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Leftovers? 7 Tasty Recipes Ideas for Excess Veg...

Written By My Farm Fresh Box

Despite the very best of intentions, vegetables can often linger at the bottom of your fridge with no pre-determined destiny beyond the waste-disposal machine. But there is no need to send your leftover veg box carrots, broccoli and the like to the great big rubbish bin in the sky just yet.

There are loads of ways to use up your excess veg before they are beyond saving, so take a look at our seven tasty recipes, from soups to frittatas - perfect for those last minute meal ideas or when you've not quite managed to get through the contents of your latest 'My Farm Fresh Box' yet...

1. Roast Chicken Soup

Roast Chicken Soup, Veg Box LeftoversLeftover chicken from Sunday's roast? Perfect! Heat some oil in a pan and add in two chopped onions, three carrots and a handful of thyme leaves then fry for 15 minutes. Then, simmer with 1.4 litres of chicken stock for 10 minutes.

Shred and add in your leftover chicken, puree, and throw in a handful of frozen peas. Simmer gently for 5 minutes and then serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, and a squidge of lemon!                                                        


2. Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup, Leftover VegetablesGet together around 450g of potatoes and 450g leeks (white parts only) and slice them up, along with one white onion. Fry in a saucepan with a nob of butter and season, then allow to simmer for about 10 minutes with the lid on. Add 1.5 pints of vegetable stock, bring to the boil then simmer until the vegetables are cooked.

Take out the mixture to puree and then return to the pan and stir in 125 ml of whole milk and 142ml of cream. Before serving, sprinkle with chives and black pepper, and enjoy!


3. Mixed Vegetables and Rice Soup

Leftover Roast Vegetables for SoupFor this soup, grab whatever left over vegetables you can find, toss them in some oil and spices, and lay flat onto a baking tray to roast for around 40 minutes.               

Once done, boil 225 ml of chicken or vegetable stock in a pot and add the vegetables, a bay leaf and a handful of brown rice to thicken up. Simmer for around 10-15 minutes and your soup is ready.


4. Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable FrittataYou can't go wrong with a frittata, and this one featuring the very much in season leek and asparagus, is not only simple but delicious. Slice and cook the leek in butter and then place in a bowl along with chopped asparagus, some mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and sliced cheese - whichever cheese takes your fancy, from mature cheddar, to feta or ricotta, it's your choice!

Mix together and arrange into a flan dish. Separately, beat in 6 eggs with 125ml of double cream, season and pour over the cheesy vegetable mixture. Sprinkle over some parmesan cheese and pop in the oven for around 25 minutes!


5. Carrot & Coriander Fritters

Use leftover carrots to make frittersGrate around 6 medium carrots, and blend together with 3-4 spring onions, a handful of coriander, two large eggs and around a tablespoon of plain flour. Grate some parmesan cheese into the mixture and stir in a few glugs of double cream. Don't forget to season the mixture well with salt and pepper before forming into fritter shapes with your hand. Fry for around five minutes until golden brown - delicious!


6. Easy Peasy Vegetable Pasta

Vegetable PastaThis one couldn't be more simple! Grab those leftover veg box vegetables from the fridge, chop up, if not already, and throw into a pan with some chopped onion and garlic. Turn into a pasta sauce by adding some diced tomatoes and puree (or grab a tin of chopped tomatoes from the back of the cupboard), then toss with some cooked pasta. Vegetables such as pumpkin and carrots work particularly well with pasta - and a sprinkling of feta will give this quick dish an extra kick.


7. Unbeatable Bubble & Squeak

Leftover roasted vegetables for bubble and squeakA traditional side-dish, bubble and squeak can be made with pretty much any type of leftover roasted vegetable that you can think of. Mash them up and combine with a mixture of two eggs flour and water before rolling into patties.

Pan fry with a dash of oil on both sides until deliciously golden! You could add mash potato too if you fancy a heartier snack.


Tips for getting the most out of your veg box

  • Wherever possible, always buy 'in season' - this ensures that your vegetables will be at their freshest and will therefore last a bit longer to start with.
  • Store tomatoes at room temperature, rather than in the fridge to keep them fresher and to maintain their flavour.
  • Buy unwashed carrots - these tend to stay fresher for longer. Only wash or peel them right before using.
  • Leafy greens are one of the worst culprits when it comes to 'going off'. To keep your lettuce, spinach, rocket etc fresher for longer, remove any rotten leaves, wrap them up in a paper towel to absorb excess moisture and then pop into an airtight plastic bag in the fridge.
  • Don't be afraid of the freezer. If you really do have a few too many vegetables in your veg box and don't have time to use up the leftovers, chop them up, blanch and pop into the freezer in a zip up bag.

Feel like giving some of these recipes a go? Order a fresh fruit box or veg box for delivery and if you have any leftover, let us know how you get on with these recipes by posting in our reviews section!


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