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I’m tempted to call this Almost Compost Stew…

Look out….I’m feeling kinda full of myself right now. 

Why? Well, partly because my every color of the rainbow found it’s way into my son’s belly today, and that makes me a happy mom :D

But I’m also feeling very proud of myself because I used up the vegetables cluttering my counter and fridge.

It’s no big deal, really. I just made dinner. But I didn’t have a clear cut recipe (the classic “nothing to make” syndrome) so my big victory was found in using up the fresh items I had on hand instead of letting my hectic schedule get the best of me until they all found their way into the compost bin.

It happens far too often. I’m not proud.

Not that cooking a few veggies is hard, but sometimes just trying to figure out what to do with them takes more time than I have. 

Today, I was determined NOT to let my precious veggies go to waste. I was also determined NOT to go to the store. So I let the kitchen muse take over and started tossing ingredients until they looked like dinner. 

You know what? It was GOOOOOODI!

Here’s the list of what I happened to have on hand, and what I did with it:

  • one pound of grass-fed beef from North Mountain Pastures
  • 2 shallots (sliced thin)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 fresh tomatoes (1 cut into chunks, 3 put through food processor until liquidy)
  • one cup frozen black eyed peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas from our garden
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach, chopped 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • whole wheat couscous
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste

Brown beef, shallots and garlic (I used an electric skillet.)  Add all other ingredients except couscous and cheese. Cook on low for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Serve over couscous; top with cheese, if desired.

(It almost sounds like a real recipe!)

I said it was good, I never said it was pretty

…but I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself for making something out of nothing. 

(Next time, this recipe gets morphed into a casserole with crunchy crumbs on top.)

The only problem: What do I call it?

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Do you ever have a problem using up your fresh ingredients? What’s your favorite way to use things up when you have a variety on hand?

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Clean Apple Slaw

It may be late summer, but the potluck get-togethers are still going strong (my husband has a BIG family…)

So, again, I was stumped as to what to bring…but only until I picked up the Sept/Oct issue of  Clean Eating Magazine, my latest favorite reading material! Clean Eating is a wealth of simple, fresh recipes you can really feel good about because they all focus on the consumption of food in its most natural state. Perfect for foodies and greenies alike!

This recipe is for Clean Eating’s Apple Slaw, with a few modifications made by yours truly, noted in bold…

(Nursing mommies proceed with caution! Cabbage has been known to cause tummy distress in little nurslings. We’ve don’t seem to have any trouble, but it’s a good tidbit for mommies to keep in mind, just in case baby shows signs of sensitivity…)

Apple Slaw

Slaw mix:

  • 1 1/2 small cabbages (about 7 cups)
  • 3 large carrots (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Braeburn apple
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 T walnuts, chopped
  • My addition: 1 handful dried cranberries and some extra walnuts

For ease of preparation, I opted to shred all veggies in my food processor.

Dressing: 

  • 1/4 cup apple cider venegar
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • My addition: approx. 1/8 cup honey, and a little extra vinegar, mustard and oil to increase yield of dressing 

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl; pour over slaw. Top with walnuts, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Delicious, with a nice bite… and really pretty, too! Everyone seemed to like it, especially me! (And it gave me an evil pleasure to serve something fresh and healthy alongside the fried chicken…. :twisted: ) I was wishing I had served it in the pretty pink casserole dish that didn’t sell at our yard sale yesterday, but I didn’t think of it in time. Would’ve made a pretty photo…

Oops…I almost forgot! Happy anniversary to me …and the hubs, of course! That’s right…it was exactly 2 years ago (yesterday) that I married the man I fell in love with nearly 20 years ago. Can you believe it? My first love. It’s weird how things have a way of just working out the way they’re supposed to, isn’t it?

Yup…we celebrated at the family reunion. It was not the most romantic day of my life, but there was some pretty cute entertainment! That’s my boy with his little cousin…

It was a low-key anniversary, but that’s OK, because we’ve booked our tickets to the first annual Mother Earth News Fair in September! Thanks to my father-in-law for the generous anniversary gift of a fun family weekend away! It will be our first since we’ve been married, and I can’t think of a better way to spend it attending sustainable living workshops, learning from true food artisans, and “participating in the revival of real food!” 

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There are so many kinds of “slaw” out there…what’s your favorite?

Have you ever attended an event that supports the idea of “Real Food”? Where was it? 

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