Organic Vegetable Box Outcomes…..

So, I blogged about me deciding to finally  get a vegetable box delivered weekly here.  I am so glad that I made the choice. Here are the first 2 boxes:

week 1

Week 1: Tomatoes, Broccoli, Carrots, Beans, courgettes, leeks, cabbage and kale

week 2

Week 2: Beetroot, Raddichio, squash, cabbage, carrots, leeks, parsnips and romanesco & recipe book

Not only are we spending less money per week on food (as before I was going to M&S nearly everyday for something to go with our dinner/lunch and ultimately buying things we didn’t need and spending far too much) but we are eating loads more vegetables!! I eat a lot of veg anyway as I was a vegetarian for 11 years (until I lived in a remote village on the Thailand-Lao PDR border and survived on rats, squirrels frogs, tadpoles, insects and even tried monkey….this was meat to survive and ultimately changed my perspective on meat eating and now I eat fish and some free range, locally produced meats).

We were worried that we wouldn’t be able to get through a whole veg box in 1 week, but we were wrong! Making the decision to spend £13 a week on vegetables made me make sure I used up everything and get creative in the kitchen. By spending more money on veg, we also spent less money on other things- like M&S side salads. In addition, my husband hasn’t bought one Fuller for Longer meal or Tesco 3 for 2 meal since we got the veg box!! whoo hoo. This saved us loads as he was getting them often, and it’s improved his health too- he only said to me last night that he has felt less bloated in the last 2 weeks!

Today is Thursday- we get a new veg box tomorrow and we still have some beetroots, a couple of carrots, 1 parsnip and a romanesco in the fridge. So tonight I think I’ll make stir fried romanesco with chilli and garlic and maybe slice the carrots and parsnip into the stir-fry too. For the beetroots I’m still deciding between beetroot chocolate brownies or beetroot carrot cake (or just boiling them and using them in a salad, or roasting them with the carrots and parsnip, which would be the healthier options…but not very adventurous!).

Here are a few things we’ve cooked up the last 2 weeks my apologies for the bad photography- my photos always look better in daylight and we generally cook dinner when it’s dark outside!

Butternut squash, carrot and parsnip soup with garlic and majorum.
Butternut squash, carrot and parsnip soup with garlic and majorum.
Vegetable Rostis
Vegetable Rostis
Kale, blueberry and raspberry protein chia smoothie
Kale, blueberry and raspberry protein chia smoothie
Grilled raddichio with pork and apple stuffing
Grilled raddichio with pork and apple stuffing

The vegetables tasted really good and they kept fresh all week…..the kale kept for over a week! Also in each box you get free recipe cards that are really useful!! For example I’ve never cooked romanesco before so am using the recipe from the card!

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