We’re all adults here. We all know we’re supposed to eat vegetables, because they’re good for you. But the reality is life happens. We get caught up in things; we forget to eat vegetables… Not cool, guys. Eat your vegetables.
I’m a big proponent of vegetables and exercise being the cure for most things. I’m not a nutrionist or a doctor but I’ve realized that when I eat more vegetables and exercise regularly, I tend to feel better.
Last week, Melissa’s Produce reached out to me asking if I’d like to review one of their boxes and maybe come up with a few recipes from the content. I said Yes, because 1. I love vegetables and 2. it seemed like a great opportunity to blog about things.
So let me tell your a little bit about the produce box I got. I got the “Organic Mixed Vegetable Box – Southern California Delivery.” I chose this one because I didn’t want a box with fruit. I would rather just have vegetables. It arrived while I was at work. Since I live in a housing complex, it was delivered to the apartment office, so the box didn’t sit outside all day. Luckily, I was able to make it home a few minutes before the apartment office closed at 5pm. If not, I would have had to wait til the next day, which would have sucked.
I got the box and it was jam packed with deliciousness. I definitely give them props for their packing skillzz. Everything was in there, the lettuce wasn’t smashed or wilted. Thumbs up for that! There was also an ice pack in the box that kept everything cool.
Here is everything my box included:
This is a good amount of produce for two people. But Jesse and I eat a good amount of vegetables so we’re good to go. One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about produce delivery services and CSA shares (aside from cost), is that it’s simply too much produce. I agree, it is a good amount, but not really too much. When I first saw the enormous pile of vegetables, I got concerned and thought, oh goodness how are we going to eat all this? But really, having this box forces us to eat more vegetables, it’s just about prioritizing and planning. Using this produce, I’ve planned a variety of meals to use up almost all the vegetables, and today I’ll share one of these recipes: Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers with Creamy Yogurt Sauce, served with Grilled Zucchini. Sounds delish right? I think it looks pretty great too!
The most important thing to remember with CSAs and produce delivery is that certain things go bad faster than others. Lettuce and kale are the most perishable, so they should probably be eaten first. Then Zucchini, Broccoli, Cucumber and Celery. Beets, Carrots, Potato, Garlic, Onion, Leeks and Ginger, will all last a pretty long time.
Keeping that in mind, I’ve been having green smoothies with kale for breakfast everyday to make sure to use the kale. To consume the lettuce as quickly as possible, I decided lettuce wrapped burgers were the way to go.
Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers with Creamy Yogurt Sauce
For Turkey Burgers:
1 package lean ground turkey (a little more than a pound)
1 leek, white part only, finely chopped
1/4 cup onion finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
garlic salt to taste
For Creamy Yogurt Sauce:
1 cup non-fat greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, grated
Garlic salt to taste
Combine all ingredients for turkey burger. Work together and form into patties (4-6 depending on how big you want them, I did 6). Grill on a hot grill, or on a skillet or you can even bake them. If you’re grilling on a grill or in a pan, it’ll be about 5 mins per side (depending on how thick your patties are).
In the meantime, prep your yogurt sauce by combining yogurt, grated cucumber and lime juice. Mix together and add garlic salt. Taste until you get the right saltiness. Then refrigerate until ready to use. (Note: You can make this sauce is advance. As long as it’s refrigerated, it’ll be good for a few days)
Next assemble your burger. I doubled up and used two lettuce leaves per side of the burger “bun” (so 4 lettuce leaves total per burger. Remember, we’re packing in those vegetables!). Put down two pieces of lettuce, top with burger and tomato, drizzle with yogurt sauce and top with more lettuce. Serve with some grilled zucchini and enjoy!
This recipe will make 4-6 lettuce wrap burgers (I made 6). I was really happy with this recipe. Confession: I ate 2! I don’t feel guilty.
If you’re curious about how I grilled the zucchini, I just sliced it into 1/2 inch thick strips then drizzled with olive oil and tossed with some garlic salt. That’s it. And seriously delicious.
This meal was chock full of vegetables, which is always awesome, but also super tasty and satisfying.
I can’t wait to make use of the other vegetables. Here are some of my ideas to make the most of each ingredient…
- Use Ginger to make awesome peanut sauce to go on zucchini noodles. Or just drink with hot water, because ginger is great for your immune system!
- Roast beets to make an amazing kale salad with onion, almonds, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I also intend to saute those beet greens and add those to the salad as well.
- I cut up the rest of the cucumber that I didn’t use in the yogurt sauce just for snacking. Because don’t we all need some extra veggies as an afternoon snack? I think yes.
- Carrots: Gluten free carrot cake. Yup. I made it happen. Recipe soon!
- Celery: I love filling celery with tuna salad for an awesome and light lunch. I can seriously go through 10 celery ribs in one sitting with a bowl of tuna salad.
- Leeks + Potato… Do I even need to say it? Potato-Leek Soup!
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with Melissa’s Produce delivery service. It’s the most reasonably priced delivery service I’ve seen. I used to pay about $19/week for my CSA share in Ithaca. The box I got through Melissa’s Produce costs $25 (although I got it free this time, thanks to Melissa’s Produce!). For $25 you get 7lbs of organic produce. Not bad.
Are you a fan of lettuce wrapped burgers or are you a bun purist?
Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce provided me with a free produce box in exchange for this blog post. Opinions and recipes are my own.