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What’s in the Box? #76

What's in the Box?

After 2 months without a box…we are back in business!  As much as I have enjoyed our summer travels, I have missed the routine and excitement of a local, organic and totally scrumptious box of fruits and veggies.  Even though Harper and I are still in Santa Barbara house sitting, I went ahead and subscribed to a box for the next few weeks.  I couldn’t come back to our old stomping grounds and not indulge in the goodness that is Plow to Porch.

I was a member of Plow to Porch for nearly 3 years.  It was my first CSA experience and the inspiration for this weekly post.  I am so grateful for the quality or service they provided me and I miss their bountiful hauls.

But before I reveal what I got in my box this week, I must brag about last week’s party.  First of all, we had a total of 16 link ups!  The most we have had in a while :)  And it looks like the trend is all about peaches.  Pam from Simplify and Satisfy got 4 juicy and delicious peaches in her haul (which in my house would be gobbled up within minutes).  Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts is busy harvesting her own peaches from her backyard (lucky duck) and is busy making Peaches and Cream Muffins (to die for!).  Finally, The Novice Gardener is extra fancy this week with Peach Rosette Frangipane Tartlets (almost too pretty to eat).  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing your goodies.  I love looking through your recipes each week and learning how to prepare my favorite fruits and veggies in new and creative ways :)

Now, for the moment I have been waiting for…

What's in the Box? #76

My very own bambino box :)  Since Harper are in Santa Barbara alone while Daddy is busy working, I opted for a smaller box.  It’s a lot less produce then I am used to, but with one less mouth to feed, I wanted to make sure nothing went to waste.

I was most excited for the peach.  Yes, only one peach, but it’s large and is looking mighty delicious right about now.  It still has to ripen up a bit, but as soon as it does, I will be devouring it all on it own.

I am also happy to see a lemon.  I have been hooked on lemon water lately.  With the warm weather, I find a glass of iced lemon water to be so refreshing.

The head of lettuce made a killer salad tonight to go alongside a big pot of Spaghetti Bolognese.  I added some chopped tomatoes, and cucumbers along with some carrots and celery and tossed it all with a blend of half ranch, half italian dressing.  So delicious!

I enjoyed a few of the tangerines as I made dinner tonight.  It was the perfect little nosh :)

Apples dipped in almond butter are a favorite snack around here.  Harper and I have plans to go to the zoo tomorrow afternoon and they will be great to eat on the go.

Onions are always handy to have around because pretty much every dish I cook starts out with sautéed onions.  They add so much flavor to a meal, especially red onions.

I am not sure about the specifics of the peppers, but my CSA’s website suggested roasting them and then melting some Manchego cheese on top.  I’m sold!  Sounds absolutely delicious.

And finally, the corn.  Being that this is my first batch of fresh corn of the season, I have a million recipes I am drying to try (including this one).  But I think I might just have to boil it, slap some butter on it and call it a day :)

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? #42 & a Giveaway!

Wednesday kind of crept up on me this week.  I am normally fully aware of my favorite day of the week, but with the long weekend, my days are a bit thrown off.  However, I am thrilled and as excited as always to celebrate the goodness that is my CSA, even if my mind still thinks it’s Tuesday ;)

I hope all of you had a lovely Labor Day weekend filled with lots of fun and good eats.  Seems like the link party was a popular place to be over the holiday too.  Last week we had a total of 54 link ups!  Each and every one looked delicious, and nutritious :)  My sweet tooth is in heaven with some yummy and creative treats this week.  Flourless Squash Brownies, Apple Hand Pies, Sweet Corn Ice Cream…simply divine.  Who knew CSA fruits and veggies could be so sinful?  Thanks to everyone who linked up.  My cup of inspiration remains full from week to week from all of your lovely links.  I truly appreciate your participation.

