CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta

CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta - Produce On Parade - CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

I'm cooking a lot these days but just don't have a much time for recipe development and photography. Most evenings I just throw together a meal and only after it's done and tasting how scrumptious it is wish I would have measured everything; then I could have shared it! Who wants to recipe develop when you can spend that time snuggling with an adorable seven month old?? I'm trying though. I actually have a few recipes on the way, photographs and everything! Hurray me!

Todd and I have been trying to get our lawn in order and generally spending as much time outside with Oliver as possible. Fall in Alaska is so fleeting and it's always a scramble to make the most of such an inspiring season. The air is crisp and refreshing, fluttering leaves dance in the breeze, as golden light filters through the birch trees; it's one of the most magical times up here but it never lasts.

Our CSA is in full swing and we are enjoying its bounty. With just the two of us consuming a large share, it can test my ingenuity on using up all those beauitful veggies! This recipe used up four of the CSA items, so it will definitely be placed on the rotation. I hope you love this meal as much as we both did. 

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta - Produce On Parade - CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed sliced into ½ inch thick short wedges
  • 1 extra-large zucchini, quartered and chopped
  • dash of seasoning salt
  • 8 oz dry penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained but ½ cup of the liquid reserved
  • 1 ½ tbsp red miso
  • 1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 heaping cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and arrange the fennel and zucchini in a single layer on two large baking trays coated with a nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle with olive oil if you like and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until slightly browned and tender.
  2. While the veggies roast, bring a medium pot of water to boil for the pasta. Cook al dente according to the package. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat and saute the garlic for about 5 minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Whisk in the chickpea liquid, miso, and nutritional yeast until the miso is clump-free. Stir in the roasted veggies, cooked pasta, chickpeas, and tomatoes; cook until the entire mixture is warm. Remove from heat and stir in the mint leaves; taste and salt as needed. Serve warm.
CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta - Produce On Parade - CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

Avocado & Sausage Bagel Sandwich

If you’re looking for a scrummy spin on a regular ol’ sandwich, bagel sandwiches can’t be beat. This one is packed full of flavor from onion bagels, herbed cream cheese, a dash of seasoning salt, and carries a hint of sweetness from apple and sage sausage. Piled high with fresh spinach, zucchini, and avocado, this is a truly delicious way to get some greens in.

Avocado & Sausage Bagel Sandwich - Produce On Parade - If you’re looking for a scrummy spin on a regular ol’ sandwich, bagel sandwiches can’t be beat. This one is packed full of flavor from onion bagels, herbed cream cheese, a dash of seasoning salt, and carries a hint of sweetness from apple and sage sausage. Piled high with fresh spinach, zucchini, and avocado, this is a truly delicious way to get some greens in.

I'm not a big sandwich person, but I love a good bagel sandwich and this one is the best.

We needed lunch, and fast. Something quick and delicious and it was too hot to turn on the oven. I had a cucumber and bag a spinach from our CSA in the fridge, with a very ripe gifted avocado and a tub of gifted herbed cream cheese (they meant to buy the plain kind); this bagel sandwich just came together! 

It's best served al fresco, with an alcholic cream soda on the side... but don't take my word for it.

Avocado & Sausage Bagel Sandwich - Produce On Parade - If you’re looking for a scrummy spin on a regular ol’ sandwich, bagel sandwiches can’t be beat. This one is packed full of flavor from onion bagels, herbed cream cheese, a dash of seasoning salt, and carries a hint of sweetness from apple and sage sausage. Piled high with fresh spinach, zucchini, and avocado, this is a truly delicious way to get some greens in.

Avocado & Sausage Bagel

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

If you’re looking for a scrummy spin on a regular ol’ sandwich, bagel sandwiches can’t be beat. This one is packed full of flavor from onion bagels, herbed cream cheese, a dash of seasoning salt, and carries a hint of sweetness from apple and sage sausage. Piled high with fresh spinach, zucchini, and avocado, this is a truly delicious way to get some greens in.

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 onion bagels, toasted
  • 4 tbsp Tofutti Herbs & Chive Cream Cheese
  • sprinkle of seasoning salt, to taste
  • 1 Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • ½ cup fresh spinach
  • ½ ripe avocado, sliced thin
  • ½ medium cucumber, coined

Cooking Directions

  1. Toast the bagels, then spread each half with 1 tbsp of cream cheese. Sprinkle with a dash of seasoning salt or regular salt.
  2. Divide and layer the remaining ingredients between the two bagels and enjoy!
Avocado & Sausage Bagel Sandwich - Produce On Parade - If you’re looking for a scrummy spin on a regular ol’ sandwich, bagel sandwiches can’t be beat. This one is packed full of flavor from onion bagels, herbed cream cheese, a dash of seasoning salt, and carries a hint of sweetness from apple and sage sausage. Piled high with fresh spinach, zucchini, and avocado, this is a truly delicious way to get some greens in.
Avocado & Sausage Bagel Sandwich - Produce On Parade - If you’re looking for a scrummy spin on a regular ol’ sandwich, bagel sandwiches can’t be beat. This one is packed full of flavor from onion bagels, herbed cream cheese, a dash of seasoning salt, and carries a hint of sweetness from apple and sage sausage. Piled high with fresh spinach, zucchini, and avocado, this is a truly delicious way to get some greens in.

