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Step 4 – fruits and veggies

OK – we are nearing the end of the plan.

We have already worked on a schedule, divided our days and picked our proteins.

This is the next crucial step: fruits & veggies.

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I really harp on fruits and veggies throughout the course of my blog.  And here is no different.  In order to eat more fruits and vegetables, you MUST BUY more fruits and vegetables.  If you aren’t currently in the habit of buying these, it will seem expensive and you will worry about waste.

Here are two ways to circumvent those fears:

1 – buy most of your vegetables frozen 

2 – buy most of your fruits fresh – and buy alot of just a few varieties

Your weekly goal should be two sit-down dinners a week, two quick dinners a week and two nights where you stop at fast-food but provide sides at home.

That makes 6 meals to prep for multiplied by the number of people in your family = the number of servings you need.

For example: 6*5 = 30 servings for my family.

Here’s how I would reach that:

one bag of apples (10 servings)

one bunch of bananas (7 servings)

two pints of strawberries (4 servings)

pre-cut and washed lettuce (2 servings)

one package frozen corn (4 servings)

one package frozen brocolli (4 servings)

one package baby carrots (4 servings)

 

Step 4 – Fruits & Veggies

Last Step – in the final blog post in this series, we will shop together

 

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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HomeGrown Tomatoes

I was raised in a small, rural town in Illinois.  

No, really, I mean small.  No stoplight.  Main street is one large paved asphalt road – with no center line.  My college dorm housed more people than the town I was raised in.  Small.

And it was rural.  My dad’s family farmed.  In the early days (when my dad was young), the farm included livestock.  In my early childhood, there were still some cattle and pigs.  By my adolescence, we were only farming: wheat, corn, and soybeans.

I didn’t live on ‘the farm’.  I lived ‘in town’.  If you haven’t lived in a rural area, you would call where I lived ‘the farm’ also.  But those of us from rural areas understand that there is a difference.

My parents were teachers, which meant that my dad’s summer job was working on the farm.  As we kids got older, we got to help with things like walking beans.  Bear with me here if you have walked beans or de-tassled corn.  Amazingly, some people have never held these jobs.  

Walking beans is just what is says: you walk the field of beans, with a tool in hand, and cut out the weeds.  This leaves a beautifully ‘clean’, weed-free bean field behind.  The pay is good, too, when your work is just so-so and grandpa is your boss.  (I have no idea who thought kids should be left virtually alone in a field with weapons such as these – it’s amazing no one lost a digit)

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I have tons of memories from these days.  I dream alot about the farm and my grandparents house.

But, as I’ve gotten older, most of my memories are stirred from work I do in the kitchen.  

I’ll share with you my favorite.

My grandma always cooked a HUGE starch filled meal at lunchtime when all the men came in from the field.  The protein varied – and there wasn’t much of it – but there was plenty of homemade noodles, corn and mashed potatoes.  Also white bread and real butter and homemade sweet tea.  All designed to fill your belly until dinner.   (my mouth is watering)

Then the evening meal came and went with little fanfare.  Maybe a cold sandwich.  But I can distinctly remember grandma standing at the kitchen sink cutting a garden fresh tomato into thick slices onto a small dinner plate.   She would put a bit of salt on it – stand at the sink – and eat it.

I THOUGHT THIS WAS CRAZY!  How in the world could she call that dinner.  Who in the world could eat a tomato as their whole meal.  What’s with the salt.  I just didn’t get it.

I would say every other day now in the summer, this is what my plate looks like:

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What Have I Learned:  A thick-sliced, homegrown tomato is all you need for a great meal.

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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