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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #6

What's in the Box?

Well hello there!  Did you miss me?  Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?  My apologies for leaving you all hanging last week but this moving thing has been kicking my butt!  So grateful to be settling in to our new home but it hasn’t been easy.  The biggest challenge we had to face was looking for a refrigerator.  Who knew it could be so difficult?  And living without one for a week…now, that was rough!  We had to eat out for every meal, which is something we are not used too.  My poor husband has never been happier to eat a home cooked meal.  I guess the saying is true, you don’t know what you got till it’s gone…

I have yet to find a CSA (although I haven’t been looking too hard since we were without a refrigerator).  But now that the kitchen is up and running it is only a matter of time before a produce box will be delivered to my doorstep.  In the meantime, I thought I would reflect on some of my past boxes and share some of the recipes that never made the blog.

But before we get to that, let’s check out some of the link ups from the last party.  I was most excited to drool over see Views From Here’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry Almond Pesto.  How awesome does that sound?  I am also loving all of The 100 Mile Kitchen’s homemade soups right now.  And finally, what’s a WITB link party without a Farm Fresh Feasts pizza?  It’s only been a week and you ladies already have me jonesing for my fruits and veggies again.  Thanks for linking up and sharing your CSA goodies with the rest of the party.

Now it’s time to take a quick jaunt down memory lane and admire some produce stars from the past.

April 24, 2013: What’s in the Box? #71 

What's in the Box? #71

Kale Salad:  Ok, so I have been telling you guys about this salad for a while now and I have yet to post the recipe.  But a few weekends ago I made it again and it was so super duper stellar it is back on my radar.  So consider this an IOU.  I can’t wait to share the recipe with you.  And please, continue to bug me if I forget to post it soon.  It is the perfect summer BBQ dish :)

April 17, 2013: What’s in the Box? #70

What's in the Box? #70

Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies:  Is this post still considered a recipe roundup if 2 out of the 5 recipes aren’t actually recipes at all?  My apologies again for being such a slacker but at least in this case I have a picture.  I just can’t share it with you yet because I need to write the post.  But it is top of the order on my list of things to do (blog related at least) and I am hoping to get it done this weekend.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait!

April 11, 2013: What’s in the Box? #69

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Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Chardonnay Sauce:  So what do you do when you have strawberries coming out of your ears?  Well, you can make a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake or you can whip up a delicious and nutritious dinner for your whole family (or in my case, you can do both!).  This amazing recipe came from the new Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook that my dear friend Sasha picked up for me.  It is loaded with creative and healthy ways to use your favorite farm fresh produce.  It’s the first thing I turn to for inspiration nowadays.

April 4, 2013:  What’s in the Box? #68

What's in the Box? #68

Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Shallots:  As much as I love to cook, I LOVE when my mom cooks for me.  And lucky for me when she was in town for my brother’s wedding she totally spoiled me with a ton of fresh and delicious home cooked meals.  But this one was by far my favorite.  Served with a side of rice pilaf this dish is affordable, easy to make and oh so scrumptious.  Can’t wait to recreate it again soon.

March 27, 2013: What’s in the Box? #67

What's in the Box? #67

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese:  So I recently broke my own rules and indulged myself in a batch of homemade Pumpkin Mac and Cheese.  And I have absolutely no regrets.  The sage made me do it.  And between the aroma of fresh pumpkin and the intense food coma I was in afterwards, I could have sworn it was Thanksgiving all over again.  Note to self:  Make this for Thanksgiving from this year forward.  It is an amazing addition to a traditional feast.

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite CSA recipes?  Feel free to link up some of the CSA inspired meals that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)

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What’s in the Box? #68

What's in the Box?

 

So, let’s jump straight to the chase…how was your Easter?  Was the weather nice?  Was the food good?  Was there an adorable little toddler dressed up on the patio, posing for pictures in her fancy dancy Easter dress?

 

Harper Easter 2013

Well, if you couldn’t tell by the pic, our Easter was lovely!  It started out with huge breakfast complete with a fluffy Hootenanny and homemade sausage, then a lovely trip to church, and finished off the day with a delicious Easter feast with great company.  It was potluck style and I was in charge of dessert (and veggies of course!).  So I brought a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake and 2 batches of Lime Squares with Pistachio and Graham-Cracker Crust (with a side of roasted asparagus and steamed broccoli…eaten with the meal, not the dessert).  Needless to say, we all left with our stomach’s happy and full :)

And from the looks of it, I wasn’t the only one eating well this past weekend.  Last week we had 15 link ups and after reading all their delicious recipes, I think Easter deserves another round.  There was Caramelized Onion Duck Fat Baked Poutine, Pasta with Shrimp and Mint Pesto and Butternut Mole Sauce.  And if that’s not enough for you, Kirsty from Farm Fresh Feasts hooked us up with an Easter 2013 Recipe Round Up.  Next year can’t come soon enough :)  Thanks ladies for all of your delicious dishes.  I appreciate you sharing your farm fresh goodies with the rest of us.