Spiced Rhubarb Bread

This lightly scented rhubarb bread is a wonderful alternative to rhubarb pie or crisp. It’s absolutely divine for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a midday treat, or topped with vegan vanilla ice cream for a scrummy dessert. However you have it, this sweet and tart dessert bread is incredibly easy and sure to please even rhubarb snubbers.  Made with olive oil and banana, it’s a little healthier than other recipes as well.

Spiced Rhubarb Bread - Produce On Parade - This lightly scented rhubarb bread is a wonderful alternative to rhubarb pie or crisp. It’s absolutely divine for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a midday treat, or topped with vegan vanilla ice cream for a scrummy dessert. However you have it, this sweet and tart dessert bread is incredibly easy and sure to please even rhubarb snubbers.  Made with olive oil and banana, it’s a little healthier than other recipes as well.

I really love rhubarb. I know it's not super popular with everyone. However, it's ubiquitous up here in Alaska; almost every house has a giant, lumbering rhubarb plant (or two, or three) loitering outside like sentinels. In the spring, our local paper ran an a story about the blushing stalks; that even though many houses have rhubarb plants, most are inherited when the house was bought. That rhubarb, nowadays, is on the out! It's tart, it's banal, and it's just not that tasty.

To me, that's blasphemous. I adore rhubarb. I love how hardy and stubborn it is; how it'll grow anywhere and be the first plant the shine it's smiling face, welcoming in spring. I love it's giant leaves and remembering my Grandma Nancy showing me how to wear one as a hat when I was a little girl. I love it's sour and pungent aroma, and how it's flavor it makes my lips pucker with delight. I love that it can be savory or sweet and how it's wonderful in pretty much everything from muffins to stewed, on top of ice cream. It's versatile and resilient. Just like Alaskans.

I am lucky enough to have a unique Russian variety, whose leaves are shaped slightly different than the common variety. This makes me feel especially domestic, in a homesteady type of way. It's silly and frivolous, but it makes me happy in a small and odd way. 

Spiced Rhubarb Bread - Produce On Parade - This lightly scented rhubarb bread is a wonderful alternative to rhubarb pie or crisp. It’s absolutely divine for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a midday treat, or topped with vegan vanilla ice cream for a scrummy dessert. However you have it, this sweet and tart dessert bread is incredibly easy and sure to please even rhubarb snubbers.  Made with olive oil and banana, it’s a little healthier than other recipes as well.

Spiced Rhubarb Bread

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 07/03/2017

This lightly scented rhubarb bread is a wonderful alternative to rhubarb pie or crisp. It’s absolutely divine for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a midday treat, or topped with vegan vanilla ice cream for a scrummy dessert. However you have it, this sweet and tart dessert bread is incredibly easy and sure to please even rhubarb snubbers. Made with olive oil and banana, it’s a little healthier than other recipes as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain soymilk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, divided
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium very ripe banana
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp chai spice or pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped small
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and coat two 9x5 inch loaf pans with a nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the soymilk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract; let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of brown sugar, olive oil, and the banana until very smooth. Whisk in the soymilk mixture.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and chai spice. Stir in the rhubarb until coated. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just combined. Divide batter between both the loaf pans. (Can be made into 16 muffins, reduce baking time to about 25 minutes)
  5. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave, about 10 seconds. Stir in the remaining ¼ cup brown sugar and cinnamon. Drizzle/scoop the mixture evenly on the top of each loaf.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes, until slightly browned on top and springs back when gently poked. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack before serving.

Yield: 2 loaves / 16 servings

Spiced Rhubarb Bread - Produce On Parade - This lightly scented rhubarb bread is a wonderful alternative to rhubarb pie or crisp. It’s absolutely divine for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a midday treat, or topped with vegan vanilla ice cream for a scrummy dessert. However you have it, this sweet and tart dessert bread is incredibly easy and sure to please even rhubarb snubbers.  Made with olive oil and banana, it’s a little healthier than other recipes as well.
Spiced Rhubarb Bread - Produce On Parade - This lightly scented rhubarb bread is a wonderful alternative to rhubarb pie or crisp. It’s absolutely divine for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a midday treat, or topped with vegan vanilla ice cream for a scrummy dessert. However you have it, this sweet and tart dessert bread is incredibly easy and sure to please even rhubarb snubbers.  Made with olive oil and banana, it’s a little healthier than other recipes as well.

Anouk loves rhubarb almost as much as Todd and I :)

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