Veg Out or Veg In?

9 Sep
by Deanne

Vegging out…according to phrase.org it means that we “relax in a slothful and mindless manner.”  While it’s sometimes nice to be slothful, in my experience it’s also the main way to deal with stress–large and small.

May I propose a new method of dealing with stress…vegging in?  Vegging in involves family, friends, cooking and of course, vegetables!  (Vegetables?   Yes.  Many a gardener will attest that planting a seed, watching it grow and caring for it is one of the best activities to bring calm to a stressful life.  We’ve found that it’s a mindful activity that has paid us back in flavour and adventure.)-The idea of vegging in is to take the vegetables, fruits, herbs, or another ingredients that you’ve grown or purchased at a farmer’s market add family or friends and head to the kitchen to cook together!

Our family vegged in to celebrate Labor Day here in the US.  We invited another family, looked at our box of veggies, divided into teams and then went into kitchen in teams to create a meal from the ingredients we’d gathered together.   That full box of veggies is what we had to work with (lucky us!)  If we were in the UK, Francine tells me that we’d call it a box of “veg” not veggies. :)

Photo of box of veggies for veg in

We discovered that a veg in is the opposite of mindless and slothful.  It was energizing to cook, share ideas and discover new ingredients with our friends. There were some non-cooks and shy cooks (me included) in the group, but that wasn’t a problem; they teamed up with a cook for awhile and then helped out by picking flowers or setting the table.  We found that the regular stress of having friends over for dinner vanished because we were all in it together.  And the final result of our veg in…delicious and precisely seasonal!

Photo of the meal we prepared at our first veg in

So Real Local Cookers, if you live close to us would you consider coming to our next veg in?    There is no cost,  just circle the date on the calendar and bring what you’ve grown or purchased from a local grower or an interesting ingredient you purchased from the local grocery store.  If you don’t live near us, will you try vegging in with your friends and family?

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9 Responses to “Veg Out or Veg In?”

  1. alderandash September 10, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Lovely idea – and the food looks great!

    • realocalcooking September 10, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks! We just subscribed to your interesting and informative blog.

  2. lovefromitaly September 10, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I am definitely gonna suggest a veg in with some friends next time we have a rainy fall day! Love the idea.

    • realocalcooking September 10, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Great, let us know how it goes. Or perhaps we will read about in on your blog to which I just subscribed.

      • lovefromitaly September 10, 2012 at 10:27 am #

        Aw thanks! I will be sure to post on it!

  3. Liz September 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    What a super idea! And dinner looks awesome too!

  4. Year Of Healthier Living September 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Great idea! I might try this with our girl scout troop!

    • realocalcooking September 12, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      What an excellent idea! If you do, please let us know how it turns out.

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