I read a lot of posts here about "boring" diet food. This week, I hit up my farmer's market and we're in that golden period where the end-of-summer bounty is still going strong, but fall stuff is starting to trickle in too. And I'm really, REALLY excited about the food I have planned for this week! I thought we could share our menus as proof that healthy food CAN be exciting, delicious food! And the best part was that the farmer's market produce is not only fresh and organic, but also only cost me $30.
Today for lunch, I had homemade baked falafel patties with a spicy mint yogurt sauce and a side of baby carrots. So good! Falafel are so easy and, when baked, SO healthy.
Then for dinner I made chicken and dumplings from the leftovers of last night's roast chicken - stripped the remaining meat, then used the bones to make stock with garlic, onion, celery, carrots, and fresh dill. Once the stock was made and the fat skimmed, I sauteed up leek, fresh tarragon, carrots, parsnips, garlic, celery, and the remaining chicken - added in the fresh stock, simmered until done, then topped with low fat, whole wheat buttermilk dumpling dough speckled with fresh chives. And it was SO good. Yum.
My plans for the rest of the week (we use our dinner leftovers for lunch the next day) are:
Tomorrow - Barbecue pork tenderloin, grilled corn, and grilled zucchini. The corn has been really great this year, and even though the summer temps have pretty much gone away, this is a little bit of a farewell to summer.
Tuesday - Turkey chili, cooked in the slowcooker with ground turkey, red beans, lots of zucchini, jalapeno, and bell pepper. A little reduced fat cheddar and a little fat free sour cream, and a lot of delicious.
Wednesday - One of my favorite veggies I hadn't known about until the farmer's market, long beans, are still in season (getting toward the end...boo). I'm going to make a chicken and long bean stirfry, over brown and wild rice, with a spicy hoisin ginger sauce.
Thursday - A quickie meal because we have some errands - pizzas on flatout breads with lowfat mozzarella, grilled chicken, olives, broccoli, and pineapple, with big salads on the side.
Friday - A great bargain at the market this morning - a grocery bag full of tomatoes for 3 dollars. So sometime early in the week, I'm going to make a big pot of tomato sauce - fresh rosemary and oregano from the garden, lots of garlic, onion, a splash of red wine, and all of those lovely fresh tomatoes. Then I'll freeze some and set aside enough for Friday dinner - FiberGourmet spaghetti, the homemade sauce with added browned turkey, and a heap of roasted veggies (bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, and onion). A nice grate of fresh parmesan on top.
And the fruit out right now is just INCREDIBLE! I got a watermelon, gorgeous red flame grapes, some amazing plums, apples, and peaches, all to keep me fueled snack-wise for the week. And I'm planning on having french toast made with whole wheat bread and farm fresh eggs for breakfast this week, so I can use some of that wonderful fruit as a topper.
So - are you EXCITED about your healthy food? Share your plan for the week or any exciting meal you've had lately. I want all of 3FC to know that "healthy" food can also be delicious, exciting food that you look forward to eating.
I used some tomatoes from my friend's garden to make a pico de gallo (tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalapeno). I used it when I made migas this weekend, and then I use it with baked tortilla wedges for "chips."
I also use thick slices on bread with ham and mustard, or on a toasted English muffin with some melted cheese and ground pepper.
YES! I'm excited about healthy food, too. Though I cannot claim a place on the whole foods train (I do not eat whole all of the time), I can tell of my experience at working healthier, unprocessed foods into my and my family's diets.
We eat lots more fresh fruits and veggies, more fish and leaner proteins (ground turkey instead of ground beef) and much, much less processed food than in the past. 99% of the time I get no complaints from my family. (My younger son asked recently if we could back off on the grilled chicken and fish, but otherwise no huge problems.) My older son actually got excited when he saw me steaming snow pea pods the other evening to go with our dinner!
I recently "treated" myself to Taco Bell....and I use that term very loosely. I don't know if they have changed their recipes or if my palate has really changed that much. It didn't taste satisfying at all to me and I used to LOVE their food. I don't feel as good when I eat fast or processed foods and I am loving it!
I often pack a healthy lunch for my younger son to take to school and I feel better that he isn't eating the terrible food they serve there, at least not every single day.
I truly enjoy reading all of the tips and recipes given on our board. It has helped me to make these changes and realize I can keep it up, even when I get to goal.
Love this place and all of the wonderful friends I've made here!
Last edited by AnnieDrews : 09-20-2010 at 01:50 PM.
Amanda, I want to hire you as my cook! I've been flying by the seat of my pants lately and haven't planned past tonight in a LONG time! It always works though. Last night was BBQ baked chicken, steamed broccoli and...um...mac and cheese. Blame the kids! We haven't had it in months!
I always get excited when winter squash hits Aldi. I love butternut and spaghetti squash and also sweet potatoes. Those are my favorite Fall/Winter starches.
