Yesterday was food co-op day. We’re able to order large or small boxes of vegetables and/or fruit or a large or small combo box, plus we can order boxes of all kinds of other fruits and vegetables. I ordered extra boxes of carrots (23 pounds) for juicing and an extra box of kale (24 bunches). I always order more lettuce. Here’s what my sewing room fridge looks like . . stuffed to the gills with kale and lettuce.
We love kale! Last night we had soup with one bunch of kale in it. Tonight we’re having this chicken recipe. I can hardly wait til dinner!
My biggest complaint about the carrots in the grocery store is that they’re the size of my little finger so by the time I peel them, I end up with a carrot as thick as a toothpick. Look at the size of these carrots!
That’s a 9″ x 13″ dish they’re in. They are huge and they taste good and they’re really juicy for our juicing. The rest of the 23 pounds is in a box in the sewing room. There’s no room in the fridge there or inside the house.
Also in our veggie box were two big stalks of fennel, celery, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, red bell peppers, 2 bundles of red kale, parsley and that’s all I can remember but probably not all that was in there.
In the fruit box . .
Some of the fruit is already out and not in the picture so in addition to what you see, I had 5 or 6 kiwi, 4 avocados, a couple more oranges that I’ve already consumed, and maybe something else I don’t remember.
We go through the fruit very quickly but I’m happy to report that we used every crumb of the fruits and vegetables that we got 2 weeks ago and I’m sure we will again this time but we may be orange from all the carrots or green from all the kale!
Kale dries very well, just so you know. Great addition to soups for color when you don’t get some, in your case probable in the summer.
I also chop and freeze kale to be added to soups and things in the winter! I also like it in meatloaf (finely chopped) and to replace anything that calls for cooked spinach.
Marie Mann says
I have seen Kale in our local fresh fruit and veggie shop but it looks quite dark and I am wondering if it is very strong tasting. Do you cook it like spinach or brocolli? Been tempted to buy some but just not sure how to cook it. Have never seen it before this summer.
Was only talking with my husband over dinner about the different foods we now eat here in Australia that were not around in our childhood. Owe it all to the immigrants who came here after WW11, before that the only spaghettit we knew was in a tin, and we never knew what a bell pepper or a zuchini was either.
Judy – could you do a post on what you do with all the carrot pulp from juicing? I know you must use it somehow…
I’m not Judy, but…. I’ve used the pulp in baked goods — muffins, quick breads, or mixed in with meatloaf, when I’m really organized and efficient. To be honest, lots of our pulp goes in the compost, though.
Oh yes, carrot pulp makes awesome muffins AND carrot cookies with raisins!
Looks yummy. How is the weightless going?
The last carrots we bought were the very thin ones. That was all the store had. I hate them. They take twice as long to clean and don’t taste as good as the larger carrots.
I know I would not know what to do with the fennel. If I remember correctly it taste like licorice and that is a flavor I am not fond of in candies. The kale is again something I don’t know. I don’t like most “greens” served in restaurants because they are over cooked. Once a green vegetable turns a grayish green I am not fond of the flavor.
I am so glad you have the opportunity to buy the fruits and vegetables. Some of our fresh onions, spinach and lettuce will be ready soon.
Kim Paventy says
I really did turn orange as a baby from eating sweet potatoes! The story is it was the only thing I wanted to eat when I was eating baby food and I was orange for a few weeks!
Kathy Wilson says
Sounds like you’re enjoying the WW diet! And with your hard work around the ranch, you must be seeing results. I’m sure I’m not alone – Will you give us an update on your weight loss, please?
Debbie R. says
You are so lucky to have a husband that will eat this way. Mine couldn’t even look at a vegetable when we got married.. I have got him to eat some but I am a long way from getting him to eat greens… He says he gets his from what the cow eats!! Can’t change him just enjoy the other things…
Just last night I cooked a kale recipe from the ww site. It had bacon, canellini beans, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and a few other things. Absolutely delicious!
You need a root cellar for storing all the stuff you get! Frozen kale works great for soups. That’s a winter-time favorite for us. I sometimes freeze carrots for soups as well (put them in single serves and they are easy to defrost when you need them) but it doesn’t sound like yours are going to last that long!
I haven’t tried it yet, but I understand you can sprinkle Kale with olive oil and bake for 10 /15 minutes and then eat it like potato chips!!
vickie van dyken says
Wow if the pictures didn’t make me hungry….all the comments did!! I am sure you and Vince are losing weight with eating all that fresh vegies 🙂 My girlfriend’s Bro has a farm in Skagit County (where they have the Tulip festival) He gave us some carrots and Kale that couldn’t ship..not shapped right or something crazy….anyway those were the best carrots and Kale I have ever had….Fresh is always better !!
Denise ~ justquiltin says
At my house – any kale is too much kale. LOL I probably wouldn’t mind it in soup – I’ll have to try that — but I had some lovely purple stuff I grew and roasted the leaves as Barbara mentioned above with olive oil. I read several reviews that people said that was their favorite kale recipe — I decided if that was the best it got, why would anyone eat it! 🙂 It was like eating dried out leaves (or how I would image leaves to be since I don’t normally eat what I rake out of the yard but brittle and disintegrated in your mouth).
yum Judy – that recipe sounds lovely – might have to bookmark that one. I love fresh vegie juice – my fav is celery, carrot, spinach and tomato – not a pretty colour due to the spinach but really earthy and good for you 🙂
lorraine croy says
I’ve made 2 batches of kale crisps in the dehydrator this week and used kale in meatloaf last night…a recipe for spiral meatloaf. Very pretty with the kale rolled in the meatloaf. And I think the kale was from Texas…in the grocery store in MI!
You all should try the Maple Coconut Kale Krisps by JungleTreats. I am sure the entire family, especially the kids, will love them. They taste better than candy. They can be purchased online or at Wholefoods.