What’s in the Box? #46

Every week I get a bit too excited about my produce box.  But this week my excitement is inflated to the umpteenth power.  Why?  Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words…

My amazing husband hooked it up big time for my 30th birthday and surprised me with a new juicer.  The man knows the way to my heart…through produce :)

This juicer has taken my fruit and veg consumption to a whole new level.  No need to worry about cooking up all my produce anymore (although I still plan on incorporating them in my daily meals).  Any and all leftovers can now be thrown into the juicer and made into a delicious and vitamin packed beverage any time of the day.  Yay!  I am officially in veggie heaven.

Speaking of veggie heaven, last week we had a total of 34 link ups!  That’s a whole lot of CSA goodness.  And from the looks of the links, autumn weather is rolling in.  There was a great variety of soups and stews this week.  Everything from good old Chicken Soup and Chicken Chili to Sagey Butternut Squash Soup and Roasted Garlic Beet Soup.  And who can forget that Eggplant and Lamb Stew?  Nothing like some delicious comfort food to warm your soul and please your tummy :)  Thank you to everyone who participated.  I appreciate your enthusiasm about this party and your ongoing support.  Hooray for veggies!

Now let’s take a look at my veggies…

The first item to catch my eye was that butternut squash.  Oh, how I love butternut squash.  Sure I like to fancy it up and make it the star of the show, but simply roasting it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt and pepper is enough to make my taste buds sing.  Mmmmm.

You know what else makes my taste buds sing?  Cilantro.  Is there any flavor more bright and refreshing?  Unless of course you are part of the small group of people who find the taste and smell of cilantro reminiscent of soap and thus find this lovely herb to be repulsive.  According to Wikipedia, the reason for this strong aversion to cilantro is “likely genetic, with some people having no response to the aromatic chemical that most find pleasant, while simultaneously being sensitive to certain [offensive fragrances]”.  Interesting right?  Well, either way, the possibilities for this cilantro are endless.  Green rice anyone?

Speaking of bright and refreshing, that pretty much sums up my feelings for this grapefruit.  I love eating my grapefruit for breakfast in the morning with a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds sprinkled on top.  Talk about a breakfast of champions :)  As for the rest of the fruit…it already has a nice sized dent in it.  We have been snacking on the plums and apples all day.  I am hoping to get some sort of apple dessert made this weekend.  After all, what is fall without a warm apple treat topped with some vanilla ice cream *drool*.

Being that we were gone for most of the week, I wasn’t able to use up all of my spinach from last week’s haul.  Part of me wants to throw it in the juicer (which would be amazing!) but the other part of me wants to add it to this bunch, sauté it with some onion/garlic/shallot or all of the above and call it a day.  It makes such a lovely side dish.

Cauliflower makes for a pretty great side dish too.  Especially when you steam it using the new rice cooker that your brother and sister-in-law gave you, and then throw it into the new ricer your Uncle Joe got for you and top it with a slab of butter and a dusting of salt and pepper for some seasoning.  Why eat potatoes when you can enjoy faux-tatoes?  (ps: loving all my new birthday gifts…)

And then of course there is the mother of all sides…the side salad.  Guess whose mother makes the best salads around?  Yep, my mom!  Who also happens to be in town for a few weeks.  So in an effort to eat every last leaf of this lovely head of lettuce, I am going to have to ask my mom to whip up one of her magical side salads.

Finally, it’s all about those bright red tomatoes and peppers.  I have yet to make a batch of homemade tomato sauce this season and these tomatoes would be perfect for it.  I am also interested in trying some sort of roasted pepper sauce.  Tossing both with my new favorite obsession, quinoa pasta, topped with freshly grated parmesan.  Yum!

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite ways to use the fruits and veggies shown?  Any special recipe, tips or tricks you’d like to share?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

Linking up for the first time?  Click here for more info…and Welcome!  PS:  Don’t forget to tell your readers about the party by linking back to this post.  Thanks!

PS:  Don’t forget to double your dose of fresh fruits and veggies by visiting this week’s Fresh Foods Link Up from Gastronomical Sovereignty

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35 thoughts on “What’s in the Box? #46

  1. I am waiting for a free moment to link up! I also get so excited about my CSA pick up, but overwhelmed! Today, chard…

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  4. Kelly says:

    So lucky that you’re still getting tomatoes! Enjoy ’em. :) My box was sadly tomato-less….

  5. dustyharms says:

    Happy Birthday!

  6. Melissa says:

    Wow thats so interesting about the cilantro.. I love it, but my hubby hates it :)

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  8. backpackbee says:

    Im excited for you! I know silly happy I was to get my new juicer :) :) Happy juicing!!

  9. Lucy says:

    Hey Happy Birthday! Hope to stay connected this year! Cheers to you.

  10. Beth says:

    Those look great! I am jealous of your squash… I can’t wait to get one (or 10!) of my own. :)

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  13. i’ll be honest – i’m not much of a cilantro fan. but i’m a YOU fan so HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It’s mine today – we’re both libras? xoxoxo!

    this week i shared a story of “punkin” doughnuts. yes. more pumpkin. but these little bad boys were by FAR one of the best things i’ve ever made. and besides, everyone loves a bad boy. or girl. or transgendered person. ;)

    • inherchucks says:

      Thanks Kristy! Must be a genetic thing…I will forgive you for not being a cilantro fan :)

      Happy Birthday to YOU!!!! We are both Libras…which makes us even cooler than we thought :)

      Punkin doughnuts sounds divine…will have to check that out…

      Hope your birthday was great!

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  15. Tammy says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do with that juicer! I hope you’ll post your favorites.

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  17. Brigid says:

    Your box always has such lovely variety, and I am so jealous of your juicer!

  18. kirstenmadaus says:

    Oh, a juicer, what a great birthday present! I love tossing spinach into my smoothies for green ones, and my newer technique is to add buttermilk like my friend Alanna suggests: http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2012/05/make-ahead-smoothies.html
    I have a Vitamix and I just throw everything into it-but the color of pretty spinach really brightens everything up.
    Happy Birthday!

    • inherchucks says:

      Thanks Kirsten! I love spinach in my smoothies…a recent discovery. Thanks for sharing your tip on buttermilk. Can’t wait to try that :)

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  20. bekatobasics says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting a juicer! You’ve gotten me one step closer. :) I used my food processor for my pumpkin this week: http://bekatobasics.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/cooking-with-a-pumpkin/

  21. I see you have tomatoes and red peppers. I just used mine in an omelet (with onions, mushrooms and salsa). My latest box looked very much like yours minus the fruit.

    • inherchucks says:

      I always forget about omelets. Unless I am out to breakfast of course. I will have to try that next time. Sounds delish :)

      Thanks for sharing Inger!

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