Lately there has been a whole lotta cooking going on at Chez Depre!
We have fallen into a pattern of cooking up a storm one or two nights a week and then kinda coasting the rest of the week, sure maybe a steak or pork chop is grilled but all other parts of a well balanced meal are ready and just need a warming up. This has really brought some freedom into our evenings and has kept us away from the easy…let’s get a pizza/Chinese/tacos pitfall.
And it has become quite fun as we search out recipes to try. Add to this a weekly delivery of produce from Imperfect Produce and the game is on to find ways to use it all and waste nothing. About 7-8 weeks ago I spotted an add on Facebook for Imperfect Produce and immediately thought…wow that is a great concept. Then a friend posted that she got her first box. It looked great and I was in! Imperfect Produce is basically fruits & veggies that are deemed not perfect for store shelves but of course are yummy and good on all other fronts. Of course the ease of picking out (yes you can customize your box weekly or let the people at Imperfect surprise you) of having these foods delivered is a plus with a busy life. But what we really like and why we support it with our membership is it is a way for those in “food desserts” can obtain healthy food. So while we can easily buy at our local store (and trust me we still do because there is always a need for more food with Paul in the house) our membership helps support this so that those who don’t have the luxury can still obtain them.
Friday is delivery day here and this was what was in this weeks box.
Right off the bat I thought SOUP! with the Fennel.
And a quick search of AllRecipes.com found this recipe for
While I prepared the soup, Paul actually was making a Chuck Roast using up carrots, celery, onions and potatoes from last weeks box. (with vacay, business travel and son travel we got a little behind)
Sautee those veggies! Very easy…simple and clean cooking. While those sautéed I got busy wrapping brussel sprouts (also from last weeks box) in bacon that could share the oven with Paul’s dish.
Veggies are done just as it is time to pop Paul’s dish and the bacon sprouts in the oven.
Onward to using the blender to puree everything.
I just wish you could taste and smell it. So good. I will be adding Fennel and Zucchini to our box for this soup at least once a month!
A little while later these came out of the oven.
There were about twice as many as in the picture. I had two. That is all I am saying. I am guessing more brussel sprouts need to be ordered. LOL
I forgot to take a pic of the Chuck Roast and Veggies…sorry. It will be dinner tonight with Paul Jr after we pick him up from the airport.
If you are interested in checking out Imperfect Produce you can do so here.
I just went to get the standard link offering a $10 discount on your first order and found that they are running a special for a $20 discount! if you sign up by November 27th! So click and check it out!
Now I am off to sew in the studio for a few hours.
Enjoy your day!