The Foodie Patootie

Vegetable Stir-Fry with Mother Earth Boxes

There are tons of times, for as much as I love to cook, I just don’t feel like it. It’s much easier and quicker to go to the Vietnamese restaurant down the road for my FAVORITE: spring rolls over rice noodles (bun cha gio). Or the Indian place right across the street for their Chicken 65. And if I’m really in the mood for either of these and don’t get it, I obsess about them until I do. Kinda like Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday. Like, you just cannot wait until Monday so you can get your fix. Know what I’m sayin’?

Around here, it’s been raining nonstop. If I knew I had to endure rain anyway, I’d rather be in Seattle. When it’s so dreary, I don’t want to be gallivanting around to my favorite restaurants, and I especially don’t want to go to the grocery store. Have you ever had to load your car with plastic bags full of groceries? It’s no fun, and I’m pretty uncoordinated so I have an ungraceful go of holding the umbrella and situating the groceries snugly in my trunk, all while trying to remain dry.

Luckily, I had Mother Earth Boxes at my doorstep. I didn’t feel like cooking and then all of a sudden, with a box full of fresh and local produce, I was back in the game.

Mother Earth Boxes

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I’ve tried another local organic produce delivery company, but I feel like Mother Earth is a better option. It’s so plentiful with over 120 varieties of fruits and vegetables. I received sweet potatoes (massive sweet potatoes), a pineapple, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, lettuce, herbs (much appreciated and rare in boxes like these), peaches, asparagus, oranges, leeks, and much more. The box I received happened to include items I would normally get from the grocery store and things that are easy and familiar to cook with.

sweet-potato

pineapple

Mother Earth, available for delivery to residents in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties only, has three different style boxes:

  • The Wonderland: Vegetables and Fruits (my choice)
  • The Tooty Fruity: Fruits only
  • The Hulk: Vegetables only

Each box is 20-25 pounds and feeds 2-4 individuals for an entire week. The cost of each box is $49.00, but you’ll feel like the luckiest person on earth when you open the box and see everything inside. It’s like Christmas morning.

So, given my limited amount of groceries but my sudden plethora of fresh produce, I knew what was in order for dinner: Vegetable Stir-Fry!

veggie-stir-fry-recipe

Because stir-fry is that “oops I don’t know what else to do with these veggies” dish. The dish that’s a favorite for everyone because who doesn’t love stir-fry, right?

And it’s filling and healthy and freakin’ delicious. Lots o’veggies. Load them up.

raw-vegetables

In my Mother Earth box, I received a bunch of green, red, and yellow peppers. I had leftover broccoli, zucchini, onions, and garlic. This simple and fast stir-fry was perfect in that the flavors were SPOT ON, and I was able to finish the meal before my husband left for work (his night shift at the hospital hinders my dinner game in many ways), which always gets two major thumbs up from me. I like to provide him with food for a late night dinner as often as I can.

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