Now let’s take a look at what I will be working with this week…

A nice hybrid of summer and autumn produce.  Including some of my favorites from each season.  I was shocked and surprised to see strawberries this late in the summer but I’ll take it!  And they are just as juicy and sweet as can be.  Can’t wait to indulge in a bowl full of berries for a nice after dinner treat.  Or better yet, I might just have to recreate this salad using that lovely head of lettuce.  I made one for our Labor Day BBQ and still have a half a block of Dubliner cheese in the fridge just waiting to be grated.  Might have to figure out a way to do both…

Speaking of treats, I recently came across this recipe for Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins.  So when I saw that I received zucchini and apples, I knew I had to give them a whirl.  They have no sugar or flour which means they are completely clean!  So I won’t feel naughty whipping up a batch and enjoying a few for a snack.

I am planning on making the potatoes as a side dish for dinner tomorrow night.  I am going to stick with my old stand by recipe because, well…it’s delicious :)

As much as I LOVE my Pluot Crumble recipe, while I was in the midst of my clean eating journey, I can across this recipe for a clean version of Pluot Crumble.  After seeing these gigantic plums in my box, I figured I would give it a try.  Never hurts to have a clean option of a favorite dessert.

Although I a bit tomato-ed out from the meal plan, I am fortunate enough to have a plethora of creative tomato recipes from various link party participants.  Now it’s just a matter of sitting down and figuring out which one will tickle my fancy.  Or rather, which one my husband would be interested in.  After all, it’s important to me that he eat my food, so I do my best to cater to his tastes.

Those lovely ears of corn remind me of one of my favorite clean eating lunches.  And the best part about fresh corn is that all is needs is a quick 3 minute boil and it is good to go.  No butter, or mayo or parm cheese needed.  Now that’s not to say I didn’t indulge in some Mexican corn on Labor Day…I had my fill.  But I am back on the wagon and looking forward to making some better choices :)

It’s no secret that I am always on the lookout for creative ways to use my celery.  I enjoy eating it for a snack, love making mirepoix, think it tastes great in soups, but I can never seem to get through an entire bunch.  So I was excited to find this recipe which is another option to throw into my tool chest.  Granted it only calls for 2 ribs, but that’s 2 ribs that won’t get lonely in the crisper drawer.

And last but not least, I always love to see fresh broccoli.  Unlike some folks, I could eat broccoli every day.  And no need to get fancy with it either.  Although, after being on a steaming stint lately, I think I might have to roast it this week to change things up a bit.

So, if talking about fresh fruits and veggies weren’t fun enough, I am excited to offer a fantastic giveaway this week.  And even though it has nothing to do with produce or even food for that manner, it has everything to do with being healthy.  Remember that awesome deodorant I was telling you about the other day?  Well the very generous folks over at 30SomeWeeks.com have offered to giveaway their incredible product to 5 lucky winners.  How cool is that?

Here’s the scoop…

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The more entries you have, the better your chances are to win.  The giveaway will close at 12:01 am on September 13th.  A winner will be randomly selected and announced on September 23rd.  Make sure to include your email address with your comment so that I can contact if you win.

Alright…time to get busy!  Good Luck :)

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Clean Eating: Round 2/Day 5

I think I speak for us all when I say, TGIF!  It seems like the week just flew by, but after being away last weekend for our family reunion, I am definitely looking forward to some downtime this weekend.  Naps, snuggles and a pedicure are all on the agenda.  And of course some more delicious clean eats.  I have decided to try a clean eating dessert recipe this weekend, too.  It is not on the “plan” but it’s still clean, so I figure it’s a good compromise.  I can’t wait to share it with you :)

In the meantime, here is a look at what I was munching on today…


Strawberry Porridge:  1/2 cup cooked teff, heated, 1/2 cup cooked oats, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup sliced strawberries and 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

Snack #1:

1 pluot

10 raw almonds


Italian Sandwich:  Ezekiel Burger Bun, split, topped with 1 marzano tomato, sliced, 3 leaves of basil and 3 oz mozzarella, broiled in the toaster oven until cheese was melted

1 ear corn, boiled

Snack #2:

1 cup navy beans, 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes, heated and tossed with 1 tsp red wine vinegar and 1/2 tsp olive oil


1 serving Five-Spice Pork with Sweet and Sour Broccoli (see recipe below)

Highlights:  The highlight of the day was definitely lunch.  The sandwich reminded me of a Manchego Melt, a favorite lunch item of mine that I indulge in when I go to visit LA.  Next time I am going to throw some artichokes on there to make it more official :)  I can see this quickly becoming a household favorite!

