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donut peaches & apple sandwiches

Lunch was packed in about 2 seconds today.

I pulled out the last container of the Sprouted Quinoa salad leftovers, a yogurt and some peaches.

The salad was just ok today.  The avocado, apricots and strawberries were a little mushy, but nothing I coulnd’t handle.  The flavors had really absorbed as well.  I am not a waster, so I picked my way through and ate mostly the fruit and quinoa and dumped the rest.

This yogurt is full fat and tastes amazing. 🙂  Full of apricot and mango chunks!

It has more sugar than I would like, but I normally eat plain yogurt, so a little sugar isn’t going to kill me!

(ps…try freezing this yogurt for an hour or so and enjoy a rich, creamy frozen yogurt in place of dessert!)

Have you ever seen a peach look like this before?

That, my friends, is a donut peach!  Otherwise known as a saturn peach or saucer peach due to it’s resemblance.

It may look like a donut, but it sure doesn’t taste like a donut!

These donut peaches are actually delicious.  They have very very fine fuzz on the skin and are extremely sweet and juicy.  They remind me more of the look of a nectarine or white peach because the skin and flesh is mostly white.

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And, you get the faintest hint of almond flavor at the end.

I love trying new fruits and veggies.  It keeps it interesting. 🙂

I scarfed down this granola bar before my quick 3 mile run tonight (in 27 minutes).

They are the best granola bars!

Then, made a super quick dinner before heading out.

An Apple & Goat Cheddar Sandwich on Chipotle Black Bean Bread.

I sliced up the apple really thin, cut small strips of goat cheddar cheese, spread some dijon mustard onto the bread and drizzled everything with honey!  Then, grilled the sandwich until the cheese was melted.

Served along with another salad.  A mix of red leaf CSA lettuce, radishes, jicama, a few pumpkin seeds, rosemary marcona almonds and raisins.  Once again, the greens were mixed with balsamic honey and olive oil.

I learned a new trick yesterday from Emily at The Front Burner.  Chop up your raisins so that you can spread them around your salad more without all of the added calories.  You get a raisin in every bite!

The sandwich combination was awesome!  Sweet and spicy.  I loved it.  With a few tiny pickles.

YUM!

allandale farm csa

This week was the start of our CSA!

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Over the past 15-20 years, it has become a popular way for people to purchase local, seasonal food on a normal basis.  Early in the year, farmers offer ‘shares’ of their produce (or eggs, dairy, etc) to the public.  You can usually purchase a whole share or a half share (basically, a share is a membership).  Each week come the summer, you pick up a box of fresh, local produce from your CSA!

This arrangement between the farmer and community creates rewards for everyone.

Rewards for the farmer:

  • They receive full payment early in the year which helps them to maintain cash flow at their farm.
  • Know that their hard work in the fields will go to use.
  • Are able to meet the people who are eating their produce!

Rewards for the consumer:

  •  Pay early in the year for local, fresh produce and not have to worry about it come summer/fall.
  • Know exactly where your produce is coming from and whether or not pesticides are used to grow them.
  • Get exposed to new produce.
  • Eat fresh, local, seasonal food all summer and fall!!

The only downfall is if the weather does not cooperate.  There is a shared risk in purchasing a share of the farmers crops, but it is one that I am willing to take.

Remember that not all local farms will be certified organic, however, that does not mean that they do not use the organic principles to grow their produce.  Obtaining an organic certification is a lenghtly and expensive process, so many farms do not participate.  My advice is to visit your local farm and ask them how they grow their produce!

Check out Local Harvest to find a CSA near you!

We joined a CSA at Allandale Farm in Brookline and pick up our box directly from the farm, so I know exactly where and how my veggies are being grown.

We purchased a half-share from the farm which will run from June through October.  Our CSA started last night when I went to pick up our basket of goodies!

Look at everything that we got!

So many greens!!!!  I love it. 🙂

Since our CSA only includes vegetables, I also picked up some fruit at their farm stand.

Allandale does not grow fruit, but they sell fruit from other local farms in the area.  The farms all work together to give their customers the best local and seasonal produce around!

I also picked up some plants for my porch.

And, some local frozen yogurt from Crescent Ridge.

Once I got home with my box of veggies, I washed everything to make sure no bugs were getting into my fridge (I found a couple ladybugs in the lettuce!) and stored them in large bags in the fridge.  Everything that we received was freshly picked yesterday morning, so it is as fresh as you can get!  But, it can’t hurt to store the produce well to keep it fresh.

Then, I made a huge salad for dinner!

I used my local green lettuce and mesclun mix dressed with a little olive oil, balsamic, honey and herbs.

