As the fall gets crazier, the lower ‘grocery shopping’ falls on my to-do list. We’ve had more than one pantry scavenger dinner night in the last few weeks. Sometimes they are fantastic successes; other times, well, not so much.

If grocery shopping is one of your least-favorite things to do or is getting squeezed out of the ‘to-do’ line-up because of {better? more fun? insane kid schedule?} activities, you’ll be delighted to learn about Relay Foods. Perfect for everyday foodies, this regional online market for sustainable foods and everyday groceries carries over 30,000 items. My favorite part? They work with a ton of my favorite local farms. Order online and have groceries delivered for a nominal fee — or pick your groceries up for FREE from designated city pick-up spots, including: Roland Park, Patterson Park Charter School, Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Mt. Washington, and Hampden.

Relay Foods, Moctec Taco Kit - (cool) progeny

What I LOVE about Relay Foods is that they offer a fabulous selection of artisan/specialty foods and produce — and also take the guess work out of dinner! They offer full and half share seasonal produce boxes, tasting boxes full of goodies from local artisan growers/bakers/vendors, and several recipe kits. You can also peruse their blog and shop by recipe or menu category including Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-free, and Paleo options. It’s like walking down a grocery store aisle from the comfort of your couch.

Relay Foods, Moctec Taco Kit - (cool) progeny

Relay Foods, Moctec Taco Kit - (cool) progeny

We ordered their Moctec Taco Kit which included everything for Mexican night: fresh cilantro, Wolf Creek Farm grass-fed ground beef, Moctec Tortillas (made locally), green pepper, poblano pepper, taco seasoning, onion, shredded cheese, lime, and refried black beans. Delicious. Well-packed. Showed up right when I was contemplating what to cook that night (serendipitous, huh?). Everyone devoured them.

Relay Foods Autumn Tasting Kit - (cool) progeny

Relay Foods kindly sent us an Autumn Tasting Kit, a bit of a ‘surprise’ box containing seasonal items from some of their favorite vendors. The box included Mad Hatter Foods Habanero Pineapple Marinade, Firefly Farms Merry Go Round Goat Cheese, Taste Virginia Applesauce, Biscotti Goddess Pumpkin Spice Biscotti, Toffee Blondies from The Amazing Brownie Company, and Curry Ginger Sweet Potato Soup from Souperb.

The challenge? Create a recipe from one of the ingredients in the box. Sort of like our own non-anxiety-producing version of Chopped.

Relay Foods Autumn Tasting Kit - (cool) progeny

I decided to experiment with the Sweet Potato Soup from Souperb. Diane Fraser crafts the all-vegetarian, shelf-stable soups available from Souperb. Knowing that the Bug doesn’t venture too far from vegetable or chicken noodle soup as a rule, I chose to use the soup as a base for a pasta sauce.

Quick. Easy. Healthy dinner that the whole family loved chock full of fall flavor… I may have eaten this chilled the next day for lunch, too.  Enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Meals: Curried Sweet Potato Bowtie Pasta with Spinach - (cool) progeny, #dinner #vegetarian #familymeals

Souperb Curried Sweet Potato Bow Tie Pasta with Spinach

Ingredients

  • Souperb Curry Ginger Sweet Potato Soup
  • 1/2 cup of diced Vidalia Onion
  • 3 cups of Spinach, washed and de-stemmed
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 8 oz of Mini Farfalle {Bow-Tie} Pasta
  • 8 oz. sliced Baby Portabello Mushrooms
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese (for garnish)

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to instructions on box.

2. While pasta is cooking, heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, garlic and mushrooms. Saute until onions are translucent.

3. Add spinach to onion/mushroom mixture. When veggies are soft, add 1/2 jar of Souperb soup. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes until sauce thickens. Add more soup if you’d like it saucier! Will just need to reduce a bit longer.

4. Strain pasta. Toss with sauce.

5. Dish into bowls and top with Parmesan Cheese. {Note, I didn’t use any cheese on mine and didn’t miss it! Pat and the Bug preferred a little on theirs.}

 

Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Relay Foods, who wanted to get the word out about their new pick-up locations in Baltimore (which we are totally stoked about!). All opinions are my own. Loved having the chance to experiment with their tasting box goodies, too!