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Veg box challange – week 1

Ok, so perhaps if I blog what arrives in the veg box each week and what I do with it I might manage to eat more and compost less. My veg box is from Abel and Cole because I like the fact that you can create a likes and dislikes list which affects what you receive – you won’t be sent any dislikes although there is a limit to the number of things you can add to this list. This week I have received:

  • Aubergine
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Courgettes
  • Chard
  • Jersey Royals
  • Radish
  • Spring greens

The things I’ll need to try hardest to use up will be the celery and the radish. Not sure what to do with them, particularly the radish.

Half the jersey royals have gone already, with fish or quorn, last weeks spring greens, carrot and asparagus for tonights dinner, yummy.

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How to eat more greens, part 2.

The chard, a few mushrooms, an onion, 3 eggs, lots of grated parmesan, black pepper and a splash of cream all went into making a veggie carbonara with pasta twirls (fusili, possibly, the young man’s favorite shape anyway). It was good, even if I do say so myself. Actually the 3 empty bowls back me up so I will do this again next time I have some chard or similar to use up. It was a nice change from the tomato based sauce I usually end up making to use up veggies.

Still don’t know what to do with the spring greens tomorrow night – I’m thinking it will be stir fryed with some chinese 5 spice or similar, because that’s what I usually do with cabbage. Perhaps inspiration will hit me at some point. I’ll let you know anyway and what arrives in the veg box.

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How to eat more greens?

I need some suggestions on how to eat more greens. We have a weekly veg box delivery, due tomorrow, and I was just having a look in the fridge to see what needs using up before it arrives and what has gone past its best and is heading for the compost bin. I’m afraid to say its mostly green leafy veg in both camps. I have some kale which will go in pasta sauce tonight and a bag of spring greens i must use up tomorrow (ideas anyone?). Unfortunatly there is a small cabbage, possibly from my mum’s veg box I don’t remember it arriving in mine, a few leaves of pak choi and a bag of ‘salad mix’ (exotic lettuce by another name) that are only fit for the compost. I thought I’d specified no lettuce because I have some growing in the garden and none of us particularly like the very peppery leaves, but this arrived last week. If my parent’s hadn’t been away I’d have probably passed it on to them.

I really ought to do better, especially when you consider there are 2 adults, 1 toddler and 2 bearded dragons in the house who all eat, or ought to eat, their greens.

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