Friday, October 7, 2011

Week 26 in Review

The Score
Eaters - 10     Compost - 1     Carry Over - 1

With the exception of some lettuce that once again hit the compost bin, we ate everything except one tomato, one cucumber and a couple of onions - all of which will get consumed in the next week.  It was a week of fairly simple meals, allowing me to incorporate the box into meals that could be mostly made quickly or in advance.  I've been missing the time that I had over the summer, especially on the weekends, to cook great meals or get ingredients ready for later in the week.  Between a busy work schedule and a full fall sport schedule (soccer and baseball) these days, weekends - and evenings for that matter - have not allowed for much food preparation.  So if simple allows me to get the ingredients into our meals and bodies, I'll take it for now.

The Best
  • The curried chicken salad with grapes was amazing, partially because the grapes from the box were some of the best that we've ever tasted, partially because the combinations of flavors and textures were spot on.  The meal also featured cucumbers, strawberries, and a Greek pasta salad with red peppers from the previous week's box. 

The Good
  • Turkey burgers are a staple around this place, enhanced by some delicious tomato slices as well as some roasted pasilla peppers and brioche buns found at the same farmer's market where we pick up our box.
  • Turkey tacos are another staple.  This week's were made that much better by the presence of fresh, simple, three ingredient salsa - all from this week's box.

The Rest
  • I was really excited about the zucchini, carrot, banana bread recipe that I had found.  In a rush, however, I neglected to add a very important ingredient - baking soda.  The result was a flat, mushy bread that had good flavors but horrible texture.  I hope to have the ingredients to try it again and get it right.

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