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What’s in the Box? #78

What's in the Box?

My apologies for the tardiness of this post but Harper and I have been busy this week soaking up all that Santa Barbara has to offer before we head home.  We are blessed to be able to visit such a beautiful place, but the best part of Santa Barbara is our wonderful friends.  Here is a peek at what we have been up to this week:

Play dates at the park…

Play dates at the park

Pool time fun…

Swimming in the pool

Picking produce with friends…

Picking

Stopping to smell the flowers…

Sunflower

Boat rides in the harbor…

Lil Toot

and taking in beautiful sunsets…

Sunset

We are definitely going to miss this place, but are looking forward to being back home with Daddy :)

Now, without further ado, lets get “produce wasted!” (my own little spin on a popular movie line…name it!)

Our party last week was rockin! 19 link ups?!  The most we have had in a while.  Makes a veggie-obsessed, mommy blogger like me very happy :)  And you know what else makes me very happy?  Zucchini.  Especially when it’s hidden inside a chocolate waffle (Thanks Kirsten for taking my love of zucchini to the next level) or shredded into a savory loaf of bread.  It truly is the essence of summer.

And like the groundhog in February, a zucchini in my box this week means that summer will be around for at least a few more weeks (Full Disclosure:  I’m no meteorologist, it’s only a theory.  Just go with it.)

Not only did I get a pair of zucchinis, check out what else came in my box…

What's in the Box? #78

A rainbow of delicious colors.  And I’m loving nature’s candy again.  A bunch of red, crunchy grapes.  They make my world go round.  And no, I didn’t share.

But I was willing to share some of my other goodies.  I sliced up the apples for a picnic at the park.  Steamed the broccoli for my little veggie lover as a side to her lunch (she practically ate the whole head herself).  And the basil along with a few leaves of kale got thrown into the food processor for a batch of pesto.  Delish!

The oranges have inspired me to make a batch of muffins which will help to balance out the bowls of salad I will be eating thanks to the size of that head of lettuce.

I like my spaghetti squash simply roasted and tossed with some butter and parmesan cheese.  Although the fresh tomatoes would be a great addition to the squash in the form of homemade sauce.  In fact, I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!  I hope it’s filled with as much fun and food as you can handle :)

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? #60

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Sometimes you just have to look at life and laugh.  For some reason or another today was not my day.  It started out fine.  I woke up around 8, enjoyed a glass of Amazing Grass Greens while I made breakfast.  Skyped with my mom while I sorted laundry.  Then after we hung up I took the clothes outside to start a load, came back and realized I had locked myself out.  Thank God I had my phone in my pocket because I was able to call Freddie and he was there in less than 5 minutes.  I shrugged it off as a lesson learned (make sure to check the locks before I go outside) and went about my day.  On my way home from music class, I was running errands and decided to stop by the bank.  I completed a quick transaction at the ATM and was getting ready to jump back in the car when I pulled the handle and realized it was lock.  You have got to be kidding me!  The keys (and my cell phone) were sitting there on the front seat.  I went inside the bank so that I could use their phone to call Freddie.  Again he came to my rescue.  He thought I was joking.  I wish I was.  When he pulled up I started laughing.  He didn’t think it was funny.  To be honest, I didn’t think it was funny either, but I didn’t know what else to do.  I locked myself out of my house and car in one day.  Who does that?  Apparently me.  So I have decided to stay home in my PJs tomorrow so that I won’t get locked out of anywhere…and maybe catch up on some sleep too.

So in order to lighten the mood a bit, let’s talk about some of my favorite things…veggies!

Last week we had 7 link ups!  And these might be some of my favorite posts to date.  Let’s start out with this amazing Chickpeas and Spinach with Garlic Aioli by Gourmet Veggie Mama.  I’ll be the first to admit, I never thought chickpeas could hold their own as the star of a main dish, but this recipe has definitely changed my mind.  Got oranges?  Researching San Diego has all the orange recipes you will ever need.  Orange you glad I gave you the link?  And finally, how about some Cheesy Oozy Baked Breadcrumb’d Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Gratin from Gastronomical Sovereignty?  Makes you want to cross your fingers in hopes of more Cauliflower, right?  :)  Thanks ladies for sharing all your delicious goodies with the rest of the party.  Keep the yummies coming!

