A little extra love from the Produce Box this week. Can you guess what vegetable this is?
Disclosure: I have received a Produce Box free of charge and I was not expected to write this post. I was not financially compensated form my time Opinions are my own.
It’s always a high point in my week, when I get my fruits and vegetables from the Produce Box. I love anticipating that little something extra that gets tuck in. This week, the lemon cucumbers grown by Johnston County farmer, Charles Tart, were the bomb. I ‘m blown away by this round yellow cucumber, with flavor that hints lemon. My recipe is below for how I used this cool cuke in a tzatziki sauce.
The goodness from The Produce Box keeps coming. This month it’s Christmas in July.
Hope you’ll take advantage of the offer so you can start enjoying produce like the O’naturel box.
This box features produce grown to organic standards (ORG) or is pesticide free (PF) or chemical free(CF). Here are the O Farmers:
Organic Blueberries: New Dawn Organics, Kelly , NC
Pesticide Free Hydroponic Green Bibb Lettuce, Coastal Plains Produce, Lenior County
Organic Bi-Color Corn, Herbie Cottle, Duplin County
Organic Cucumbers, M&M Plant Farms, Caswell County
Organic Yellow Squash, M&M Plant Farams, Caswell County
Pesticide Free Inigio Cherry Tomatoes, Coverfield Farms, Person County
If you’ve been thinking of becoming a member of the Produce Box , now is the perfect time! Use the code REFERJULY to get 1/2 off enrollment.
Lemon Cucumber Tzatziki (adapted from 5-ingredient Tzatzizi Dip www.produce for kids.com)
Disclosure: I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.
It’s seven days before Super Bowl Sunday and I’m thinking about making substitutions. No, not players, food. Today I’m calling a time out with my team; the team that’s seeking to serve healthier food options on game day. I’m a believer in small change. You’ll never be named MVP, throwing a party without some of the coveted Super Bowl comfort foods, even if they aren’t sports dietitian approved. That said, if someone served up some heathier options (in addition to just salsa and baby carrots), wouldn’t you be glad they did?
I’m not predicting healthier food options will start beating out the wings, nachos, delivered pizza or desserts anytime soon, but they never will if we don’t start offering them. So are you ready to receive my Super Bowl Food Challenge? Yes, I am playing with a deflated football, not because I condone it, but this puppy puncture is one of the risks of playing football with labrador retreivers. (By the way, did you notice any retrievers on the Patriot’s sidelines?) Anyway, today I’m using it as symbol of my Super Bowl strategy: take advantage of deflated calories. Make it your game plan, by joining my team and embracing my Super Bowl Food Challenge: Throw a Super Bowl party with some of the customary foods, but match each traditional dish with one healthy option. And just to get you started, I’m sharing this Mediterranean inspired cheese board. No matter how you do it, you will always score with a cheese platter! They ‘re ideal for the casual mix, mingle, and grab a snack approach to entertaining. They’re easy on the hostess, who doesn’t always know dietary restrictions and doesn’t always have time to cook. I suggest starting with Cabot cheddar, a protein rich snack that’s naturally lactose free.My board also includes other nutrient rich foods that pair exceptionally well with Cabot Alpine cheddar including: smoked salmon, tzatziki, crackers, and fresh pears. This recipe is so easy and can be modified to any number of football/food fans.
Before I close, I do want to mention that Cabot is more than just yummy cheese that is always a satisfying choice for a cheese board. Here’s a fact you should know: Cabot is a coopertative of 1200 family farms located throughtout New England and New York. Also, 100% of Cabot’s profits go back to the farmer. That’s as American as the Super Bowl!
Let me know your game plan in the comments sections below, and be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post for more inspiration for this ultimate match-up!