Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hooray for Fresh Organic Produce

It's here!  It's here!  It's here!  My first box from Washington's Green Grocer has arrived!

 I've been going back and forth in my mind for over a year over whether or not to take part in this organization that delivers a box of fresh produce (you can choose all organic or mixed - I picked all organic) up to once a week.  You have some control over what you get in that you can go onto the website and say "no, I don't want any beets ever" or "I don't want any oranges this week" up until the night before a delivery.  So I said that I don't ever want any beets, beans or sprouts because I know that they would all just sit and rot.  That being said, a big reason for me joining was so that I would have to use vegetables and fruit that I wouldn't normally buy.  For example, this week I received rainbow chard, cabbage, grapefruit and tangelos.  Now, I think I'm going to bake the tangelos into scones, and make cole slaw from the cabbage, but I'm not sure what to do with chard or the grapefruit.  Neither B nor myself enjoy eating grapefruit as is, so I'm hoping to find something to do with it.  

Any suggestions?

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  1. As a vegetarian, I'm not sure if this would work, but what about juicing the grapefruit and making a glaze for chicken or some other meat? Or you could use it (with honey or maple syrup to offset the sour taste) in baked goods, though you said you were making scones.

  2. I've made the Smitten Kitchen grapefruit yogurt cake and it's pretty good:

    One of my favorite ways to use Swiss chard is in this lentil soup recipe.

  3. Chard is good sauteed with garlic.
    I'm not a big grapefruit fan either. I got one in a mixed produce bag the other day and ended up using a citrus juicer to squeeze it and two oranges. I mixed the juices and it was a tasty citrus drink :)

    Glad to have found your blog!

  4. I had these once (Swiss Chard & Lemon Rice Rolls - link below) at a cooking class demo and they were actually really good...different, but good...and healthy! Just a thought.

    You'll have to let me know how you like the organic produce delivery thing b/c I've been considering it myself for a couple months now. Still on the fence.

  5. One time I took a grapefruit and put a lot of brown sugar on top, stuck it under the broiler to caramelize the sugar and called it Grapefruit was pretty tasty.


    Came across this link today, maybe it wil inspire you!



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