Ali's Adventures

November 5, 2012

Cooking outside their comfort zone

Filed under: Adventure,Kids,Learning — by Alison @ 9:40 pm

We signed up for a local produce box this summer, and picked up our last box yesterday. I chose the more expensive pick your own items options, as we aren’t very adventurous when it comes to vegetables. This allowed us to get boxes filled with berries, apples, corn and other things we like. I also had a big stockpile of rhubarb, but my supply is getting low.

A few times, I branched out and got new items. The kale was not a success. I made kale chips after hearing people rave about how they were just like potato chips. They were about as similar to potato chips as chick peas are to chocolate chips. The cranberry beans were also not a hit, and the purple beans turned green after steaming which was a huge disappointment.

This week I forgot to place my order and we got a farmers choice box. A few items are things I would have picked (broccoli, apples and potatoes), but there were also a few things we’d never pick (arugula, swiss chard and cilantro).  My husband is vehemently opposed to cilantro, so I will be passing that along to a friend. I was also planning on getting rid of the chard and arugula. However, after some encouragement on Facebook, I made arugula pesto. I followed this recipe from Martha Stewart (without the sausages). It looked really good, and smelled delicious.

Unfortunately, it was not a hit. E tried one bite, H wouldn’t eat any but to be fair he wouldn’t even eat the plain noodles, and my husband declared it tasted too vegetably. I really liked it. Based on this foray into new vegetables, I will be donating the swiss chard and cooking potatoes and broccoli tomorrow night. Good thing I didn’t try to serve spaghetti squash as well.




  1. I love Swiss chard!! Make it as a healthy afternoon snack for yourself 🙂 butter, salt, lemon juice.

    Comment by Lara — November 5, 2012 @ 10:56 pm |Reply

    • It’s like I don’t even know you.

      Comment by Alison — November 6, 2012 @ 1:45 am |Reply

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