Cooking nutritious meals should not be complicated, says sharer Laura Lutz, who will be crafting weekly recipes that feature the vegetables, herbs, and berries in our shares.
“I’m going to lean toward simple preparations that don’t have many ingredients,” says Laura, a registered dietician who researches nutrition and human performance at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick as well as sees private clients in her family nutrition consulting practice. Her recipes will emphasize dishes that are quick to prepare, even on busy weeknights.
Laura has been inspired by celebrity chefs Samin Nosrat and the late Anthony Bourdain. “I like how she honors the food—that she is all about getting people together, involving people in cooking, and not being fancy about it,” she says, as well as how Bourdain, who hosted a travel show, promoted food as a way to unify people through their culture and customs.
Her family joined Stearns Farm in 2015. Laura had a work for share that year before her daughter, now 3, was born. “I love getting back to locally sourced foods, and eating in season and understanding where our food comes from,” she says. “We’ve come so far in terms of commercializing and sourcing things from who knows where that going back to a more local and sustainable food system is not only beneficial for human health but also environmental health as well.”
At home Laura and her family grow blueberries and strawberries, and they have a small vegetable garden. Their daughter “likes picking cherry tomatoes, and she will eat peppers like apples.”
Laura favors seasonings such as salt, pepper, herbs, and olive oil that enhance the natural flavors of foods. “I need to start experimenting more with spices,” she says.
Look for Laura’s recipes in the “Eat Your Share” section of the every newsletter this summer and fall.