Now moving on to my yummies for the week…

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Fresh strawberries in February?  I’ll take it!  Happy Valentines Day to me :)  And they are here in perfect time for me to enjoy them as part of my meal plan.  They will be a delicious post dinner snack.

I am also glad to see the spinach, lettuce, carrots and broccoli as all of those items are on the shopping list for this week’s meals.  The spinach and lettuce will be delicious in an Asian Salad, the carrots will make a great afternoon snack and the broccoli will be going in some stir fry.

Freddie is currently devouring the mandarins as we speak.  They really are the perfect little treat.  The blood oranges will most likely become juice (a new weekend tradition).  The potatoes might join the oranges for breakfast.  How about some fresh hash browns?  All for the hubs and the baby though…none for me this time around.

I am glad that squash keeps because I will be tackling this after my two week meal plan is up.  I am thinking about either this recipe for Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash or Spaghetti Squash Pancakes…yum!  Can’t wait to start experimenting in the kitchen.

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

I am going on my second week without a produce box.  Last week we were out-of-town so I missed my delivery.  This week they are closed for the holidays.  I feel lost without my fruits and veggies.  But I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of the delicious recipes I have made with my fresh produce that never made the blog.

What’s in the Box? #1

Creamy Baked Cabbage with Fresh Thyme:  I normally enjoy my cabbage raw in coleslaw, salad or as a garnish to my fish tacos.  But when I came across this recipe I was immediately intrigued.  The result is a creamy, tangy goodness that pairs well as a side to roasted pork or chicken.

What’s in the Box? #2

Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash:  I usually like to roast my butternut squash with a bunch of different spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.  This version of butternut squash combined with the pork chops is a home run meal.  I served it with a side of my famous green beans and my company was more than pleased.  They even went back for seconds.  That is when you know you have done well :)

What’s in the Box #3

Beer Braised Beef with Onion, Carrot and Turnips:  One of the best dishes I have ever made hands down!  The only problem was, there wasn’t nearly enough.  Freddie and I scarfed it down so quick we were yearning for more.  There is something about slow cooked meat that soothe my soul.  This is a perfect dish for cold weather.  And a wonderful way to use a bunch of turnips.

What’s in the Box? #4

Herb and Wine Baked Halibut:  With a fresh bulb of garlic I couldn’t resist this recipe.  It was easy to throw together and oh so tasty!  Freddie is usually not a fan of baked fish but he was begging for seconds.  It has that light, refreshing flavor I am always looking for in a fish dish.  A must try!

What’s in the Box #5

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs:  For a quick and simple way to excite your taste buds and give your tummy a smile, give this delicious spaghetti squash recipe a try.  I served mine alongside some pan roasted chicken and it was the perfect combination.  For more spaghetti squash recipe ideas, check out Martha Stewart’s Spaghetti Squash Recipe Guide.

What’s in the Box? #6

Roasted Cauliflower-Spinach Risotto:  This dish was definitely an experiment for me as I have never made risotto before.  It is quite an art.  But even though the texture didn’t turn out like it was supposed to, the flavors made up for it.  This dish is a great option to be served on the side (I served it with some roasted chicken) or it would be great by itself.  I will continue to make this and practice my risotto technique :)

What’s in the Box? #7

Mashed Sweet Potatoes:  I don’t normally follow recipes for my mashed potatoes, but for some reason I was drawn to this one.  Martha always does me right.  And I have to say, this recipe didn’t disappoint.  The sweet potatoes were creamy, smooth and delicious.  This might turn out to be a future Thanksgiving recipe.

After all that, I feeling like I might just run out and buy some of my favorite produce and remake these dishes for old times sake!

