Using Produce From My Box

Last week I wrote about all the veggies that came in my weekly produce box from Abundant Harvest Organics. Now I’m going to show you how I used everything up!

pasta with swiss chard and goat cheese

Swiss Chard

I made pasta with chard, goat cheese, and red onions. This recipe was the winner of the week. It was easy, quick, didn’t have too many ingredients, and delicious! I hope to make it many more times. Fingers crossed that I get more chard soon!

Turnips/Potatoes/Spring Onions/Parsley

I made soup! It got quite chilly for a few days here (and I even saw a sprinkle of rain!) so I made turnip, apple and potato soup. I’ve never made turnip soup before, and it turned out pretty well! It had good flavor and was pretty yummy. Also, funny story with this. I wanted to practice my “food blogger” skills so when the soup was ready, I plated it as pretty as I could, with the perfect dollop of sour cream and parsley garnish. Then I got out my camera, and discovered it was out of batteries. Whoops! I took a photo with my phone, but it does not look good, so I’m not posting it.

Apriums

I ate these as a snack for a few days. I confess, I messed up with these. I remembered getting apriums in past years and that they lasted a long time–at least a week. So I wasn’t in that much of a rush to finish them up in a timely manner. I waited a few days until they ripened, and then ate a few each day.

Until BAM! I woke up one morning and found fruit flies and everywhere and the remaining apriums were all rotten. It was so sad, and I was very disappointed in myself. I finally remembered the reason they lasted so long before–I had stored them in the fridge! I don’t know what I was thinking, it seems so obvious now. I’ll definitely take a more proactive approach to stone fruit in the future–storing them properly, slicing and freezing them, maybe turning some into jam. It’s a tough lesson, but I’ll do better next time.

Fennel Bulb/Lettuce/Tomatoes

I used this and some lettuce and a tomato to make Nigella Lawson’s Ultimate Greek Salad. My mom makes it every once in awhile and it’s really good when she does, but for some reason mine was just meh (so I won’t make a post just for that salad…if you’re intrigued, just follow the link). I sort of halved/quartered everything and so the proportions were off and it was too oniony. And I wasn’t a fan of the raw fennel. Again, I’ve liked raw fennel before, so I think I messed up the recipe. Not quite a cooking fail because it was still edible, but I wish I had just made a plain salad with lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Next time I get fennel, I’ll try a recipe that involves cooking it.

Tomatoes and Spring Onions

I made a quick pasta sauce with some tomatoes and onions for lunch one day. Then for dinner I scrambled some eggs with the last tomato and onion. I then added the scramble to a tortilla with some beans and grated some cheese over it to make a quick breakfast burrito. I love having breakfast for dinner so this made me happy. I wish I had some salsa and avocado, but I’ll keep that in mind for next time.

I like making meals like this because it reminds me that cooking doesn’t always have to be this big process where you find the perfect recipe, go to the store to get tons of ingredients, and then spend a few hours cooking. That’s fun, but cooking can also mean that you just look around your kitchen and see which ingredients you have that go well together that take the quickest time to cook. It can be really casual, and when you cook that way, it’s way faster than even getting takeout or delivery. But the trick there is to always have ingredients that can turn into something tasty…which is always a challenge and something I’m still working on.

Strawberries:

snacking, dessert, sliced on top of cereal for breakfast. So the thing about the strawberries is that they were very ripe, very delicious, and needed to be eaten very quickly. So I snacked on them throughout the afternoon, had some more for dessert, and ate the rest for breakfast the next day.

And that’s it! That’s how I used up my box (I might have forgotten some things, I’ll add them if I remember). I really like this time of year, because the produce starts getting amazing. I can’t wait for the next box!

Do you have any spring/summer produce you’re excited about? Let me know in the comments!

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