Now let’s check out my first haul of April… 

 

What's in the Box? #68

Holy greens!  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Balls, stalks, leaves and bouquets!  I love greens :)  And I am digging into the Brussels first.  I always do.  They are just too good.  And I am excited to serve them alongside a new recipe that I found for those strawberries.  Even after 2 Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cakes, daily snacking and some naughty late night indulgences, I still have strawberries coming out of my ears!  And I hate to see them go to waste so I am doing my very best to scarf down all these berries on my own (the hubs isn’t a fan and little miss Harper can only eat so many with her tiny little frame).  Hoping to share the recipe with you soon.

Speaking of Harper and her tiny frame, she has practically barreled through the broccoli on her own.  I steamed it up last night and she barely left any for the grown ups.  I LOVE how much she LOVES broccoli :)  I just wish she would share a little…

I know it’s hard to see from the pic, but that celery, is HUGE!  It barely fit in the box.  And it is perfectly crisp and fragrant.  Not quite sure what I have in store for it except for using it for the usual base of a yummy homemade sauce or soup and an easy snacking option (along with those tangerines…which are almost gone!).

These Turkey Ricotta Meatballs always seem to be my go-to recipe for spinach, but it’s such a hit I can’t resist.  And it has been a while since we made it.  Of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a side salad and that beautiful head of romaine lettuce will be perfect!  Might even throw in a stalk of that celery for some extra crunch.

I am determined to make some grapefruit cookies this week.  In fact, Harper promised to help me.  So we plan to get busy (and messy) in the kitchen tomorrow and make it happen.  Recipe coming soon.

Finally, I recently shared this Swiss Chard Smoothie recipe with My Yummy Local Life and it made me want to make one for myself.  Sounds like a great way to jump-start the morning :)

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 I Ate Wednesday #12

Grocery shopping with a toddler has the potential to become quite an adventure.  But never in my life did I know how fun it could be until I had my first encounter with the mothership of all shopping carts.  In case you are wondering, I am referring to one of these…

Now I have to admit, it was my idea for Harper to ride in the car but I had every high hope that it would make our shopping experience more enjoyable.  WRONG!  Well, I think Harper enjoyed the ride, but I couldn’t maneuver this thing worth a damn!  I got stuck in the produce aisle and knocked over more bags of nuts and dried fruit than I am willing to admit.  It was a bad scene.  Pretty much looked like this…slightly embarrassing.  So in the future, I am going to stay away…far, far, away!

But enough about my poor driving skills…let’s take a look at what has been making its way into my belly :)

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Breakfast:

Sweet Potato Pancakes with a side of Bacon

I recently picked up a bag of this pancake mix and now I am hooked!  They don’t taste much different from regular pancakes but the consistency is far fluffier.  They are delicious with a tiny bit of butter and a splash of pure maple syrup.  Oh, and bacon of course :)

Snack #1:

Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt

This is my new favorite obsession.  I can’t get enough of it.  The other day I ate 2 of them within hours of each other.   The taste is so magical it takes me away to a deserted island.  Seriously amazing.

Lunch:

Chicken Breast with Homemade Cherry Tomato Pesto (recipe coming later this week) topped with Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Toasted Pine Nut Couscous

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge was to eat roasted veggies.  And in my opinion, Brussels Sprouts are the best when roasted.  Plus, they always get me in the mood for fall.  I enjoyed them with a pan seared chicken breast topped with homemade cherry tomato pesto and parmesan cheese and a side of couscous.  Delicious and satisfying.

Dinner:

Marinated Tri Tip with Brown Rice Medley and Sautéed Green Beans

Raw Veggies and Rice Crackers

Tonight was my monthly book club meeting.  And the best part about book club, besides the awesome ladies I get to hang with, is the yummy food.  And wine.

Even though there is one more week until Halloween, we will be begin our celebration this weekend.  Our first event is this Friday and will be the big reveal of our costumes.  Can’t wait to share with you :)

Have a great rest of the week and Happy WIAW!

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What’s in the Box? #13

It’s the second week of February, which means all of the month’s festivities are right around the corner.  Between our wedding anniversary and Harper’s birthday, we are going to be a busy family the next few weeks.  In fact, I had to cancel next week’s box because we will be out-of-town.  So look forward to another fun recipe roundup!  But in the meantime, I am going to savor every last drop of this week’s box, because after Sunday there won’t be any home cooked meals for a few days.

