C.S.A. Newsletter Week 8
I heard that our food gets eaten twice. It happens for the first time when we munch and swallow, and for the second time when the microbiota in our intestines get a hold of our dinner. Whatever we feed ourselves, we are feeding again to the community in our tummies.
Our critters have hobbies and food preferences. In their free time, the more sinister sorts enjoy making us susceptible to disease and digestive discomforts. These have been implicated in obesity, auto-immune diseases, cancers, depression and anxiety. Others are Super Citizens of the Gut, who fight against these villains to produce the exact opposite effects. Their resume is impressive, and too long to be listed here. To say it shortly: they process our food so we can absorb nutrients more easily, make vitamins we need, and help heal gut lining. They affect our brain’s neurotransmitters, make mood-improving serotonin, support the immune system, and relieve all sorts of neuro-chemical imbalances. Our microbiota are working overtime behind the scenes to keep us healthy.
Depending on what we eat, we are encouraging certain species to move in and thrive. Great news! Vegetables are the friendly bugs’ favorite munchies. So, as CSA members, you’re already well on your way to a happy tummy. To take that one step further, ferment your veggies! Fermented, “live,” foods are full of bacteria, yeasts or fungi. Many of the goodies in your box lend themselves well to fermentation.
Purple Carrots: Many folks insist these are sweeter than the orange variety.
Anaheim: These are not spicy, but have a pleasant tart bite that goes well with meaty or beany dishes.
2 Sweet Onions
1 lb. Green Beans: Make Shelley Adams’ “Glory Bowl.” For dressing, combine ½ c. nutritional yeast flakes, 1/3 c. water, 1/3 c. tamari, 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar, 2 cloves crushed garlic, and 2 Tbsp. tahini paste in a blender. Add 1½ c. oil in a steady stream until smooth. Prepare 8 c. cooked brown rice, 2 c. toasted almonds, 2 c. cubed and sautéed tofu, and 6 c. mixture of vegetables. The glory of a Glory Bowl is that you can combine what sounds good to you! Today, you might try grated carrots, steamed green beans and squash.
2 lb. Potatoes