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Kale Salad

Kale Salad - In Her Chucks

This summer I fell in love…with kale.

Since subscribing to my CSA 3 years ago, I have been slowly warming up to this leafy green vegetable.  But over the last few months, my affection for kale has reached a whole new level.  Whether I am munching on kale chips, drinking kale juice, or dipping some sliced cucumbers in kale pesto, I just can’t get enough.  But this salad is definitely my go-to recipe.  And I have been going to it A LOT this summer.

What makes this recipe so good is the bright and complex flavors.  There is something about the mixture of sesame seed oil and soy sauce that sends me over the edge.  Add a few squeezes of fresh citrus and minced garlic and the dressing is nothing short of a party in your mouth.  And then of course, who doesn’t love the extra texture of toasted sesame seeds and perfectly ripe avocado perched on top of these leaves of glory.  Do you catch my drift?  It really is a healthy slice of heaven ;)

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced and smashed into a paste (or use a garlic press)

4 tbsp toasted sesame oil

3 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped

2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Place kale into a large serving bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (except for the avocado) and toss to coat.  Gently fold avocados into the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe makes a good portion of salad.  If you are anything like me, you might be able to scarf it all down in one sitting.  But if you find yourself with left overs, the good news is that it keeps well in the fridge overnight.  So feel free to enjoy it the next day for lunch.  However, if you plan on sharing it with friends for a bbq or potluck, you might want to double the recipe because I can promise you the salad will be gone within minutes.

I have to admit, I feel terrible that it took me so long to befriend kale.  But now that we are clearly BFFs I have no doubt we will be making up for lost time.

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What’s in the Box? #74

What's in the Box?

 

One of the things I loved most about gardening, was that seeing all the time and effort that went into planting, watering and growing my own food, helped me to appreciate my harvest so much more.  It’s no secret that I have a deep affection for my CSA box, but after last week’s visit to my CSA farm, I appreciate it so much more!    

For one, the property was just breathtaking…

 

CSA Farm

Rows and rows of luscious fresh greens, just waiting to be picked and devoured.  

 

CSA Farming

 

I was so grateful to be given a personal tour by the director of the CSA program.  We walked through the entire journey of the veggies from the ground, to the cooler, to the delivery truck.   

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And it all happens in one day.  Now that’s fresh!  

Harper and I had such a blast on our tour.  Looking forward to heading out for another visit soon :)

Now let’s take a look at what type of freshness the party goers have been whipping up.  Last week there were 8 link ups.  And my oh my are there some yummy dishes to brag about.  As much as I love my produce, I also love me some bacon.  Thanks to Jess from Hesitantly Healthy, I can enjoy some Easy Baked Brussels Sprouts, Red Potato and Bacon from the comfort of my computer screen…drool!  And Tammy from Agrigirl shared a beautiful and colorful Yellow Squash Gazpacho.  Finally, I am loving the simple and clean flavors of Brian’s Avocado Toast from Lettuce Never Squash our Love.  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their delicious goodies.  You continue to spoil me :)

You know who else keeps spoiling me?  My freakin awesome CSA!  Check out this week’s haul…

What's in the Box? #74- In Her Chucks

Raspberries AND blackberries…SCORE!  And let me tell you…they are perfectly juicy and sweet.  Simply irresistible.  But I am working my self-control like never before because I have some delicious savory dishes planned for these little gems.  Hoping to get the chance to share them with you :)

Next up are the zucchini.  A HUGE favorite of mine.  Mostly because I can’t get enough of these Turkey Burgers with Homemade Zucchini Fries.  And getting another bunch of crunchy carrots worked out well too, since the burgers aren’t complete without them.  I topped the patties with white cheddar cheese and half of an avocado.  Oh, and some of that crispy green lettuce.  Dinner tonight was heaven.

There is no produce more beautiful to me than golden beets.  They are vibrant, bright and when the dirt and residue are washed away, they almost resemble a glistening gem.  My recipe of choice for golden beets is my Roasted Beets with Walnuts and Gorgonzola because they make the dish sparkle, but this week, my husband has requested beet fritters.  So fritters it is.  And with the fritters I will be serving a perfectly grilled rib eye steak and some of those enormous artichokes, which will also be grilled.

