I’m admitting it right here, right now. I don’t really like Ezekiel bread tortillas. There, I said it. I went in search of a pack of whole grain tortillas for my veggie fajitas the other night, and every pack I saw had a nine mile long list of ingredients that were heavily weighted with preservatives. The only exception in the store was Ezekiel tortillas. They were overpriced (about two bucks more for half as many), and they didn’t taste as good and weren’t as soft. This is just not feasible on a budget. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know! I can’t live without fajitas, and I’d hate to have to make an exception for this. I will if I have to, though. End rant.
About those fajitas… they were not my shining moment of culinary excellence. The veggie part was good, the organic refried beans I bought were alright, and I didn’t even mind the fake sour cream. The guacamole, however, was less than delicious. It looked like barf and tasted awful. Next time, I vow to use a recipe. Ugh. It takes a lot of skill to mess up something as perfect and delicious as avacados, but believe me, I found a way. I am a master. Oh, and Matt helped.
Now, on to my Friday experience. Matt and I went with our friends, Josh, Tiffany, and their little son Noah, to the farmer’s market on the square in Gainesville. To my surprise, I found out that most of the produce there was grown without pesticides, and the prices were significantly cheaper than organic produce at the grocery store. For our twenty bucks, we got a pound of japanese eggplant, four huge heirloom tomatoes, two large zucchini squash, a pound of blackberries, four bell peppers, and two ginormous potatoes (enough for two meals, easily). All of them were grown organically!
I also found local free range eggs for three bucks a dozen. Not too bad. I skipped them because I don’t really need eggs. I rarely eat them anyway, and I don’t to much baking. I’m thinking about making some banana muffins and zucchini bread this week, though. Veganbaking.net has a lot of great recipes. We’ll see.
I also found some whole grain cereal and almond milk on sale at Kroger. I bought some apples, bananas, oranges, and strawberries. I also bought some organic blue corn tortilla chips with flaxseeds and some organic black bean and corn salsa. I spent around twenty bucks for all of that.
This week, I went shopping at the farmers’ market with a menu in mind. This helped immensely. I will be doing that from now on. I also bought a magnetic whiteboard weekly calendar for the fridge so that I could write out the menus and also remind myself of which household chores need to be completed daily. I need a way to streamline life a little, and that seems to work for some people.
As for the health and weight loss side of things, I have lost five pounds in one week! Amazing. I could have lost more, but I didn’t drink as much water as I should have. I’m so excited! I didn’t even feel like I was trying! Matt has even lost a few pounds. Imagine what I could do if I started going back to the gym. That is next on the agenda. I will keep you guys posted.
I did find one called The Garden of Vegan. It has some great tips and awesome recipes. Also, the girl on the cover looks a lot like my friend Anna. Scarily so. I did a double take when I saw her. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes next week! I will have to stick to my menu this week, though, since I already bought all the food. I like the way that this makes me have to plan out my meals and forces me to stick to the plan. Even so, I don’t feel trapped because I am calling the shots on what we eat and when. I like that.
Anyway, I’m about to head out to the old stomping grounds at Emmanuel College. We’re visiting a student of ours and taking another student to visit the school because she’s attending in the fall. She’s a faithful reader, too! Shout out to Dalton and Sam. Anyway, afterward, we are going to The Grit. I can’t wait! So excited! I’m like a little doggie who runs in a circle and pees on the floor, minus the peeing part. Woo!
I would like to point out that my son, Miles, also loves eating healthy food. Here he is enjoying some organic sweet potatoes. Nom Nom.