That's probably not a real day, but I'm sticking with it.
Today I got to refill our fridge with and freezer with nutritional goodness. In October I made a goal for our family to consume every vegetable in our fridge by the end of the month. And...we were down to a couple of stalks of celery and 3 beets by dinner on Thursday. I can't believe we actually ate all the carrots- we had a huge bag- but now that we have I'm upping the ante.
For the month of November, we're pseudo-adopting the Mediterranean diet. We're going to put the focus on where the Mediterranean pyramid does- fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc. We're really increasing our seafood from where it was- a couple of times a month- to twice a week. I'm also testing out a couple of vegan and vegetarian recipes too.
Bearing the massive quantities of fruit and vegetables in the pyramid in mind, I brought home:
6 lbs. of apples
2 lbs. of bananas
1 fresh pineapple
10 lbs. of carrots
1 lb. of snap peas
18 sweet bell peppers
2 lbs of brussells sprouts
2 lbs of fresh spinach
5 heads of romaine
2 whole zucchini
4 lbs of tomatoes on-the-vine
There are a few specific fruits and vegetables on our meal plan that I will buy closer to when we need to eat them, because my fridge is very full. I don't know if I could actually fit anything else in there.
And now on to meal prep. It occurred to me that while today and tomorrow we are having different meals with different flavour profiles, the vegetables that make up the base of them are the same, so why not cut up all the vegetables we need for the next couple of days at the same time? That will be quite a time-saver tomorrow night! And then I thought about my commitment to eating vegetables for every meal and snack, including breakfast...that got lost somewhere in October, but I'd like to get it back. And so while chopping up dinner for tonight and tomorrow, I also chopped up about 4 cups of vegetables to make my oven omelettes for breakfast sandwiches. Then while dinner was cooking on the stovetop, the oven did all the work on those eggs.
It's so much easier to cook at home and not eat out or order in when you plan your meals in advance, and shop off of your meal plan, I encourage you to take that step to get started! I promise I will do all the work for you, except of course, the cooking.
I feel very productive tonight. So while I sip my glass of red wine I will work on my nutrition course and on a meal plan for a client, and bid you goodnight. May your refrigerator be full and your meals be tasty!