Weekly Newsletter 03-26-13

Onion, cilantro, tomatoes, Brussels Sprouts, grapefruit, bok choy, broccoli, Romaine lettuce

Recipes for This Week’s Bin

We want you to get the most out of your Veggie Bin. Utilize every tasty bite with some of these recipes which feature every item you’ll get this week.

Recipe Note: Some recipes may call for more or less produce than you receive. We feature recipes which can be doubled or halved if necessary. “No Meat March” friendly recipes are noted as (NMM). Enjoy!

Please feel free to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

100% Organic Bin

Cilantro, beets, carrots, Romaine lettuce, Valencia oranges, red Bartlett pears, white mushrooms, sunburst squash

Organic Bin Recipes

Please Note: This month we are featuring vegetarian and vegan recipes for our organic customers to aid those participating in No Meat March.

Fruit Bin

  • Red Globe Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Fuji Apples

Black = Locally Sourced Conventionally Produced
Green = Locally Sourced Organics
Blue = Globally Sourced Organics

Be Kind to Your Bin!

We remind our customers often to be sure to return Veggie Bin boxes and you’re all doing a great job! The bin we give you is a cardboard box covered in a food grade wax that prolongs its life, allowing us to use a bin several times before it is finally discarded. This helps us keep our costs down and keeps your membership affordable.

We know our customers care about the environment and want to keep their footprint small. In the spirit of that, we’d like to remind you that your bins need a little protection. The best way to be sure your bin is reused is to store it somewhere indoors away from pets and children. Direct sunlight and moisture break down boxes. If we find pet hair, toys, marker or crayon, spills or any other dirt on the bin, we do not reuse it. It is also vitally important that you do not spray anything on your bin. Air fresheners, perfumes, cleaners and sprays will end the life of your bin. Many of our customers are sensitive to fragrance and chemicals. Your comfort, safety and satisfaction will always be our top priority.

Most importantly, please do not push the flaps down inside the box as in this photo.

Such abuse lowers the bin’s self-esteem rendering it incapable of supporting others. If we used a box with “broken” flaps, your produce would be squashed under the weight of the bins stacked on top of it. So please be kind to your bin flaps!

We hope these simple guidelines will increase the number of bins we can reuse again and again. Thank you for your cooperation!

Happy Cooking!

~The Veggie Bin Team

Bok Choy Unearthed!

Bok Choy is classified as a cabbage, but it doesn’t look or taste much like round green cabbage. The crisp, sweet white stalks can be chopped and cooked right along with the tender, loosely bunched greens. High in vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium, it’s a great addition to any meal as an appetizer, side dish or incorporated into an entree. You can use your bok choy in any baby bok choy recipe, but you may need to add a few minutes to your cooking time or cut it into smaller pieces to be sure it gets tender.
We strongly suggest that you wrap the bok choy in a damp paper towel, then a plastic bag. Place the bag in your crisper and use it within 2-3 days for best results. As with any tender greens, the sooner you use it, the better it will be. Prepping bok choy is simple, but be certain to thoroughly wash the leaves, especially the lower stems, as grit can get trapped there during growth. Plunging the cut leaves into cold water and giving them a thorough rub & swish should do the trick.This is another great time to have a salad spinner!
Here’s a helpful video on prepping your bok choy.
Bok Choy Recipes

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other Veggie Bin customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your bin. You can also email us at info@theveggiebin.com.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your bin clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Bins that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!

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