So before we go any further, what is it about Brussels sprouts getting a bad rap?  To be honest, I can’t remember eating them as a kid, but I do recall people always speaking of them negatively.  A few years ago I was invited over to a friend’s house for dinner and she had prepared Brussels sprouts.  I was a little hesitant to try them considering all the terrible reviews I had heard but after my first bite I was hooked.  They are wonderful!  And are now one of my favorite vegetables.  Thus, we planted a bunch in our garden :)  I have tried a few different recipes when it comes to Brussels, but to be honest, you can’t go wrong with simply roasted Brussels.  Check out this easy to follow recipe for some amazing roasted Brussels.

I also seem to be way too excited about the leeks.  And to think that about a year ago I would have no idea what to do with a leek.  But now I have a favorite recipe that I can’t wait to share with you.  It has been a while since I cooked it because I was going a bit overboard with it last season.  I wanted to make it every week!  And finally Freddie requested we try something new.  So I can’t wait to revisit it.  I plan on steaming up those lovely broccoli florets as well.  Always a nice complement to any meal.

There is nothing better than a fresh bunch of thyme.  It is so fragrant and sweet smelling.  No joke, I kind of just wanted to take a bite out of it.  I am not quite sure what I will use it for but no doubt it will find a happy home.

After the success of the Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes that I made last time we got cauliflower, I think I might have to make another batch.  Harper was bonkers for them!  They were a great finger food for her and a yummy side dish for us.

Speaking of side dishes, we all know one or two of my meals this week will incorporate this huge head of lettuce.  It took up almost a quarter of the box!  Biggest head of lettuce I have ever seen.  And because I always like to add a lot of crunch to my salads, I plan on dicing up some of the celery and adding that in as well.  Whatever celery doesn’t end up in the salad will become a delicious snack along with those mandarins and tangerines.  That is, if there are any left.  Freddie already swiped 5 for his evening and morning smoothie!

Finally, if you can see them behind the lettuce, I also got 3 deliciously plump avocados.  Looks like I am going to have to bust out a batch of my Ultimate Guacamole.  So, who’s coming over for the fiesta?

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How Is My Garden Growing?

Back in November, I posted pictures of our new venture, a garden plot in the community gardens.

And I am happy to report, our garden is growing quite nicely!

Lookin’ pretty good right?

But really, I can’t take much credit for this wonderful masterpiece.  Like I mentioned when we started this new hobby, my husband has been a HUGE help!  And he continues to do all of the hard labor (love you baby!).  We do take turns watering, although Freddie ends up doing most of it since he is the expert.  But I have to say, my watering skills are steadily improving :)

Since planting our garden, we have taken up composting as well.  It is a great way to improve your soil as well as recycle your food scraps.  And now, composting is one of my favorite things!  It has taken my passion for not wasting to a whole new level.  I feel good about putting whatever parts of our produce that we don’t use back into the ground from which it came.

And really, it’s super simple.  Each time I prepare food and have any leftover food scraps from my produce, I throw it in my compost pail.  We picked up this really cool one from Bed Bath and Beyond (with a trusty 20% off coupon of course!).

It looks great on our countertop and has a carbon filter to control the food scrap odors, so it never gets stinky.  Once our pail gets full, which is almost every day with all the produce we eat around here, we empty it into our compost bin at our garden.  There are lots of different compost bins you can use.  We happen to like one similar to this.

To be honest, the whole “transfer the food scraps into the bin filled with worms and bugs” thing isn’t the part I look forward to the most.  Actually, Freddie usually does it for me because it’s way to “ewwie” for me.  It’s totally a boys job, cause it can get pretty gross.  But the result is definitely worth it.

So without further ado, let’s look at all the cool stuff that’s growing in our garden!

We have officially grown our first strawberry!  This is my most exciting achievement.  I eat strawberries all the time.  So to be able to pick them fresh daily will be a real treat.  Can’t wait until more start popping up!

Are these gorgeous or what!  They almost don’t even look real to me.  I have had some yummy salads in my life but I have the feeling I am graduating to a new level of deliciousness.  And paired with the strawberries…my favorite salad just got better!  PS:  I am currently looking for homes for our overabundance of fresh lettuce…any takers?

Ladies and gentlemen…we got broccoli!  And as one of the green veggies we enjoy eating the most, these are going to make a nightly appearance on our plates.  We still have some time before they are ready to harvest, but the good news is, we are on the right track!

And look who happened to show up uninvited?

A stowaway, leftover from the previous gardener.  But, being my favorite herb, I am not at all disappointed.  The only trouble with mint is that it tends to try to take over the garden.  It grows like a weed, literally.  So we are going to have to watch it to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.  But I see lots more Lemon Iced Tea in my near future…yum!

Everything else is coming along nicely as well.  Or should I say, everything except the spinach.  Although, we haven’t given up hope…yet.  We still have our fingers crossed that something might sprout up soon.  But really, 9 out of 10 on our first gardening experience ain’t bad!

I am so glad we decided to take on this new hobby.  I have learned so much and feel more accountable for the food that I eat.  I enjoy watching our crops grow, change and flourish.  Mother nature is sure a marvel for which I am extremely grateful!

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