Friday, July 24, 2009

Veggie box tonight: Skillet beans & orange salad

Hello knitters,

Not much to report on the knitting front lately - I've been working on a new pair of midnight blue Reversai socks with just the second toe left to complete the pair. They are a thank you to our friends who put us up in June when we were out of our house for a week due to "work being done."

In honor of the Tour de Fleece, I've been trying to spin on days other than our montly Spin-In. I'm working on a 210 g bump of moorit Shetland with just 25 left to spin. I'm hoping to finish my Tour de Fleece with plying on Sunday.

Ok, that's it for fiber.. and now it's time to celebrate veggies.

I love my weekly veggie box from Two Small Farms. And I'm so very proud that we are winning the Veggie Box Game this week, for a change.

See, every week when the box arrives on Wednesday, I make an inventory of the existing veggies and then check in the new arrivals. The list goes on the front of the fridge for awareness. This week: 26 "veggie units". Units are things like 2 pints of strawberries. 3 torpedo onions. A 2 lb bag of red potatoes. Two small heads of cauliflower. In other words: a lot of veggies for two people to eat up!

The goal of the Veggie Box Game is to have fewer veggies after the next checkin than you have today. When life intervenes (theater tickets, weekend wedding in LA, band rehearsal night), we get bad marks.

To increase the success rate, I've hatched a new plan, tentatively called the Veggie Box Dinner Cooperative. We met for the second time Wednesday. The Cooperative will alternate dinners at the Fiber Fiend's house and mine, with Ms. Seltsame graciously joining us increase our odds in the Game. The hosting household does a main dish, the other participants brings a salad or side.

Last week at their house: Cauliflower & tomato sauce for pasta, greek salad & an amazing plum crisp made with plums from the yard. (Home: 3 veggie units, visitors 1)

This week at our house: Zucchini Ankara, sauted spinach, and a beet / walnut / egg / romaine salad. (Home: 5, visitors: 2)

Well if we can cook for 5 or 6 adults (and mind you, Randall definitely counts for two adults at dinner time) on a weeknight, whipping up dinner for two on Friday shouldn't be any trouble right?

Tonight: Cajun Skillet Beans from the Moosewood Cooks at Home and a fabulous red leaf lettuce and orange salad. Rack up 4 veggie units consumed & nibbles into the onions & celery. And it was one of the best meals I've eaten in months. So fresh, so delicious!

For those of you scoring along at home: 26 - 5 - 4 = just 17 veg units left to go for the week. Let's see... strawberries & waffles on Saturday, repeat tonight's salad for Sunday lunch... and then my secret victory plan... invite out of town colleagues for dinner Monday night!

I'm queuing up tandoori chicken (with red onions & cilantro), a salad of romaine / peaches & basil, rosemary potatoes and grilled baby bok choi. Plus a melon for dessert. That's SEVEN at one blow! In your *face*, delicious, healthy vegetables!

2 Comments:

Blogger Kathy in San Jose said...

Our CSA box is from EatWithTheSeasons.com, and they offer different size plans. We're getting a small bag - 8 units - every week. With 4 of us, sometimes it's hard to get through everything! An everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-goes-into-the-crockpot soup is often the trick to using up a lot of it at the same time.

July 25, 2009 1:53 AM  
Blogger Abigail said...

I am a huge fan of the cajun skillet beans! My kids won't eat it though. :(

July 26, 2009 11:32 PM  

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