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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? #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…

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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? #72

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It’s been 2 weeks since we moved into our new home and we are finally feeling settled.  We spent the weekend hanging pictures, arranging furniture and exploring our new town.  The weather was beautiful so we decided to take a trip down to the local beach.  To put it simply…it was magical.

Beach

And watching my little beach bum playing in the sand, was the icing on the cake…

Harper plays

The weekend was also filled with lots of celebrating.  For mother’s day of course ;)  And not only did I get to sleep in until 10, I woke up to this lovely view…

Breakfast in bed

Gotta love homemade pancakes with a side of crispy bacon :)

And the celebrating continues as I received my first box from my new CSA this week.  Can’t wait to share the goodies with you.

But first, let’s take a look at last week’s party.  There were a total of 6 link ups, each one filled with loads of fresh, organic and local produce.  I am thrilled to welcome Sharlea of Fresh Veggies in the Dessert back to the party.  And was even more excited about her Grilled Artichokes.  Shalama from Views from Here shared a mouthwatering Cauliflower Crust Pizza (something I have been dying to try for a while now).  And Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts gave us the low down on how she makes her food look sooooo good!  A big thanks to everyone who participated.  I love reading through all of your posts.

After being without a box last week, I was starting to have some serious withdrawals.  Luckily, I was able to find a new CSA pretty quickly thanks to localharvest.org.  Not only is my new CSA cheaper than my previous one (by more than $10!) but the boxes are overflowing with even more goodies!  I couldn’t be happier.  Check out what I picked up this week…

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Holy nutritious goodness…right?  There was so much produce packed in that box, I had a hard time arranging it for the picture.  I am currently in fruit and veggie heaven :)  And not only did my new CSA provide me with great recipes, they also gave tips on how to properly store the items in this week’s box to maximize their shelf life.  Could it get any better?

So here’s what I plan to do with this abundant haul…

Harper dug into the peas right away.  My girl loves the green.  As soon as she saw them she grabbed a handful and started shelling them (before I could even snap a picture of the box…thank God there were more than enough to be photographed).  I have only gotten English peas once before and I can’t for the life of me remember what I made with them.  But I remember it was good.  So I will have to do some googling to figure it out :)

Once the pictures were taken, I grabbed a lemon and started zesting for this recipe.  And even though the lemon zest is a small component, it makes all the difference in the overall taste.  Delicious.  And on the side I steamed up some of the broccoli.  A household staple.

For breakfast this morning I sliced up some of the strawberries and ate them along with my oatmeal.  Best strawberries ever. No exaggeration.  They were juicy, flavorful and downright scrumptious.

I was excited to see a fresh bunch of spinach this week.  I plan on making this Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Shallots again because it is so simple but so good.

I have all the ingredients I need to make my killer kale salad (kale, lemons, avocados), but now I just need mouths to eat it.  It makes a huge portion and unfortunately Harper and Freddie aren’t kale fans.  I wish I could eat it all by myself but even my belly can’t hold it all.  I have plans to visit friends this weekend and might have to bring a kale salad along with me :)

For the beets, I think I am going to go straight for the roasting.  They are so sweet and earthy, it’s hard to resist.

Of course, the lettuce will make a great salad, topped with some sliced radishes, grated carrots, crumbled cheese and a handful of chopped nuts.  Might even throw in some grilled chicken breast if I am feeling really wild.

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? #71

What's in the Box?

If there was an award for moving, we would win hands down.  Since Freddie and I have been together (8 years now), we have moved at least once a year (sometimes more).  So I thought I would break down our travels and various moving adventures to show you how much we apparently love to be on the go.