What are some of your favorite recipes that utilize some of the fruits and veggies found in the boxes pictured above?

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What’s in the Box? #5

Is it Wednesday already? My, has this past week gone by fast.  So much going on between Thanksgiving, my brother coming home, Harper’s 9 month check up.  Busy, busy, busy.  To be honest, I forgot what day it was until I spotted my delivery man running towards my door with my produce box.  And then I remembered, oh yeah, it’s my favorite day :)

I didn’t have time to scope out all the goods because I was heading out the door to go visit the garden.  But I took a quick peek and I couldn’t help but do a little happy dance (I know, I am a total produce nerd…but I promise you, it never gets old).

I love eating healthy!  It makes me feel so good.  And getting a weekly produce box makes eating healthy fun and exciting.  I have always been grateful for the opportunity to indulge in fresh fruits and veggies, but having my brother around makes me realize how lucky I am.  Being deployed in Afghanistan, my brother hasn’t seen a fresh fruit or veggie for the past 7 months.  So since he has been home, that is what he has been craving the most.

In honor of my brother, I think I will have to enjoy a side of steamed broccoli.  Growing up, that was always his least favorite vegetable.  He couldn’t be excused from the table until he finished his broccoli.  What is so ironic, is that now, he loves broccoli.  During the time we lived together, he taught me a few different ways to make it.  But you can never go wrong with steamed broccoli tossed with a smidge of butter, sprinkled with a pinch of salt and pepper and finished off with a few squirts of lemon juice.  Simply delicious.

Carrots are always a great item to get because they can be used in so many ways.  Our family usually enjoys them raw but tonight I tossed them into a rice pilaf which was a fun new way to eat them.  I also like to shred them in my salads.  And that head of red Romaine lettuce makes me want to whip up a fresh salad on the spot.  As fresh as my salads are now that I enjoy the lettuce from my produce box, I am looking forward to harvesting lettuce from my own garden.  There’s no way you can get more fresh than that!

While I was unpacking the box, Harper and I enjoyed the garden cucumber.  I was disappointed that there was only one because it was so sweet and refreshing, it left me yearning for more.  Harper had a good time gnawing on it.  I have the feeling she has another tooth on its way in, so I bet the cucumber felt good on her gums.

Aren’t those asian pears ginormous!  I almost didn’t recognize them.  With their crisp and crunchy texture they are going to make for a perfect fall snack.  Speaking of fall snacks, those Pink Lady apples are to die for.  I think this is the first time I have ever gotten Pink Ladies in my box.  Can you believe how many varieties of apples there are?  It blows my mind.  And they don’t only look different, they taste different too.  It makes eating apples a lot more exciting, that’s for sure.

Kiwis.  They will forever remind me of being pregnant.  Last year at this time I would get deliveries of kiwis week after week.  The problem was that I had gestational diabetes (GD) and wasn’t allowed to eat them due to their high sugar content.  Unfortunately, Freddie is not a kiwi fan, so I had to find homes for my precious kiwis.  Getting my first delivery of kiwis this year gave me a sense of accomplishment.  It made me feel proud that I was able to get through the GD, have a healthy baby girl, who now, can sit and enjoy eating fresh kiwis with me.  Isn’t the journey of life funny?

Like I mentioned before, I love it when I get ingredients in my box that work together in a recipe.  My first thought when I saw the fennel was for an amazing pork dish Freddie and I enjoy.  And wouldn’t you know it, it calls for cilantro too!  This bunch of cilantro was especially fragrant today.  That’s when you know its super fresh :)

Last, but not least, spaghetti squash.  I have never handled one of these before but I have heard such wonderful things.  I am not sure how I will prepare it yet, but thanks to Pinterest, I already have a ton of recipes waiting for me.

Looks like its going to be another yummy week.  I already have my fennel and pork recipe ready to go.  It takes a while to cook so I plan on starting it early tomorrow so its ready in time for dinner.  I am looking forward to sharing it with you.  Let’s just hope I get a picture before it ends up in my tummy!

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