Eating Greener

the experiences of a newbie to local, organic, and sustainably grown food

end of week 1 April 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 7:50 pm

We used up all the lettuce and spinach for salads over the weekend.  I also put strawberries and blue cheese in it – very tasty!  I didn’t know what to do with the violets.  I looked online and most of the recipes were for sweet confections, syrups, etc.  So I put them in the salad.

Saturday night we had the salad with the sweet potatoes and a slice of the bread.  I was surprised that it actually filled me up – usually we have meat with dinner.  The sweet potatoes were somewhat small.  I just wrapped them in plastic wrap and put them in the microwave.  We are getting to the end of the produce.  We still have oregano, cilantro, and popping corn left, plus the cheeses.  I got some avocados and limes to make guacamole with the cilantro.   I also got some paper bags to make the popcorn in the microwave.  I need to look up a recipe for caramel corn – I think that would be better than regular popcorn.

Our next delivery will be on Wednesday, and hopefully I will also get my new member pack.  I’m excited to see what’s in it!  I’m also excited that several of my friends are getting in on the local produce act.  I think it is important for my kids to understand where the food they eat comes from.   Below are some pictures of the salads and sweet potatoes.  Hopefully we will get something new and exciting this week.

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Day 3 April 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 8:48 pm

Last night I had a salad with the lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and blue cheese.  It was really good.  I’m normally a “lots of dressing” kind of girl, but I went easy on the raspberry vinaigrette because the contents of the salad itself were so good.  I never realized how much flavor can be in lettuce!  And the cheese was awesome.  It was not really salty like a lot of blue cheeses are, and the texture was really nice.  It’s actually a hard cheese, but it crumbled into big chunks really easily.  And the bigger the chunks, the better!

Tonight I made fried rice for dinner.  I stir fried the pac choi (bok choy) and put it in there with the rest of the chives.  Pretty good.  My favorite part of it was actually the pac choi.  And I feel pretty full even though we didn’t have meat with it.  For dessert I made a smoothie with the strawberries.  Yum.  I drank it before I remembered to take a picture.  Maybe next time – I’ve still got some strawberries left.

I’m thinking about adding eggs to my Farmer’s Fresh order for next month.  I am going to see how this month goes.  I don’t want to end up spending a fortune on food, but so far the money has been worth it.  And when you average it out, the only thing that really costs much more than the grocery store brand is the bread.  But that is definitely worth it.  I have been eating it plain, one slice at a time.  I tried it with some butter, but it was actually better with nothing on it.  Pretty sure that was a first.

Tomorrow or Sunday I think I am going to try popping the corn.  I’ve got two husks, so one will be regular popcorn and I think the other one is going to end up as caramel corn.  I found a recipe online that looks pretty easy.  Hopefully I’ll remember to take a picture before I eat it all!

 

salads April 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 3:16 pm

Yesterday I knew I wouldn’t feel like cooking after spending so much time prepping everything, so in the morning I threw a roast and some onions, potatoes, and carrots in the crock pot and called it a day.  I did, however, decide to make a salad with some of the spinach leaves and chives.  I added some raisins and walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette.  The boys had ranch dressing on theirs.  Tonight I plan to make another salad with the lettuce and spinach, and put some of the blue cheese and strawberries on it.  Last night I tried some of the chevre with crackers…mmmmm.  It was really creamy.  Who knows, I may turn into a foodie after all!

 

Farmer’s Fresh CSA April 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kristimartin @ 8:09 pm

On Monday I joined a local farmers’ co-op CSA.  CSA stands for community supported agriculture.  This is an attempt to help my family eat healthier, understand where our food comes from, and reduce our carbon footprint.  And of course, be cooler, ’cause you know, green is the “in thing” right now.  So Monday I signed up, paid my yearly membership fee, and placed my first order – weekly produce deliveries, plus bread and cheese.  I picked up my order today, and here’s what was inside:

3 sweet potatoes

2 husks of popping corn

strawberries

spinach

lettuce

Pac Choi

herbs – cilantro, violets, chives, and oregano

a loaf of bread

cheese – blue, cheddar, and two types of chevre (goat cheese)

The produce is the “dinner for two” package from Farmers’ Fresh.  I upgraded to the bread and a monthly cheese pack (2 hard and 2 soft cheeses each month).

I bought a salad spinner to make washing the lettuce and leaves easier, since they literally come with the roots and dirt still on them.  My son thought that was pretty cool.  He had a great time with the salad spinner.

I was really excited about the strawberries.  They are organic, from Thonotosassa, FL.  They smell like home.  And they taste amazing!  They reminded me of going strawberry picking in Plant City when I was a kid.

Now the bread I was hesitant about ordering.  So the first thing I did when I opened my box was take out a slice and taste it to see if it was really worth five bucks a loaf.  Wow.  It is worth five bucks a slice.  So moist and flavorful, it was almost like cake.  Yummy!

I got everything washed, prepped, and put in the fridge.  Now I just have to figure out what to cook with all this stuff.  Here are some pictures.