Sunday morning cooking bliss.

29 09 2013

So far this school year I’ve been able to spend my Sunday mornings cooking up some meals from the week.  I pick up my FreshBox from Alan’s Orchard on Wednesdays, but typically the school week is so busy I can’t cook anything until Saturday or Sunday.

Last Sunday I spent the first two hours of my morning cooking two different meals and it’s definitely a perfect way to get my Sunday started.  (I’m also trying to reach a goal where I don’t do work for school on Sunday, and instead can spend the day cooking, painting my nails, watching football, and going to choir rehearsal.)

 

First up: Potato and Leek Soup, from Pinch My Salt Blog

This soup is full of soft potato chunks complimented by leeks and onions.  Surprisingly enough, the amount of heavy cream in this soup does NOT hurt my stomach/intestines, so it’s a win-win situation.  When eating, I pair with some Wheat Thins Parmesan Herb Toasted Chips. (Link here.) Perfection.

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Second dish: Fritatta with Red Pepper, Eggplant, Onion, Swiss Chard, & Asiago Cheese

These all came in my FreshBox as well — with the exception of the asiago cheese.  I picked up some chicken sausage with rosemary/thyme and cooked it up while I was making the fritatta to go along with the dish.  I love it because although it’s a breakfast dish, I’ve been eating it for lunch and dinner all week and it works well for all meals!

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Happy eating!

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Fajita night!

5 09 2013

I was SO excited to get today’s Fresh Box from Alan’s Orchard.  Every month they also do a ‘spice of the month’ in partnership with the Savory Spice Shop in Westfield. What I love about this program is that it features recipes every week, and these went very well with the spice of the month: Fajita Seasoning! It’s called the ‘family seasoning’ because it’s mild enough for kids to enjoy. 

I picked up my box after a successful first day of school and before even looking in the box, saw that the spice was a fajita spice and automatically knew what to make for dinner. The question was .. what KIND of fajitas? This week’s box came with red and green peppers, onions, eggplant, and portobello mushrooms .. so I considered a veggie fajita. But in the half mile from Alan’s Orchard to ShopRite, I decided to stop off and get some beef (pre-cut ‘for stir-fry’, for the ease) and I picked up some tortillas and some shredded cheese. I also picked up a box of Spanish Rice and a container of Annie’s Organic refried beans.

While the rice cooked with some tomatoes, I cut up four peppers and two onions:

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Then I cooked up the beef with the fajita seasoning. I set that aside and kept warm. Then I cooked up my peppers and onions while I warmed my tortillas and warmed the refried beans.

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After about 40 minutes of work (pretty good timing for me!) I had this nice spread to choose from:

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It seems I have a lot of the rice / veggies variety.  After I finish off the steak I might cook up some shrimp for more fajitas, or anything else I find in my fridge!

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Happy eating!





I’m backk! With a FreshBox!

30 06 2013

To say that I’ve fallen off the food blogging train is an understatement.  Whoops! But I’m back, and hoping to be posting more frequently.

Thanks to the urging of one of my co-workers, I recently signed up for the FreshBox program through Alan’s Orchard in Westfield.  Each week I pick up a box full of fresh fruits and veggies from local farms.  I get a box this size each week (placed next to my ottoman for size comparison):

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Here’s a photo of all the stuff I got one of the first weeks. There’s so much stuff that I was bringing some of the extras to some co-workers at school.

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The thing I like most about the program is that each week I also get a packet that teaches me how to clean and store all of the fruits and vegetables, as well as 15-20 recipes that involve the ingredients.  We’ve gotten strawberries, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, bok choy, kale .. the list goes on and on! I get 9-10 different ingredients each week and it forces me to meal plan a certain way.

I haven’t done a great job documenting what I’ve made so far (I’ve made much more) .. but here are a few pictures!

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Italian sausage with asparagus, tomatoes, spinach + cannelini beans in pasta

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Steak with a butternut squash, spinach, and onion hash

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Tilapia packets with fresh tomatoes and asparagus

I hope to keep blogging about all the different things I make with all the great ingredients I get. Happy eating!