We hope you had a very happy ringing in of the new year and are all ready to start your detox diet and healthy living for the year! Most of us are a little (or very) broke so cooking meals to eat out less and packing lunch to save a few pounds (whilst losing those pounds gained over the holiday season) would most definitely help!
We are back to normal collections this week and hope you are looking forward to your boxes – most of us are running low or out of veg by now.
What better way to start the year than with a “superfood” beet, apple, carrot/kale and quinoa salad. Or use cous cous instead. Try this roasted beet version with kale, goats cheese, and walnut vinaigrette. It is not essential to peel and dice the beets before roasting (although these golden ones won’t stain) as you could roast them whole with a little olive oil then rub off the skins when cool. Or try this grated raw beetroot coleslaw-like version with carrots and raisins, nuts and seed.
And be ambitious in the New Year with a recipe you may not have tried before, like stuffed cabbage leaves. A herby beef mince option or a paprika pork mince version, or omit the meat for a vegetarian dish. Since you need cooked rice for the recipe, why not cook more for some egg fried rice with broccoli florets? Substitute white for brown rice if really on the healthy mode.
And if you are yearning for the simple after rich and lavish meals, try this tagliatelli with cavolo nero, chickpeas and pecorino (or parmesan).
Now, on what to do with the vegetables in your box here are a few ideas from our past newsletters/ blog posts:
- Golden Beet – Golden Beet Balls has lots of ideas on what to do with them
- Parsnip – Rooting for Roots is written for these and other roots or try a curried parsnip and apple soup?
- Black Kale – A Tuscan soup for the Tuscan kale, ribollita, is the classic way to cook cavolo nero. Link has lots of hints for twists and variations and here’s another – try it with rosemary and/or some Tuscan sausages. Even better made in advance.
This Week’s Bounty
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Lancs
* Onions, Norfolk
* Black Kale, Kent
* Savoy Cabbage, Kent
Golden Beets, Lancs
Items starred (*) above
Turnips, Perry Court
Oranges, Spain (standard only)
Apples – Gala, Kent