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there’s an art to maintaining nutritional balance on a vegan diet. If you’ve ever thought of trying out that vegan life, even just for a few days, we’re loving this local, artisanal delivery box for just that purpose.

Farm-to-doorstep service, Out of the Box Collective, delivers this all-vegan box that includes basic staples (fruits, veggies, grains), vegan proteins, bottled drinks and a few below-the-radar artisan products that will feed you for days on a pretty delicious diet that won’t have you bored. Here’s all about what the delivery includes, plus a creative recipe using protein-rich purple asparagus and vegan mystery meat, yuba…

We’re here in Los Angeles, the vegan capital of the world, and we’ve curated a food box to not only nourish our local vegans but also to introduce them to some of our favorite food makers. This Vegan Delivery Box includes the freshest local produce, as well as hearty staples and pantry items from all of the food groups, for a well-rounded diet. The pantry staple may be anything from seaweed snacks to eggless mayonnaise. And you’ll stock up your vegan pantry with products you can use to prepare wholesome meals – cashew cheese or almond butter, quinoa or couscous… and more.

To balance out the weekly meal plan, we’ve made sure to include just the right amount of farm-fresh, local, organic produce for delicious raw dishes, straight from the vine. These can be nutrient-rich salads or raw julienned vegetables with splashy vinaigrettes and vegan sauces. We’ve rounded out our Vegan Box selection with fermented foods like kombucha for your probiotic well-being, of course!

For first-timers who are curious, this box is an excellent introduction and a great way to explore the reasons health-conscious people adhere to a vegan diet. Why not experiment with your palette and give your body a break from eating animal products? You’ll prepare delicious meals that are truly flavorful – with fresh, locally grown herbs such as parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage! It doesn’t get any better than this.

What’s Inside the Vegan delivery box

12-15 fresh, local, seasonal fruits and veggies (each item typically 1 pound or 1 bunch)
1 dried fruit selection (dried apricots, raisins, persimmons, etc.)
1 nut/seeds selection (almonds, walnuts, pepitas, etc.)
1 dried bean/pulse selection (dried beans, sprouted pulses etc.)
1 whole grain selection (rice, barley, millet, quinoa, etc.)
1 grain product (noodles, couscous, polenta, bread, etc.)
1 block cashew cheese (varying flavors)
1 nut butter or jam (almond butter, peanut butter, Sqirl jam etc.)
1 quart fresh-squeezed orange juice (made from organic, local citrus)
2 bottles of Health-Ade Kombucha (varying flavors)
1 fermented or pickled item (Brassica & Brine kimchi or sauerkraut, Pacific Pickleworks pickles, etc.)
1 protein item (tofu/seitan/tempeh)
1 vegan pantry staple (exploring new vegan products from seaweed to eggless mayonnaise!)
1 vegan treat of the week (rice or quinoa pudding, vegan brownies or cookies, etc.)

Plus 1-2 recipe suggestions using ingredients in your box

Our new favorite vegan ingredient is Hodo Soy yuba. Tofu’s sexy cousin, yuba is a labor of love, handmade in Oakland at the Hodo Soy beanery. Yuba is the thin, nutty-tasting, elastic-yet-delicate skin that rises to the surface when soy milk is heated. A new layer forms each time the yuba (tofu skin) is pulled from the top. We love its texture – and in the recipe below, it tastes just like noodles!

STIR-FRIED YUBA WITH PURPLE ASPARAGUS

ingredients:

1 package of fresh yuba
1 sliver of ginger, peeled
2 garlic cloves (or a couple Tbsp of green garlic), chopped
3 spring onions, chopped
shake of hot pepper flakes
asparagus, cut into inch-long pieces (optional)
vegetable oil
sesame oil
sesame seeds

directions:

Cut the yuba into strips or pieces. Experiment to find a shape and size you like. Now sauté ginger, garlic, spring onions and hot pepper flakes in vegetable oil. Add the asparagus once the onions have softened.

Add the tofu skin. Stir fry over high heat for 5-10 minutes, adding water or soy sauce as necessary. Yuba wants a lot of salt. So don’t hold back!

Just before serving, add a good dollop of sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. That’s it! Delicious.


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