Cooking with Kids: Out of the (CSA) Box
My son’s school recently starting offering a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box. The way it’s set up is that the farm brings the boxes to school every Thursday and the box is waiting for each family at the carpool pick-up line.
The first week when the box arrived, my kid could not wait to paw through it, examining all of the treasures that had been packed for us. His excitement about the box got me thinking; if I called it his CSA box, I might get some extra mileage out of the veggies.
Now, every Thursday I start the day by asking my son what he thinks will be in his box. Then, when we pick up our farm-fresh veggies, we compare what we thought to what’s actually in the box.
Amazingly, he’s been really great about trying things from his box. (I don’t know why I never thought of this before, it could totally be done with store-bought veggies!)
Last night was no exception—and we’re talking broccoli and cauliflower. As we prepared to make Roasted Florets, my son washed a head of broccoli and a head of cauliflower and then carefully dried them. Next he popped the florets off by hand and arranged them in the pan. I drizzled the olive oil and he sprinkled the salt. When they were done cooking, he gave them a squirt of lemon and together we tossed the veggies into a big bowl and sat down to eat. “This is from my CSA box!” he announced to his father as he dug into the bowl for seconds.