Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Abundant Harvest haul - 7/10/12 edition

I didn't even get close to using up all the fruits and veggies from last week and it's Tuesday already.  This concerned me, but opening the second box was like Christmas all over again:

That's a watermelon, lettuce, green beans, more peaches, a whole lot of pluots, the most fragrant bunch of rosemary I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling (seriously, my kitchen currently smells like I live on a farm), 1 summer squash, 3 zucchini, a variety of tomatoes and 6 ears of corn.

I feel like I'm getting a handle on creating meals around this bounty rather than trying to incorporate them into my existing diet.  I don't think I'll end up wasting as many of this week's box.

I have to admit that when I got online yesterday and saw green beans on the list, I felt bad because there was no way I was going to use those.  They were just going to go to waste.  One of the reasons I was eager to try Abundant Harvest was to expand my diet, but some of my most traumatic childhood memories involve sitting at the dinner table long after everyone had finished, expected to gag down the canned green beans sitting uneaten and undesirable on my plate.  And the few I got down really did make me gag.  I was part of the "starving children in China" generation so leaving anything on the plate, however disliked, simply wasn't acceptable.

But as I looked at these fresh, organic green beans, I couldn't help but feel like I should at least give them a shot.  I snapped one in half and boy, did it *snap* - loudly.  I took a bite and instead of being transported back to those awful days of being left at the table with my putrid, hated veggies...I wasn't.  In fact, I was pleasantly surprised.  The green bean didn't really have much of a taste of its own; they're kind of like broccoli to me in that I only like them raw, possibly dipped in ranch, but there was no sign of the soggy crap that cursed my childhood dinners.  I ate several of them and I'm happy to report that they won't go to waste.  Which is a good thing, because starving children in China and all that.

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