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 — 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!

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