While I’m staying home with BabyGirl, there is a lot of opportunity to watch daytime television. There’s an unbelievable amount of talk shows on that follow a similar format. The Talk, The View, The Chew, The Real…
I’m starting to wonder if maaaybe the CSA wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I guess when I pictured farm fresh vegetables every week, I had hoped for vegetables that I usually actually eat and enjoy. Bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, even parsnips, cucumber, and celery would be cool! But what have I been getting? Turnips. Kohlrabi. Napa cabbage. I’m all for adventure, but when I get stuck on how to use an item, it gets abused and discarded. I really hate wasting the food 😦
We still have from the LAST CSA:
– Napa cabbage
Plus, from our standard groceries we have bell peppers, cucumber, carrots, and celery.
This is decidedly a first world problem. I’m not complaining by any means–I’m thankful for the abundance–but I’m also worried about how to best make use of it.
Last night me and Jeff blanched 3/4 of the broccoli, and 3/4 of the string beans, and froze them. We’re giving the beets, some broccoli, and some peas to my parents. I’m hoping my sister wants one of the kohkrabi…
The CSA is going to last at least another month, if not longer, so I’m going to use this as an opportunity to expand my veggie horizons and eat a lot more veggies… Even if I *do* have to Google them first 😛
I think dinner tonight will be the brats and a cole slaw of kohlrabi, Napa cabbage, and carrots. I can bring it to my brother’s house to share tomorrow afternoon for lunch ^_^
Chef salad for dinner!
I’ll make another pie!
Broccoli cheddar soup!
Uh… Other stuff!!
Okay, WordPress readers… What would you do? Leave your ideas in the comments below.
When the in-laws were in town, one of the things we accomplished was to assemble the awesome grill that my parents had bought us as a house warming gift. Kudos to Jeff and his dad for figuring THAT out!
Sunday had amazing weather. It was warm, sunny, and I guess the wind was a little strong, but alright! Since the weather was what it was, we decided to break in the grill and cook some steaks!
Mother nature had other ideas and started spitting as soon as Jeff was back with the propane. That’s okay, though! Mother Nature has got nothing on MY mom… So off to the garage we went.
Mother Nature picked up the pace and brought roiling thunder and some lightening. Jeff brought an umbrella and an extra place setting.
Jeff manned the grill while I set up an impromptu dining room out of canvas chairs and a coffee table that I wanted to refinish.
When the steaks were done, the meal was served, and the thunder rolled.
We’re getting back into Paleo eating, now that we’re in the new place. We’ve done pretty well in the last week, but tonight, we’re gearing up for the Squeaky Clean Paleo plan featured in Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. Note: this is NOT a sponsored post.
Call me crazy, but I feel like eating healthy should taste good. The recipes that I’ve tried from this book hit that mark. Jeff is excited about cooking again, too, but not about the dishes…because cooking every meal requires lots of dishes.
Tonight I’ve dirtied up a few mixing bowls, some knives, pans, spoons, cutting boards, and towels cooking up some meals for tonight and tomorrow. I’ve got stuffed cabbage rolls with a cranberry tomato sauce in the oven, along with a “swirly crustless quiche” made with carrots, zucchini, and about a dozen eggs. I’ll be making mustard glazed chicken thighs shortly, and tomorrow we’ll have a braised beef dinner.
Our fridge is fully stocked with yummy foods and I’m ready for this adventure.
What is your favorite thing to make in the fall? Share your favorite crafts and recipes, below.
A lot of why I haven’t been posting here is because there hasn’t been much fitness to speak of. On June 26th, 2012, I finally sought medical advice for my back. Here on July 9, 2013, I’m still in pain daily.
Originally, we thought it was a Rhomboid Strain and my Primary Care Physician referred me to a physical therapist. The physical therapist determined that it was not, in fact, a rhomboid strain, but to do with the alignment of my hips. I followed the physical therapy for a couple of months, and my hips didn’t click anymore, but my back still hurt. I sought another option.
When I went to the Chiropractor, we found a series of issues with my back that are actually there–the alignment was off, there’s the start of arthritis due to the misalignment, etc. We’ve been working hard since January to bring everything in line and I really
believe it’s helping. My back still hurts every morning, though. We were getting a lot better, making a lot of good progress, and then we experienced a really bad setback.
When Jeff and I got back from the Canadian reception, I had a few really rough mornings. I thought it was just because the bed wasn’t supportive enough, or maybe the long ride in the car… But no, this felt like I was being squeezed–like my ribs were being pushed out of place. It hurt to breathe, hurt to move, hurt to laugh–should I care to, hurt to yawn, hurt to sneeze, cough, or hiccup. When I talked to my dad about it, he said “Oh, that’s just a pulled muscle–you’ll feel better in about a week.”
It’s been over a week and I’m still waking up in pain. My Chiropractor gave me a sort of “ah-ha” moment when he observed that it was swelling and inflammation causing the pain. The word “inflammation,” hung in my head repeating itself like a fading memory. Until all of a sudden, the light at the end of a tunnel turned out to be a train. What if my DIET is causing me all of this stress and drama with my back!?
It makes sense! I eat a Western diet high in processed carbs and lots of sugars. Last Friday, by happenstance, I didn’t eat much in the way of sugar or refined carbs. On Saturday, as if by a miracle, I had no back pain. Yesterday, I had cereal for dinner, chex mix for a snack, a wrap for lunch, and a breakfast sandwich for breakfast. My back is killing me today.
So now, the problem that I’m faced with is “how do I convert my eating habits to the anti-inflammatory diet?”
I don’t know 😦
The sites I’ve looked at say
Foods to Steer Clear of—Here’s what you’ll want to wean yourself off of in order to reduce the inflammation in your body: wheat, dairy, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, sugar, citrus fruits (except for lemons and limes), pork, commercial non-organic eggs, shellfish, peanuts and peanut butter, coffee, alcohol, juice, caffeinated teas, soda, anything containing hydrogenated oils, processed foods, and fried foods. – http://primaldocs.com/opinion/how-to-transition-to-an-anti-inflammatory-diet/
I keep seeing conflicting information, though. One site says pineapple is to be avoided as it’s a tropical fruit. Another says pineapple will decrease inflammation. One says nightshades and tomatoes are bad. Another doesn’t mention them at all.
I’m so terribly lost. I’ve cast out the line to the Weight Loss Warriors to ask if they have any experience with this sort of conversion. I read that high quality yogurts and cheeses can be eaten in moderation, so maybe I can use that to my advantage when subbing foods?
Here’s our dinner menu for the week… If anyone has any ideas on how to convert it to an anti-inflammation version, I’d appreciate the help: