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What’s in the Box? #79

What's in the Box?

We made it through our first week in the “OC” and are finally beginning to feel settled in our new place.  We have enjoyed trips to the park, dips in the pool and lovely walks in the neighborhood.  I wish I had photos to share of all our adventures but my iPhone screen went grey last week and this time, I don’t think she’s coming back.  So for now we will all just have to use our imagination until a) she gets fixed or b) someone surprises me with the new iPhone for my birthday ;)…I’m hoping for the latter.

In the meantime, let’s just stay focused on the veggies.

Last week we had a total of 8 link ups and apparently it’s all about the party food.  Pizza, salsa, and tacos, all inspired by fresh and seasonal CSA bounty.  Gotta love the difference a box full of fruit and veggies can make in your life :)  Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing their goodies with the rest of the group.  Keep ’em coming!

Now on to my first box from my new CSA…

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I am officially in grape heaven.  I am drowning in them…but that makes me SO happy :)  Harper and I snacked on a few on the way home from picking up our box and they tasted absolutely perfect!  I will be enjoying these for the rest of the week.

I also have more broccoli than I think my fridge can hold.  4 heads!  But with the way my family eats broccoli around here, that might last a few nights.

I am super excited to see an eggplant.  It has been a while since I have gotten one in my box and this is the first time I have ever received a white one.  There have been so many delicious eggplant recipes posted lately that I am dying to try but the hubs requested this meal, which I had completely forgotten about.  Looking forward to a delicious and clean dinner tomorrow night.

To celebrate the end of the work week, I have decided to make a taco salad for dinner Friday night.  So that lettuce, tomatoes and peppers will be perfect.

I got a ton of fresh herbs that I am excited to cook with this week.  Chives and a fragrant bundle of herbs de Provence will be the perfect complement to some delicious meals.

I am thrilled to have fresh plums and pluots in my box this week.  I am doing my best to stay away from sugar at the moment so no pluot crumbles this time around.  But besides snacking on them I am thinking about some savory dishes where I could put them to use.  Or of course, I could always make Kirsten’s muffins…yum!

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits into simple and delicious meals?  Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.  

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #14

What's in the Box?

This summer has been all about traveling.  Whether we were moving, or jet-setting across the Atlantic, it seems like we are always on the go.  And we still have a few more weeks to go until we are home.  But Harper and I are having a blast and enjoying each and every minute of it (minus missing Daddy…that part really sucks).

After coming home from Branson last week, we decided to hop up to Santa Barbara to visit some of our close friends.  Santa Barbara is a special place for us.  It is where we lived for the last 3 years before Freddie took his new job up north.  It is where we found out we were pregnant and where Harper was born.  And most importantly, it is where we have created lifelong friendships with some very special folks.  We are so grateful for the memories that we have in this beautiful town, and it feels good to be “home”, even for just a little while.

Here is a glimpse at what we have been up to in our favorite coastal city…

Greek Festival

For such a small town, Santa Barbara is famous for their summer festivals. This past weekend, we enjoyed the food, the fun and the music of the Greek Festival.

Cute Little Firefighters

The streets are officially safe with these two adorable firefighters on duty

Beach Fun

You can’t be staying a few blocks from the beach without taking a dip. Although Harper was clearly way more excited about the cold water than I was…

We are blessed to be able to visit such wonderful people in such a beautiful place.

But this post isn’t a paid advertisement for Santa Barbara (although it should be…), it’s about the goodness of veggies.  And although I still don’t have a box (but I got one coming next week), there’s more than enough produce at the party to go around.

Last week we had a total of 11 link ups.  And not only were there Fried Green Tomatoes and Buffalo Chicken Pizza, but there was homemade pie, and a collection of blueberry treats!  Man, are we spoiled :)  Thanks for sharing and linking up!  You continue to amaze me with your delicious and nutritious dishes.

As for me, I have been eating my weight in homegrown tomatoes, which is ironic considering I used to not be the biggest fan.  But after almost 3 years of CSA membership, and tons of great recipes linked to the party, I have collected enough scrumptious ideas to change my mind (although I still won’t snack on them for fun…have to draw the line somewhere…).

So in honor of my graduation to an “almost tomato lover”, here are my favorite recipes that utilize the abundance of CSA tomatoes this season…

Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce

Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce - In Her Chucks

Cherry Tomato Pesto

Cherry Tomato Pesto - In Her Chucks

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce - In Her Chucks

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA tomatoes into simple and delicious meals?  Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.  

