Bonus veggie haul

I took it easy and stayed home this weekend which meant a special trip to the Saturday farmer’s market. I love Saturday markets but I never get to go because I go to my mom’s every other weekend, and when I am home I usually try to work an overtime shift. I went a little veggie crazy, considering I just picked up a share a few days before.

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I bought:

  • broccoli
  • radishes, too pretty to pass up
  • rainbow chard
  • apples, which I already made into apple butter
  • apples to make apple cake
  • carrots for snacking
  • sweet potatoes
  • leeks

One of our goals has been to keep cut up celery & carrots in the fridge for snacking to keep from unhealthy things. It’s also helpful having them ready to throw in my lunch bag. I will pack them with two tablespoons of hummus or one tablespoon of almond butter and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet. Knowing that I have those to eat has surprisingly cut down on my afternoon junk-seeking. It’s been maybe 3 or 4 weeks straight of having the veggie snacks and I’m surprised it’s lasted this long. I’m not turning orange yet either. What other vegetables can you use?

P.S. Five days until half marathon #3! I had an awesome run today and did a “Magic Mile” test and got my best non-race mile time! Finally got under 11 minutes. Now I just have to take it easy for my last couple workouts until Sunday.

 

Farmshare Week 18

This was supposed to be our last farmshare week, but our farmers gave us one more week. This week was basic but generous.

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We have:

  • carrots
  • radishes
  • eggplant (giant)
  • poblano peppers
  • sage
  • beets
  • bell peppers
  • funny looking tomatoes (they look like cinderella pumpkins)
  • tomatillos
  • … and I snuck in fingerling potatoes that actually came from my porch garden

The carrots have already been peeled and prepped as snacks for the next couple of days. I find myself again with a drawer full of bell peppers so maybe I will do sausage & peppers next week. I’m so sick of eggplant though!

I didn’t do much cooking this week. Thursday night we went to the fair, where I ate yummy fair food including these “Irish nachos” – house made potato chips, corned beef, salsa, and cheese.

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Friday night, we had to meet some friends at Mohegan Sun. I ate this “salad” at Virgil’s BBQ. I was kind of surprised by my own snobbiness because I felt like I was choking down that iceberg lettuce. Not digging it.

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The salad had 3 kinds of barbecued meat: chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. The meat itself was tasty and I could have made 3 meals out of it but we had partying to do so I couldn’t get it to go.

On Saturday afternoon, I met a friend in Boston for my first hotpot experience. It was so good and just what I needed since I’m still fighting a cold. Not only do you order the base broth, you get to order platters of stuff to cook in the soup. We got a mushroom platter that must have had at least six kinds of mushrooms, and also a veggie platter that had all kinds of stuff. When can I go back?

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Since it was a big lunch, we just snacked for dinner. Sunday afternoon I was back at the casino for bowling at High Rollers. Our package included pizza and other snacks so it was a big lunch. For Sunday dinner, I made an eggplant lasagna which we ate for the next three nights. It was really ugly so I’m not showing you the picture.

I roasted tomatoes to make the sauce and threw in random herbs I had in the fridge.

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Tonight I redeemed myself by making these chicken wraps. I even made up the recipe myself! You might be able to see that I snuck some zucchini in there.

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It’s sad that there is only one week of the veggie share left, and then the harvest dies down during winter. We are pretty much limited to apples and root vegetables. The farmers markets will also start shuttering down. The main market continues on Saturday mornings, but that’s actually the least convenient for me to get to because I’m out of town so much. Maybe the blog will keep me more accountable and force me to make an effort to go out and get veggies.

Farmshare Week 17

The fun of having a farmshare is of course, the surprises. When the season started, I assumed something like July would be the peak bounty but we didn’t have a lot of hot weather. The farmer said that the tons of rain at the beginning of the season slowed the crops. Now we are at the end of September when things are supposed to slow down but we are getting the most vegetables.

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Farmshare, week 17

This week, we’ve got:

  • beets
  • white eggplant
  • pattypan squash
  • chard
  • some weird, spiky, mystery herb?
  • bell peppers
  • one scotch bonnet pepper?
  • thyme
  • tomatoes
  • jalapenos

The only thing I missed this week was the lettuce mix. It was the first time all season I didn’t get lettuce!

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Farmshare Week 16

This week might be our biggest haul of the season. Of course it would happen on a day I was walking he and my hands were full. I’m so glad the farmer had eggs again.
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There was:

  • Lemongrass (what the heck do I do with all of this?)
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Pattypan squash
  • Lettuce mix
  • Peppers
  • Eggs (extra purchase)

The tomatoes have already been sauced so that I can make stuffed peppers for a family dinner. I have so many peppers! I hope no one minds they will be 5 different varieties of peppers.

Other things I made this week…

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