I’m back from a week in upstate New York! I have a million photos to share with you guys, but first, a recipe! Because since I was gone two things happened: it became September, and a heaping box of organic produce found its way onto my doorstep.
I was literally about to leave my house for the grocery store since I had nothing in the fridge from being out of town when an amazing box from Melissa’s Produce arrived! And booooy do I need some vegetables in my life after traveling. The sweet folks at Melissa’s offered to send me a box of their organic goods for free so that I could give it a try and share my findings with you guys.
Melissa’s Produce has a variety of boxes of fresh, organic produce that you can choose from, all of which can be delivered to your door, either once in a while or on a regularly scheduled basis. They even have larger “family” boxes to feed households of more than just one or two.
Now, I should start by admitting I am a grocery shopping FANATIC, so I have never been interested in the home delivery grocery services before. This is really more of a CSA sorta thang, though, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Melissa’s Produce definitely did not disappoint. I had requested the organic 50/50 fruit and veggie box, which is specially for delivery in southern California (free shipping throughout all of SoCal between Santa Barbara and San Diego!). The box I received was brimming with fresh goodies.
These guys are packing pros. Everything was nestled in there and nothing really looked smushed or wilted! That’s not what happens when I mail things far less fragile.
Here’s what was in the box:
- 2 pears
- 2 oranges
- 2 apples (one was eaten immediately upon opening the box)
- 2 kiwis
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 ginger stalk
- 1 avocado (I think I squealed seeing this)
- 1 head of broccoli (looooove)
- 1 head of kale
- a bunch of medium-sized carrots
- 2 medium-sized zucchini
- 1 head of lettuce
Holy produce batman. That’s definitely enough green for little ol’ me for a week!
This box is supposed to come with two cucumbers instead of zucchini, but since I’m allergic to cukes, they made a swap for me. Also, I should point out that the label on the box said a lemon was supposed to be included as well, but I didn’t have one. No biggie.
I like that the produce sent was seasonally and locally minded, and forced me to enjoy ingredients I don’t usually gravitate toward, like kale (sorry, kale lovers) and citrus. The price is probably a little too steep for me to be a regular customer ($25 for this particular box), especially since I would still be buying more produce during the week as I eat a lot of fruit throughout the day, but I think it IS a good deal if you’re shooting for eating mostly organic. It’s super accessible and convenient.
Anyways, the first thing that shot to mind after unpacking this box was SOUP. I mean, hi, it’s practically fall, and so many of those ingredients are just perfect for a September-y soup.
And voila! A soup of ground turkey, carrots, and zucchini was born…..with some kale thrown in for good measure.
Major yum. You can serve it with a yummy salad of lettuce and avocado (and not included tomato), plus some crusty bread.
The other items will all be packed into my lunch this week, as I’m ALL about fruit and sliced veggies (like carrots and zukes) as side dishes to my sandwich/salads in the office. And let’s be honest – I brought leftover soup for lunch today. I also REALLY want to try making my own ginger tea with some hot water and fresh ginger. It’s supposed to be great for your immune system, and whenever I feel like I’m getting sick, I’ll throw some in my soup; I bet that would help with serious jet lag too, don’t you think? 😉
Turkey, Carrot, and Zucchini Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
- 5-6 medium carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped
- 16oz ground turkey breast
- 1 can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
- 5 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 small bunch of kale, coarsely chopped
- 1 tsp salt and pepper each, plus more to taste
- ~1tsp Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning, to taste (optional – it’s my fav!)
- 1 cup cooked brown rice, for serving (optional)
1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottom pot on medium-high heat, and start to sauté garlic. (Beware not to burn the garlic!) Add carrots and zucchini and cook until they begin to soften and brown.
2. Add turkey and cook until it is no longer pink and starting to brown. Add salt and pepper and optional 21 Seasoning.
3. Add diced tomatoes and broth, turning up the heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the kale and continue to cook on medium-low with covered lid for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Feel free to add more salt or pepper if you desire.
4. Serve hot, alongside salad and/or a big chunk of crusty bread. OPTIONAL: add cooked rice straight into bowl of soup when serving.
*Although I received this box for free in return for sharing a recipe on my blog, all opinions, as always, are 100% my own; I only review products I actually am interested in.