Welcome to veg box menu …

… the story of an almost everyday family’s culinary misadventures.

I’m Julie Gibbons and I’m an organic lifestyle enthusiast. This website is an offshoot from my all things organic website Organikal. Here’s why;

Do you ever start to make a meal and have no idea what to make? Your database is wiped and you forgot to back up?

This chronicle is designed to remind me of the day-to-day meals we throw together. It might even give you some ideas of frugal, mostly vegetarian meals that you can throw together in a fit of panic for your family – a haphazard vegetarian menu planner, if you will.

But this isn’t a recipe site. I don’t do recipes. I assemble meals. I am delighted to accept submissions from suppliers who wish to advertise their Sponsored Recipes, however – just Contact Me if that’s you!

The rules : Organic Veg Box

Grow Wild LogoThe organic veg box is delivered weekly – on Wednesdays. It’s a medium sized mixed fruit & veg box supplied by Grow Wild and  contains approximately 5-7 types of veg and 3-4 types of fruit, adjusted for the seasons.

These additional organic items are also delivered each week alongside the fruit & veg box ;

  • 2 kgs potatoes (in summer, it’s only 1kg)
  • 1 x 250g unsalted butter
  • 2 x 1 litre semi skimmed milk
  • 1 x 150g crème fraîche
  • 1 x 450g plain yoghurt
  • 1 x 245g mature cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 doz eggs

Other extras are added as per requirements.

We have a no supermarket policy as standard, but not having access to a decent local market or high street alternative can  see us nipping in to the Co-operative in the next town as well as our village corner shop. Any additional grocery shopping is through mail order outlets such as Ethical Superstore and Suma Direct. It pains me to admit, but we do make occasional visits to the Sainsburys and Marks & Spencers stores in the big town when we’re after a specific ingredient or some no-brainer convenience food (see Organikal’s report on how green your supermarket is).

The complicated bits

When I’m on the ball, I plan all the meals for the week ahead when the organic veg box arrives. But most often, I forget. 6pm on a Monday and I’ll have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. And then the questions start…

What needs to be used up?
What can I make that all of us will eat?
Did we eat lunch already?
Is there a class timetable to consider?
Are there leftovers to use up?

The shame: We never eat enough vegetables

The teenager isn’t vegetarian and he doesn’t like veg. Well, that’s not entirely true : he likes raw carrots and leafy herbs. Under pain of death he will force down frozen peas and sweetcorn. This causes some issues in a veggie kitchen.

When the vegetarian cooks, he always forgets to cook any vegetables – but his repertoire really only goes so far as veggie mince chilli or bolognese, so it’s no great disaster. Otherwise, he’ll eat mostly anything as long as its veggie, although he has a penchant for what we call ‘cooncil meals’.  ’Cooncil meals’ are those reminiscent of our childhood: ready to eat oven chips served with frozen peas and bread-crumbed Quorn burgers. These are supposed to be FOR EMERGENCY ONLY. We are often faced with emergencies.

The real vegetarian thinks I’m very fussy, but I’d argue that as long as the quality is good and it isn’t over-processed, I’ll eat it. Being an oft-lapsed vegetarian makes me an easier guest than the other two. If you make me something, I’ll generally lap it up.