5 things I love about my veg box
1. Forces me to be creative
Ever heard of a kohlrabi? I hadn’t! (it’s a weird-looking thing that tastes a bit like cabbage in case you were wondering). The box forces me to think outside my usual repertoire of recipes, which can only be a good thing.
2. Saves time
My veg box is delivered once a week and it means I don’t have to go to the supermarket to get healthy food. Once I go back to work I can use it to supplement all the meals I’ll have batch cooked and put in the freezer (ha!). They also deliver milk, cheese, meat and loads of other organic stuff too, which is really handy.
3. Increases variety of veg I eat
It’s really easy to get stuck in a rut and eat the same things every week. Because the veg boxes are seasonal, you don’t get the same things all year round. Eating a varied diet is really important to ensure you get a balance of nutrients. Having a veg box also makes me so much less likely to order a takeaway. I feel guilty about wasting anything, so I tend to make sure I use everything up.
It’s also great for Jacob as it means he tries more different types of veg than he would otherwise.
4. Environmentally friendly
The boxes are really environmentally friendly for several reasons. Firstly, they are organic so no pesticides go into the environment. Secondly, the boxes themselves are recycled—you just leave it outside the following week and your delivery driver collects it when they drop off your next box. They try not to use unnecessary packaging and a lot of the stuff they do use is recyclable, bio-degradable or reusable.
Unlike with a lot of services, your delivery day isn’t negotiable. At first I found that weird, but it actually makes a lot of sense. All deliveries in the area are made on the same day to reduce van trips–and therefore carbon emissions and food miles. If you won’t be in you can tell them a safe place to leave the box.
5. It’s easy to change your order
Although I love getting surprised each week, occasionally there are things I don’t feel like eating. You can log onto your account and see what is coming that week. If there’s anything you don’t like or want you can swap it for another seasonal vegetable. Sometimes I already have enough carrots for example, so I swap them for something else. Not all of the veg box services allow this.
You can also change your order frequency (weekly, fortnightly, 3-weekly, 4-weekly etc) and let them know when you’ll be on holiday and won’t need your box really easily.
Here are some of my favourite recipes I’ve cooked with my veg box:
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