In Gifts to My Future Self, I explained that I’m trying out the Imperfect Produce weekly veggie box and the Rotten Fruit monthly seasonal freeze-dried fruit boxes in order to get myself eating better.
The Rotten Fruit Box took forever to get here, but don’t worry! There was an initial shipping delay due to overwhelming interest, and it turned out that the box shipped all the way from Portugal, so, long delivery time. It did get here though, and I love it. I have freeze-dried figs, blueberries, strawberries, and mandarin oranges. The perfect (delicious!) way to get some added nutrition along with my overnight oats. At the moment I’m adding the fruits last-minute, not hydrating them with the oats, because when I tried that with the figs it made them a little bitter. They’re also surprisingly good for snacking.
I’ve gotten two Imperfect Produce boxes so far. The first week I made a lamb and lentil stew with collard greens and spinach, had carrots and bell peppers with hummus, roasted some sweet potatoes, and ate some mandarin oranges. This week I’ve had roasted asparagus with bratwurst so far, I plan to make a daikon and carrot salad tonight, and I have both sweet potatoes and fingerling potatoes to roast and/or mash. I had my blood oranges with lunch today and plan to have the avocados with eggs once they’re ripe. I’ve ordered out less, which covers the costs of both services, and I’ve lost three pounds.
I definitely get that kid-at-Christmas vibe from getting unexpected things every week, which helps get me excited to cook. And the small veggie box is just enough to cover a week of dinners for myself plus several lunches, which means I’m eating a hell of a lot more veggies than I used to. I’m also using less honey in my oats now that I have the fruits to put in them.
So far, I label this endeavor a success!