Week 2 on the farm and week 1 of our program saw many delicious, farm-sourced meals. Here are a few of our favorites that highlight the bounty that Hawaii farming has to offer inspired by our theme for the week of the ocean and volcanoes:
Our first dinner of the week was a roasted veggie medley of carrots, cabbage, onions, turnips, and mixed greens atop of quinoa with a side of sweet potato mash. Farm fresh ingredients included the turnips and mixed greens and we were able to use a number of leftovers to reduce our food waste. A large harvest of turnips was the main inspiration for this meal, though the roasting of the veggies reminded us of the heat of volcanoes. In addition, we discussed how the ocean and volcanoes are rich in minerals which we tried to mirror in our mineral-rich meal.
We celebrated Taco Tuesday with a dinner of turnip tacos topped with a tropical fruit salsa and a side of coconut-lime slaw. The turnips, fruits for the salsa (pineapple and papaya), and limes for the sauce all came straight from the farm. We made tortillas from scratch, which was a first for many of us interns. The turnips were cooked with taco seasonings and reminded us a lot of pork once cooked; a nice way to fix our meat cravings! We also set out a bowl of homemade mac nut “sour cream” as an optional (and delicious) topping, with macadamia nuts fresh from the orchards. We also had quinoa and rice as optional sides that were left over from the previous meals. Utilizing these leftovers allowed us to reduce our food waste, which helps us be more sustainable. To finish the meal we had horchatas which were made out of homemade cinnamon rice milk and almond milk. This meal was inspired by many of our memories of enjoying tacos at the beach.
For breakfast on Wednesday, we prepared refreshing smoothie bowls with pineapples, bananas, and spinach from the farm. We set up an array of toppings for people to choose from including chia seeds, homemade granola, and dried fruits. Inspiration for this meal came from the tropical beach feels we are enjoying here in Hawaii.