- You control, to an extent, what is in the box. You can choose a mixed fruit and veg box or only veg or only fruit. You also get to pick the size of the box, and they allow you to swap out up to five items (at least in the medium box). So, weeks where I had too many apples left over, I could swap them for leeks.
- You can also control how often the box comes. It has worked out of late that I only take a box every other week. That's organic produce for an entire month for us--and we eat plant-based here--for under $80.
- You can order other groceries with it. We're in love with Yummy's Choice hot shatta (that's not a typo--but it is delicious). If I decide I want Field Roast Apple Sage Sausage, they've got that.
- For me, the box allows me to get things I can't get at Aldi--kale, mustard greens, tofu, tempeh. Because I can add those on to my KCD2D box I don't have to go to Price Chopper. I can't get out of that store without over-spending.
- New foods. I wouldn't have had my love affair with Fuyu persimmons without this service, I suspect. Sadly, they are out of season (there's one left from a Costco batch that will be eaten later today), but I have a new favorite.
So, what seemed like a luxury at first has turned out to be pretty cost effective, really. I have yet to price things out, but I don't think I could buy non-organic and get the variety I get in a box and spend less. Check out the site and you'll see some samples of what the different boxes contain.
As a result, I've been letting the box dictate what I cook in a way. That led to Sicilian Chard over Quinoa and Spinach Potato Tacos this week. Both of these recipes are keepers. I will admit that I made a few adjustments in the chard recipe--I used a bunch of chard and a bunch of Lacinato kale because that's what was in my fridge. The kale also helped cut the earthy taste of the chard (which I like, but it can be overwhelming). I would think kale alone would be fine if you don't like chard. Also, dark raisins were what I have and I used walnuts for the pine nuts. Because my preserved lemons were done and this dish is very tagine-like (olives, dried fruit, quinoa is very couscous like), I decided to chop one up and use it. Incredibly tasty!
The Spinach-Potato Tacos are from the folks at Forks Over Knives and they are quite tasty. I didn't have any cilantro, but I did have a jar of green salsa that went well with these. I also can recommend the FoK app for your phone. It's great if you are in the store and need to figure out what to cook for dinner so you can grab the ingredients. They add new recipes every week, too, so if you balk at the $4.99 price tag just know the app will grow over time.