And finally, the leeks.  I am torn with the leeks because I have so many delicious recipes to choose from.  So I guess we will have to see where my taste buds take me this week.  

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 :)

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What’s in the Box? #73

What's in the Box?

 

It’s 1am and I can’t sleep.  I pretty much feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  “Why?” you might ask?  Well, tomorrow morning Harper and I are heading out to our CSA farm for a tour.  A dream come true really.  I can’t wait to see and smell all the glorious food, meet the wonderful people who work there and take a sneak peek at whats to come for the summer growing season.  Looking forward to sharing all the details with you later.

But enough about my insomnia.  Let’s get down to business…

Last week we had 13 link ups.  And two of them included ramps!  Even though week after week I have a variety of delicious and coveted fruits and veggies, I have yet to receive ramps.  But if I ever do, I will be sure to make Lettuce Never Squash Our Love’s Chicken Stir Fry with Ramps and Asparagus or Salted Plates Asparagus and Ramps Pizza.  Another dish I am lusting over is Agrigirl’s Roasted Beet Tart.  Looks absolutely divine!  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their goodies this week.  Keep the yummy recipes and pretty produce pics coming :)

Speaking or pretty produce pics…ain’t she a beauty?

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I’m seeing green :)  And I love every bit of it.  I have to start with that giant Nappa cabbage.  It literally is the biggest piece of produce I have ever received.  Which means I am going to need a few ideas on how to prepare it.  Looking around on the internet I am thinking about a stir fry, maybe a soup and possibly a salad.  So many delicious options, I can’t go wrong.  And many of those recipes include fresh cilantro so I can go ahead and utilize two veggies with one recipe :)

I am loving these strawberries.  I went away for the weekend so I haven’t been able to finish off my last batch.  So in order to catch up I am going to have to make a few strawberry desserts.  I have that Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake on my mind, or possibly some Strawberry Scones.  Or I might go out on a limb and try something new.  Stay tuned to find out.

I am so excited to get another batch of carrots because while I was away this weekend Harper and I had the privilege of having dinner with a wonderful couple that prepared a killer meal.  I was able to find the recipe and have big plans to recreate it this weekend.  I can’t wait to share it with you guys.

Artichokes are nothing new to me, but I have never received such big ones in my box before.  I am usually stuck with the baby ones which are cute but don’t have much to enjoy.  These bad boys will keep our tummies happy for a while.  With Memorial Day around the corner, these will go great on the grill with an array of dipping sauces.  Yum!

I have recently gotten into breakfast sandwiches.  My friend Jenny introduced me to gluten-free bagels and they are simply amazing.  They are light and fluffy and make the perfect foundation for a veggie egg scramble complete with green onions, spinach and topped with cheese and fresh avocado.  Talk about a breakfast of champions.

And finally sugar snap peas.  A family favorite.  Tomorrow I plan on whipping up Pork Chops and Sugar Snap Peas with Mint Julep Glaze with a side of Mashed Red Potatoes.  I can taste it already :)

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 :)

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What’s in the Box? #70

What's in the Box? Love is definitely in the air.  As I mentioned last week, my brother got married this weekend and it was nothing short of incredible.

#kandqgetmarriedWhat a special day for our family.  I couldn’t be happier for Quincy and Koko and wish them a lifetime of happiness.

And apparently Harper decided to get started on her husband search ASAP because look who we found snuggled up in the bed during our play date Monday afternoon?

Harper and Robin

Too adorable.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing my little girl smile.  Although I have to admit, fresh fruits and veggies are definitely a close second :)  So let’s jump in to the party, shall we?

Last week we had 14 link ups.  And thanks to My Yummy Local Life and Views From Here, I am inspired to add my CSA goodies to my breakfast.  I mean, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to enjoy a plate full of Carrot Cake Waffles and Egg White Puffs to start your day off on the right foot.  Makes me want to hurry to bed so I can enjoy a breakfast of champions in the morning :)  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their fruits and veggies with the rest of the group.

