today is grocery day

18 Jul

i’ve found that it takes much longer to buy groceries these days.  no quick runs in and out of the store.  labels must be read, veggies sniffed and fruits squeezed.  it takes TIME people!  so we continue with our “whole food” pursuit.  this weeks menu items include some new recipes and some we really enjoyed from the past couple weeks.

denver omelets

black bean chili and cucumber salad

hot tuna sandwiches and watermelon soup

almond crusted chicken breast and roasted tomato/black bean soup

pepperjack cheese/jalapeno burgers and broiled tomatoes topped with parmesan cheese

i’m really looking forward to the watermelon soup.  it has blackberries and jicama in it.

so, those of you that eat healthy whole foods, what are some of your go to favorites?

4 Responses to “today is grocery day”

  1. grapegrower July 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    i would let u know about my favourites but it’s difficult to talk thru my oxygen mask. and u know who refuses to give me any more mouth to mouth resuscitation.

  2. sybil July 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    My advice….don’t over complicate it. The new recipes are great but be sure to have some simple things too.

    1. veggie packets. Whatever veg you have (potato, carrot, onion, zucchini, pumpkin, sweet potato). Cut them into 1-2″ pieces and pop them into tinfoil. Drizzle a little olive oil on top (or spray), some spice or herbs (finely chopped rosemary is wonderful), S&P. Pop them on the grill, about 15-20 minutes on each side. (Thanks to Mark & Kelly for this one!)

    2. bashed potatoes. Boil (small) new potatoes with the skins on. When tender, bash them a little (not mashed – just squished up), drizzle with EVOO, S&P. If you have chives, put some in in. If you like garlic, put a little in.

    3. zucchini in tomato sauce. saute a chopped onion and a few cloves of garlic until tender/translucent. Add 2 cans of tinned whole tomatoes, 1 sachet of tomato paste, S&P to taste and a shake or 2 of chili powder. Simmer for an hour or so. Add sliced zucchini. You could also add any other veg that you like (mushrooms?). Serve by itself or over pasta.

    4. zucchini pancake/fritter. 1 small zucchini, shredded. Add 1 egg and 1T of flour. S&P. ‘Fry’ in nonstick skillet. I eat this for breakfast a lot!

  3. grapegrower July 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    ok…heres another altho the whole food guru says too much starch and fat but i dont care. peel 2-3 largish potatoes and cut into thin slices. line the bottom of deepish baking dish (K says loaf pan!) with a potato layer then add some diced cheese and a little cream. then continue the layers until filled up. on top another layer of cheese with some parmasan added (and maybe a little sprinkle of paprika). bake at 180C (work out your own deg F) for about an hour or until really brown and crusty on the top. let stand for 5-10 mins before cutting into slices.
    what about chunks of peeled pumpkin baked with EVVO, s and p and a little rosemary until slightly caramelised and then adding chunks of feta for the final 5 mins. just a spare drizzle of evvo to finish.
    or….boil green beans until slightly tender, drain and add to a pan of fried bacon bits for a quick sautee before serving.
    small whole tomatoes, drizzle of olive oil and broiled until collapsed and just starting to char (with chopped up basil to serve). same with red capsicum (bell peppers)
    steam some torn spinach (or silver beet = swiss chard) until tender and mix with cream and nutmeg.
    carrots boiled to tender, drained and just a drizzle of honey added before serving.

  4. Kelly July 20, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    How about the steamers in the frozen food section (oh, sorry not natural enough) but better for you than McDonalds french fries and a vanilla shake!

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