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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #13

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Our last week in Branson was a blast!  We made sure to hit up all the local attractions before we headed out west.  Branson is known for their live shows and we were lucky enough to check out a few of them including The Price is Right LIVE.

The Price is Right LIVE

Harper could care less about winning a new car, she was all about the pretty model’s sparkly dresses :)

Branson also has a fun theme park called Silver Dollar City.  They have everything from rides, to live entertainment to crafty souvenirs.  It’s a great place to run around and enjoy yourself for the day (even when it’s 102 degrees!).

SDC

Finally, no trip to Branson would be complete without a ride on the ducks.  And I’m not talking about the ones that go “quack”.  I’m talking about the amphibious vehicles that were made famous during WWII.  This is Harper’s second time this summer riding a duck.  First as a viking during our trip to Ireland…Viking Duck

and now as a duckling herself…Ride the Ducks

Being a tourist is fun!

And of course we spent lots and lots of time with family.  Including, Harper’s new BFF, her Great Uncle John…

Holding hands with Uncle John

Harper and I are sure going to miss Branson, but are looking forward to another visit real soon :)

But enough about me, let’s talk veggies.

Last week we had a total of 13 link ups.  And to be frank, it’s summer produce at it’s best.  One of my favorite summer veggies is sweet corn.  And when you throw fresh kernels into a fresh batch of batter and deep fry it, the result is pure bliss.  (Speaking of deep frying, did you check out these crispy fried shallots?  The Angels are definitely singing for this one…).  Or you could toss it with some zucchini, leeks and a handful cheese and you got yourself an awesome summer pizza.  Oh, the possibilities :)  A big thanks to everyone who participated.  I just can’t get enough or your CSA goodness.

And because I am feeling extra sweet today (and in need of a sugar fix), here are some of my favorite CSA inspired desserts (in alphabetical order…).  Enjoy!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp - In Her Chucks

Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Beet Cake - In Her Chucks

Carrot Cookies

Carrot Cookies - In Her Chucks

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars - In Her Chucks

Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes

Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes - In Her Chucks

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits and veggies into simple and sinful desserts?  Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.  

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What’s in the Box? #73

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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?

What's in the Box? #73- In Her Chucks

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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February Photo A Day Challenge

February Photo A Day Challenge

Despite my enthusiasm for the photo challenges, I have really been lacking in my ability to deliver this year.  Last month I completed 2/3rds of the challenge, this month, less than 50%.  I guess, with everything I have going on right now, it’s hard to get it all done.  But I am grateful for the opportunity to capture a little bit of our daily lives with some fun prompts.  So I am going to stick with it and shoot for a better average next month.

1.  Day 1: Ascent–  After a fun week at Disney World, it was time to say goodbye and head back home.  I love taking pictures of the sky from the plane and todays prompt was the perfect excuse to snap one during take off.

2.  Day 2: Bear/Bare–  There is nothing cuter than tiny bare toddler toes.  My favorite thing to do is to give her foot massages.  My mom used to give me the best foot massages and now I am passing on the tradition to Harper.

3.  Day 3:  Comfort–  Harper loves her baths but she also loves getting all bundled up in her hooded towel when it is time to get out.  She likes it when we wrap her up and say “keep the baby warm”.  Talk about comfort!

4.  Day 7:  Genuine–  As Harper and I were enjoying lunch, I couldn’t help but realize that I had a genuine toddler on my hands.  Marker on her shirt, face covered in mac and cheese (which she is eating with her hands despite the pink fork sitting next to the bowl), and not a care in the world.  Living the good life, for sure :)

5.  Day 8:  Heart–  I am obsessed with these Homemade Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies.  I made a batch for my Foodie Pen Pal and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon.

6.  Day 9:  Intense–  After 2 weeks without sugar, I was getting pretty intense cravings to indulge in some Valentine’s day treats.  Thankfully my self-control kept me in check.

7.  Day 10: Joy–  Speaking of sugar, I caved and let Harper try her first lollypop at Bank of America the other day.  She enjoyed every last lick.

8.  Day 14:  Nourishing–  We all know I tend to get a bit too over excited about my fresh fruits and veggies, but is there anything more beautiful than the produce section.  So much color, so much variety and so much nourishment.

9.  Day 17:  Quench–  Thanks to the Fresh Start Challenge and some input from my good friend Cynthia, I am now totally hooked on Kombucha.  It’s so good for you and if you pick the right flavor (I like gingerberry) it tastes good too!