  • When we first met, I had just moved into my own apartment, while he had just moved back in with his dad.  Although soon the tables turned and I decided to move home with my mom (1) and he moved into his own apartment (2).
  • After living with my mom for a while, I decided to go back to school in Arizona (3).
  • Once I graduated, I moved out of student housing and into a house with a roommate (4) and 5 dogs (2 of which were mine).
  • After a year of roughing it in the desert and surviving a long distance relationship, I moved back to LA to live with my brother and be closer to Freddie (5).
  • Six months later Freddie and I got married and moved into our first apartment together in Playa Del Rey (6).
  • A year later, Freddie was offered a great new job up north so we made our way to the central coast (7).
  • We didn’t have time to find a place right away so we moved in with my dad for a few months until we could get an apartment of our own.  Luckily it didn’t take long for us to land our own place (8).  But after having Harper we realized we needed more space.  So we moved into a brand new complex that had loads of young families with kids (9).
  • As Harper grew and became more mobile she loved to play outside.  So we started looking for a house with a yard.  It took a few months to find the right one, but when we did it was perfect! (10).

Last week, Freddie was offered another new position an hour and a half north from where we currently live.  Which means, another move (11).  This might be a record as we have only been in our current house for a few months.  As much as we hate to leave our lovely friends, it is a wonderful opportunity for his career, and as his wife, I am 1000% behind him.

Just in case you needed a recap, that is 11 moves in 8 years.  One would think we were in the military but actually, my brother is the one in the army (who is also in the midst of a move).

So I said all of that to say, I will be looking for a new CSA.  The movers come next Tuesday so I probably won’t have a box lined up by next week, but I will be sharing another recipe roundup with you instead.  The town that we are moving to is famous for their farmers market.  So I might be sharing my farmers market finds with you until I get my new CSA squared away.  But no need to worry, WITB will continue regardless.  The show must go on :)

Before I share my last CSA box with you, I wanted to highlight some of the 10 delicious links from last week.  Starting with My Yummy Local Life’s delivery of Napolitos, otherwise known as prickly pear pads.  Being a member of my CSA for 3 years now, I thought I have seen it all.  But I have never seen or heard of prickly pear pads.  I am officially intrigued and on the hunt for my own bunch of napolitos.  Until I find some though, I will be stuffing my face with Fresh Farm Feasts Double Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies…yum!  And finally, thanks to Salted Plates, I now know what Paneer is (it’s apparently the week of learning!).  Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s party.  I love lusting over your tasty treats.

And let’s be honest, who isn’t lusting over these tasty treats…

What's in the Box? #71 - In Her Chucks

Not a bad way to say goodbye to 3 glorious years of fresh farm produce.  And for the most part, I was seeing double.  Two bunches of kale, 2 leeks, 2 heads of broccoli, 2 pints of strawberries and 2 heads of lettuce.  So spoiled.

So what am I going to do with all of this delicious goodness?  Well, being that we are headed out in less than a week and will no doubt be overwhelmed with packing, cleaning and saying goodbye to our friends, most of this might make its way to the juicer.  The carrots, spinach, oranges, kale and lettuce will make for a nutrient packed meal or snack.  Plus, it’s been a while since we got the juicer going and we might as well give it one last run before we box it up for the move.

The strawberries will be perfect for the oatmeal I have been enjoying for breakfast.  And the rest will be thrown into this “water recipe” with some sprigs of the fresh thyme and a few slices of the kiwi.  Doesn’t that sounds refreshing?

We all know who will be enjoying those two heads of broccoli on her own (*cough* Harper *cough*).  In fact, as soon as I opened up the box she walked over, pointed to the green trees and said, “What’s that?”.  Now, of course she knows exactly what it is, but that is her little code word for “I want that”.  Let me give you an example.  Not only does she love broccoli, she LOVES butter.  When we go out to dinner and she spies the butter on the table, she will usually ask to sit on whoever’s lap is closest to the butter.  Once she is in perfect position, she will point to the butter and ask, “What’s that?”, as if she didn’t just weasel her way over to the butter to pretend to not know what it is.  My response is usually, “I don’t know, what is that Harper?” to which she responds, “That’s butter mama.  Harper loves butter!”.  And I love Harper :)

For the leeks I am thinking soup.  Asparagus soup to be exact.  I recently overbought asparagus and thought the leftover spears would be perfect for a creamy soup.

