In an effort to get my family eating a little bit healthier since we moved to Japan, I signed up for a subscription box of vegetables! We’ve received three vegetable boxes so far and I love the variety and new things we’re trying.
I learned about vegetable box delivery from Shiga Kajiwara Farm on a local spouse group on Facebook. The small family farm practices organic farming in Nagano Prefecture and sends the fresh vegetables straight to your door. They are able to deliver on to the American base that we live on, which is also a huge selling point for why I signed up. I am signed up for the every other week delivery option. But, there are a few different options you can choose from (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time delivery). Anything we do not manage to eat, I cut up a freeze for future use, if possible. Signing up for the vegetable box delivery is easy. Head over to their website (https://www.shigakajiwaranouen.jp/) and fill out the order form. Google automatically translated pages for me, but you might need to right click and select “Translate to English” if you need some help. For 2017, they are currently only adding customers based on a waitlist. Payment for the vegetable delivery box is super easy through PayPal.
Since we started getting the vegetable box delivery there have been a few veggies I’ve never cooked before. Things I would never be brave enough to buy at the store. And some delicious staples that I usually always have on hand.
This vegetable box delivered straight to our house has really helped me break out of a rut of canned green beans and corn. Fresh stuff is always so much tastier! To help me figure out how to cook eggplant, swiss chard and beets, first, I gave my grandma a call. Then, I started a Pinterest board, of course. We’ve tried baked eggplant, fried okra, beet smoothies and a few other things. Check out some of the pins I have posted below.
And here’s a quick tip-
Since I’ve been chopping so many more vegetables lately I wanted to share this tip for how to dice an onion quickly. My kids can be super picky when it comes to onions and usually when I chop it up like this the pieces are small enough that they don’t even notice that there are onions in their dinner!
Do you have picky eaters at your house? What is your favorite vegetable? Any vegetables you have always wanted to try but never have?