10.  Day 18:  Red–  Harper is a great shopping buddy.  She loves to try on new things and pose for adorable pictures.  She also is careful to make sure her accessories match her outfit (for the record, she picked out the red hat to go with her red outfit all by herself).

11.  Day 20:  Thrill–  I still can’t believe my baby is two, but I am thrilled and beyond blessed to be able to celebrate her birthday with her.  Especially when there is hot pink ice cream cake involved :)

12.  Day 25:  Youth–  Oh, to be a kid again.  Who needs a purse when you have a “pucket” that you can carry with you wherever you go?  PS:  she is still looking for the shovel  PPS:  I hate to break it to her that this “pucket” didn’t come with one

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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…

In Her Chucks - What's in the Box? #57

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? Recipe Roundup #4

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Merry Christmas everyone!  Hope you all had a fun and fabulous holiday :)  Ours was pretty low-key.  In fact we stayed in our pajamas the entire day.  Success!!  After opening presents we enjoyed a few slices of The Best French Toast with a side of bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice.  Then we snuggled up on the couch and watched Home Alone while a batch of Turkey Ricotta Meatballs baked in the oven.  Family time, good food and relaxation…the perfect way to celebrate Christmas :)

Due to the holidays, I will not be receiving a box for the next two weeks.  I am most definitely experiencing withdrawal symptoms but I am working through them one fruit at a time.  However, this break in delivery gives me the chance to rant and rave over some delicious recipes that never made it on the blog.

But before we jump into that, let’s take a look at last week’s party.  All 6 links were packed full of festive holiday treats…CSA style.  There was acorn squash bathed in butter, brown sugar and walnuts, Cranberry Apple Pecan Chocolate Chip Bread, a two pound sweet potato and a partridge in a pear tree :)  A big thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their goodies.  Keep ’em coming.

Now it’s time to take a walk down memory lane.  Check out some of my favorite recipes from the last few weeks of CSA deliveries…

What’s in the Box? #53

What's in the Box? #53 - In Her Chucks

Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash:  I love a hearty side dish.  And although I can eat butternut squash simply roasted any day, this recipe has me reconsidering my habits.  There are so many delicious flavors bursting from this dish it’s pretty much a party in your mouth.  You have the brightness of the lemon mixed with the sweetness of the butternut squash rounded out by the nuttiness of the pignolis.  I could eat the entire pot my myself…no joke.

What’s in the Box? #54

What's in the Box? #54

30 Minute Shepherds Pie:  Yeah I went there…Rachel Ray all the way.  And this dish delivers.  I got the recipe from my neighbors who swear by it and it is the perfect solution for a delicious and nutritious weeknight meal.  The potatoes, carrots and lettuce (for a side salad) came in handy.  It was a winner for the husband and baby and even made enough for leftovers.  Score!

What’s in the Box? #55

What's in the Box? #55 - In Her Chucks

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew:  I don’t mean to be a tease here but I can’t help but share my excitement about the stew I made with that lovely butternut squash.  With the busyness of the holidays I haven’t had time to sit down and write the post but the pictures have been taken and all that is left is to add a bit of commentary…stay tuned…your recipe will be here shortly :)

What’s in the Box? #56

What's in the Box? #56 - In Her Chucks

Red Cabbage Juice: So to be honest, I have used up everything from last week’s box except for that monster of a cabbage.  I guess you can say it intimidates me a bit.  I have had my share of cabbage dishes in the past and I really want to do something different.  Enter, Red Cabbage Juice.  Ever since Freddie bought me a juicer for my birthday, I have been having enjoying all types of combinations.  But I have yet to juice cabbage.  I am inspired by this recipe and am looking forward to giving it a whirl.  I’ll let you know how it goes :)

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite CSA recipes?  Feel free to link up some of your CSA inspired meals from 2012 that you are the most proud of.  Looking forward to drooling over your dishes :)

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What’s in the Box? #55

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You know your day is going to be busy when by 9:30 AM you have already cooked breakfast for three, washed a load of dishes, put a cake in the oven, addressed Christmas cards and sliced veggies for a veggie platter.  Then it was time to shower, blow dry my hair, get Harper ready and head out the door to run errands around town before music class at noon.  Phew!  And that was just part one…the rest of the day included a trip to the police station (nothing major…just a fix it ticket), another music class, more food prep and kitchen clean up, a Hanukkah party, cooking club and as always, hanging with my favorite toddler.  I am tired just thinking about it all.

