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The Veg Box Menu Planning Thread

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HairsprayBabe Tue 19-Sep-17 11:02:41

Combination of being nosey and wanting to skim ideas off other people...

What are you getting in your veg box this week, and what are you planning on doing with it?

This week we got:
Carrots
French beans
Romanesco cauliflower
Curly kale
Mixed salad leaves
Sweet mixed peppers

And we are having:
M: Cauliflower Cheese
T: Chef Salad
W: Harissa cabbage and white bean stew
T: Tofu Stir fry
F: Roasted Veg and puy lentil medley
S: (staying and DM's)
S: Carrot soup with homemade cheese scones

Catinthecorner Tue 19-Sep-17 14:08:01

Can I come and stay with you for the week please?

HairsprayBabe Tue 19-Sep-17 14:15:23

Yes, but you will have to share with the hamster!

HairsprayBabe Thu 21-Sep-17 08:15:00

ooh just found out that I can order an additional "squash box" with my usual order - not sure what I will be doing with 4 different squashes, but I am very tempted! They keep for months any way grin

2014newme Thu 21-Sep-17 08:17:23

What's chef salad?

HairsprayBabe Thu 21-Sep-17 10:36:44

Just using up leftovers in a salad, so anything like left over roasted veg, last few olives in a pot, grated cheese, /12 tin of kidney beans etc...
I tend to top it with a dressing usually made from leftovers too either the end of a pot of hummus or salsa.

The one we had this week had blanched and cooled kale, peppers, olives, rocket, french beans, grated carrot, grated cheese and a dressing made from the oil the olives came in, a splash of orange juice and some white wine vinegar. DP had some chopped up chicken and bacon on his and we both had a poached egg.

MelanieCheeks Mon 25-Sep-17 17:35:02

This week we had:

Potatoes
onions
tomatoes
carrots
romanesco
cabbage
green pepper
beetroot

So far I've had:
roast romanesco salad

mashed potato, carrots, and onion in the stuffing for roast chicken
tomatoes for snack

I'm on a low calorie day today so will have some cabbage for dinner, possibly stir fried with green papper and mushrooms.

I've roasted the beetroot and might use one to make home made humous

HairsprayBabe Tue 26-Sep-17 12:46:36

I find beetroot really hard to use up mainly because I don't want my entire dinner to be bright pink! Beetroot falafel burgers are my usual go to.

This week we got:
Curly Kale
Butternut squash
tomatillos
patty pan squash
cherry tomatoes
fennel
broccoli
cos lettuce

We are having
M Lettuce Tacos
T Quorn steaks - fennel puree, cream cheese sauce, wilted kale & green beans (left from last week)
W Vegetable and chickpea curry
T Squash rosti and poached eggs wilted kale
F Veggie Kievs, BNS mash and broccoli
S Out at MILs
S out at lunch time so something quick and light either frittata or stirfry depending on mood/hunger levels

MelanieCheeks Wed 27-Sep-17 07:32:16

W: carrot and pepper crudites with betroot humous

Th: Other beetroot and some cabbage will be a sort of borscht for my 500 calorie day.

F: Half a carrot grated into overnight oats with walnuts, maple syrup and cinnamon for a "carrot cake" flavour.

Weekend: clear the fridge soup, to be frozen for future lunches.

HairsprayBabe Wed 27-Sep-17 07:46:12

What day do you get your box Melanie?

kateandme Wed 27-Sep-17 12:14:25

hairspray.if you cut in half and roast your squash,then scoop out and chop most of middle.
meanwhile cook a kind of marrocan mince,cumin,tomato,couscous filling sprinkle with some feta after you've stuff the roasted squash
or make a chorizo one goes great
www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2493639/spanish-stuffed-marrow

drspouse Wed 27-Sep-17 12:21:35

Aargh just typed it up and it went!

Beetroot - corned beef, potato and beetroot hash.

Kale - generally am stumped but we've had "crispy seaweed", or colcannon type thing with bacon in. DS eats the bacon and leaves the rest but the rest of us like it.

Cauli/broccoli go in with mac n cheese, the kids hoover that up even DS who "hates cheese".

This week we also have chard (am going to try a lamb and chard stir fry) and rocket (pizza and rocket easy tea).

