The best way to stick to a healthy diet is preparation. I’ve previously tried to plan my meals in advance but have always struggled to find inspiration for new meals. Finding interesting and healthy recipes, then writing a list of the ingredients I needed always seemed like too much of a chore as I hate writing a food shopping list. I love eating and I enjoy cooking but when it comes to writing a grocery list it tends to consist of “meat, veg, fruit, snacks, baby food”. I would find myself with a mish mash of food that I didn’t know what to do with and would end up resorting to a takeaway or frozen ready meal as there was “nothing in the house”.
I’d heard about veg boxes whereby seasonal and organic vegetables are delivered to your door and this sounded really appealing. Not only would I be doing my bit for the planet by purchasing organic produce, the chore of list writing would be reduced as half of my shopping would be chosen for me.
I opted for the Organic Uber Veg Box from Ocado, which was £15.99 (usually 19.99). The contents of the veg box differs from week to week. This week the box contained:
- Butternut Squash
I initially felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of food in the box and my husband asked me what the hell we were going to do with it all. Since the tedious task of list writing was taken care of, I could concentrate on planning meals with my lovely organic vegetables and I came up with the following list of meals (with a little help from Google!).
- Leek & Potato Soup
- Carrot, Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup
- Grilled Chicken Breast with Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake
- Courgette & Aubergine Curry
- Fennel & Mushroom Stir Fry
- Haloumi Salad with Lettuce & Cucumber
I’ve already made my first meal, which was the carrot, butternut squash and red lentil soup. I have a love-hate relationship with butternut squash. I love eating it but hate peeling it so for this reason I often avoid buying it. As it was already in the box I had no choice but to battle with it until it became part of a sweet and satisfying soup. Despite all the peeling and chopping, it was definitely worth spending a bit of time making a delicious and wholesome soup. So far I am happy with my organic veg box purchase and look forward to cooking my next homemade, organic meal!