In an effort to eat healthier, incorporate more veggies in our diets, support local farming, AND be environmentally sensitive, Jesse and I have opted to join a local produce delivery service: www.localharvestdelivery.com
We received our first box on Saturday, which I had actually forgotten was coming. What a nice surprise to come home to a fresh box of local lavendar, parsley, beets, multi-colored carrots, onion, apples, mandarins, leaf broccoli, spinach, and lettuce. Kind of a bummer that Jesse is gone this weekend, and that we have our class on Monday (ie. no cooking dinner), so I used the first of the “crop” tonight to make a really yummy (and healthy) stir-fry of onion, leaf broccoli, beet greens, spinach, mushrooms, and tofu. I know, sounds almost too healthy to taste good, but it was really tasty, I promise (Jesse would have loved it actually). Then, because I used the beet greens, I got ambitious and looked up a recipe for some carrot/beet soup, and ended up making it for my lunches this week (I snuck a taste and it’s awesome too!). So, not only did I eat local and healthy, but also organic and MUCH more colorful and fresh than I normally would have. Well worth the $30 box so far.
Also, as a sidenote, I was again able to use my new birthday blender – which is officially the best appliance that I own, thanks to Nana and Papa. I’ve only used it for smoothies so far, but since the intention was to get it to make baby food eventually, I decided the soup was a good test start. And it worked amazingly!
I suppose this post makes me officially “middle-aged”. There is no “young adult” who would: A) get as excited as I did over a box of produce on my porch, B) be as happy with the use of the new blender and “gourmet” soup recipe, or C) eat as many vegetables as I have consumed in one day, much less the amount I plan to consume this week.
However, this makes me very, very happy, regardless. Now, I just can’t wait for Jesse to get home from Phoenix! He at least, if not actually being excited, will be a wonderfully dutiful husband to his pregnant wife and feign great excitment over the produce, the cooking, and the blender. I can’t wait to see him! 🙂