I have a bad history with Groupons. I love a good deal, but somehow, almost every time I’ve bought one, something has gone wrong. There was the time I bought one for my brother and me to go trampolining one weekend, but I didn’t read the fine print that said it was only valid on three day of the week….none of which I’d be at home. There have been A LOT of close calls where I realize the Groupon was going to expire in a couple of days and I scrambled to use it in time. I take full responsibility for all of those instances, just for the record (although I’m convinced that the businesses make a killing from all of the people who forget to redeem their Groupons in time, but that’s besides the point).
Let’s back up to yesterday morning. My friend, Riley, and I were finishing our morning run and I mentioned I’d gotten an email notification that I had a package waiting for me. The email was strange because it wasn’t from the campus package center, like usual. It was from the Center for the Study of the American South, which was bizarre. I hadn’t ordered anything (or so I thought) and I had no idea where that building was located.
Riley was intrigued by the mystery package, so we extended our run a little bit and ran to the center. I told the receptionist about the email I’d gotten, so she disappeared into an office and returned carrying a pretty hefty box. When Riley and I walked outside, we realized it was a giant box of produce and both started laughing because we had no idea why I’d had a package of produce shipped to me.When I got back to my room, I started putting the pieces together of what happened. Remember how I’m not so great at using Groupons? I bought a Groupon a couple of weeks ago for a farm-to-table delivery service and set up my account online, thinking I’d place my first order when I got back to school after Christmas break. The delivery service has an option to create your own custom box, which is what I was planning to do since I didn’t particularly want to have random vegetables like say, beets or radishes, sent to me. Apparently, though, as soon as you set up your account, you’re automatically enrolled in their pre-designed box program. As for why the package was delivered to the Center for the Study of the American South, I still have no idea.
I cracked the box open when I got back to my room and saw that there were radishes, lettuce, kale, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, beets, apples, collard greens, and bananas inside.
I wasn’t excited about getting the box during exams because I’m pretty much in “survival mode” during finals and I don’t have time to cook much. I’m definitely not up for experimenting in the kitchen with new-to-me veggies like beets and radishes and collard greens.
But…the more I thought about it, the more I started getting excited about the idea of cooking with some new veggies. The whole box was only $15, and a lot of it is local or organic produce. So, as soon as finals are over, I’m going to do some recipe experimenting! And this is where I need YOUR help. I have plans for the familiar produce already:
Bananas- mix into oatmeal, eat as snacks with almond butter, and freeze the rest for green smoothies
Apples- eat for snacks
Lettuce- use in salads
Sweet potatoes- bake them whole or cut into wedges and roast them
Red potatoes- quarter them and roast with fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic
But I’d love your ideas for how to use radishes, beets, kale, and collard greens. I’ve been eying this kale and lentil soup recipe because it looks easy and delicious, and because I have dried lentils in my room that I should probably use at some point in the next two years before I graduate. I’d also love to try my hand at making “Southern-style” vegetarian collard greens. I have no clue what to do with the beets, though, because as we all know, “nobody likes beets.”
If you have any other ideas of recipes or dishes that use one (or more!) or these veggies…I’d love to hear ’em! Feel free to drop links in the comments.
So tell me…
Are you a “Grouponer”? Have you had any strange experiences using Groupons?
Do you have any favorite recipes that use radishes, beets, kale, or collard greens?
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