Lowlights:  Not the biggest fan of the musical fruit in snack #2.  I can work with pinto beans and black beans.  But navy beans?  No thanks.  Although, on the bright side, they did leave me full…

Five-Spice Pork with Sweet & Sour Broccoli


1/4 cup sliced raw unsalted almonds, finely chopped

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

3/4 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed

1/2 cup brown long grain rice, rinsed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1/2 red bell pepper, sliced

8 oz Romanesco squash, sliced

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp tamari

1 head broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2.  Spread almonds in a cutting board.  Rub Dijon and five-spice powder on all sides of pork.  Press pork unto almonds, coating all sides.  Heat a large ovenproof skillet on medium-high.  Add pork, immediately remove from heat and transfer to oven.  Bake, turning halfway, until an instant thermometer registers at 145 degrees F when inserted in the center of pork, about 25 minutes.  Transfer to a large plate and tend with foil.

3.  Meanwhile, cook rice according to package.

4.  In a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat, add garlic, ginger, bell pepper and squash.  Cook, stirring until garlic and ginger are fragrant, about 1 minute.  Stir in honey and tamari and bring to a boil.  Add broccoli and 1/3 cup water.  Cover, bring to simmer and cook for 5 minutes, adding additional water as needed.  Remove from heat.

5.  Slice pork against the grain into 20 equal slices.  Serve with broccoli mixture and rice.

Recipe slightly adapted from Clean Eating

Dinner was delicious!  I was unsure of the pairing of Dijon mustard with the five-spice but it worked…well :)  The veggies turned out awesome, too.  They had all the taste of sweet and sour without the yucky, gooey, “who knows what is in that?” sauce (nightmares of late night Panda Express runs from college come to mind…).  I think I have just found my new favorite way to make broccoli!  Good thing I usually have an abundance of it in my CSA box :)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!  See ya tomorrow…

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What’s in the Box? #40


Break out the gag gifts, inflate a bunch of balloons and get the party favors ready, because What’s in the Box is Over the Hill!  That means I have drooled over, gushed about and enjoyed around 400 varieties of fruits and veggies during the last 9 months.  And each and every piece of produce has been divine!  The fun part about this milestone is, that like a good bottle of wine, as we move forward on this journey together, it is only going to get better :)  The more I receive fresh, local produce, the more I learn how to cook, enjoy and prepare it.  And now that I have you all partying with me…well, I have more ideas than I know what to do with!  So, WITB…40 is looking real good on you :)

Last week might have been a small turnout (compared to some of our recent parties) with 33 link ups, but each and every post was chock full of delicious CSA goodness.  And tomatoes stole the show!  Everything from Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Crepes a la Piperade, Vodka Sauce and Tomato Cobbler.  Truth be told, I wasn’t always a fan of tomatoes, but I’m definitely warming up to them.  And these recipes have me drooling over tomatoes now!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the link party last week.  I appreciate your continued support and creative ideas.

Now it’s time to check out the contents of my Over the Hill box…

Speaking of tomatoes…check out those yellow tomatoes.  I was stumped when I first saw them.  I have never encountered a tomato of that shape and the color made me think it was a pepper or other type of fruit.  So I had to take a bite out of one to make sure it was indeed a tomato.  Score!  I was on my way to the store to pick up some tomatoes for the rest of my meal plans this week and was happy to get some freshly picked ones instead.  Love when that happens :)

I was excited to see another bulb of elephant garlic again.  Although I still haven’t made my way through the last bulb.  Guess I will have to get on that or else I will have garlic coming out of my ears!

