I am very sorry for the lack of post recently. I have no exceptional excuses other than I’m being slammed at work, I’m getting sick and I’m leaving for Europe in 1 week so I’ve been busy planning :). Despite my excessive schedule I still want to make the time to maintain this blog for my readers, as well for my stubborn self. I was able to make it to the market this Monday. I’m trying to get back into my routine of menu planning, it just makes it easier to purchase ingredients and stick to a budget.
This week I planned to make a coucous salad (tabbouleh) and crock pot chilli. I don’t have recipes for either of them, I just play it by ear and hope it comes out tasting ok 🙂 My haul at the market today included carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, romaine lettuce (impulse purchase, it was so pretty!) and organic McIntosh apples. I chatted with the apple farmer, who gave me some awesome apple trivia. Did you know the higher the apple is on the tree, the more rich red colour it has? I had no idea! I chose a bunch of deep red apples, just for funsies.
Because we are getting into the winter season where fresh produce is more limited, I had to supplement my market produce with produce from the grocery store to go with my recipes. This included: cucumber, parsley, lemon, canned diced tomatoes and avocado.
I made the couscous salad Tuesday evening. It came out a little clumpy, I think I added too much water to the couscous so it was wet vs. dry and fluffy. However I doused it with a lemon-tahini dressing (from the Oh She Glows cookbook) and topped it with toasted sunflower seeds and it tasted fantastic! I think I will use the leftover dressing on the lovely romaine lettuce for a simple side salad later in the week.
Since I dedicated Tuesday evening to cooking, I also made some baked oatmeal muffin cups for treats during the week. Since I didn’t have any banana, I subsituted with canned pumpkin puree and added a few teaspoons of pumpkin spice. The results: AMAZING! My mom called me when I was making them and as soon as I said “pumpkin muffins” I could almost picture the disgusted look on her face (hehe). Note to my mother: don’t knock it until you try it!! Please see my previous post here for my baked oatmeal muffin cups.
Tomorrow I will be posting my second reflection on my October Unprocessed Month: Challenges. Stay tuned!