After class today I made a quick stop at the Farmer’s Market. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I am to have a daily market. The owners keep the stands open every day except Sunday, so if I’m ever in the need of anything veggie, that’s always my first stop! And I was out of GREENS! But today they had some NEW stuff! yay!! I love new stuff :) One item included this awesome little lettuce package that came with 6 baby lettuce heads of different varieties. It caught my eye as soon as I walked in. But when I looked at the jaw-dropping price of $1.99 for the whole pack… I think my heart started to flutter and then a little drool dribbled down my chin. Seriously.
No further than 5 steps away were these ginormous bunches of celery with lots and lots of leafy greens! It was so huge it took up my entire canvas tote and i had to (gasp) use one of their plastic bags for my other items. Argg. If I ever find my hands on plastic grocery bags I try to at least reuse them in some way or take them back to the grocery store’s recycling program. That makes me feel somewhat better than contributing to the exponentially increasing problem of non-biodegradable lumps of plastic that sit in landfills and sometimes make their way into our oceans. I shudder just thinking about it sometimes. But that’s another post I suppose…
Here’s a size comparison of the celery bunch with my girl Nala, who had a smitten kitten of a time sniffing and rubbing her lil head against the celery stalks. Don’t worry, I gave it a good washing afterward ;)
So then I did what any other Crazy Sexy Dieter would do! I juiced! I juiced my lil heart out all afternoon and have officially gone through half of that bunch already. :)
Celery produces a rather strong flavor in juice so I try to mix it up a bit with some sweeter produce. My fav combo so far includes:
Sexy Celery Juice
5 stalks of celery and leaves
1 red pear
1 lg. cucumber
4 leaves of romaine
1 lg. apple
squeeze of lemon
I put my greens to good use and made a crazy sexy salad with some cukes, carrots and deliciously sweet kiwi.
After hitting the books for awhile and getting some work done, I headed over to my mom’s for dinner with a bag of Farmer’s Market goodies in tow. The market is a lot closer to where I live so I try to bring her a few things every so often. I had a beautiful butternut squash with me because I have been craving squash and I knew my mama would happily indulge in a healthy squash meal :) So… here is what I whipped up!
Roasted Butternut Squash with Chic Peas
1 med. butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. baby carrots, halved
1 c. chic peas, cooked
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1/2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs. fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 Tbs. agave nectar syrup
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
salt, pepper and red pepper flake to taste
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1. Wash, peel and chop all of your veggies, and place them in a dutch oven pan.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over veggies and toss to coat.
3. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
4. Open the oven and toss the veggies to ensure even cooking on all sides. Add chic peas and stir.
5. Cook for an additional 25-30 min. Check on the veggies every 10 minutes and stir.
6. Place walnuts on baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes. *Serve on the side for optional topping.
That’s it! Easy breezy and sooooo delicious! The balsamic vinegar and agave caramelize over the beans and vegetables and gives them a wonderful texture and flavor. We enjoyed this with some delicious brown rice flavored with turmeric and cinnamon (surprisingly amazing combo) and ginormous leafy green salads.
Our dinner companion needed some attention and I guess this was her way of asking for it.
Sheba is my mama’s kitty. She’s a rag doll cat that I rescued from the humane society a couple of years ago as a gift to my mom on Mother’s Day :) We noticed she has this peculiar habit of flopping herself on the floor on her back with her legs spread out in an almost comatose state. It’s so strange. But after a little googling I found out this is a common thing for rag doll kitties. Maybe somewhere in their ancestry they used this as a defense mechanism or a sign of submission… ??… I’m not really sure what she means when she does it but she’s usually very blatant about it and we think it has to do with her wanting attention. Hmmm… if only I could see into a cat’s mind. If only. ;)
~*~Peace, Love & Veggies xo