Now on to my fruits and veggies for the week…

What's in the Box? #70 - In Her Chucks

Mustard greens…hmmm.  I am sure I got these before, but I can’t for the life of me remember what I did with them.  Knowing me, I am sure I sautéed them and will probably do the same this time around.  Might even have to throw in some green onions and chives.

But I will have to make sure to save some green onions and chives for those potatoes.  Because there is nothing more delicious than a loaded baked potato.  I love to smother mine in butter, sour cream, cheese and bacon.  Sinful, but good.  And because a loaded baked potato doesn’t quite qualify for a meal on its own, I will add in a side salad topped with grapefruit and avocado, and maybe some shredded chicken for an extra dose of protein.  Uh…I’m totally hungry right about now.

So while I type this I will curb my hunger with a few of those tangerines.  Because they are oh so juicy and oh so sweet.  And while I am at it, why not grab a few of those strawberries too.  Heavenly.

And finally, the artichokes.  Those adorable little artichokes.  I remember making Lauren’s Grilled Artichokes last year and boy are they delicious!  In fact, they are so good, I will probably eat these all myself.  Because like I mentioned earlier, I am hungry and apparently stingy too (my husband can confirm that).

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 :)

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What’s in the Box? #62

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Today is a very special day because it is my precious little love’s 2nd birthday.  And boy did we have fun!  I know I say it often, but time really does fly.  It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating her 1st birthday.  While I was working on her monthly post last night, I was in awe of how much she has grown.  It is such a joy to watch her become her own little person.  She is pretty darn cute :)  Here she is blowing out her candles on her hot pink ice cream cake…(ps: she only wanted to eat the “sparkles”…aka sprinkles).

Harper is 2!

Happy Birthday baby girl!  Mommy and daddy love you to pieces…

So now that Harper has us all in the mood to party, let’s celebrate our fruits and veggies :)

Last week we only had a total of 6 link ups but these ladies clearly came to party!!!  I mean Roasted Beet, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza, Pineapple Kale Juice, and Split Pea Soup?  I wish I could reach through the computer screen and sample a taste of each.  They all look and sound spectacular :)  Thanks for sharing ladies.  I am officially craving each of these dishes for my next three meals.

Speaking of meals, what the heck am I going to be doing with all this loveliness this week?

In Her Chucks- What's in the Box? #62

Well, let’s start with the chard.  I have been hoping and praying for some chard.  I recently came along another chard soup recipe, and after the success of my last soup experiment, I am feeling confident about trying something new and of course, looking forward to sharing with you :) (ps: speaking of soup, look for the Tomato Basil Bisque recipe soon…I’m shooting for the weekend).  And we all know soup goes perfectly with salad, so that head of lettuce will be delicious topped with some sliced avocado and homemade dressing.

I am thrilled about the strawberries again!  And I love the pairing of strawberries with kiwi.  Kind of brings me back to my first taste of Snapple when I was in elementary school.  Our student government put in a vending machine, but we weren’t allowed to have sodas so it would dispense Snapples instead.  Kiwi Strawberry was my favorite flavor.  Now I take a sip of it and almost keel over from diabetes.  Too sweet.  But I can’t get enough of the real thing.  Yummy, fresh and organic fruit simply makes me happy :)

Another fruit I am excited about are the mandarins.  I just can’t decide if I am going to eat them or juice them.  Guess it depends on if they make through the weekend or not.

So after all the delicious fish recipes I made during the Fresh Start Challenge, I am on a mission to cook fish more often.  Here is an amazing recipe I plan on making to help me use up that cilantro.  Served on a bed of my favorite potatoes with a side of broccoli and that is one scrumptious meal!

And finally some lovely leeks.  It’s been a while since I have whipped up this quiche so I think I will have to revisit the recipe.  I love that it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, making it easy to meal plan for the week :)

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 :)

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Fresh Start: Day 3 & 4

Before I get into what I have been munching on the last few days, I need to share something with you.

I know you are not going to believe me when I tell you this, but I lost my keys today.  No joke.  The universe is having a blast with me and the idea of locking me out of things.  Can someone please translate this for me?

