I recently purchased my first good food box. I opted for the large one because, although I didn’t know what would be in it I know that my family tends to eat a lot of produce so I was fairly confident that I could find a way to use all the food or possibly give away what we would not use.
Turns out there was nothing out of the ordinary for us in it but there were a few things that we don’t typically eat/husband and or little man won’t eat if not cleverly disguised.
I should have written down an inventory of the box when I first got it but I did not. Here is a list of everything I can remember and hopefully I get most of it.
1 lg. bag of potatoes, 1 bag of onions, 2 butternut squash, 1 yam, 2 garlic bulbs, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 head of green cabbage, 1 head of iceberg lettuce, 4 avocados, 5 roma tomatoes, 1 cucumber, 4 orange peppers, 2 bags of carrots, oranges (6ish), apples (6ish), 2 lemons, 1 honeydew, 1 bunch of bananas, and 2 grapefruits.
I think that about covers it. The main things that I knew right away I would have to do something different with were the squash, yam, cauliflower, and some of the potatoes. (we aren’t big potato eaters so after mashed and hash browns I am kinda out of ideas) Having so many avocados and tomatoes also required a little creativity and we also can’t usually finish a whole honeydew.
So here is a the list of things that I made or am planning on making with what was in my box. Hopefully you find it even a little helpful in using up your produce and feeding your family healthy food. I have included a link to online recipes that I have used or am planning on using.
Sweet Potato – Sweet potato bran muffins (I know 2 batches of muffins, but healthy muffins are our go to, on the go snack or breakfast when we are rushed)
Cauliflower – by far the most challenging because the husband always notices if I try to hide it. We will probably try these cauliflower tots that little man might like and maybe this cauliflower broccoli salad
Tomato, avocado, cucumber, pepper – all roughly chopped and mixed with oil, vinegar and spices (garlic, salt, pepper, maybe some cayenne, onion powder, oregano whatever feels right) served with rice and chicken
Avocado – chocolate avocado pudding
Cabbage, carrots, apples – coleslaw served with pork and rice
Cabbage, carrots, potato, onion, tomato – cabbage soup (probably to go in the freezer for individual servings to quick defrost since my men don’t really like this type of soup)
Honeydew – chopped up, eat half and freeze other half for smoothies or I might try making sherbet with it
Oranges, grapefruit, lemon – we just eat or put in water but there are some very interesting citrus salad recipes
Bananas – again eat, and Banana bread/muffins, I also came across this recipe for healthy banana cookies
Lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, onions, carrots – we used for salad, and chopped for tacos and burgers
Potatoes – so far we have had hash browns, fortunately potatoes ted to keep for quite a while so we also plan on having roasted and mashed, maybe on shepherds pie and I would like to try some potato pancakes and maybe some potato bread and potato soup on a cold day
Potato, Onion, and carrots, garlic – foil dinner on the BBQ with steak
Carrots – we will mostly just cut and eat for snacks, but they also went into a few things listed above
Peppers – included in a few of the lists above but might still pose a problem, fortunately they can be cooked down pureed and added to things discreetly. A person might also try stuffed peppers but again my men won’t eat them that way.
I didn’t list onion and garlic specifically for 2 reasons, first, they seem to go into everything I make anyway and second, they last a really long time if stored nicely so there should be no problems using them up before their time.
One more thought, if I still had a wee one that was eating baby food I would have also pureed a lot of the produce for baby food, frozen in ice cube trays. My little man is 2 1/2 yrs now so we are past that stage but you can be sure when this baby comes I will defiantly be using some of my veggies for food for him.
So there you have it, a bunch of ideas and recipes to help you use the produce in your good food box. Let me know if I missed something that was in the box and feel free to comment with what you did with yours.