|Day 15 of 100 Happy Days:|
Our household's move to eat more fresh produce started almost two years ago, as I shared here. For a while, we subscribed to a food-basket delivery of organic, locally grown produce, but it was all vegetables (no fruit) - and not necessarily the ones we like. (There was an awful lot of parsnips and micro-greens.)
And, honestly, I missed my trips to the produce store, where I could giggle as I pick up funny items like these conjoined mushrooms.
So we decided to go back to do-it-yourself produce shopping. Here's what today's purchase looked like at the checkout.
|She had already started bagging, so some items are not shown here.|
|A sampling. (Not shown: bananas)|
I've also found that leaving some fruit out on the counter actually encourages them (and me!) to grab them as a snack.
On produce-shopping day, the inside of our fridge looks like this:
|Salad fixings drawer.|
|Root veg and cooking vegetables.|
|Fruit - in addition to what is in the fruit bowl.|
|Bulky vegetables. (This is also where our leftovers go, so usually there is a layer of plastic containers under the veggies.)|
I am the first to admit that this takes time. I generally start planning the meal after my walk with Kane, around 2:00, and then start prepping at about 3:30 for dinner at 6:00. I do have a stack of recipes that come together in less time, but since I have the luxury of time, I often prepare my own salad dressing or bake a loaf of bread in the bread machine.
In the process, I am learning something that my friend K.B. knew long, long ago: making meals can be really good therapy if you don't look at it as drudgery. Scouting recipes, using new ingredients, adding a twist of my own, and then sitting down with my family to really dig in -- these are pleasures. Here are two quotes from her:
The stress-busting that baking does is not to be dismissed lightly.Thanks for the lesson, K.B.
Cooking for someone is a good remedy for whatever ails you.