But nothing gets me rejuvenated like a box full of fruits and veggies and a party full of good food.

Last week we had 8 link ups.  And it was all about no-guilt comfort food.  Tacos, pizzacocktails, and chowder just to name a few.  Pretty sure I will be making each of these very soon.  Thanks to everyone who linked up and shared their goodies.  I love filling up my recipe files with delicious and healthy ideas :)

And let’s be honest, there is nothing more delicious and healthy then this lovely goodness right here…

What's in the Box? #55

She’s a beauty isn’t she?  And can you believe the size of the head of lettuce?  Took me forever to jam that thing in the crisper! Salads. For. Days…

Unfortunately it’s pretty much the only thing that is going to last around here.  The green beans were the first to go.  I whipped up a family dinner for a friend of mine (which included one of the oranges and some of the garlic) and made a batch of my famous green beans to go alongside.  They were a huge hit!

The green onions will be perfect for the spinach dip I will be making for a Christmas party this weekend.  I am also signed up to make a dessert.  Trying to decide if I should use the beets for a cake, the apples for a crisp or the pears for something special.  I love having such delicious options to choose from.

For the kale I am most definitely trying this recipe.  If this won’t warm you up and make your tummy happy I don’t know what will :)  Can’t wait to plant my face into a bowl of this ASAP!

I don’t know about you, but I love lemon water.  I go through phases of making it.  Mostly because I feel silly buying lemons at the store just to use them in water.  But if someone gives me some fresh lemons from their tree or I get some in my box I get inspired to make another batch.  So refreshing.  And it’s a great way to keep me sipping on H2O.

And finally, for the butternut squash, I will be enjoying it roasted.  Roasted and tossed with olive oil, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon.  Mmmmmm…I could eat JUST that for every 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? #54

boxquestionintrowhiteI love the holidays.  For me it’s all about traditions, good food, and time spent with family.  This year we started a new tradition that we are excited to continue for many Christmases to come.  Last weekend, we took a train ride to a tree farm and cut down our own tree.  It was an awesome experience.  We had a blast!  And Harper really has a special eye for selecting the perfect Christmas tree.

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So now that our tree is up and decorated, the lights are hung and twinkling, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here…and I like it!

You know what else I like?  Produce parties…can I get a woot woot?

Last week we had 10 link ups!  Things are starting to pick up around here and some new folks are joining the party.  Please welcome Lisa and Naima who are just receiving their first winter boxes of the season.  I am looking forward to seeing what goodies come their way.

As for me…

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I had lots of delicious goodies that came my way this week.  I am most excited about the pears.  I have never seen this variety before but I am loving the color.  Very fall like.  I will definitely be eating these as my daily snack along with the mandarins.  Fruit, glorious fruit :)

I am intrigued by the purple top turnips.  These are a new item for me.  I actually thought they were rutabaga (which is another item I have never received before).  If I can treat them the same as any other turnips than I am golden.  Lacey of Making Myself Useful suggested a potato leek soup using the turnips as well.  Sounds like a plan to me :)  Soup and salad is such a great combo for a nice lunch or light dinner.  And that large head of lettuce will make enough salad to last me a while.  Spruce it up with some grated carrots, dried fruit and some nuts and dinner is served!

Another dinner this week will be Chile Rellenos.  I have never made them before, but luckily my friend Lauren over at Gourmet Veggie Mama hooked me up with a killer recipe.  Stuffed with spinach, cheese and dipped in beer?  Looks like someone’s going to have a fun weekend!!

Those little green things?  Those are pineapple guavas.  And they are delicious!  Little sweet gems, so soft and delicate.  They have a taste that is hard to describe.  I like to eat them as is or throw them into a smoothie.  Although I seem to be finding some new recipes online so if time allows I might have to get creative in the kitchen.

And last but not least, the broccoli.  My good ole standby.  Throw it in the steamer and serve it with just about everything.  That is, if Harper doesn’t devour it first.

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…

To enter:  “Like” 30SomeWeeks.com and In Her Chucks on Facebook and leave a comment telling me that you have done so.

For additional entries…

1.  Subscribe to this blog and leave a comment telling me you have done so.  If you already subscribe to my blog, then leave me a comment telling me that you are already subscribed (and thanks for the support!).

2.  Follow @DeodoMom on Twitter and leave a comment on this post letting me know you’ve done so.

3.  Pin this giveaway and comment here with a link to your post.

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 :)

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!

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