Good Eats: Fennel Apple Salad and Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Fennel Apple Salad

One of the beautiful and challenging things about a CSA is that you get foods you’ve never cooked with (or sometimes never heard of). We’ve ended up with two bulbs of fennel this summer and although I love fennel, I’ve never worked with it before. The first time, I just roasted it on the grill with garlic. The second time, I was determined to use it in a more creative manner and found this recipe from the Purple Foodie.

Fennel Apple Salad

Fennel Apple Salad

I made this salad to go along with pork tenderloin on the grill and it was the perfect companion; my only suggestion would be to not mix the salad until just before serving. I tried to prep too early and the mixed greens were a little soggy.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

We got a ton of rain here today, which had me in the mood for comfort food. I’ve had these enchiladas on my list for a while and although I made significant modifications to this recipe, I was thrilled with the results.

Sauteing the filling together

Sauteing the filling together

My modifications were:

  1. Tiny Spice Company Beri Beri spice instead of Chili Powder (we were out)
  2. Cooked and cut sweet potato (I refuse to grate anything)
  3. 1 cup of Cabot Pepper Jack cheese
  4. 14 corn tortillas (I prefer them to flour)
  5. Skipped the scallions and frozen corn
Enchilada sauce in the blender and the incomparable BeriBeri seasoning

Enchilada sauce in the blender and the incomparable BeriBeri seasoning

These enchiladas were AWESOME. Enough spice to be interesting without burning the roof of your mouth and filling enough for even the hungriest house.

Piping hot!

Piping hot!

Love a filling meal on a rest day. Double power!

Love a filling meal on a rest day. Double power!

Do you have a CSA? Weirdest item you’ve ever received? What’s your favorite summer side dish?

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