Front Door Organics Delivery Feb 03, 2014

This week’s order was my first time customizing my Fresh Box and I would definitely do it again. It costs slightly more than the Basic Fresh Box ($42 to customize, $37 for Basic).

I received the delivery notification for the Basic Fresh Box and we don’t need/eat Grapefruit or Celery so instead of trying to use it up (or going to waste) we decided to switch them with Spinach and Garlic, which we really needed.

This week’s Custom Fresh Box contained:

  • 2 pounds Red Potatoes – ON
  • 2 pounds Yellow Onions – CAN
  • 1 bunch Rainbow Carrots (I LOVE purple carrots!)
  • 1 bunch Broccolette
  • 2 each Cortland Apples – ON
  • 2 each Jonagold Apples – ON
  • 1 tray Living Pea Shoot Greens – ON (so excited by these and no idea what to do with them!)
  • 1 bunch Chard
  • 1 pint Blueberries
  • 5oz box Spinach
  • 4 bulbs Garlic

We’ve got a new table so Finn’s nose can’t reach, but you can see both Jason and Finn were excited for this week’s delivery to be opened!

Click HERE for my previous FDO deliveries and stayed tuned for some delicious recipes and if you’d like to try out Front Door Organics, sign up HERE and say you heard about it from carlyanne.com!

Recipe: Braised Collard Greens on Polenta

On Monday night after we received our Front Door Organics delivery I decided to make Collard Greens for the firs time ever.  FDO always sends you recipes on the back of your invoice, so we tried out their Braised Collard Greens on Polenta.  I’ve also never made Polenta before so it was entirely a brand new dish for me to make and eat.

I made 2 versions, one with chicken for Jason and the other with a poached egg for me.

Check out the Front Door Organics recipe section for more delicious meals and see below for Directions.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and diced
  • 1 cup cornmeal (Polenta)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional finishes for the polenta: grated Parmesan cheese, 1 Tbsp butter or olive oil.
  • Serve this topped with a poached or fried egg; or with slices of pan-fried sausage (we love Field Gate Organics Hot & Honey Garlic sausages and either would work very well with this dish).

Directions

  1. Wash the collards and remove the thick stem; stack and roll the leaves and cut into half inch wide ribbons, then roughly chop the ribbons so they are short pieces.
  2. Heat a fry pan with the olive oil and garlic over medium heat, sweat the onions for a few minutes then add the collard greens. Add about half cup of liquid (water or stock or tinned tomatoes, whatever you like), season with salt and pepper, cover and reduce the heat. Allow the greens to braise gently for about 45 minutes, stir occasionally and add more liquid if they start sticking.
  3. Meanwhile, set the polenta on to cook, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add a teaspoon of salt. Once the water is boiling, gently whisk in the polenta, and continue to whisk until it has thickened. Turn down the heat to low and continue whisking until the polenta has thickened enough that it doesn’t settle back on the bottom of the pan when you stop stirring. Cover the polenta and continue cooking. Stir vigorously every 10 minutes or so, making sure to scrape the sides, bottom, and corners of the pan. Cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. **If you’re serving this topped with egg or sausages, prepare them while the greens and polenta finish cooking.
  5. Before serving the polenta, add any of the optional finishes and add the paprika to the greens. Serve the greens over the polenta, then add the egg or sliced sausage. Finish with a good grinding of black pepper.

**We served it with a baked chicken breast, seasoned with Montreal Chicken Spice

 

Front Door Organics Delivery Jan 20, 2014

Here’s our latest Basic Fresh Box from Front Door Organics, delivered last night.

As you can see, Finn was excited to taste our delivery and he’s big enough that his nose is table top height.

He wouldn’t stop trying to eat the bananas (his favourite fruit) and he succeeded in getting a kiwi!

  • 2 pounds White Potatoes – ON
  • 2 pounds Rainbow Carrots – ON
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 3  Mixed Variety Apples – ON
  • 3 Bananas
  • 2 Daisy Tangerines
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 bunch Collard Greens
  • 2 Kiwis
  • 1 box Button Mushrooms – ON
  • 1 head Leaf Lettuce
  • *FYI ON means Ontario Grown Produce

If you are interested in signing up for Front Door Organics they’ve got a 50% off promotion on right now.  Click HERE to sign up and when it asks “how did you hear about us” please put down carlyanne.com.

