Cucumber Overload!

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imageYikes! The cucumbers were running rampant this morning when I sussed out this week’s CSA offerings. Most normal people can only eat so much cucumber, so finding 3 in a CSA box might seem a little overwhelming. Never fear! Here are some suggestions for using up those tasty fruits.

Tzatziki

There’s a sprig of dill in the boxes this week, too. Perfect for whipping up a batch of tzatziki for spreading or dipping.

ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3 cups plain  Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • The juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. salt

-Toss cucumber with salt and place in a colander or strainer. Place a plate with a weight on it directly on the cucumber. Set the colander in a clean sink or on a clean dishtowel and allow cucumber to drain for an hour.

-Combine the cucumber, dill, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until  well blended.

-Stir cucumber mixture into yogurt. Refrigerate the Tzatziki until well chilled. Serve as a spread for wraps or a dip for pitas, veggies, etc.

 

Spicy Thai Cucumber

 Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups peeled and sliced cucumber
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 small tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 red Thai chiles, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Fresh lime juice

-Heat oil in frying pan. Saute cucumber for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

-Add tomato, scallions, chiles and garlic. Continue cooking for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

-Stir in coconut milk and honey. Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes.

-Stir in lime juice and serve over steamed rice. Top with chopped fresh cilantro And season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

Other suggestions:

If you make the Tzatziki and the Thai Cucumber and you STILL have cucumber left over, don’t forget the old standbys.

-use it in Greek salad, tossed garden salad or a noodle salad

-make cucumber sandwiches

-use cucumber as a gluten-free base for canapes

-eat it raw  sprinkled with a little salt

-toss it into a smoothie

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