Sunday, December 11, 2011

Menu Plan #11 ~ Using Up that Produce Box

Do you grow your own produce or get a produce box?  We are working toward growing our our produce, but for now we are very grateful to get a box of large organic produce each week that forces  encourages us to eat lots of in-season goodness, and to try things I wouldn't normally buy (like collard and mustard greens).  This is how we're enjoying our box this week:

To do: Soak sourdough English muffins & pumpkin bread, make applesauce, thaw trout.
Breakfast: Soaked porridge & eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Snack: Applesauce
Dinner: Veggie & rice stir fry, butternut squash fries, & cranberry pear pie

To do: Make English muffins & white chocolate macadamia nut lara bars
Breakfast: Soaked pumpkin bread & eggs
Snacks: kefir smoothies
Lunch:  English muffin sandwiches


To do: roast pumpkins/winter squash, make kale chips & creme fraiche
Breakfast: Almond flour biscuits, pastured bacon, & eggs
Snack: kefir smoothies
Lunch: Mostly Raw Wraps
Snack: kale chips
Dinner: Wild-caught pan-fried trout with chantrellescurried mustard greens with kidney beans

To do: soak porridge
Breakfast: Grain-free blueberry banana bars & eggs
Snack: kefir smoothies
Lunch: Nut Butter & Honey Popcorn, raw cheese & carrot slices
Snack: White chocolate & macadamia nut lara bars
Dinner: Gluten-free turkey pesto pasta & creamed spinach

To do: Soak sourdough pancakes
Breakfast: Soaked porridge & eggs
Snack: kefir smoothies
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: Apple & cheese slices
Dinner: Butternut squash soup, salad with probiotic-rich ranch dressing

 & gluten-free pear crisp

Breakfast: sourdough pancakes & eggs
Snack: kefir smoothies
Lunch: pancake sandwiches
Snack: Apple, pear, & cheese slices
Dinner: Bunless hamburgers, potato wedges, & apple cake

To do: menu plan, soak porridge
Breakfast: Gluten-free chocolate chip scones & eggs
Snack: White chocolate & macadamia nut lara bars
Lunch: Leftovers
Snack:  kefir smoothies
Dinner: Leftovers (Sunday is my day off)

I'm sharing this at Menu Plan Monday, Monday Mania, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday.


  1. I work in exchange for produce at a co-op nearby. I put in about 10 hours a week (during the growing season) and I love being out in the garden. I also love the flexibility that if I need to travel or say have a baby, there are others who will pick up the slack and keep the garden going. A major upside is I often get to pick out what produce I want to take home. Do I want to can tomatoes or make pickles? I’ll pick some extra this week. Do I want to freeze peppers or pesto, well I can do that too. Until we have land of our own this system works really well. Although I dream of the day I can work my own garden and have my children right there with me.
    I’m due in June and I’m curious how soon I’ll be able to get back in the garden and how plausible it will be to take a little one with me. That’s part of why I enjoy your blog. You’re in the same boat!

  2. i have tried some new things too with our produce box. for one, i didn't know i liked bok choy so much - just lightly sauted for a few seconds with butter and garlic and on rice or couscous. as, i make all our salads "mixed greens" now, so i can sneak in the greens the kids may not be as apt to try as a single dish. it is working great. i love all the extra stuff for my juicing - my version of "prenatal vitamins" since i hate taking pills. thanks for some great new ideas on your meal plan.

  3. What a good menu, where did you get the chanterelles? I haven't been able to find them anywhere. I'm inspired

  4. Thanks! I was given some, but I need to find a source soon because we're about to run out and I LOVE them!

  5. What a great arrangement! Congrats on your sweet baby!

  6. Great ideas, Charis!

  7. Kale chips are absolutely delicious!

    We can't get a produce box here. It's absolutely freezing and nothing is available. During the summer, we can, but then I grow most of my own in my garden. :)

    Sourdough pancakes sound delicious. The last time I tried sourdough starter, I got gnats. :(

  8. Gnats and fruit flies love sourdough starter, so you have to make sure to keep it covered with a cloth and secure it with a rubber band. A great way to get those boogers is to get a little jar and put some apple cider vinegar in it with a couple drops of dish soap. They're attracted to the vinegar but drown because of the soap. Keep it next to the sourdough. I hope that helps. :)

  9. What a fun find. A friend online in our real nutrition group (WAPF) sent out the link.


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