Spring is definitely in the air - literally. Even if you suffer from the itchy nose and eyes that come with seasonal allergies, we think that the flavorful produce in this week's boxes is bright, crunchy and fragrant enough to provide a tasty, tasty distraction. Enjoy veggies in new shapes, the beginnings of new plants or a new appreciation for sweet and juicy fruit.
oodles of Noodles
We now offer zucchini, beet, butternut squash and sweet potato spirals from the Veggie Noodle Company. Though you can make veggie noodles at home using a spiralizer, these ready-made noodles mean you can skip the extra piece of kitchen equipment and additional clean-up. Veggie spirals make a great substitute for pasta for anyone avoiding gluten or carbs, or simply trying to include more vegetables in their diet.
Enjoy your veggie noodles raw or cooked, as a base for a dish, or incorporated into a salad. Lightly saute your spirals in oil, or roast until tender, but be careful not to overcook them. Several Boston Organics staff members enjoy making simple zucchini salads, and using zucchini spirals instead of sliced zucchini make it a fun side dish or condiment for a burger or grain bowl.
To make a complete meal, serve a savory sauce or hearty stew or stir fry over a dish of veggie noodles. This week, serve up Moroccan Chickpeas with Beet Noodles. The beets will add bright color and earthy flavor to this warmly spiced dish.
Jonathan's Sprouts' Munchin' Mix is a blend of sprouted adzuki beans, lentils and peas. This crunchy blend is a great source of protein and Vitamins A, B, C and E. These legumes are lightly sprouted, meaning they have just started to grow. Munchin' Mix is delicious eaten raw, or it can be incorporated into stir fries or used as a garnish for soups. Mix these beans into your tabbouleh or stir into rice or grains for a nutritious and satisfying base for grain bowls. For a light meal, mix your Munchin' Mix with quinoa, fresh greens, and bell peppers in this refreshing and satisfying salad.
Cut into a Cantaloupe
Keep an eye out for a sweet, fresh cantaloupe melon in your box this week. Known as rockmelon in other parts of the world, cantaloupe has a veiny-looking exterior with pale orange flesh. You can tell your melon is ready to eat when you can smell its sweet fragrance, and the end opposite the stem gives a little when you press it with your thumb. Enjoy cantaloupe slices as they are, or cut them into chunks for this refreshing salad (which would make a great addition to your Mother's Day brunch table!)
Have a delicious week!
This Week's Local Produce
Nature's Circle Farm
Dwight Miller and Son Orchard
Red Fire Farm
All of the fruits and vegetables we deliver are grown without synthetic pesticides and are USDA certified organic. Interested in receiving produce that's both organic and locally sourced all year round? Check out our Local Dogma Box.