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Bok Choy Salad

Creamy, Sweet, and Crunchy- Bok Choy Salad @ #vegan #healthy

I recently purchased a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Share. It’s my first time doing anything like it and I am just blown away but how awesome it is.

For those of you that are not familiar with what a farm share is, it goes like this: You pay a one time fee to join for a selected term (usually a year). It can be anywhere from $700-2,000, depending on your location and farmer. Mine was $1,200. This lump sum helps to support the farmer as they use the money for producing their crops, maintaining their farm, equipment, paying their workers, etc. Meanwhile, you as the investor, also benefit since you receive a bundle of produce each week from the farmers market each week. Some farm shares pick the produce for you, others allow you to choose. Also, some of them have a drop-off service for your home and others you must pick up yourself. An example of what I receive in my share would be a quart of potatoes, a bundle of carrots, a bunch of kale, a quart of string beans, 4 beets, a head of escarole, and a pint of cherry tomatoes. Not too shabby.

Creamy, Sweet, and Crunchy- Bok Choy Salad @ #vegan #healthy

And I know that $1,200 seems like a lot… trust me, I know. But when you do the math, that works out to be about $20 a week. I spend way more than that on produce at the grocery store! And I know for a fact none of it is locally grown or organic.

One of my favorite things about having this farm share is being able to try NEW vegetables that I have never even seen before, let alone eaten. I’ve had the pleasure of trying some kohlrabi, spring onions, rainbow colored carrots, pea shoots, and bok choy.

Creamy, Sweet, and Crunchy- Bok Choy Salad @ #vegan #healthy

By far my new go-to at the market is bok choy. I never realized how awesome it was before! It’s kind of like cabbage but more mild and 1,000 times easier to cut… But since it was still very new to me I had to come up with a way to serve it. I really had no idea what to do with it. [click to continue…]

Gluten Free & Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Gluten Free & Vegan Black Bean Brownies @ Sweetened only with prunes and maple syrup! #vegan #healthy #glutenfree

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Homemade Vegan Yogurt

Homemade Vegan Yogurt @ #vegan #healthy

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Peanut Butter-Banana-Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Made without flour- just OATMEAL! Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies @ #vegan #healthy

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Chickpea Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers

Chickpea Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers @ #vegan #healthy

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Raw Broccoli Smoothie

Raw Broccoli Smoothie @ #vegan

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Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

Chocolate Quinoa Pudding @ #vegan #healthyfood

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Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Balls

Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Balls @ #vegan #healthy

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Creamy Cranberry-Nut Broccoli Salad

Creamy Cranberry-Nut Broccoli Salad. A HEALTHY, vegan version of Fresh Broccoli Salad! @ #vegan #healthy

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The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies @ #vegan

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Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad (copycat Cedar's Black Bean Salad) @ #vegan #healthy

Do you guys have those pre-made 'health food' salads at your groceries??? Like tabbouleh, chickpea, three bean salads? Our local store does. One of my favorites is Black Bean Salad. Specifically Cedar's Black Bean Salad (who are by no way... Read More