OK, I'm gonna do it again, but bear with me because I just can't help it! I can't stop saying how much I LOVE my produce co-op! I told you way back when that's it's easy, and I told you how I love to veg up our food, but I don't think I've ever connected the two in one post. So let it be my thesis:
I love produce co-op because it allows me to veg up our food!
Simple, yes. That's the idea. (I love simplicity.) So here's what I used to do. I would make a meal plan for the week or ten days or whatever I was doing at the time, and then I'd go to the store for what I needed. I would then use up what I had purchased and start the process over again.
Well now...I get my co-op every two weeks, store it in such a way that it lasts, make my meal plan based on what I got at co-op, go to the store for non-produce stuff, and make said meals. Well, there are inevitably lots more veggies and fruits leftover, so of course I don't want them to go to waste.
So every time I cook, I look inside my frig for a veg to throw in there somehow. This morning I made whole wheat waffles, and instead of oil, I used shredded yellow squash. The kids LOVED it! I've also made carrot French toast, which was a huge hit. I put all kinds of veggie purees in almost everything that I make. (If the veg is getting to the end of it's life, then I steam it, puree it, then freeze it.) You can just get as crazy as you want to get with it.
Anyway, I can go on and one, but there you have it. I just had to get that really quickly while I stand here with a towel in my hair at the kitchen counter getting ready to go to a birthday party after the baby wakes up because I was just that excited about how my kids ate yellow squash for breakfast and didn't bat an eye.