Bottled minced garlic: Dimity and I were such fierce believers in it, we touted it in Run Like a Mother. Yet check out the holiday present I just gave myself:
I was so dang excited to use it when I cooked a recent Purple Carrot meal—Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowls—I had to break it out. I poured the soggy remnants from a bottle of minced garlic into our compost bin, and fast on its heels followed the contents of a jar of minced ginger.
Because thanks to cooking Purple Carrot meal kits twice a week since July, my culinary skills have blossomed like a squash plant in summertime. Previously, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would have ranked my cooking know-how (and enthusiasm) a 6. Slightly better than average, but still using things like jarred garlic and ginger; shying away from spices and herbs other than the run-of-the-mill ones such as cumin or thyme; and sticking to oft-cooked recipes within my comfort zone.
Thanks to the creative plant-based recipes and ingredients from Purple Carrot that show up at our door weekly—containing two family-size meals ready to be chopped, zested, sauteéd, and roasted by me—I now routinely try new recipes and ingredients I used to avoid. Fresh turmeric? My fingers have been stained yellow by it—and our palate has been delighted by it. Homemade falafels? Lightly fried and gobbled up with a ready-in-minutes tzatziki sauce and fresh tomato-and-parsley salad. Korean tacos with kimchi mayo, heck, Korean anything: This Connecticut Yankee-cum-Portlander is still drooling over that dish from mid-July.
Getting Purple Carrot means that two nights a week, the old-as-time question of, “What’s for dinner?” has a simple answer: whatever was in the PC box, kiddos. The included recipe cards walk me through the preparation and cooking, instilling confidence in me as well as a better sense of executing other recipes. So on the other nights of the week, I spread my wings and try new dishes—and often replay our family’s Purple Carrot favorites, including the Sesame Crusted Tofu Steaks with Chermoula Sauce that my meat-loving man ate with gusto both times I served it.
Me? I still marvel I know what “chermoula sauce” is—and that I make it. With freshly minced garlic, natch. Ready to discover your inner kitchen goddess?
Three lucky winners will get a week of a Purple Carrot Family subscription. To enter this giveaway, tell us (in the comments section below this post on our site) what you want to add to your cooking routine or master in 2017. Getting a proper rise on your soufflé? Slow roasting your veggies? Simply not burning the pancakes? Whatever the goal, share it with us.
SAVE AND EAT: We’re delighted Purple Carrot is offering a special subscription deal for the Mother Runner tribe. Go to purplecarrot.com/amr and enter promo code AMR25 to save $25 off your first week’s subscription. (Offer valid for first-time subscribers only.)
The details: This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 12/7/16 and ends on 12/13/16. We will announce three random winners on our Facebook page on 12/15/16, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $74. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.