With black beans, dried chickpeas, raw pumpkin seeds (for iron), native strawberries, a sprinkle of hemp seeds, salt, pepper and local goat cheese that I picked up at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market last weekend!

And, Rosemary Quackers from One Lucky Duck in NYC.

It is unbelievable how fresh the greens taste!  I can’t wait for the next 19 weeks. 🙂  I love being able to eat local and seasonal.

acting up

Well, my computer has been acting up and I haven’t been able to upload my photos!  I finally got it to work, so I’ll leave you with a little recap of my last few eats from yesterday and today.

Yesterday, I woke up to a chill in the air.  But, I knew that I wanted to get a little run in since it has been over a week since my last run.  After walking this guy for 45 minutes (3 miles),

I headed out on a nice, relaxing 3 mile run.  It took me about 30 minutes to complete my run.  I ran without lookingat my watch and just enjoying my surroundings.  I loved it!

After my run, I was more than ready for breakfast.  So, I made some Steel-Oats for Two.

They take about 30 minutes to cook, but it is so worth it.  They taste so much better than the rolled oats I normally eat.  I think I will try to start cooking these in my slow cooker overnight!

I cooked 1/2 cup of steel cut oats for two (1/4 cup is a serving size) with 2 tbsp of ground flaxmeal.  Once the oats only had about 4-5 minutes of cooking time left, I whipped in 1 chopped banana.  Then, topped the oats with granola and nut butter (peanut butter for Brant, almond butter for me).

Lunch was at the mall after we did some shopping – Au Bon Pain Meditteranean Wrap.

And, some dried Baby Pineapple that was sent to me by Megafruit to review – YUM!

I love dried fruit, especially unsweetened, so I knew that I would love this.  They just dry the fruit – no sugars added.  It is sweet enough on it’s own and so delicious.  I also received Mangosteen and Lychee, which I cannot wait to try!  (I will do a full review later.)

[Fast forward to this morning.]

It was another cool morning, so I was looking forward to my oatmeal again.  However, I had some Yogurt that needed to be used up, so I mixed up a Yogurt Bowl.

My yogurt bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi Puffs
  • 1/4 cup Brown Rice Crisps
  • 1/4 cup Uncle Sam’s
  • 1/4 cup Museli (with dried cherries)
  • 1 cup Organic Valley Vanilla Drinkable Yogurt

With fruit served on the side – watermelon, pineapple and canteloupe.

I also had some coffee/hot cocoa (a mocha!) to take the chill off.

I went home for lunch to walk this guy again.

So, I got to eat at home today – fun!  I heated up a bowl of leftover Southwestern Quinoa Salad and a Cottage Cheese Muffin.

Along with the rest of the fruit that I didn’t finish this morning.

I also grabbed a few pieces of dark chocolate before heading back to work.

Have a great Monday!

weekend brunch

The weather is crappy here today!  Lots of rain off and on, and even some sleet!

We had some friends over for brunch this morning and had quite the feast.

I cut up some fruit salad.

Cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple.

And, made some Cottage Cheese Muffins from 101cookbooks.com.

Filled with cottage cheese, almond flour, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.

You sprinkle the muffins with Parmesan cheese before baking and they come out delicious.

Mmmm..and make the house smell delicious too!  I definitely recommend giving these a try.

Our Southie crew likes to have potlucks, which always work out perfect, so this kept in the same theme.

Our guests brought quiche with spinach and feta.

And Raspberry Lemon French Toast.

Both were delicious!

Dinner was some leftover Southwestern Quinoa from last night.  Served on a bed of lettuce with some Sunflower Cheddar crackers.

Time to walk this little guy!

a lost day

Hi blog friends!

Not sure what happened yesterday, but I wasn’t in the blogging mood last night.  Plus, I didn’t really eat any meals, but snacked throughout the day.  I hate days like that because I never feel full!

Anyways, on to today…

For breakfast, I made up a smoothie with some new fruits.  I am feeling more like summertime fruits in this weather, especially peaches and strawberries.

I also found these mini guava’s at Russo’s last weekend.

They are cute and super sweet!

I mixed one with some frozen peaches and strawberries, cottage cheese, a banana and the juice of one orange.

It was very fruity and refreshing.  The guava surprisingly really came through.  It was great.

Topped with some Raspberry Granola.

Lunch was leftover salad from Sunday night, which I bulked up with some fresh greens, an avocado, and a scoop of homemade hummus.

I love how fresh this hummus tastes!

And, for a mid-afternoon snack: strawberries and chocolate covered almonds.

YUM!