezer and I’m not such a fan of duck. (Yes, I know, the linked recipe doesn’t reference duck. Anyone who’s been to a Chinese banquet however likely knows what I’m talking about: this dish is traditionally made with duck. It also traditionally uses iceberg lettuce, which has more of a “shell” shape, but I think the softer, bendier leaves of the butterhead will be more conducive to wrapping. Time will tell!)