Posts tagged ‘fruits’

June 10, 2012

Cherries and Golden Cauliflower

That’s what’s new for us at the market this week. We went a little overboard on purchasing last week – between two farmer’s markets, one CSA delivery, and the milk delivery, I’m having to readjust where I buy what (and when)!

On Saturday, at the Falls Church Market, we found sweet cherries, and golden cauliflower, and verdant green beans, and beautiful red potatoes to supplement our regular bacon and bread acquisitions.

And on Sunday, at the Westover Market, we added cucumbers, and tomatoes, and onions, and feta, and some hamburger to our larder.

The bacon, and most of the country white loaf have already been consumed. And the cherries didn’t make it past brunch on Sunday.  But we are planning to make a fritatta, and a cucumber-feta-tomato salad. The green beans will probably be roasted, and I am thinking that the golden cauliflower would task lovely in a curry. Maybe for Meatless Monday?! We will just have to see.

Here’s hoping you had a weekend filled with wonderful food!

December 10, 2011

Fruit in the Winter

My favorite article featured on Freshly Pressed today is … Wreck This Journal — Fruit Stickers … It really struck home with me because of my own shopping adventure this morning.  We missed the farmer’s market, but did go to our new Trader Joe’s…and one of the the first things that we noticed were the clamshells full of raspberries and blueberries and blackberries. Where, we wondered, had they come from? Certainly not from anyplace around here. Although I wasn’t collecting fruit stickers today, I was thinking about where these berries hailed from. Someplace just a bit more southerly than where we are.

I do agree that fruit in winter is the biggest challenge that the Family Foodie faces. We all love fruit, and in winter fresh fruit is an amazing treat.  Clementines, oranges, bananas, lemons, and limes are easy to rationalize as fruits that are not produced and never will be produced in our local area. So local isn’t an option, so we don’t deny ourselves.

But berries are a harder choice for this family.  We love berries, and when berries are in season here – we gorge on them – and we are very sad when the local season is over. So when you walk into your local Trader Joe’s and you see berries that look delicious, it is hard to turn and walk away from them.  It’s not hard when the berries look small or dry or green, but when they are round and luscious and it is 40 degrees outside, it takes strength of will not to buy.

I do not know that I can make an entire winter without, but I will say that today we left the store without berries but with clementines, and returned to our local apples in the kitchen.  May will be here soon, right?

June 2, 2011

Hello ChooseMyPlate, Good-Bye MyPyramid

MyPlate

What do I like about the new USDA plate?

First, fruits and veggies are half of this plate.  We like that.

Second, meat has been replace by protein. Makes a lot of sense to me.  We are already enjoying exploring the many different sources of protein in our diet.

Third, if you go to the USDA site, and click on each of the sections, you are taken to resources that give you many examples of what fits into each category.

And the 10 Tips Pages have lots of great ideas about how to incorporate these guidelines into your daily life.   I especially liked the one for encouraging kids to eat more fruits and veggies. Their number one idea, smoothies, is a favorite in our household.

What do I need to know more about?…How many of these plates are we supposed to eat a day? Is this a three-plate-a-day plan? Or a six-plate-a-day?!?! What about plate size?

Overall, though, my first look through the materials leave me with a smile, and some helpful tips that I will try to integrate into our eating.

I’d love to hear what others think.  Comment away!

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