Keeping It Fresh — Take 1!

What's in the box?!

There’s something about spring being right around the corner that makes me start taking stock of my habits. Particularly in the kitchen.

I rummage through my cabinets and pantry to get an inventory of my existing staples together. I start pouring over any cookbooks that have been left somewhat abandoned over the past several months. I make a wish list of new foods that I want to try and recipes I want to test out. I start researching any vitamins and nutrients that may have been lacking, and come up with new ideas in order to get a bit of a boost as I move forward.

While all of this is great, there is one thing that I have been struggling with over the past year though. And that is letting too much good food go bad. Whether it’s because I overstock my fridge, or I run out of time and inspiration, throwing money in the garbage is not what I consider a good time. And what better place to start getting this in line than with my biweekly Boston Organics delivery box?

So starting with today’s delivery, I am making a commitment to promptly unpack my box of goods and then reach out to my friends here for some help. From recipe ideas to cooking tips, I will need some help with at least one ingredient and I am open to new ideas for most of the others. And of course, I will share my success — or experimentations, in some cases — as I work my way through each box.

This week’s box contained a little bit of the usual, a little bit of the unusual, and a little bit of the usual that I wish I could make a little bit more memorable.

The usual:

  • 3 apples
  • 1 avocado — these always come in handy, particularly considering my obsession with this recipe
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 grapefruit — have you tried broiling a grapefruit with just a touch of honey? No? You’re missing out.
  • 2 kiwis — these could easily get tossed in a salad or my morning yogurt, either way they won’t go to waste
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 lbs red potatoes — considering how close we are to St. Patrick’s Day, it may not be a bad idea to set these aside for another week or so
  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce — I do believe a citrus salad or two may be on the menu soon

The unusual:

  • 2 black radishes — I have absolutely no clue what I’m going to do with these, but I really don’t want them to wind up in the trash
  • 1 package mung bean sprouts — although I am intrigued by the Vegan Bibimbap that Laura whipped up over at Sprint 2 the Table

The usual that I want to make memorable:

  • 1 head of cauliflower — I would love to try my hand at a cauliflower and potato dal, but I have no idea of where to go for a reliable recipe. Can you help a girl out?

What would you make with any, or all, of the above? Please link to your favorite recipes or tips in the comments below!

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  1. Thanks for the shout out! If you make it, I’d love to hear about it. I wish I’d had some sprouts on hand.

    I love broiled grapefruit! Have you ever broiled grapefruit with coconut oil and a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom? I did it this weekend and was sad when it was gone. πŸ™‚

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    • I love cinnamon on my grapefruit, but haven’t tried the coconut oil and cardamom. Yet πŸ™‚

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  2. This recipe for Black Radish and Potato Salad from ‘Chocolate & Zucchini’ looks like a great recipe, if you’re willing to make the potatoes before St Patrick’s Day! http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2010/12/black_radish_and_potato_salad.php

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  3. If you’re interested in going the korean route, check out http://www.maangchi.com – my favorite source for authentic korean recipes.

    In fact, she just posted a video recipe for a spicy sprout soup that looks delicious! http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/kongnamulguk

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  4. I am notorious for overstocking my fridge too and then having to throw some stuff out. It kills me every time! I’m good about making a meal plan and making my shopping list off of that, but then I frequently buy lots of extra stuff so I’m trying to be better about that πŸ™‚ Wish I had a good cauliflower and potato dal recipe for you. My favorite cauliflower “recipe” is roasted with coconut oil and salt…yum!

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    • I’m just starting to explore using coconut oil — thanks for the suggestion!

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