Archive for November, 2009

From One Generation to the Next

In my nutrition book, I’m reading about how nutrition changes throughout our lifetimes, what we need when, what new factors inhibit these needs, etc. In the margin of my book are 10 tips for “productive aging,” recommended for younger people by an older generation. I wanted to post it as a reminder that, while food is one of the most important contributors to happiness, these are still great suggestions:

1. simplify your life; identify priorities and trim the superfluous.
2. pay attention to yourself – body, mind, and spirit.
3. continue to teach and learn; take up leisure activities.
4. be flexible; learn to navigate change.
5. be charitable; make it a practice to give.
6. be financially astute; invest early for retirement.
7. find and participate in activities that interest you; you’ll live better in retirement if you do.
8. commit to good nutrition and exercise, no matter what.
9. think about your past and future; deal with your mortality.
10. be involved; be positive; link with others.

Some food for thought.

This Week’s Groceries

This will be an interesting week – may or may not be like yours. Since Thanksgiving is this Thursday, that usually means college students aren’t cooking for themselves. Either we go home, we spend the holiday with family friends, we go out with friends, or we just don’t do anything. My room mate’s parents are staying with us, which means they not only are supplying us with a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods, but they are also cleaning and rearranging our apartment. Cool? I think so.

I did, however, still go grocery shopping. I’ll be making my bacon quiche Thanksgiving morning for breakfast, and then I’ll attempt to bake this fantastic blueberry crumb bar recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen. Also, I still need groceries for meals in case there aren’t enough leftovers. So here’s the list (items not from U.O. in italics):

spinach
green beans
green leaf lettuce
kale
baby carrots
garnet yams
russet potatoes
yellow onions
kiwi
bananas
hamlin oranges
red delicious apple
milk
eggs
black bean sauce
chick peas
corn starch
pasta
lemon
tofu
cream of mushroom soup
butter
ground beef
blueberries

Urban Organic ($26.98) + other groceries ($42.96) = $69.94
total left in budget = $0.49 (bought dinner on Monday)

Chorba Hamra

After seeing I would receive an extra helping of zucchini, I searched for recipes with…zucchini. And while this Algerian recipe wasn’t centered around the zucchini, it was still awesome, and I used two zucchinis instead of one. I also left out the celery, used canned crushed tomatoes instead of tomatoes mashed, capellini instead of vermicelli (Gristedes was out?), a yam in addition to a potato, and 4 cups of vegetable broth instead of 6. Oh, and I forgot to buy more coriander.

I had also considered taking pictures of my cooking every minute, and then turning it into a video. I didn’t. Maybe some other time, my friends.

my cooking space! zucchini on the cutting board! welcome to my home.

my cooking space! zucchini on the cutting board! welcome to my home.

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This Week’s Groceries

Wow. So I’ve been slacking a lot. I’m trying a really cool recipe this week, and I’ll try to find time to post last week’s recipe! So crazy! Urban Organic was supposed to include Florida corn this week, but due to “inferior quality,” I received an extra portion of zucchini instead. I also asked for an avocado, which wasn’t included in the little box. I also plan on baking cookies for a friend who’s coming into town this weekend.

Life is hectic, to say the least. Here’s this week’s groceries (groceries not from U.O. in italics):

zucchini
green leaf lettuce
local kale
carrots
garnet yams
russet potato
avocado
kiwi
bananas
hamlin oranges
bartlett pears
gala apples
oj
eggs
chicken broth (2 cans)
frosted donuts (I was under the influence while grocery shopping…)
capellini
flour
rice
chocolate ships
lamb
butter
canned crushed tomatoes
chick peas

Urban Organic ($27.98) + other groceries ($38.31) = $66.29
total left in budget = $5.79 (bought dinner on Monday)

This Week’s Groceries

It’s becoming stew/soup season, so I think I’m going to make an Irish stew that I found on Recipezaar after being inspired by the “intermediate” recipe on YumSugar. I decided not to post my fish recipe from last week because not only did it fail, but I’m just too busy. It also wasn’t that difficult and was remarkably similar to the other one I made. So anyway, here’s my list (groceries not from U.O. in italics):

eggplant
local collards
red leaf lettuce
spinach
carrots
garnet yams
russet potato
kiwi
bananas
navel oranges
bartlett pears
golden delicious apples
milk
eggs
sour cream
onions
chicken broth (though I guess I should’ve gotten beef?)
lamb neck
pasta
bacon
shredded cheddar

Urban Organic ($26.98) + other groceries ($25.19) = $52.17
total left in budget = $20.39 (bought lunch on Monday)

Last Week’s Groceries – I’m So Behind!

So sorry I haven’t posted for the past week – crazy, as usual. I decided to make a tilapia recipe again, which somewhat failed/somewhat succeeded. Anyway, I’ll post that later. Unfortunately, since Urban Organic stopped giving out their newsletter, and this week’s groceries are posted, I don’t remember what the Urban Organic groceries were! But I can at least post my grocery list for Gristede’s, in addition to my budget stuff:

eggs
milk
tofu
grape tomatoes
chicken broth
Thai chili sauce
tilapia
rice
red onion

Urban Organic ($26.98) + other groceries ($25.61) = $52.59
total left in budget = $27.41

 


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