After a ton of pluots in my box this summer, I finally got my favorite variety…Flavor Granade Pluots.  I love the color and I love the flavor.  They make for such a yummy and refreshing snack, it’s hard to eat just one.  If I wanted to be naughty, I would make this tart.  Blows my crumble out of the water!

I am loving those little tiny grapes.  I almost didn’t think they were real.  They look like the plastic grapes you see used as decoration.  Harper and I grabbed a handful and gave them a try.  Crunchy and sweet!  I will have to look for this Red Flame variety in the future.

And while we are on the subject of grapes…these grapefruits look mighty nice!  There is nothing like a tart, juicy grapefruit to start your morning off right.  I find that it rounds out my meals with eggs quite nicely.  I will have to try my best to fit it into my meal plan this week.

As for the rest of the haul…The green beans and red bell peppers were cooked up tonight for lunches tomorrow.  Stay tuned for a clean eating post with details.  Expect to see the corn, carrots and Romaine lettuce in the next few days as well.  Lots of delicious and fresh meals on the horizon.

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? #33

Happy 4th of July!  Hope you all had a fun and safe holiday.  We just got back from watching the fireworks.  What a sight!  It’s amazing what they can do nowadays.  So many beautiful colors and shapes.  I love the ones that sparkle.  It reminds me of fairy dust.  Harper was really into the fireworks too!  She kept saying “whoa”, and “pretty”.  She was slightly startled by the loud noises but for the most part was pointing and clapping.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than with our weekly CSA link party.  Last week we had 51 participants, which seems to be appropriate for the holiday since our flag has 50 stars…and then one for good luck :)  I am blown away by all of the creative ways to use zucchini!  We had Stuffed Zucchini, Spaghetti with Zucchini Ribbons, Avocado Zucchini Bread and more!  Such a versatile veggie…I mean, fruit!  Keep the recipes coming :)  This party gets more and more fun every week!  Thank you for continuing to link up and share all of your wonderful ideas.

And now onto my holiday in a box :)

Everything you need for a backyard bbq…minus the meat :)  Let’s start with the corn, a household favorite.  Fresh, summer sweet corn is the best.  We love throwing it on the grill…crunchy and delicious.  We have plans to cook them up tomorrow as a side dish for our Turkey Burgers (a special request from Freddie).  Those eight-ball zucchini squashes will work great in the recipe.  And for what is left over, as you can see from up above, I have more than enough recipes to choose from  :)  I’m thinking about serving the burgers “protein style”.  Wrapping them up in that crispy romaine lettuce will work perfectly!

The peaches might cause a problem this week.  Freddie is begging me to make a peach cobbler but I can’t bear to part with them.  They are my most favorite afternoon snack.  So juicy and sweet.  I’ll look around and see if any recipe tickles my fancy…otherwise, the cobbler might have to wait.

I’m excited about that orange honeydew melon.  It’s a cross between a Cantaloupe and a honeydew.  Talk about refreshing!  I love chopping up my melon and storing it in the fridge for a quick snack.  Although, I have been known to eat the entire thing in one snacking session.  With melon this delicious, it’s hard not to.  Cucumbers also make for a great summer snack.  I love to dip them in hummus or a batch of my spinach dip.

Don’t mean to be on turkey overload, but when I saw the spinach, all I could think about were these meatballs.  They are super delicious, filling and are great served with a side of quinoa.  I love how they are a practically no fuss recipe.  And I can use those lovely purple onions and fresh garlic too.

Now it’s the time you have all been waiting for.  The announcement for the giveaway winner.  Drum roll please…Congratulations to Sarah from Running at Disney.  I will be in touch with you for more information soon so Conscious Box can get your goodies sent to you right away.   Thank you to the rest of the participants.  You are all awesome and I wish everyone could be a winner.  Hope to offer more giveaways in the near future, so stay tuned!

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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