So, as suggested by my husband, I stayed home most of the morning.  Harper and I lounged in our PJS, built igloos with her blocks and did some chores.  In the midst of doing laundry, I ran out of soap.  So I decided to run to the store to pick some up.  While I was out I figured I would take care of some other errands I needed to do.  Harper and I took a trip to Michaels to get some treat bags for her Valentine’s day party tomorrow.  As I approached the car I went to grab the keys from the shopping cart and they were gone.  I went back in the store and walked each aisle 3 or 4 times.  I kept asking the store clerks and the managers if anyone had turned them in but no such luck. I reluctantly called Freddie again and he said he would be to us as soon as he could.  In the meantime I went back out to the parking lot and scoped out the scene.  I decided to go into a few other stores to see if someone had turned them in there and sure enough I found them at RiteAid.  But after yesterdays debacle, I didn’t feel like laughing, I felt like crying.  Guess I need to start affixing my keys to my hip.  Lesson learned.  Again.

Luckily, I am loving this Fresh Start Challenge.  So lets focus on what’s right around here and take a look at the grub…

day 31.  First Thing: Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  Still totally in love with this drink.  It’s sweet, it’s healthy, it’s delicious.  I will most definitely be continuing this routine once the challenge is completed.

2.  Breakfast: Spinach and Egg Scramble-  Talk about a party in the skillet.  Eggs, spinach, garlic, green onions, red bell pepper, goat cheese, tomatoes and avocado.  Yummy in my tummy.  This meal had me FULL!  So much delicious goodness I lasted until the late afternoon before I was ready for lunch.  Breakfast of champions for sure.

3.  Lunch:  Fresh Tuna Salad over Lettuce-  Finished off the last of the fresh tuna today.  Such a simple dish to make and yet so life changing.  Had I known it was this easy to make homemade tuna from fresh fish I would have been doing this ages ago.  My favorite recipe so far.

4.  Snack:  Amazing Grass Bar–  A chocolate bar that is healthy?  Look no further.  Amazing Grass has made all of my wildest dreams come true.  You need to eat one of these.  Stat.

5.  Dinner:  Tomato Basil Bisque with Quinoa and Goat Cheese-  This vegetarian soup knocked my socks off.  Love the addition of the quinoa and goat cheese which made it a bit more hearty.  It was the first time I ever cooked with coconut milk and I am officially hooked.  Can’t wait to share the recipe with you guys!

6.  Snack:  Nana’s Peanut Butter Cookie–  So, the meal plan suggested Nana’s Gluten Free Cookie Bars, but I was unable to find them.  Which means I indulged in a peanut butter cookie instead.  And it was oh so sinful (in a good way).  No refined sugar, no eggs and no dairy.  Looking forward to seeing what their other products taste like.

day 4

1.  First Thing: Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  Not much more for me to say except for I am officially Amazing Grass’s number one fan.  As much as I love the Pomegranate and Mango flavor, I can’t wait to taste some of the other varieties they offer.

2.  Breakfast: Naturally Sweetened Goat Yogurt– After my Amazing Meal, I wasn’t really hungry for breakfast, so this yogurt was perfect.  I have a few other flavors in the fridge but went with my favorite Apricot Mango instead.  Next time, strawberry :)

3.  Lunch: Brown Rice Sushi-  When I read that I got to eat sushi today I started having daydreams of enjoying fresh sushi at my favorite japanese restaurant while sipping on a mug of green tea.  And then I remembered I had a toddler, and realized, it would probably be easier to pick up some sushi from Whole Foods (which happened to be where I was buying my laundry detergent anyways).  Their sushi is pretty good and very fresh and the whole experience of eating it in the comfort of my home while Harper scarfed down her mac and cheese was much more relaxing than eating at a restaurant.

4.  Snack:  Almonds and an Apple- Nothing fancy, just something simple.  But the perfect pairing, really.  Salty and sweet.  And easy to eat on the go.  I grabbed this snack before heading out to take Harper to swim class and it absolutely hit the spot.

5.  Dinner:  Smoked Salmon Rolls- Stuffed with goat cheese, avocado, arugula, Dijon mustard, Kalamata olives, green onions and a little bit of cilantro, these little gems are beyond decadent.  I can see serving these as an appetizer or thrown on top of a salad.  I am not the biggest fan of smoked salmon, but putting them under the broiler for 6-8 minutes almost made them taste like bacon.

