A new Boston Organics box is here and I working up a whole new list of things to make with this week’s treats. Now that we have had a taste of that early spring weather, some of my favorite vegetables are making an earlier appearance than normal (*cough* kale *cough*) — no complaints here! But this got me thinking — instead of my usual half-and-half delivery, how about changing it up to a mix of 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 fruit?
That is one of my favorite parts about my delivery, as long as I make my delivery changes by noon the day before my delivery — the Boston Organics team will make it happen. This includes changing my veggie to fruit ratio and updating my “no list” — sorry, I still don’t eat peas or lima beans and even I have a limit as to how many potatoes and onions I can use in a two week period.
So while I didn’t get the kale I was keeping my fingers crossed for — I still ended up with a nice selection of vegetables to keep me cooking, and eating, light over the next couple of weeks.
- 1 bunch chard
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 package pea shoots — a first for me!
- 1 package white mushrooms
- 2 packages carrots
- 2 black radishes — so happy I can give Shulie’s Indian-Inspired Black Radish Salad another try!
- 1 rutabaga — hmmmmm, what’ll I do with this?
- 3 apples
- 3 bananas
- 3 blood oranges — so excited for these, I absolutely love them in salads and smoothies
- 2 kiwis
This was a great change of pace for me. Believe it or not, I was starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the fruit. I was starting to get worried my crisper drawer was going to launch a rebellion. All of this aside, my last box gave me a lot of snack options — including a personal favorite, celery stalks with peanut butter (and maybe some nutella) — and fresh fruit for smoothies. Not one bit went to waste, and I did get to try out some new recipes.
A couple of new dishes that I tried:
- Sautéed chard with garlic and lemon — this is a new favorite dinner side dish
- Braised dandelion greens with pancetta — pancetta, my favorite kind of bacon, makes everything better. So much that I can eat this in a bowl like ice cream.
What would you make with any, or all, of the treats I got in this week’s Boston Organics box? Please link to your favorite recipes or tips in the comments below!
Posted by Lena on March 29, 2012
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.
- 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
- 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!
Posted by Lena on February 29, 2012