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? #68

What's in the Box?

 

So, let’s jump straight to the chase…how was your Easter?  Was the weather nice?  Was the food good?  Was there an adorable little toddler dressed up on the patio, posing for pictures in her fancy dancy Easter dress?

 

Harper Easter 2013

Well, if you couldn’t tell by the pic, our Easter was lovely!  It started out with huge breakfast complete with a fluffy Hootenanny and homemade sausage, then a lovely trip to church, and finished off the day with a delicious Easter feast with great company.  It was potluck style and I was in charge of dessert (and veggies of course!).  So I brought a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake and 2 batches of Lime Squares with Pistachio and Graham-Cracker Crust (with a side of roasted asparagus and steamed broccoli…eaten with the meal, not the dessert).  Needless to say, we all left with our stomach’s happy and full :)

And from the looks of it, I wasn’t the only one eating well this past weekend.  Last week we had 15 link ups and after reading all their delicious recipes, I think Easter deserves another round.  There was Caramelized Onion Duck Fat Baked Poutine, Pasta with Shrimp and Mint Pesto and Butternut Mole Sauce.  And if that’s not enough for you, Kirsty from Farm Fresh Feasts hooked us up with an Easter 2013 Recipe Round Up.  Next year can’t come soon enough :)  Thanks ladies for all of your delicious dishes.  I appreciate you sharing your farm fresh goodies with the rest of us.

Now let’s check out my first haul of April… 

 

What's in the Box? #68

Holy greens!  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Balls, stalks, leaves and bouquets!  I love greens :)  And I am digging into the Brussels first.  I always do.  They are just too good.  And I am excited to serve them alongside a new recipe that I found for those strawberries.  Even after 2 Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cakes, daily snacking and some naughty late night indulgences, I still have strawberries coming out of my ears!  And I hate to see them go to waste so I am doing my very best to scarf down all these berries on my own (the hubs isn’t a fan and little miss Harper can only eat so many with her tiny little frame).  Hoping to share the recipe with you soon.

Speaking of Harper and her tiny frame, she has practically barreled through the broccoli on her own.  I steamed it up last night and she barely left any for the grown ups.  I LOVE how much she LOVES broccoli :)  I just wish she would share a little…

I know it’s hard to see from the pic, but that celery, is HUGE!  It barely fit in the box.  And it is perfectly crisp and fragrant.  Not quite sure what I have in store for it except for using it for the usual base of a yummy homemade sauce or soup and an easy snacking option (along with those tangerines…which are almost gone!).

These Turkey Ricotta Meatballs always seem to be my go-to recipe for spinach, but it’s such a hit I can’t resist.  And it has been a while since we made it.  Of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a side salad and that beautiful head of romaine lettuce will be perfect!  Might even throw in a stalk of that celery for some extra crunch.

I am determined to make some grapefruit cookies this week.  In fact, Harper promised to help me.  So we plan to get busy (and messy) in the kitchen tomorrow and make it happen.  Recipe coming soon.

Finally, I recently shared this Swiss Chard Smoothie recipe with My Yummy Local Life and it made me want to make one for myself.  Sounds like a great way to jump-start the morning :)

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? #63

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Well, the busiest and shortest month of the year is officially over.  We enjoyed a trip to Disney World, I survived 4 days as a “single parent”, we celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary and our little munchkin turned 2.  Boy am I tired.  But I am also grateful that we have so much fun and exciting stuff happening in our lives.  And it doesn’t look like March is going go be a slow-moving month either.  Lots of wonderful things on the horizon including Freddie’s 31st Birthday, the launch of my CD and wedding prep for my brother.  Life is grand.

