Keeping It Fresh — Savor the flavors

Ever since starting my Boston Organics deliveries back up, I feel like I have been more involved with my boxes than ever before. Whether it means making changes to the service because of my personal taste preferences, travel schedule, or challenging myself to try something new — I love the flexibility that is allowed!

Since I’m trying to cut back on my sugar intake, I’ve already bumped up my vegetable ratio in the box, but that isn’t all it takes to satisfy my different taste preferences. So now it’s time for me to experiment more with combining my vegetables with fruits to find that perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors. This week, I even managed to take advantage of the Grocery Add-ons service — allowing me to add everything from some extra vegetables to spices to coffee beans to snacks to my order. I don’t use this all the time because I have a weird obsession with being able to pick these items out in person, but once in a while it comes in handy. Like when I leave my shopping list at home on the kitchen table…

The savory:

The sweet:

The extras:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • 2 local chocolate treats — I had a hard time deciding what to send to my “Foodie Penpal” this month, so figured it was better to be prepared. I’m sure I can think of something to do with the one I don’t send… Yum…

It’s really so convenient being able to add certain random staples and treats — this isn’t the first time I’ve been saved from making a trip back to the store to get something I forgot from my shopping list. The only decision I’m weighing now is whether or not I make the leap to the “all vegetable” box. While I won’t let the fruit go to waste, I’m not grabbing fruit as my go-to snack anymore. Instead, I’m eating more vegetables, nuts, and homemade popcorn. Luckily, I have another 10 days to decide.

A couple of new things I tried from the last box:

  • Rutabaga — I didn’t come up with any crazy recipe, but instead opted to simply chop the rutabaga up and roast it. While it was a little sweeter than the turnips I have grown to love, it was a perfect along with some baked lemon-herb chicken for a light and healthy dinner.
  • Blood oranges and pea shoots — these were my two favorite, “novelty” items in my last box. And who would have known they would go so well together on top of salads?! Can’t wait until these make a seasonal comeback!

What recipe would you recommend that uses some of both the vegetables and fruits from this Boston Organics box? Please describe or 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!

Fresh Greens and Grain Plate

First things first, I’m a Midwestern girl. I like steaks, burgers, bratwurst, kielbasa, blood pudding, Chicago-style hotdogs, and proper Italian beef sandwiches. But sometimes I like to change things up. Eat a little lighter. Pretend I’m a vegetarian for a day. Go to an extra yoga class. You get the picture.

On these days, my favorite place to head is the Life Alive Café in Central Square for a nice big helping of their Green Goddess plate. However, sometimes my wallet isn’t quite in the mood to take this trip. My mission was obvious: I needed to figure out how to recreate this amazing, garlicky plate of goodness at home. And since I’d like to keep my good karma in the black, it’s only right that I share my final recipe with you.

Fresh Greens and Grain Plate

Serves: 2


2 cups brown rice, cooked and warm

6 oz extra firm tofu, rinsed and cut into 1” pieces

2 broccoli crowns, washed and cut into small florets

3 kale leaves, washed and torn into equal sizes pieces

4 tbsp nama shoyu soy sauce

2 tbsp Annie’s Naturals Gingerly Vinaigrette

8 garlic cloves, finely minced

2 tsp ginger, freshly grated

1/2 avocado, sliced


Place tofu, broccoli pieces, and kale in a stockpot over a medium-low heat. Let steam 10 minutes or until greens are vibrant in color.

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinaigrette, garlic, and ginger.

Divide rice between two dinner plates and serve the steamed mixture on top.

Pour an even amount of the soy sauce mixture over each plate. Top each dish with 1/2 of the avocado slices.


Additional Notes:
The reason I left the name a little bit more on the vague side is that I fully intend on trying this recipe out with every single grain I have in my cupboard: quinoa (yeah, yeah — I know it’s not technically a grain), black rice, cous cous, and amaranth.

As for the vegetables used, these are at the top of my “favorites” list so I will keep them as the base from now until the time I develop an allergy to garlic. However, I’m not above adding other vegetable to the mix — grated carrots, fresh-picked asparagus, or even eggplant.

This is a dish that just begs to be played with, tweaked, and redone as much as possible with whatever happens to be in season and is local to you. So play with it. Have fun. Screw it up. Make it better. Just remember to share what works for you. Please.

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