Try a Farmers Market or CSA

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asparagus tofu

Try a Farmers Market or CSA

You can support a sustainable food system by joining a CSA (community supported agriculture), which offers you a “share” of a local farm’s goods for a reasonable price.

If you join a CSA, you’ll pick up or be delivered a box of fresh, local seasonal produce once a week or once a month.

The variety of fruits and vegetables will encourage you to get creative and try less common plants, like kohlrabi and rutabagas.

More supermarkets are now getting fresh and local by working with nearby farmers to supply farm-fresh, ripe produce, and some are even organizing CSAs in their parking lots.

And don’t forget – the freshest produce you’ll ever experience can be grown at home.

If you have a yard, sacrifice a flower bed for vegetables, plant an apple tree, or just place a tomato plant or herb pot on your doorstep or windowsill.

Enjoy produce picked ripe and fresh – wherever you can find it.

Recipe of the Day:  Roasted Lemon-Dill Asparagus and Tofu

Active Preparation Time:  7 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  37 minutes

Asparagus is one of spring’s most celebrated plants – as the young spears push up to greet the warming sun, they bring a delicate flavor.

Yet this vegetable is packed with nutrition – fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants linked with heart and anti-cancer benefits.

Look for fresh asparagus in your local supermarket and farmers market.

It’s a great addition to your garden – plant it once and it’ll come up in the same spot for the next 20 years.

Roasting the whole asparagus is an awesome preparation style – especially served with lemon zest and fresh dill as this recipe calls for.

Makes 4 servings (about 6 asparagus spears and 2 ounces of tofu each)

One 12-ounce bunch of fresh asparagus (about 24 spears), ends trimmed

8 ounces extra firm tofu, drained, pressed for best results (see Note), and cubed

Juice and zest of 1 small lemon

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 medium garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Pinch of sea salt, optional

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2.  Arrange the asparagus on the bottom of a 9×13″ baking dish and top with the tofu.

3.  In a small dish, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, garlic, white pepper, and sea salt, if desired, and pour onto the asparagus.

4.  Place the dish in the oven on the top rack and roast for 30-35 minutes, until the asparagus is crisp-tender and slightly browned.  Stir halfway through cooking.

5.  Remove the dish from the oven, sprinkle with the dill and lemon zest, and serve immediately.

Note:  For best results, you may want to press the tofu, which decreases the moisture and promotes a springy texture that absorbs more flavor in dishes.  To press a block of firm or extra firm tofu, wrap it in 4 layers of paper towels and place on a plate.  Cover with another plate and top with a heavy item, like a large book, so the tofu is pressed down.  Set aside for 30 minutes or drain.  Remove the tofu and discard the paper towels.  You may repeat a second time for an even drier consistency.  You can also freeze tofu as another way to remove moisture, but this will change the texture slightly (thaw before using in a dish).

Another option is to invest in a tofu press, which speeds up the process.  This handy tool is becoming more and more popular, and inexpensive brands are available at specialty kitchen supply stores and online.

Variation:  You can omit the tofu for a lighter side dish.

Per serving:  97 calories, 6 g total fat (0.5 g saturated), 37 mg sodium, 8 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugar), 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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