The Choice Has Been Made

Week One

Well, finally decided on a co-op, White Oaks. Membership fee is low ($20), pick ups are every other week at $35 and there is a mix of veggies and fruits and everything is organic. This was the first pick up:

  • two large portobello mushrooms
  • rainbow chard – very pretty
  • spinach
  • red leaf lettuce
  • large bag of green beans
  • 2 pounds of carrots
  • 3 large onions
  • 3 heads of garlic
  • package of colored peppers – very sweet eaten raw or roasted
  • oranges
  • bananas

The first meal was a simple one. Portobellos with Grilled Peppers. I popped the portobellos in the toaster oven, while I grilled a couple of peppers in a spray of oil. Once the mushrooms were close to done, I threw some grated cheese on top (mozzarella and Parmesan), sprinkled with Italian seasoning and once the cheese was melted topped the mushrooms with the peppers.

Next posts, I will talk about some of the other delicious and challenging recipes I tackled. The fruit is always easy. They either get juiced or thrown into a smoothie.

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First Co-Op Pickup

First Co-Op Pickup

A much smaller but certainly more manageable bounty of organic food to deal with. This is from the trial basket I picked up from the co-op I am thinking of joining as an alternative to the CSA I joined last year. While I love greens, it all just felt like too much greens from the CSA and getting the husband to eat dinner after dinner of greens was quite the challenge.

The potatoes here I am going to turn into a Weight Watchers German Potato Salad. You’ll find I tend to use a lot of WW recipes. A couple of years ago, I was able to lose 30 pounds on the plan and pretty much have maintained that loss by watching what I eat.

Haven’t decided yet what to do with the zucchini. But that’s an easy vegetable to use. It might end up in a stir fry, on top of pizza or sautéed with a little olive oil or coconut oil as a side dish. Yes, you read that right. Coconut oil. My mother recently told me about all its health benefits and now I am using it in cooking and on my hair and skin. Here is a link to what the Dr. Oz Show has to say http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil.

The apples, oranges and bananas will largely end up in smoothies or one of my juicing recipes.

The sprouts are a bit of a challenge. Back in college, I ate them like a snack but these days they taste very grassy to me. So far, I have juiced them with apples and ginger, put them on top of salads and this morning was the best. I made a toasted cheese sandwich topped it with some avocado and then some sprouts. Delicious!

Now a decision to make. Go with the co-op or keep looking?

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The Challenge

The Challenge

Last year, my neighbor and I joined a CSA for the first time. Every other week, one of us would pick up the bounty and the rush would begin. Getting every thing stored away and figuring out what I was going to turn it all into. Soups, stews, relishes, I had to stretch my repertoire of recipes and cooking skills, determined not to turn anything into compost. The adventure led to many new dishes. This year, I am thinking of joining a co-op and as promised have started this blog to share what I come up with.

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