A week with a veg box

October 10th 2014katie

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My cooking has had a boost lately, thanks to both a neighbour plying me with veg from her Norfolk allotment and Wholegood kindly sending me a veg box to try.

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It’s been nice to try some ingredients that I don’t often buy for myself, and it’s much easier to make a non-lazy carb-based dinner when you’ve got a veg drawer overflowing with this colourful loveliness.

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Greens are some of my favourite veg, as long as they’re carefully cooked so as to keep their crunch and colour. The mix on the left is broccoli, chard and leek which I semi-steamed in a pan with a cup of hot water with the lid on. I served it simply with seasoning and lemon as a side dish (um, to macaroni cheese). On the right, a bit of a made-up tart of the same veg together with some stilton cheese in a quiche type custard nestled in filo pastry.

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Left, a filling tea of a sot of tartiflette (oven-baked patties of grated potato and courgette with taleggio cheese – I modified this recipe) with a saucy chickpea, tomato and spinach side. Right, a surprisingly filling solo dinner of Portobello mushrooms topped with stilton, breadcrumbs and parmesan. I didn’t need anything else with them – truly the steak of the veg world.

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I love tomatoes at this time of year, especially when roasted to concentrate their flavour. Left, using up the last of the filo with a roasted tomato, onion and mozzarella tart (with some of Josh’s chilli chutney smeared on the base). Right, a roasted tomato soup which did me for three work-at-home lunches. I also used a huge glut of spinach for more soup, which is waiting in the freezer.

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Of the new things I tried, two things I’ll definitely buy again are leeks and chard. They are both robust enough to last a good week or more in the fridge, which is important as I really don’t like to throw food away. Leeks give that oniony savouryness to any meal, but can also be the star of a dish when griddled or roasted. I use chard rather like spinach: chucked into anything saucy near the end of cooking to give a bit of texture and bump up the veg count. What are your veg box favourites?

Veg box supplied by Wholegood for review

Comments (6)

  • Marilla

    October 10th 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Ooh, love veggies! I’m not veggie, but was fed as one until I left home and always make sure to have mushrooms, peppers, leeks and broad beans handy. I love a side of greens too and they look so pretty!

  • Kristy

    October 10th 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Looks great! I’m on my second week of a CSA box and loving it! It’s made me think outside of the box (no pun intended) when planning weekly meals. Surprise favorite has been a kale and couscous salad.

  • Kath Warren

    October 12th 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Those dishes all look delicious! I love the greens as a side to macaroni cheese… I always pile on loads of veg to counteract the piles of pie and mash, haha! Thanks for sharing, I’m gonna check this out! Kath x

    http://thosevintagethoughts.com

  • andrea

    October 19th 2014 at 12:22 am

    I got a box recently too (although mine also contained meat and fish) and I must say that it forced me to eat and use vegetables that I wouldn’t usually use. I only got it once, but our weekly shopping has changed after that and now it’s healthier.

  • Hailey Dancer

    October 20th 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Greens are my favorite too! Everything looks so delicious–especially for fall. Thanks for the great share! xx

    -Hailey

  • Heather

    October 29th 2014 at 10:41 pm

    amazing colours! What an interesting place – very jealous xx

    http://blommabloglondon.blogspot.co.uk/

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