This is my first blog which was inspired by joining The Produce Box, a local community supported agriculture group. With a weekly delivery of fresh produce, I have been challenged to create healthy nightly meals using ingredients I may not have purchased on my own.

Below is a compilation of weekly meals using the produce delivered by The Produce Box as well as some other recipes which have inspired me.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Carrots, Lettuce, Peppers Oh My! March 7-Mach 11th

Carrots, Lettuce, Peppers Oh My!

This week I only added a share of carrots to my box.  We enjoy eating fresh carrots throughout the year in our meals and dishes and what better way then to blanch and freeze for later use, farm fresh carrots!
My box consisted of:
  • carrots
  • green peppers
  • bibb lettuce
  • strawberries
  • clementines
  • yellow squash
I never defrosted during the week a freezer crock pot meal instead I made something else for dinner and treated the family to a church fish fry rather than making chicken pot pie.

The strawberries and clementines are quickly disappearing as sweet snacks and toppings for breakfast pancakes and yogurts. As mentioned above I will be blanching and freezing the carrots for later use.

Friday March 7-  Church fish fry was our dinner.

Saturday, March 8-  With the arrival of Spring weather I am grilling hamburgers and hotdogs served with fresh sliced tomatoes from last weeks box, clementines and garnished with bibb lettuce.  I also serve up either some beans or pasta salad.  And some garlic and olive oil grilled squash.

Sunday, March 9-  I NEED room in my freezer and I foresee another beautiful day "playing" outside.  So what better solution to not wanting to be trapped in the kitchen and making room in my freezer then with a crock pot meal?  Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes
Crock-Pot Chicken Sweet Potatoes
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup peach preserves OR apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, curry powder, and ginger. Add peach preserves, vinegar, and soy sauce to gallon freezer bag. Add in sweet potatoes and onion, and top with chicken. Seal bag and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until chicken is thoroughly cooked and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with fork.
  2. Combine chicken broth and cornstarch and mix well. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened.
Monday, March 10-  With the first soccer practice of the evening tonight, I need simple and quick.  I'll make fajitas using the green peppers from my box.

Tuesday, March 11-  I will make fish tacos using the bibb lettuce roughly cut in place of the slaw. 

Fish Tacos  WW Pts: 9

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 1 pound cod, cut into chunks
  • 1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I might reduce to 1 tbspn)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • packaged cole slaw mix
  • 1 (10 ounce) package tortillas
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced


  1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the fish in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
  2. To make the dressing, combine the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt, and pepper in desired amounts. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake fish in preheated oven until it easily flakes with a fork, 9 to 11 minutes. (Fish can also be grilled)
  4. Assemble tacos by placing fish pieces in the center of tortillas with desired amounts of tomatoes, cilantro, and slaw; drizzle with dressing.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 416 * Total Fat: 19.2g * Cholesterol: 43mg * Sodium: 709mg * Total Carbs: 38.5g * Dietary Fiber: 6g * Protein: 22.6g

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