A Well-Balanced Meal

It's so easy for me to ooh and aah over the ingredients in the box; I like to pick one and focus in on it, maximizing it or doing something to really show off the greatness of a particular piece. Sometimes a whole meal that sits well together is better though—especially when it falls together quickly.

Hungry from a long day, I took a parted-out chicken out of the refrigerator where it'd been thawing and dropped it with its juices into a pot with some water, a splash of white wine vinegar, and some olive oil. While it simmered away, I started rice off to the side, and took a haphazard bundle of greens to wash and chop: A whole bundle of green onions for a zippy, fresh taste, kale for the rich green nutrition, and some lettuce too. These went into a pan with more oil, pepper, and cumin for a smooth flavor blend that stayed light on the tongue. With some stirring and tending the three parts of the meal finished at almost the same time.

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My husband added mustard to his greens (of course), and I pulled out some sauerkraut made from red cabbage to add alongside. The simple, hearty chicken went wonderfully with the zesty greens, which I added Italian cheese and cayenne pepper to right before serving.

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With the balance of elements in the box each week, it's not hard to cook a (nearly) full meal without adding anything else in. Knowing that the CSA share really can be a "one-stop shop" for a family provides a wonderful sense of peace. Still, I had gotten into a habit of focusing on the individual superstars which caught my imagination that I had missed the simplicity of a whole meal presented and balanced together in its elements with minimal effort from me.

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Have you ever pulled a whole meal straight from the box? Comment and tell us about it!