Keeping It Fresh — More Vegetables, Please!

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.

The vegetables:

  • 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?

The fruit:

  • 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!

Keeping It Fresh — Bring on the Greens!

A new Boston Organics box is here and I have a whole new batch of cooking opportunities ahead. This week’s box was right in line with the St. Patrick’s Day spirit that is around just about every corner you can turn in my neighborhood — brimming with green. All sorts of great treats, but not as challenging as some previous weeks.

The green:

  • 1 bunch chard
  • 1 bunch dandelion greens
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 5 bananas — well they came to me green, which is exactly how I like them
  • 2 kiwis
  • 2 pears

The not-so-green, but still delicious:

  • 3 apples
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 tangelos

In case you forgot, my last Boston Organics box left me with a few ingredients I needed some recipe ideas to use up. And you guys did not disappoint. In fact, I was actually hoping a black radish or two would make an appearance in this week’s box.

What I made:

I wish I had gotten photos of these new (well, new to me) dishes — but, alas, they disappeared too quickly. But stay tuned — I’m sure they will make another appearance in my kitchen soon.

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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