Anyone who has ever subscribed to an organic veg box will know exactly what I’m talking about – you look forward to your delivery, you unpack your fresh, beautiful produce, you store it in your kitchen… and then? You’re not quite sure what to do with it. We’ve recently started receiving organic veg boxes again, something we had done previously but stopped after it became unfeasible for us. Now that Isla is being weaned, however, it’s really important to us that the majority of her first foods are organic fruits and vegetables, and the easiest way to source those for us is a veg box scheme.
Each time a box is delivered, we decide which options will make up her meals, and for which fruits and vegetables she isn’t quite ready yet. She eats her foods raw or steamed, so there isn’t much creativity required (yet), but when it comes to the items left over for us, it gets a bit more tricky and I’m left leafing through all my cookbooks trying to find suitable recipes. While that’s one of my favourite past-times, I have to admit that it’s a bit time consuming and sometimes I just can’t be bothered with the faff. That’s where Vegan Life Magazine‘s newest feature comes in. The Veg on Wheels feature introduces the month’s most popular seasonal vegetables, along with recipe suggestions to get you started.
While I’ve now got into the groove with using our veg box (well, mostly), I really wish I had access to this resource when my first boxes arrived. I wasted so much produce simply because I didn’t really know what to do with it, because there weren’t enough simple, appealing recipes out there and sometimes, I confess, because I didn’t know what the fuck the weird green thing was, and thus couldn’t google any uses for it.
What are your thoughts on veg boxes? A great way to sample a variety of seasonal produce, or a food-wast trap?
Disclaimer: I receive the digital version of Vegan Life Magazine free of charge in exchange for featuring each issue on the blog. All opinions are my own, as usual.