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Friday Feast: Schwan’s Home Delivery

schwans-logo1I was recently given the opportunity to try out Schwan’s Home Delivery and I must say was a bit hesitant at first.  I’ve you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of fresh local food, so frozen really isn’t my thing.  But I’m always open to trying new things and Schwan’s LiveSmart line of products looked like there were some tasty options.

I went online to www.schwans.com and chose a few products that I thought would go well together and make balanced meals.   All LiveSmart products have a minimal amount of additives or preservatives, a moderate amount of calories, sodium and fat, and zero grams of trans fats.  That sounds like a win!

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A few days later a large styrofoam box pack with dry ice arrived at my house…I love getting packages!  It was full of all the goodies I ordered and I was actually really excited to start dinner

Schwan's Package

Here’s what I ordered: Fire Grilled Italian CodFire Roasted Vegetable BlendMicroSteam Baby Broccoli Florets, and Wild Rice Pilaf.

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Cod

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Wild Rice

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The first meal I was going to make was cod with broccoli and wild rice pilaf.  I read the cooking instructions for the cod and was surprised to find that I didn’t have to defrost it before cooking.  Hmmm…  I have to say the cod looked really well seasoned, like something I would do myself.  Well I followed the instructions, popped the frozen cod filets in the oven and hoped for the best.

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Frozen Filets

While the cod was cooking, I started on the rice and the broccoli…both of which were to be microwaved.  I never use my microwave, so once again I’m hoping this will be good.  But what I’m also thinking is, this is a really quick and healthy meal!

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In less than 25 minutes, dinner was served and I was actually surprised at how good it was!  The cod was still moist and extremely flavorful.  The broccoli needed a little seasoning and the rice was a little over seasoned, but having them together balanced each other out.

Baked Cod

Baked Cod

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A few days later I wanted to try out the roasted vegetables I got, so I popped 2 more cod filets in the oven and evenly spread the vegetables out on a sheet pan to roast.  This was a great mix of potatoes, broccoli, green beans, onions and bell peppers.  The flavor was very good, but the vegetables didn’t have that nice roasted texture I’m used to from fresh vegetables.  Maybe I should just keep them in the oven longer next time…

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While I still prefer making my meals from scratch, this is really a great, healthy option for a quick weeknight meal.  There are many days that I don’t get home until after 7:00 pm and this saves a lot of time in the kitchen!  And seriously, I was surprised at how good the cod is.  I have had other frozen fish before that is dried out and completely inedible.  This was still moist and had great seasoning.

What I really think is great about these products is that they are affordable.  Both of these meals cost just over $6 per person.  You would end up spending more at a takeout joint and it would probably take more of your time!

The nice folks over at Schwan’s want to give YOU a discount for trying their products.  Use discount code KIMH2 which is good for $5.00 off a $25.00 order or $10.00 off a $50.00 order.  So get to ordering…I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed

Have you ever tried a home delivery service?

Schwan’s Home Delivery via FitFluential LLC sent me these products free of charge for this campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.

CSA Saturday: Week 20 – The End

I can’t believe it’s been 20 weeks!  Was this the fastest summer or what?!?  I’ve really enjoyed documenting my CSA this year and I hope you have as well.

Looking back, I did get a bit more adventurous with my cooking this year, but I could’ve done better.  Beets…the most difficult item for me.  I love them, but I can only eat so many.  B hates beets and swears they taste like dirt…I don’t get that, but I’ve heard other people say that as well.  Needless to say, he won’t eat them so it was all up to me and it seemed like I was getting them in my basket every week.  I ate most of them, but I have to sadly admit that I had to throw out a few.  Ugh what a waste.  Same was true for a few bunches of swiss chard and kale…I just couldn’t keep up!

So here’s my last basket of the year:

Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Pumpkin, Tomatoes, Romaine Lettuce

This is a good final basket for me because I will eat everything here except for the pumpkin due to an allergy.  Yay for one last dish of broccoli rabe and sausage!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my CSA Saturday series.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing this with you every week and I hope that I have inspired you to eat locally.  Click here to see the entire 20 weeks of CSA Saturday!  I hope you will join me again next summer!

How do you eat locally?

CSA Saturday: Week 17

Last week was another uninspired cooking week (except for my Curry Turkey Meatballs) due to it being full of celebrations!  B’s birthday was on Monday and then our 3 year wedding anniversary was on Wednesday.  This obviously required fun dinners out!  What better way to celebrate your anniversary than with cocktails and cupcakes?!

Grey Goose Martini with a Cupcake Sampler: Red Velvet, Chocolate & Banana…YUM!

