This Week’s Basket and Life Update

This Week’s Milk and Honey Organics Basket: Hydroponic Lettuce, Golden Pineapple, White Mushrooms, Rainbow Chard, Braeburn Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Mango, Grape Tomatoes, Carrots with Tops, Green Beans and Garlic.

In the fridge: Homemade Hearty Sourdough (whole wheat + almonds + flaxseed + black and white sesame seeds + pumpkin seeds), 4 small beets, celery, carrots, apples, lemons, pears, grapefruit, parsley, cilantro, milk, yogurt, carrot juice, homemade organic cream of mushroom soup, sprouts.

In the pantry: a few potatoes and yams, onions, shallots, bananas, honey, rice, tomato paste, applesauce, beans, plus stock baking items.

We recently got a $50 basket instead of the normal $35 size, so I still have a good bit of stuff leftover from that. I’m looking forward to combining what we have on hand and making some fabulous dishes this week. Tonight, we had seared salmon over yellow rice, garlic cauliflower with baby bella mushrooms, and acorn squash soup. And I’ve been able to have several green smoothies recently. I think I’ll make a green smoothie with the chard, apple, and pear, and a lemon from last week for breakfast tomorrow.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some recipes this upcoming week that we’re using. I’m definitely making the chocolate beet cupcakes again. We’re still getting used to a new schedule around the house, so the meal planning thing isn’t quite as “normal” as it was. I make sure to keep lunch meat and sliced cheese on hand for Bryan’s shift break at work. He’s been taking a sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce (and even added some sprouts the other day), carrots, and a banana. If he gets hungry before his shift is over, he keeps organic trail mix bars in his locker at work. I’m so proud of him for making healthful choices! It’s fun to learn about health together!

We eat the dinner meal together at home, and I normally take any leftovers from that to the office for my lunch. My breakfast is normal a smoothie or some fruit and a trail mix bar or oatmeal. It’s pretty minimalistic, but it’s working for us right now. Also, I’m reading The China Study, and realizing that the choices we have made based on budget constraints (i.e., less meat, cheese, etc.) are actually healthier for us in the long run. It’s taking me a while to get through the book (heavily documented research, which I appreciate, but it’s not necessarily a quick read). I hope to share a book review on the blog in the next month.

As a side note, I’m really enjoying training for my new role as Executive Assistant in the Operations Department at work. I’ll be sad when Liz leaves (the Exec. Asst. that’s training me). She’s been a good friend and I’ve enjoyed training with her these last two weeks. Tomorrow is when everything officially shifts over to me. I’m looking forward to the change. My last role hadn’t changed in four years, so I’m excited to learn new things and meet new people. I will miss my old department, but at least I’m in the same building and we can still say “hey” whenever. Moving on.

I currently have allergies plus a slight cold and feel kind of yucky, so I’m headed to bed early. Have a great night! Melissa

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