You might have read in a post recently that I’ve signed up for a regular vegetable box delivery with a local company which is something I’ve wanted to do for ages. The main reason I kept putting it off was that I didn’t know if I’d be able to incorporate all the vegetables we got into meals – I worried that I’d end up wasting food which is totally against what I wanted.
It hasn’t been that way at all though and with a lot of creative thinking, we’ve used up everything (apart from the three corn on the cobs that I gave away) so today, I thought I’d show you a few of the meals we’ve cooked with our veg box vegetables so far.
Meal 1 – Roasted vegetables and Chicken
I didn’t take a photo of this one as I only had the idea for this post after we’d had this but basically, we had chopped butternut squash, a sliced courgette, some sliced carrots and leek, some broccoli and a couple of potatoes all roasted in the oven with some olive oil and herbs. I added some chicken that we had in and it was amazing!
Meal 2 – Chicken and vegetable curry
This had a sliced leek, a sliced courgette, some chard and some chicken from the freezer along with a jar of curry sauce and we had a lovely chicken and vegetable curry which I served with rice.
Meal 3 – Roasted butternut squash and sweet potato soup
I added a sweet potato to my second butternut squash to make this amazing soup. I genuinely can’t say how much I love this soup at this time of year. This made four servings which Miss Frugal and I shared between us. The men in the house are more Heinz tomato soup guys, unfortunately.
Meal 4 – Speedy Sausage Pasta
I used the spinach from our box to add to our speedy sausage pasta and I don’t know if it’s a reflection of the spinach itself or if it’s just my amazing cooking but Mr Frugal actually commented that he wouldn’t mind eating spinach if it tasted like that everytime.
Meal 5 – Slow cooker fajitas
Not the prettiest picture but here are our slow cooker fajitas with some of the peppers we got – I did have to buy an extra pepper and throw in some red onion from our freezer to stretch it out to make enough for us all but I used two peppers from the box so it totally counts.
Trying to write a meal plan based on what we’re sent is definitely not as easy as meal planning as I normally do it based on what we have in that needs using up and I’m not 100% sure that it’s the most cost-effective way of getting our vegetables in but it’s definitely encouraging some more creative cooking.
I’m on the fence right now as to whether we’ll keep going with it so watch this space and I’ll let you know what we decide!
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