I’ve mentioned on here before that we get a box of organic vegetables delivered every Friday. It’s fab, I love it and it makes me feel good on many different levels. Well I have this thing about not having any vegetables leftover from the old box when the new box arrives. I just don’t like it, it makes me twitch. Because, invariably last week’s veggies are going to get shoved to the back of drawer by the shiny new gorgeous ones that are fresh out of the box, and then by Tuesday, they’ll end up in the bin. So, on Thursday nights I make something out of every half-eaten, slightly on-the-turn vegetable that is left in the fridge. Tonight, I opened the fridge and stared at the following:
- 1/2 a fennel
- 2 beetroots
- 1/2 a bag of green salady leaves
- 4 radishes
- A tiny, quite bendy carrot
- 1/4 of a broccoli head
So we made an enormous salad and did a couple of funky things with the raw veggies to jazz it up. Here are some ideas for things you can do with slightly less ‘mainstream’ vegetables, or if you are staring at a fridge of random bits and not sure what to make for dinner. A warm salad is a lovely supper or if you have some eggs and few vegetables, make them into a frittata!
- Fennel – slice it into ‘steaks’ lengthways and braise slowly in butter, until lovely and brown, then serve with a squeeze of lemon.
- Beetroot – peel and grate, either by hand or if you’re lazy like me, in the food processor. Chuck into the salad.
- Broccoli – chop the florets into bite-size piece and blanche them in a small amount of water for 3 minutes. This keeps them crunchy but takes away some of the harshness I sometimes find with raw broccoli.
I mixed up the leaves with the prepared vegetables, crumbled in some feta cheese and bit of leftover chicken from the kids’ dinner, threw in a few mung bean sprouts from my awesome retro sprouter and make a simple dressing out of dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, sesame and extra virgin olive oil.
I’d made a frittata at lunch with onions, garlic, leeks, ham from the butcher and feta so we polished this off too.
All in all a pretty delicious dinner, not too complicated (in fairness, there was quite a bit of washing-up, ooops) and the fridge is nice and clear in preparation for our lovely shiny new veg in the morning.