There’s a tree in our refrigerator?!

Hey hey hey saturday lovin’ bloggin’ friends 🙂   Before I get to today’s food adventures, wanted to give you a peak at dessert last night, which was ah-may-zing!! 
pumpkin butter + cream cheese strikes again!

pumpkin butter + cream cheese strikes again!

Delicious bread I had picked up at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks back & frozen
love this stuff

love this stuff

 

So gettin’ to today, hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend! 

I woke up bright and early and made it to the Farmer’s Market before the rain rolled in (it’s lookin’ pretty ominous out there :/) and got the grocery shop done too… A+ for productivity for this gal.  And now I have plenty of time to relax and workout before the wedding this afternoon 🙂 

Let’s start with the quote of the day, courtesy of The Man:  “THERE’S A TREE IN OUR REFRIGERATOR?!?!”

Hahahaha I literally burst out laughing at this one… gotta love him.  This tree he was speaking of was this

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

It is taking up just a teensy (ha) bit of space in the fridge, but so be it!  Told you I was ready to experiment 🙂
I also picked up some of these guys
almost picked up turnip instead :/ farmer lady chuckled at my mistake haha

almost picked up turnip instead :/ farmer lady chuckled at my mistake haha

And used my Kashi coupon to try these ($1 total cost whoop whoop)!!!
Bring it

Bring it

Okay, and by “to try these” I really mean I cracked this box open right when I got home and ate some with vanilla soy milk — these bad boys are yummmmmmm!  Best $1 purchase ev-ah.
 
And duh of course got some of this
 
Dreamin' of pumpkin oats....

Dreamin' of pumpkin oats....

 
 
And that brings me to: fall vegetable fun fact time!!!  🙂
 

Today’s superstar — the sweet potato!!!

 
Nutrition Profile
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables
  • almost twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A
  • 42 percent of the recommendation for vitamin C
  • good source of vitamin B-6, fiber, copper and potassium
  • four times the RDA for beta carotene
  • when eaten with the skin, sweet potatoes have more fiber than oatmeal
  • all these benefits with only about 130 to 160 calories!

 How to pick ’em out?

  • Find firm, medium-sized potatoes with tapered ends
  • Avoid ones with blemishes, sprouts, or any sign of decay

How to store?

  • keep for several weeks when stored outside the refrigerator in a cool, dark and dry place
  • scrub well before using (bake at 350F for 30-45 min or boil 20-30 min for mashing)

Yum-a-licious recipe

 So there you have it — 3 new fall veggies that I have learned more about than I ever knew and I hope that it has been helpful for ya’ll too!  I decided to incorporate each and every one of these into the week’s menu…. which I want to give you a sneak preview at 🙂   A few things are still tbd, however the structure is there!

 
     Sensation stuffed spud (see above) — sweet potato w/ white beans, avocado, tomato
 
     Pork chops (all natural, farmer’s market) — marinade tbd
     Roasted beets w/ feta — check out the recipe here!
     White cheddar shells
 
     Whole wheat crust pizza with fire roasted peppers & olives
 
     Chicken breasts — marinade tbd
     Swiss Chard gratin — check out the recipe here!!
 
 
Not sure what night I will do each one, gonna play it by ear based on my schedule, however I am excited to try each of these meals and the new fall veggies!  Time to go meet up with J.M. and do some Sherd, we have a wedding to go to so  hopefully see you peeps after that 🙂
 
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9 responses to “There’s a tree in our refrigerator?!

  1. Haha I love how men (for the most part) just do not get healthy foods. My husband looks like he’s going to vomit everytime I eat cottage cheese.

    Have fun at the wedding 🙂

  2. mmmm people have said that cereal tastes like snickerdoodles! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Hooray for canned pumpkin, the star ingredient in pumpkin oats. I need to get on that asap- I haven’t had any yet this fall.

    Question for you. When you say that you are meal planning- do you plan out every meal you eat for the week (as in breakfast, lunch, and dinner) or do you just plan out dinners?

    • I only plan out dinners each week — lunches are based on either what’s leftover from the night before, sandwich of some sort or I’ll head out to lunch for something quick if necessary 🙂 Breakfast always seems to be oats, easiest planning ever! I am so excited for pumpkin oats – I think I’m going to make them tomorrow!! Hope you are having a lovely weekend even though it’s so rainy here :/

  4. Yay for canned pumpkin! I just picked up the biggest can I could carry and made about 10 different things in one day. Yeah, I may have went a little overboard, but that’s okay…. who can resist pumpkin in the fall? 🙂

    Thanks for the shout out on the sweet potato recipe! I am in totaly agreeance…sweet potatoes are a fantastic veggie. I could probably eat these every single day and never get sick of them.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • I can’t wait to make that recipe! I already told my boyfriend about it and he is really excited too, my how he’s changed from the bacon/ranch potato lover he used to be 😉

  5. Pumpkin really is the best thing in oats!

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