Posts Tagged ‘mushrooms’

Meal Planning For Idiots (Like Me)

Christie over at Honoring Health did a much better job of offering tips about this. I am just going to show you pictures of how I went about planning.

Essentially my thought process went:

  1. I’m going to the farmer’s market.
  2. Ooo. Portabella mushrooms! I haven’t made those in a while. Or ever.
  3. I bought 2 of those.
  4. I bought 2 rosemary buns because that’s what the baker suggested when I asked what was good for a burger bun.
  5. I also bought 2 jars of apple butter, not because I needed 2 jars, but because they were only $2.95, which is about half the price apple butter usually costs.
  6. I also bought red onion, because that goes perfectly on a mushroom burger.
  7. I also bought spinach. Because I like spinach.
  8. I also bought kale because kale chips + portabella mushroom burgers sounds like a dream.
  9. I also bought chimichurri because I tasted it and it was fantastic. And could be wonderful on a ‘bella burger.
  10. I also bought pineapple-sweet onion salsa for the same reason, and because if you bought 2 sauces, the price for each went down.
  11. I also bought sunglasses ($3), which were without a doubt made in a sweatshop in China. Eh. No one’s perfect. And I needed new sunnies. [By the way: Here’s a good joke. What’s worse–selling Chinese sweatshop sunglasses at a farmer’s market OR selling Dole bananas at one (as the AU farmer’s market was doing last Wednesday.) SIGH.]
  12. Get home, make a list of everything I have. Which reminded me I still had veggies in my fridge from last week.
  13. Figure out what I could do with everything.
  14. Take photos of everything.
  15. (If you aren’t a blogger, feel free to skip step 14.)

Is anyone else disappointed at the farmers’ market lately? I know, I know. I am supposed to embrace the seasonality. But it’s a rough time of year because things like carrots are gone, and apples are slowly turning expensive and not as delicious—and there’s still no berries or tomatoes or any of that summertime stuff. Because, well, it’s not summer…yet.

I like to call it…in-betweasons.

OK. PHOTOS.

Who would win in a boxing match: honey or agave?

I hated this cottage cheese. End up tossing it all. Blech. Is organic cottage cheese always..gross?

You haven’t had yogurt ’til you’ve had Greek yogurt.

QUESTION OF THE DAY. YOU MUST ANSWER. I have to make a big important decision. Mom says she wants to buy me a birthday gift and I’m not one to turn down gifts. I told her a blender would be  nice, or a food processor. Jacquie suggested that I get a handheld mixer…and another friend told me I should get a Vita-Mix. Which would be great if my mom wanted to spend approximately 600 dollars so I could make a smoothie once a week.  Anyone have a suggestion for a blender/food processor combo? What do you have? One of each would be OK, as long as they are good quality and the total combined price is less than $200-ish.

QUESTION OF THE DAY #2: What’s your take on mushrooms? Because apparently everyone in my apartment HATES mushrooms (You guys are crazy) and it would be NICE to eat with someone else. Sigh. I suppose I could just make one tonight, one tomorrow.  I’m currently begging for a friend. New low? This is literally the only part that sucks about being single–not having a dining partner!

OK. End post. Happy Monday, all!

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D.C. Chillin’: Enjoying a gorgeous day while the veggie soup cooks

So today I got a wee bit sidetracked with things like….enjoying the beautiful weather outside.

But I managed to throw some ingredients together to make some veggie soup.

Here’s what went in…

This is about how much I put in of each.

I mean, what do you think, do I use too much garlic? I asked the same thing last time though and then I could barely taste it! I sauteed it this time to perhaps bring out more flavor…?

So here is everything that went into the slow-cooker, on low:

  • A wee bit (rest of can left over) of crushed tomatoes aka tomato sauce
  • Veggie broth, whole box
  • Beans
  • Garlic, sauteed
  • Carrots, three, not cooked
  • Onion, one, sauteed
  • Mushrooms, sauteed
  • Parsley, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  • Once the veggies are near done I am going to add chopped up potatoes. Apparently those should only take 1-2 hours. Didn’t end up adding potatoes. Fine without!

That’s all cookin’ up now. Cheated and took the top off (don’t do this if you are on a time constraint, slows the cooking down) and anyway I tasted it and it’s good 😉

So today, Jen, Charlie, Tom and I walked down to get lunch at this little deli. I got a grilled veggie “hero.” It was OK. Then we got coffee at Politics and Prose and Jen and I invented the Best Game Ever. It basically started when I picked up/pretended to be reading this book to be funny because Jen isn’t a foodie like me and she gets so overwhelmed (annoyed) by my constantly talking about it. And then she picked up this book to be ironic. Get it? Anyway, it was really funny, and we continued to play that game for about 20 more rounds. Talk about acting like you’re in high school again. Must be the weather! I love it.

Then Jen, Charlie, Mike and I went for a cruise.

D.C. chillin’.

I’ve sort of neglected the homework/dealing with life today in order to enjoy this weather. Tomorrow will be less blogging, more work. Right now it’s go for a run (or maybe just lift at the gym?) and then out for an Eaglet’s birthday.

Happy Saturday! =)