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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Produce Box Magic

About a month ago, we signed up for a service called The Produce Box -- locally grown, farm-fresh veggies and fruits delivered weekly right to my front door. It's a great deal and the kids act like it's Christmas morning every Wednesday when our box arrives.

We've loved going to the State Farmer's Market, but it just isn't always convenient for weekly shopping. This way we're guaranteed to eat more fruits and vegetables, to try out foods we wouldn't have otherwise purchased and to stockpile a few things in the freezer for later in the year. The photo here is what arrived in our box last week -- corn, tomatoes, peaches, green pepper, watermelon and sprite melon.

This week they're running a "What I Did With My Box This Week" contest -- I'm sure I won't win for fanciest reply, but I might get the Easiest to Accomplish Award. Here's what we did:

  1. Cut up the watermelon and sprite melon (like a cross between a pear and a honeydew) for a delicious anytime snack. The kids ate it like candy, so it disappeared within two days.
  2. Cut up the peaches and served with vanilla yogurt and granola for breakfast, snack or a late night dessert.
  3. Sliced the tomatoes to make caprese salad for dinner (twice) -- just layered with mozarella slices and basil, then drizzled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Served with pita bread (warmed on a skillet with a little olive oil) on the side.
  4. Blanched the corn and cut it off the cobb. Used some of the corn, along with the green pepper, to make salsa chicken skillet. Put the rest of the corn in bags to freeze for the fall.

What's your favorite easy way to use summer fruits and veggies?

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