While structure is helpful for discipline, routine can often be deadly to creativity. I have been feeling that my cooking was getting a bit humdrum so I signed up for a local veggie box delivery. Perhaps one of the things I love about it most is what puts many off, you don't always get the same thing. True, it can be daunting if you have your set meals for the week, but there are far more advantages.
You are supporting local and organic food producers, the produce and other items are fresher than getting them in a store and you may end up trying foods you wouldn't normally buy.
There is also, in my opinion, a more important philosophical point to consider however. That is the idea that excess of choice is not a good thing. We have become so disconnected from what eating is all about and modern convenience means we assume that we should get tomatoes in December regardless of where they come from, how they are grown or how they taste. Eating seasonally is so much more satisfying in terms of flavor and effort and since the produce tastes so good because it is in its prime growing season, cooking can be less complicated than you might think.
In my box I got quite a variety. Some early tomatoes and lettuces, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, kale, pak choi, and I also ordered some meat and fish. The rutabagas and sweet potatoes will be wonderful roasted together, since the natural sweetness of the two vegetables will compliment each other nicely. Or, I can mash them for a healthier and tastier alternative to mash potatoes. Stay tuned for a post on using them in a hearty soup.
The pak choi and kale would both be great in my healthy ramen, or stir fried of course. Are you still feeling reticent, then join my Facebook Page and ask me directly for more cooking ideas for what's in your veggie box!
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