I do not eat enough vegetables. This means, consequently, my sons do not eat enough vegetables. This truth haunts me, and it has for years. I have attempted to develop better eating and cooking habits to no real avail. However, I am still determined to make essential changes for the sake of my sons. My latest endeavor is subscribing to The Produce Box, a fruit and vegetable home delivery service. Here’s to the Produce Box – delivering inspiration!
My first (Harvest) box was full of goodness: broccoli crown, a eggplant, Ginger Gold apples, grape tomatoes, a sweet onion, yellow peaches, and two zucchinis. It originally came with corn and a corn insert (basically an instruction card), but I switched those out with tri-colored carrots and bananas.
How I Used the Produce
I am old school when it comes to broccoli: steamed and covered with cheese. The Ginger Gold apples and peaches…what a sweet treat! I am traditionally a Gala apple consumer, but I am now a serious fan of the Ginger Gold. And the peaches were perfect! I have always like peaches but I rarely buy them in the grocery store. Perhaps I do not trust my ability to find the right ones.
I tried out four new recipes to use the other items.
The Produce Box – Delivering Inspiration
The first recipe I tried is Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pasta, minus the olives. This pasta is easy, light, and meatless. The delivery came with lots of grape tomatoes and this pasta was a great way to incorporate them all. You can alter the amount of red pepper flakes to increase or decrease the spice level. Find the recipe here to give it a try.
No one in our family eats bananas like we used to eat them. Many bananas have gone bad and I was determined not to throw these bananas out. I found a great Banana Bread Muffins recipe and they were delicious. [I could actually use a few banana right now to make this recipe again.] My youngest son enjoyed the tops off of all the muffins left on the counter! Here‘s the recipe!
Next I tried Stuffed Eggplant with Ground Chicken. I only had one eggplant so I did not follow the exact recipe. I ended up over cooking my chicken – again not following the recipe. However, the outcome was still good. Next time I get eggplant in my box, I will order two and try this recipe again. Try the recipe yourself and tell me how much you love it!
Lastly, I made Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots (Pictured Above). They were very good. I did not have clarified butter, or Ghee, so my vegetables were oilier than they should had turned out to be. I have passed by Ghee many times in my local halal store. Picking up some during my next visit is planned.
You can find all four recipes on Pinterest. If you try either or all, share a picture or comment on the Not Mad. Motivated. Pinterest Page!
Not Mad. Motivated. to V.O.T.E
It is easy for people to take for grant access to healthy foods. Food deserts, regions where people have limited access to healthful and affordable food, exist throughout in the United States and the world. When larger grocery stores decide not to invest in poorer regions, the residence of the area must depend on small stores, usually with highly priced items, or they must travel outside of their region to the large stores. Both options can be unreasonable for some. This can drive already vulnerable folks to depend on highly processed, unhealthy food choices.
This is one of many reasons that our vote is so important. Our vote is our voice! We must value our vote and choose to uplift the vulnerable out of modern oppression. We must vote to help all people have opportunity to thrive. The time is now! The truth must be acknowledge. Everyone must engage for us all to have a change to excel!
I’m Not Mad. I’m Motivated. to V.O.T.E! I hope you are, too.