But no matter how busy it get’s around here, I always love taking a break to gawk at the fruits and veggies that are rolling through this link party.  And last week was the biggest party we have had in a while.  10 link ups!  Makes a girl like me very happy :)  And the recipes were rockin…Cheese Pizza on Butternut Squash Crust,  Roasted Carrot, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad,  Ginger Lime Brussels SproutsChocolate Beet Muffins…are you salivating yet?  Thanks ladies for linking up and sharing your goodies with the rest of the party.  Sharing is caring :)

And now on to this week’s haul…

What's in the Box? #63 - In Her Chucks

Fresh strawberries.  They never get old.  Especially when they are plump, juicy and ready to eat in February.  Don’t mind me while I devour these while in the midst of typing this post.  I apparently lack self-control and manners.

Moving on the rest of the box, I am feeling totally inspired.  I love it when my veggies talk to me.  And today the cabbage is telling me it wants to mingle with the carrots and the onions to create a Hearty Italian Stew.  Which will be the perfect meal for my good friend who just had a baby.  Comforting and nutritious.  And for the side, I am thinking about a Roasted Beet and Gorgonzola and Walnuts.  It not only looks good, it tastes good too.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the broccoli.  I had some leftover broccoli sitting in the fridge and when combined with this lovely bunch I was able to whip up some Chicken Divan which was a HUGE hit with the toddler and the hubby.   I am sure the leftovers will even be more delicious for lunch tomorrow.

While I was cooking dinner tonight I went through a few of the mandarins.  And I may or may not have eaten a few more for dessert.  Scrumptious!

Excited to see the lettuce and apples today because my mom was just telling me about a salad she made this week that resembled a Waldorf Salad but with added lentils.  Can’t wait to get the recipe.

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…

In Her Chucks: What's in the Box? #60

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? #59

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Produce is pretty, but family comes first.  My apologies for yet another tardy post, but Freddie, Harper and I got a chance to snag a midweek getaway and spend some quality time together and so I took full advantage.  Which means I have been busy snuggling, giggling and savoring precious moments with the people I love most.  Plus, we finalized some loose ends on the CD today :) Which we celebrated with a lovely lunch and a trip to Target (always an important stop when we are away from home since our town is without one).  So overall, my hump day was pretty darn glorious!

…As was last week’s rockin party!

We had 4 link ups from my fellow fruit and veggie lovers.  And even though I don’t know squat about the Super Bowl, whenever it happens I am fully equipped with the perfect snacks for the big game.  Thanks to Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts, I have CSA packed veggie dip and pizza.  And Annie from AnnieRe Unplugged hooked us up with an amazing recipe for Pumpkin Hummus.  Pass the pita chips please :)  Thanks ladies for sharing your delicious goodies with us.  Now, someone tell me, when is this important day in football?

But before tops start flying off during half-time shows, let’s keep it G rated with some good, wholesome fun…

What's in the Box? #59 - In Her Chucks

Beets!!  And quite possibly, THE biggest beet on the face of the planet.  That orb is humongous!!!  I am pretty sure it can feed an army.  Which means all of my favorite beet recipes will be put to great use.  Beet cake, beet muffins and beet salad.  If you are in the mood for beets, come on by, because once I am done with this thing, I might be beeted out.

One piece of produce that I can never get enough of are those sweet and juicy mandarins.  And while I am known for immediately stuffing them in my face before they make it to the fruit bowl, this week I have some help with self-control.  Blood oranges to the rescue.  Remember that Citrus Crusted Tilapia with Blood Orange Salsa I made last year?  Divine!  And that is the fate of this week’s lovely bunch too :)  Plus one adorable mandarin.  And I plan on serving the fish with a side of steamed broccoli.  That is, if Harper doesn’t eat it all by herself.

It has been a while since I have received celery root in my box.  But I know just what to do with it.  Starting Feb 3rd, Freddie and I are back on a strict clean eating plan, but we might as well warm up to it by indulging in one of our favorite clean eating salads.  Plus, we have everything else we need right here.  Parsley, avocado, apple.  I love it when meal planning just happens so effortlessly :)

And finally, the veggies that always get the short end of the stick.  Lettuce and carrots.  It’s not that I don’t love them, they are just so ordinary.  But they are the most loyal, as they show up every week.  And now that I have discovered my new favorite salad dressing, salad is no longer a bore.

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? #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…

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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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