6.  Snack:  Avo-Banana Pudding-  This was a true experiment for me.  I have never attempted using avocado in a sweet dish but the result was awesome!  Plus, I got to use fresh coconut for the first time which was rad.  The fresh strawberries really took this healthy dessert to the next level.

I am halfway through my first week and I am feeling great.  I am not only enjoying delicious foods but I am learning a ton at the same time.  In addition to the daily meal plans, the Fresh Start Challenge shares a video about how and why these life changes are important.  I am so grateful for all the knowledge that I am gaining on this journey.  My hope is that now that I know better, I will do better.

Wanna join me in turning over a new leaf?  Check out Amazing Grass’s Two Week Challenge and commit this new year to creating a new you :)

*Full Disclosure:  Amazing Grass provided me with one bottle of Amazing Meal free of charge.  I was not paid to write this post. With exception of some of the factual information given about the various products, all opinions regarding the products are my own and 100% honest.

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What’s in the Box? #57

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So…it’s Friday and I am just getting around to writing this.  My sincere apologies.  But I have an awesome excuse…and it has nothing to do with the dog eating my homework.  Although, believe it or not that really did happen to me before.  The reason why I am late with my weekly What’s in the Box post is because I have been busy recording my first CD!  For the last few days, I have been strumming my guitar, banging on drums and singing along to my favorite kids tunes.  I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  It’s been a joy and an honor to share my love of music with mamas and babies over the years in my music classes, but now families everywhere can rock out to the songs at home!  Details to come…

But in the meantime, let’s refocus ourselves on what we came here to do…celebrate our fruits and veggies.

Last week we had 7 wonderful links.  Some of my favorites included Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash HashSalmon Salad with Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese and Pomegranates and a batch of Pumpkin Oat Muffins.  I mean…*drool*!  Thanks ladies for sharing your delicious goodies with the rest of the group.  I appreciate your participation and generosity :)

Now it’s time for me to reveal my first box of 2013…

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Ta-dah!  Not a bad way to start off the New Year right?  And the first thing that caught my eye was the sweet potato.  Holy moly that sweet potato is huge!  Although, I bet I could eat it up all by myself…in one sitting.  I kind of have a major “thing” for sweet potatoes.  And thanks to Meghan, I have an awesome recipe to follow :)

Another recipe I am excited to follow is the one for my Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup.  With temperatures in the 50s, it’s the perfect dish to whip up on a cold winter night.  Both the garlic and onion will come in handy for this dish as well.  Nothing like fresh onion and garlic to flavor your food and help fight illness.  And believe me, after being knocked out by a nasty stomach virus this week, I am doing my best to boost my immune system any way I can.  The mandarins will be a great dose of vitamin C, as will the kiwis, apples and broccoli.  Forget about CVS, I got CSA baby!

And then there are those silky, smooth avocados.  Pure heaven, I tell ya.  Guacamole anyone?  Oh, and do you want to know what I am most excited about?  We have an avocado tree at our new house…score!  So whether or not I get blessed with avocados in my CSA, I will be enjoying them on pretty much everything from here on out.  Happy New Year indeed.

Last but not least, we have rabbit food.  No offense to my carrots and lettuce, I am just feeling uninspired this week.  I need a break from salads and I have had my fair share of carrots lately.  But, as I always do, I will put them to good use and appreciate my fresh produce while I can.

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 :)

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What’s in the Box? #47

With all of the excitement that has been going on lately, I keep forgetting to mention an important milestone for In Her Chucks and the What’s in the Box link party.  So rather than share childhood memories or funny stories, I am going to cut right to the chase.  A few months back, a loyal reader and awesome blogger, Christa of Christa to the Max, created a What’s in the Box? button for me.  I had been trying to create one on my own for quite a while but was frustrated by my lack of knowledge of html coding.  So, thank you Christa for coming to my rescue and helping to make What’s in the Box? more official :)  For those of you who are interested in grabbing the What’s in the Box? button, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and pick it up.  And thanks in advance for promoting this fun and exciting party!