Front Door Organics Delivery Jan 06, 2014

Last year I tried out a couple different organic produce delivery services and my top pick was Front Door Organics.  We didn’t use the service over the summer (and hit up the local farmers markets instead) but have been getting the produce delivery since November.

I am always impressed with the quality and quantity of items in my Poppo Kanteen delivery and the service is impeccable.  Janet and Felicia are fantastic and quick to respond to my queries and I really appreciate the effort they put out.

We get the Basic Fresh Box for $37 on a bi-weekly basis, which seems to be long enough for us to eat all (most) of the produce.  It’s cut down my grocery shopping trips and expenses.  We buy out meat from our local butcher Meat On The Beach and any canned goods, dairy or dry goods from Loblaws or No Frills (I’m particular to Presidents Choice and No Name products).  Overall it makes my life a heck of a lot easier because I get to try out produce that I wouldn’t usually buy and they send recipes with each box.

Here is my Basic Fresh Box for the week of Jan 06, 2014

  • 1 each Butternut Squash – ON
  • 2 pounds Yellow Onions – ON
  • 1 bunch Broccoli
  • 2 each Navel Oranges
  • 2 each Gala Apples – CAN
  • 2 each Bosc Pears
  • 1 each Red Pepper
  • 1 each Zucchini
  • 1 each Mango
  • 1 bunch Green Kale
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 bag Summer Mix Lettuce – ON

If you are interested in signing up for Front Door Organics they’ve got a 50% off promotion.  Click HERE to sign up and when it asks “how did you hear about us” please put down carlyanne.com.

Cheers to healthy eating in 2014!

Front Door Organics – Organic Food Delivery

As part of my New Years Resolutions I want to eat healthier, local and organic as much as possible. I’m also trying to find restaurants that would fit with this new years resolution, something like Oolaa Restaurant to start I believe will do the trick for now.  I’ve been dying to try out the Organic Food Delivery services in Toronto but couldn’t decide on which one to go with.  So I figured I might as well test them all out and pick the one I like best.

I will be trying out the Regular size basket for each service (approx value $35) and will not make any changes or substitutions.  I’m going to have 1 box delivered every 2 weeks and of course will share my experience with you!

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On Monday January 21st I got my very first delivery from Front Door Organics, the BASIC Fresh Box™, which was $37 including tax & delivery.

Front Door Organics has been in business since 1997 and they deliver all over Toronto and Mississauga.  In my box was a Welcome  to Front Door Organics pamphlet, which contained info on their Guarantee, Recycle policy, Referral Program, info on the company and a super handy guide of Storage Hints for your produce.  This was probably the most valuable piece of information for me, because I am clueless about how to store fruit & veggies and they usually all end up jammed in the crisper.

They sent a copy of their newsletter containing some yummy recipes Lightly Stewed Black Kale with Potatoes, Chickpeas, Olives & Lemon and  Warm Rice Salad with Roasted Squahs & Carmelized Onions.  Both things I would never in my life think to make!

 

My BASIC Fresh Box™ contained:

  • 1 Butternut Squash – ON
  • 1/2 lbs Sieglinde Potatoes – ON
  • 2 lbs Yellow Onions – ON
  • 1/2 lbs Nantes Carrotss – ON
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 4 Navel Oranges
  • 2 Gala Apples
  • 4 Bananas – Fair Trade (someone Jason couldn’t wait until the photo was taken to eat a banana)
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 Yellow Peppers
  • 1 bunch Black Kale (Lacinato)
  • 1 head Leaf Lettuce
  • AND they threw in a loaf of Multigrain Sliced ACE Bakery Bread at no charge

I liked that they clearly labelled which produce was locally grown.  They also provided me with their press release regarding their have a firm GMO Avoidance Action Plan and have products on their site labellled with Non-GMO Project Verified as well as providing labels for Fair Trade, Kosher, Vegan and Wheat Free products.

AND they included a discount coupon for me to share with a friend (aka one of you guys) for 50 % OFF YOUR 1ST FRESH BOX ORDER!!!  It is only good for brand new accounts and you have to sign up online by Monday February 18, 2013.  So if you want to sign try out Front Door Organics service, leave me a comment below and I will pick a winner at 10am tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned for my recipes posts using Front Door Organics produce & recipes!