Time to get back in to gear and make some healthy meals this week leading up to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler next Saturday.  Here’s what was in my basket this week to help with that…

Potatoes, Broccoli, Sweet Frying Peppers, Broccoli Rabe & Beefsteak Tomatoes

I’m psyched about the broccoli.  It’s so good simply roasted!  I still have some bok choy and scallions leftover, so I think I’ll do a nice chicken stir fry and add in the peppers, maybe with a coconut lime sauce.  I’m loving coconut milk lately!  Broccoli rabe still isn’t my favorite, but bacon and garlic always make it better 🙂  Or maybe some sausage and peppers with the broccoli rabe added in.  Descisions…

What would you make with this basket?  

CSA Saturday will be on a hiatus next week since I will be in Disney.  Only 2 weeks left after that! 🙁

CSA Saturday: Week 10 and Corn Fest 2012!

I can’t believe that we are halfway through my 20 week CSA share!  I feel like I just started getting all of the farms goodies and I’m already dreading the end!  But let’s not dwell on the brevity of this…look at the sausage and peppers I made from last week’s basket!

Farm Fresh Frying Peppers & Onions

I sliced up the peppers and onions, along with some pre-cooked organic chicken sausage.  I really love the Bilinski’s Organic Mild Italian Chicken Sausage.  The seasoning is just like regular Italian pork sausage, but it has 85% less fat.  Bonus!

Bilinski’s Mild Italian Chicken Sausage

I first sautéed the peppers and onions until soft, and then added the sliced chicken sausage.  They are already pre-cooked, so you just need to heat them through.  I added a small 8 oz can of tomato sauce towards the end with a little chicken stock to pull everything together, and served it with some crusty bread.  It was DELICIOUS!!  Super fast and easy…I highly recommend this dish for everyone!

Sausage, Peppers & Onions Cooking

Final Product…YUM!

This week I received what I thought was a smaller than usual basket, but I still received six items.  I guess when you’re used to receiving giant greens for weeks at a time, these single items look small.

Carrots, Arugula, Corn, Garlic, Cherry Tomatoes & Broccoli

The cherry tomatoes are already being snacked on, but eventually I think they will probably end up in a tomato salad with feta along side the sungold tomatoes from my garden.  That’s making my mouth water just thinking of it!  The broccoli and carrots will get roasted and be a side dish for some fabulous grilled chicken this week.  The arugula will be perfectly paired with roasted beets and goat cheese.  And well, the corn will just be eaten off the cob with some butter.

Speaking of corn…  Corn Fest 2012 has officially begun here in the RAD household!  Yesterday I bought 4 dozen (48) ears of corn from the farm that they had especially for CSA members.  When I originally placed the order online, I didn’t fully comprehend how big or how heavy 48 ears of corn were.  Um…it’s A LOT!!  It was so heavy that I had to transfer half of the corn to another bag to get it in the house!

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Last night I started with half of the corn.  Shucked it, boiled it for 2 minutes, shocked it in cold water, then laid it out to dry.

Cooked Corn Cooling 🙂

Once the corn was cool and dry, I cut all of the kernels off of the cobs.  The best way I’ve found to do this is to get a shallow bowl along with a small bowl or ramekin, and invert that over a non-slip pad in the larger bowl.  This gives you a nice even surface to cut the corn off and a nice receptacle to catch the corn.  Cutting corn off of the cob is a messy job, but it will be all worth it in the end!

Corn Cutting Set up…

It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it!

So that’s a lot of work.  23 ears of corn and it all fits into just ONE (?!?) gallon ziplock bag.  I’ve already stored them and the kernals are in the freezer…ready to make me some Corn Chowder in the winter months.

Farm Fresh Corn Ready to Be Frozen!

I still have a lot of work ahead of me for the 2nd half of the corn (1 giant burlap bag!), but it will so be worth it to have that taste of summer in the dead of winter.  Corn Fest 2012 = Major Success!  (so far)

What would you do with 48 ears of corn?!

 

 

Friday Feast: What’s In My Kitchen?

Last night I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner.  I wanted something comforting, but easy to make.  After searching the kitchen, I found a leftover chicken breast, plum tomatoes, broccoli from my CSA, Israeli couscous and Parmesan cheese.  That’s pretty simple and healthy as a bonus!

I cut the tomatoes in half and let them roast for in the oven for about 45 minutes to bring out the flavor and help create a sauce.  While the tomatoes were cooking, I blanched the broccoli and chopped that up with the chicken breast.

I cooked the couscous and added it to the chicken and broccoli mixture.  Once the tomatoes were roasted, I chopped them and added them to the bowl with all of their juices.

I tossed everything together, added about 1/4 cup of Parmesan and viola…dinner!  This was a super simple and very flavorful meal.  It’s also very healthy and would be great for a post-run lunch.  Thankfully there are a lot of leftovers, so I might do just that after my weekend run!

What do you make when you raid your kitchen?