Now on to the fruits and veggies.  Last week we had 33 link ups!  And with Halloween right around the corner, it’s clearly all about the pumpkin.  Starting with how to cook a pumpkin, then how to turn your pumpkin into pancakes or doughnuts, and finally, what to do with those seeds.  Makes me want to go on the pumpkin diet.  Yum!  Thanks to everyone else who linked up.  Looks like everyone is eating well these days :)

Let’s take a look at what I will be eating this week…

Hello, chard!  It’s been a while since you have graced by box, and strangely enough, a veggie I once despised, is welcomed back with open arms.  And I got two huge bunches too!  I want to try something new with these this week.  During one of our first link parties, someone shared a recipe for a swiss chard smoothie and I have been intrigued ever since.  I am finally going to take the plunge and give it a try.  Can’t wait :)

I got pretty giddy to see those gorgeous cherry tomatoes because I owe you a killer recipe and this time I am not making excuses.  It’s going up on the blog tomorrow.  I promise!

I enjoyed one of those apples with a few slices of cheddar cheese for an after dinner snack which is keeping me satisfied as I sit here and tap away at my computer.  Not quite sure what kind they are but they are sweet and crisp and oh so delicious.  The grapes are going to make for a great snack as well.  Only wished I had gotten them sooner because my mom was asking for some the other night for a salad she had in mind.  Maybe I can get the recipe and pass it on.  It would be nice to jazz up that lovely head of lettuce and turn it into something special.

Speaking of special, whenever I get fresh avocados in my box I feel special.  And if I want to make my husband feel special, I whip him up a fresh batch of my famous guacamole.  Quite honestly it has been a while since we have enjoyed a mini-fiesta around here.  Which means some fajitas with that GIGANTIC onion and a few of the leftover peppers from last week might even be in order.  And of course, no fiesta would be complete without margaritas…in cupcake form :)

After reading this post, I will most definitely be roasting my carrots and beets this week.  I love how roasting brings out the sweetness in the veggies and the texture is just perfect.  Makes a great side dish to any meal.

And finally, the oranges.  I am thinking about making some fresh squeezed orange juice.  Which might even take place in the morning.  I am planning on enjoying some sweet potato pancakes with a side of bacon.  And fresh squeezed orange juice sounds like the perfect beverage to compliment that meal.

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 :)

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What’s in the Box? #16

It’s the first Wednesday in March and for some reason I feel like singing…”If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*.  If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*.  If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap, clap*”!.

Ok, don’t know where that came from, but obviously I am happy :)  And I am sure my box has something to do with it…

So many beautiful fruits and vegetables, it’s hard to know where to begin.  But I guess I will start with the beets.  Holy moly the beets! Is that not the biggest beet you have ever seen in your life!  And it is pink.  Not red like your average beet but hot freaking pink!  This moment calls for more than just your normal beet fritter.  I feel like these beets need something a little more special.  I just don’t know what yet.  I am still in awe of the size of that thing!

Boy do I love spinach.  So delicate, so sweet.  I normally enjoy sautéing it with some shallots or onions, but I think I am going to try something new this time.  Since I seem to be on a soup kick lately, I think I am going to give this recipe a try.  Plus it calls for leeks and garlic, so it is a perfect recipe for this weeks box.  As always, I like to serve my soup with a side salad.  And this romaine lettuce is large and in charge!  I might get a few sittings out of it.  And because I love to have a little color in my salads, I will be adding some shredded carrots and possibly some avocados.  Yum!

I am loving these plump, delicious strawberries.  Harper and I have been enjoying them for breakfast.  And you know what else Harper is also into now?  Citrus.  I have always offered her some of mine, but she was never interested until recently.  And these mandarins are perfect because they are just her size.  They are a great snack on the go.  Just toss a few on your purse and you are all set!

And then there are some Brussels sprouts.  Or should I say, were.  They were the first to go.  I roasted those babies up so quick they didn’t know what hit them.  I could have eaten just those for dinner.  I only went back for seconds, thirds and possibly fourths.  Love those things!

After all that, guess who’s still singing…me :)  Wanna join me?  If you’re happy and you know it…your turn!

PS:  My apologies in advance for having that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day…but hey…I bet it put a smile on your face :D

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