How to Organise your Life with Veg Boxes

medium_913303959It’s probably a bit of an overstatement to suggest you can organise your whole life with weekly or monthly veg boxes but having a proper system in place can make a real difference to the free time you have. This means more time you can spend with the kids, focusing on work or just having for yourself. Self-employed mums and dads are almost always short of time and therefore, convenience really matters. Online shopping, veg box subscriptions and even mail order cake can definitely be the answer in busier times.

The beauty of adding a weekly or monthly veg box to your life is that is slots in perfectly with meal planning. Organising with meal plans really worked and we’ve already discussed how to make it work for you so here is a closer look at how a regular veg box can fit into your life and work in tandem with your organised meal plans.

What is a Veg Box?

It is completely conceivable you haven’t heard of veg boxes or any kind of regular fresh food subscription service but they are becoming more popular. Supermarkets like Ocado are getting in on the act but the market leader in the sector is Riverford, who have, for many years now, provided a range of veg, fruit and even meat boxes, guaranteeing fresh produce which can be used as you wish and fitted into your meal plans with ease. One of the most popular things about the original veg boxes was the element of surprise, there’s no knowing exactly what will be in there and though you can set certain variables such as keeping out things you really dislike or may even have an allergy to, this element has remained the same. It adds variety to your diet as well as making the arrival a bit of an exciting event (once you start working from home a knock at the door does become a real event).

How does it work?

Different schemes have different ways of sending out their produce but as a rule you will visit the website of your chosen company and select the type of box you need. Most sites will handily provide you with guidance to the size of box you need, a small veg box may provide enough for a couple or a single adult whilst a medium sized one is what most families are looking for.

riverford-veg-boxesYou can generally set your deliveries as regularly as you like, which fits in perfectly with your meal planning. Depending on you nature you may choose to plan your meals on a weekly or monthly basis and you can order your veg to correspond with this or at least, plan in a way which allows for variables within dishes (swede or sweet potato instead of regular spuds or a change of soup flavour for example).

The popularity of the original veg boxes now means that fruit and meat versions are also available with it also being possible to order all in one. A box which includes meat as well as veg is always a good choice if you’re getting a bit bored of your regular repertoire and it can constitute a saving on supermarket prices, especially as the quality of the meat is often much better than you’ll get on the supermarket shelves. The same goes for fruit, you’ll benefit from in season fruits which you can use as snacks, add into desserts or breakfasts.

Making the most of your veg box

It can be easy to open up your vegetable box and be overwhelmed. It can seem a lot of food to arrive all at once and worries about freshness and eating it all before it spoils are often highlighted. None of this has to be true as there are many creative ways you can make the most of all the vegetables that land on your doorstep. Here are some quick tips:

Do your research

That crazy looking thing that might be a cabbage really deserves the same love and attention as the veg you already know well. Look it up, find out the best way to cook it and work it into your meal plan accordingly. Do the same for all unusual vegetables to ensure you’re enjoying the best of them. This also goes for storage of anything you don’t recognise.

Expand your horizons

If you’re not crazy about eating your greens then this is a way of setting a good example and getting the whole family to enjoy more vegetables. If you have kids who are less than keen on their veg then consider blitzing and hiding the vegetables in sauces. You’ll know it’s doing them good and they’ll be none the wiser.

Be Prepared for Repeats

Vegetables are chosen because they’re in season so you may find the same come through a few times in a row and it can be difficult not to just serve them up in the same old way. Like with the first point do your research, look up recipes and find new ways of incorporating these veg into your meals so you don’t get bored.

Get Ready for Soup

If you haven’t managed to use up all your vegetables and they’re reaching the end of their lifespan then it’s time to get blitzing. There are very few vegetables that can’t be made into soup and even if you end up with a massive vat of it, you can freeze it and incorporate it into future meal plans for up to three months.

Don’t Forget to Opt Out

The last thing you want to do is open up your veg box and see the one thing you cannot stand and couldn’t even consider cooking. Most of the schemes available have an opt out section which allows you to list those veg you don’t want to see. You can’t complain about them turning up again and again if you haven’t removed them from your list.

Veg Box Subscription

The prices for veg boxes vary massively and it makes sense to begin small, even if it isn’t enough to feed the whole family, just to see if it’s something you can get on with. The smaller boxes containing just vegetables can usually be found for around £10 and the prices jump up as you add meat, fruit and other additional options. It’s not a huge price and may mean you can spend less at the supermarket and are introducing more greens into your family’s diet.

More than anything else it’s convenient and means you can be assured that you’ll always have a steady supply of quality veg rather than relying on the withered leftovers when you visit the supermarket. For an organised life, convenience is key and veg boxes certainly add that.

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