I'm going to revisit this thread and maybe menu plan off it for a change! (I used to do that pre-healthy days.)
Long term goal: To still be calorie counting 11/9/2010
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Great topic Mandalinn! WHen I was working in an office my assistant was constantly asking what I was heating up for lunch and how interesting my food was. I would usually make her a little sampler bowl and she was so happy.
I too find that produce is the cornerstone of fun in my kitchen. I tend to do a lot of cooking on one day and then reheat combinations during the week. I also REFUSE to let produce get yucky and need to be thrown out, or to let anything rot in my vegetable garden. That leads me sometimes to cooking a vegetable dish even when I have already prepared dishes. It does not need to be eaten that day and often can be frozen for 'mergencies.
The current dishes on offer are:
- cooked spicy shrimp
- trimmed lean top round that is cut in bite size bits marinating in a Korean type mix and justs needs to be popped into a pan and tucked under the broiler for a few minutes
- the last of my green beans, summer squash and eggplant plus some farmstand corn in a light coconut curry
- corn bread loaded with herbs from the garden
- cabbage, onion, apple and plain shirataki noodles (not the tofu ones) sauteed with a very lean pork garlic sausage (apple from my tree)
- swiss chard from a neighbor cooked with lots of onion and hot peppers from the garden
- a huge bowl of juicy tomatoes from my Abe Lincoln heirloom
- a bowl of sliced farmstand cucumbersand onions marinated with rice vinegar, lots of black pepper and a touch of Splenda
- an SE Asian style cabbage slaw with another of my apples, onion, cuke
Great topic! I was really excited to see greens in the market this morning, since most of them won't grow in Missouri during the heat of the summer. And gorgeous greens they were, too, mixed baby oriental greens. The farmer made me taste one of the greens while I was standing there -- it was a daikon radish leaf. Remarkably good!
Another farmer offered a taste of apples. I hadn't had a good one yet this year. The flavor's been fine but the texture hasn't been good. So all of the apples I bought so far went into applesauce. But this one was lovely -- an organic Enterprise. Very crisp and fairly tart but with enough sweetness to make it a good eating apple. I love that organic apples are often a little smaller than the conventional ones -- a more appropriate size for a snack.
Thursday - Beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and celery - Stew meat from Lucky Dog ranch in Woodland
Friday - That spaghetti with roasted vegetables was so good, we're going to do it again!
We've made the decision to go to local-farmed meat for 2 meals per week, and meatless for a third. We will still go to our local butcher (which is not grass fed but is humanely slaughtered) for the rest.
LOL! I just caught this thread and i have to say, Manda...I am excited about YOUR diet food. you put a lot of planning and caring and effort into what you fix, and it's obvious. I wish we had that same kinds of produce availablity here, but we do what we can.
Thank you for once again being such an inspiration!
GOTTA GET OUTTA THE 180'S THIS TIME!
Our market still has good tomatoes, in abundance - so much that I've been buying a big bag every week (it only costs me 3 dollars for a plastic grocery bag full), throwing them in the crockpot with salt, pepper, diced onion, garlic, and rosemary/oregano from the garden), and cooking...12 hours on low overnight, puree with the immersion blender, then cook another 5 hours or so on high with the lid off. Now I have a freezer full of sauce for the first few months of winter.
Monday: Pork tenderloin, roasted butternut squash "fries", and cabbage sauteed with apple and onion.
Tueday: Curried butternut squash soup, grilled pastrami and cheese sandwiches on sourdough with goat's milk gouda and arugula.
Wednesday: Long bean and pork stirfry, brown and wild rice
Thursday: Beef stew w/ grass fed Lucky Dog beef, carrot, parsnip, a bit of potato, celery, onion, and garlic
Friday: Spaghetti with roasted veggies, homemade sauce.
Hyacinth: I am NUTS for pica di gallo. Seriously. That stuff is awesome.
I've never been to the farmer's market where I live (Dickson, TN). Does anyone know the kinds of prices I could expect? I use food stamps, but I know that they don't take them. However, if the prices were really cheap I could take some of our regular money and buy some.
Oh, we had a church dinner the Sunday before last, and I made this really yummy stir fry dish that my mom raved about. I used:
1 cup of red quinoa,
2 tofurkey sausage links chopped,
2 roma tomatoes diced,
1 clove of garlic diced,
1 bag of frozen mixed bell peppers and onions,
4 tsp of olive oil.
I cooked the quinoa first, then I heated up the oil, and combined the sausage, tomatoes, and garlic. Once they were heated nicely, I threw in the bag of peppers and onions which I had let thaw. Once they are done I combined it in a casserole dish with the quinoa.
First, I didn't think anyone really liked it, but last Sunday one of the women asked me if I made it, because they said that they liked it so much that they were wondering who had made it. Made my night.
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