We tried a fruit & veggie box delivery service for the first time in August. How exciting waiting to see what we’d get! Loved that the quantities made were great for a couple for a week (e.g. 3 onions) to limit waste. Shopping with a pram has introduced new challenges i.e. you can’t push a trolley and a pram (doh – so obvious, but hadn’t really crossed my mind before…). The fruit & veggie box also forces you out of your comfort zone of buying the same fruit & veg week in and week out. The lovely folks from Farm Fresh Online delivered a box heaving with yummy seasonal fruit & veggies. Our couples box contained:
To make sure the box worked for us, I felt meal planning out how everything would be used was key! How have we used our haul?
snacks: mainly used the fruit for snacks
salads: I bought some lettuce and used the baby corn, baby tomatoes, cucumber & carrots in salads
side dishes: cauli mash, boiled cauliflower topped with cheese sauce, boiled green beans, boiled carrots
incorporated into dishes: beef & black bean chili, cottage pie and the tasty curried butternut & apple soup recipe I’m sharing below.
any extra’s I have will be cooked, pureed, popped into ice cube trays and frozen for when Baby H is ready for solids.
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 onions, chopped
- 4 cups or 500 g (approx. half a large) peeled and diced butternut
- 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons medium curry powder
- a pinch of nutmeg
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1½ cups milk (of choice)
- salt and pepper, to season
- to serve: diced crispy bacon or roasted, spicy chickpeas and crumbled feta cheese
In a large, thick-based saucepan, gently melt the butter, sauté the onion to soften, then add butternut and apple, stirring to get a nice coating of butter and cook for 3 minutes or so.
Add flour, curry powder and nutmeg, stirring to combine the mixture.
Add chicken stock and milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to simmering point, cover and let the soup simmer very gently for a further 20 minutes or until the butternut and apple pieces are soft – if you have the heat too high the milk in it may cause it to boil over.
Blitz with a stick blender until smooth and enjoy topped diced crispy bacon or roasted, spicy chickpeas and crumbled feta cheese (optional).