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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Veggin' it up...again

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.

4 comments :

  1. What do you do about syrup on the waffles?

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  2. Not use it. :) I usually put PB2 on it with fruit for the kids. Or sometimes I put plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey and fruit or nuts on top.

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  3. We do use maple syrup every now and then as a treat, but it's pretty rare.

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  4. I just got my coop load today. They seem to be getting smaller these days but still a better deal than grocery shopping. Though I must admit when coop had lettuce and not tomatoes I snagged some pretty ripe roma tomatoes at Market Street for $0.79/lb. If they go soft they become SALSA!!!!!
    For my $30 unit I got:
    - 2 large sweet potatoes
    - 2 red leaf lettuce
    - 11 red skinned potatoes
    - 5lbs of carrots
    - 3 kiwi
    - 2.5 lbs grapes
    - 9 large fuji apples (actually I got 7 and traded yellow squash for a couple more)
    - 2lbs strawberries (actually 1lb but traded more squash)
    - 1 pint blueberries
    - 4 large onions
    - 1 small cantaloupe
    - 1lb mushrooms
    - 2 zucchini
    - 4 bell peppers
    I also would have had a head of cauliflower and about that same amount of broccoli but I decided at the last minute I wasn't in the mood to find creative ways to get my family to eat those AGAIN and gave them to someone else.
    I don't make a meal plan because I like to decide based upon my mood what I want to cook but usually each day I decide based on how much life any particular vegetable(s) seem to have in them.
    I wish you had posted this before I gave the yellow squash away but I must have the carrot french toast recipe since I have 5lbs carrots in my fridges.

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