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Our CSA Box + What I Ate Wednesday

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats, Green Living | 2 Comments

Happy Wednesday!

We have a little nap ditcher at home, so blogging time is hard to come by these days. And the little energy ball is only 2 years and 3 months. It’s definitely way to early (for me) that he is starting to phase out his naps, but each child is so different. We have to come up with new routines, so that I can get back into blogging a bit more regularly. Hopefully. Wish us luck.

I thought I’d (finally!) share some of our CSA box contents with you. It’s been amazing, to get a huge box full of greens, fresh herbs, fruit and veggies, delivered almost to our home (they drop at the Mr.’s office).

  • For the past few months we’ve always had a bag of at least 8 oranges. Fresh orange juice has gotten a whole new meaning, as these oranges are fresh from the trees. Bonus: our 2 year-old will sometimes find one when he’s rummaging in the fridge, take it out, run to one of us, and say “juicy juicy please!” – my heart melts that he knows where orange juice comes from!

  • There’s at least one bunch of greens (kale/chard) or lettuce, but most often two.
  • Fresh fruit: peaches, oranges, limes, apples, grapes, dates, avocados – it is amazing!
  • Veggies: Summer squash, zucchini, beans, bell peppers, spicy peppers, fennel, eggplant, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes and I’m probably forgetting a few.
  • Fresh herbs: dill, parsley, rosemary

We pay $30 every two weeks and we get a two week’s worth of local, organic (!!!) produce. Take that, Whole Foods!

And since it’s What I Ate Wednesday party time over at Peas & Crayons (Thanks, Jenn!) I decided to link up a few meals I came up with with this abundance of freshness. It’s been a while and I’m excited to be back.

Green Baked Eggs:

Tomato Soup + obligatory grilled cheese:

Greens in ALL THE MEALS:

One of my favorite ways to use parsley lately is putting it on scrambled eggs. The other dishes are simple roasted potatoes with a herby Greek yogurt dip, and an always yummy avocado and eggs toast.

What are your favorite ways to use fresh herbs? I love fresh parsley and dill dip, tzatziki, parsley on eggs, and even in a  green juice.

With Thanksgiving coming up here, do you have any foods you are especially looking forward to? We’re keeping it low-key this year, as we just moved here a few months ago, and being a German/Swedish family, we don’t really care much for turkey and the works. *GASP* I know, shocking, right? ;)

We’re just looking forward to a few relaxing days and maybe, maybe some shopping on Friday.

Peas and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out some other Wednesday Eats over at Peas & Crayons!

Weekend Fun

Posted on by Susan Posted in Fun, Green Living, Life | 2 Comments

This was actually two weekends ago, but I still wanted to share!

We went apple picking in Julian, CA and we had so much fun, especially our two year-old little guy! We’ve been eating apples/applesauce/apple crisp like crazy. I think pie is the next logical step. :)

If you’re looking for some fun fall family activities and you have apple farms close by, I’d say do this as long as it’s apple season!

Oh, and of course, we also got even more apples in our CSA box last week, because – you know – it’s apple season.

Now, what to do with 10lbs of apples?

Have you ever been apple picking?

What’s your favorite apple recipe? Please share and leave a comment! I need more apple ideas! ;)

Also: Stay tuned for the unboxing of our latest CSA share box!

 

Meal Plan + Fitness for the Week (09/09/13)

Posted on by Susan Posted in Food, Uncategorized, Workout | Leave a comment

Friends, I’m about to seriously change my (currently barely existent) exercise routine. I’ve gained a few too many lbs. over the past few months and it’s time to stop blaming it on the move to a different country, paperwork to do, etc. It’s time to make it a priority again.

Yeah, my legs don’t look nearly as slim as they did a year ago. Ironically, I was in a much better shape the first 12 months after giving birth to our son. I was not as toned as pre-pregnancy, but my weight was at it’s lowest, since I was a teenager.

Living car-less in Vancouver, we had to walk everywhere, so I naturally was a lot more active than I am here in Southern California. You might think: “But what about surfing/going running on the beach/hiking?” Umm, I have a two year old to take with me. ;)

Plus, walking in a million degrees feels like death to me and I have sweat running down my face from a short 20 minute walk in the blazing sun.

But then I remembered the pool!

My gym has a huge lap pool. With the little guy being taken care of in the child care area, this was the perfect workout for me this morning and I cannot believe I “forgot” about the awesomeness of swimming. Assuming the pool is 25m, I swam 1 km (40 laps) in about 30 minutes. My arms are a sore mess this afternoon, but I’m definitely adding this back into my life!

I’m hoping to get rid of about 15 lbs over the next few motnhs, and here’s my tentative workout schedule for this current week:

This might not seem like a crazy workout schedule for you, but let me tell you, I’ve been lazy those past few months, and it WILL make a huge difference in my calories-burned account.

On to the food. Meal planning is one of my favorite ways to make sure we’re not a) going over-budget and b) keep eats clean(ish) and healthy.

Some dinners for the week: 

  • Monday: Baked Butternut Squash Pasta – we had a butternut kicking around in our kitchen for the longest time, and I decided it would make the perfect base for today’s Meatless Monday!
  • Tuesday: Chili + baked sweet potatoes
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Swedish Pea Soup and Pancake night
  • Friday: Braised Chicken Taco Salad

Do you have any fun workouts planned for the week? What about your meal planning – do you plan ahead or go with the flow?

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