I don’t generally believe in New Year’s Resolutions, but we have made one change recently which co-incidentally has happened at the start of the year. We had a leaflet dropped onto our boat by a fellow moorer who works on an organic farm, offering veg boxes delivered directly to boats. A neighbour and I decided to share the smallest one. So now we get lovely seasonal organic veg delivered on a weekly basis, which is exciting, but also challenging. We really don’t eat enough vegetables and so I’m going to have to find ways of using them up and doing more with them. It will be a good exercise in eating more healthily and cooking from scratch.
So I’m on the lookout for simple ways to eat more vegetables without completely altering our eating habits, which seems the most realistic way to eat better – suddenly making a huge switch is less manageable, especially as James’s very physical job at the moment means that he needs lots of carbs!
A few ideas:
- Adding “white” root veg such as parsnip, celeriac and turnip to mashed potato
- wilting greens to go in a tomato pasta sauce
- adding caramelised onions and leeks to gravy
- bringing chopped carrots to work as a snack
- making warming stews and casseroles on the stove or in my Wonderbag* when I have time at the weekends
- using up any leftover veg in a soup which can be stored for a few days on the baseplate and brought in to work for lunch in a tupperware pot.
Any more suggestions?
*Modern version of the traditional “straw-box” concept – an insulating bag to keep a pre-heated pot of stew cooking in its own heat for several more hours after cooking. Amazingly useful – and I’ll do another post on this soon, just need a few better photos!