My kitchen happily revolves around vegetables. I’m always thinking about what’s in season, which veggies I should use up first, different ways to serve them to my family and why I’m the only one who seems to appreciate the deliciousness of a crispy green capsicum.
My family will eat a lot of veggies but green capiscums…well, they’re not quite there yet.
There are just so many delicious vegetables available in Australia, particularly at this time of the year and for as long as I can remember, my parents have grown a huge variety of them in every backyard of every home we’ve ever lived in. I was one of those kids who used to pull pea pods off the vine and eat them raw.
I still do that, although my parent’s garden is much smaller than it used to be. It still has zucchini, corn, lettuce, strawberries, basil, rosemary, broccoli and citrus trees. And chickens.
It’s not that I don’t know how to grow my own veggies, I just have so many things I’d rather do. Being part of a family of five is insanely and delightfully busy. Sometimes when I’m busy looking after my kids and running them around it’s hard to find the time to prepare healthy snacks.
"My family will eat a lot of veggies." Image: Supplied.
Thankfully Just Veg. is a range of Aussie-grown carrots that have been washed and cut so you can dip them straight into the hummus, throw them into the kid's lunchboxes, or put together a delicious and colourful dinner. They’ve been sliced into sticks and shredded, so it’s fast and easy to add them to your day. There’s even a multi-pack of lunchbox-sized carrot snacks – five in a bag, one for every day of the week.
The Just Veg. range was created by the carrot farmers’ wives. They wanted to find a home for all the wonky, misshapen carrots that can’t be used whole. All those poor, ugly carrots now get a complete makeover in the form of Just Veg. Their carrot destiny is being fulfilled and food waste is being reduced. That’s a win-win.