Carrots go in a chicken and carrot tagine, or grated = carrot salad with lemon juice, olive oil, and raisins if you are not me, or in cole slaw.

MelanieCheeks Wed 27-Sep-17 12:23:38

I get a fortnightly box on a Thursday

HairsprayBabe Wed 27-Sep-17 12:44:31

Kate that sounds nice I'll have to remember that, would 1/2 a squash do 2 people? because I can hold back 1/2 of what I don't use tonight and make that next week perhaps...

I just wilt the kale I get with butter or olive oil and serve as a side, sometimes I put chopped walnuts and capers through it too, I would never have bought it in the supermarket but I have found I really like it! And you can tweak the flavors so it "goes" with most things:
garlic and chilli is nice with chinese food,
coconut flakes and ginger go well with a curry,
pumpkin seeds and lemon are fab with a poached egg for brunch....

drspouse Wed 27-Sep-17 12:46:59

Hmm I can't see my DC being that excited about kale even as a flavoured side dish!

HairsprayBabe Wed 27-Sep-17 13:43:29

I suppose I forget that I am feeding myself and DP who will eat anything put in front of him!

drspouse Wed 27-Sep-17 13:50:21

Yes even my relatively omnivorous DP tends to say that many cabbage type veg are "a bit chewy".

HairsprayBabe Fri 29-Sep-17 09:36:18

Veg box day today!

This week we have got:
Carrots
Beetroot
Cauliflower
Savoy cabbage
Baby leaf spinach
Mushrooms

Neither of us like mushrooms at all so they will go to DM and I find beetroot hard to cook with so it will be an interesting week I think!

Off to do a meal plan....

kateandme Fri 29-Sep-17 11:46:13

have you had roasted onions sweet potatos and beetroor before hairspray really good.
make a chutney
goes great with fish or mackeral wamr beetroot salad
honesy roasted carrots and beetroot.

kale can be good stirred through your cheesy pasta dishes

think half squash might be ok yes.if its a decent size.try and see you could always pad out more filling

HairsprayBabe Fri 29-Sep-17 11:58:02

Kate while DP will eat anything I am slightly fussier!

Not a meat eater - will eat fish very rarely if pushed

Also currently slimming so no refined carbs so bread, rice, spuds, pasta and sugar are out! But I can usually make decent subs with chickpeas or quinoa!

M: Mexican omelette Wraps
T: stew and dumplings (with chickpea flour)
W: beetroot burgers bunless with a salad for me
T: Curry & cauli rice
F: ??? have a friend coming over and she is a bit of a fussy eater when it comes to veggies so I will probably just do dips and finger food picky bits so she doesn't feel uncomfortable might bake a camembert!

MelanieCheeks Fri 29-Sep-17 19:34:41

Yummy meal tonight!

Mixed sausages (clearing out the freezer)
Mustard mashed potato (orindary mash with a tablespoon of wholegrain mustrad stirred in)
Saute cabbage with fennel seeds
Onion and red wine gravy

HairsprayBabe Mon 02-Oct-17 10:12:05

I love mustard mash <drools>

DP is cooking tonight - Mexican omelette wraps, an idea and creation of his own and as yet un-tested!

drspouse Mon 02-Oct-17 10:35:56

We had chicken and carrot tagine, all devoured it in double quick time (even DS ate the carrots! it has honey in it which I think is the trick).

MelanieCheeks Thu 05-Oct-17 22:58:26

The fortnight s box:

Potatoes
Onion
Carrots
Parsnip
Savoy cabbage
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Tomatoes
Spring onions

What's your favourite cabbage recipe?

HairsprayBabe Fri 06-Oct-17 10:07:09

I love stuffed cabbage rolls

realfood.tesco.com/recipes/stuffed-cabbage-rolls-with-a-tomato-sauce.html basic principle

I suff mine with a mix of green lentils and sauteed finely chopped onion, celery, peppers and andy other veg I have hanging about.

This week we got:
Leeks
Romanesco Cauliflower
Swiss chard
Red peppers
Butternut Squash
Yellow Peppers
Salad leaves

so far we are having:
Mexican stuffed peppers with salad
Creamy leeks, quorn chicken and wilted chard
beetroot falafel and cauliflower cous cous
Roasted squash fritters poached eggs and green veg

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