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After eating away at the scraps of our fridge yesterday we decided to do the grocery shop, because if we’re going to make this healthy eating challenge successful – we really need to have good food. We’re big complainers around here when food doesn’t taste amazing. We buy groceries once a month, which requires some strategizing around produce. I don’t know of any way to make fresh vegetables last a month (tell me of this amazing vegetable and I’ll eat it) – which means that we must buy some vegetables frozen. Up front we’re not completely spartan about this – we always end up buying a few more fruits and vegetables by the end of the month (mainly bananas, avocados, and cauliflower).

Note on frozen veggies: We’ve tried all kinds of vegetables frozen and some are much better than others. Anything that says “blend” on the bag is guaranteed to not be that great, carrots we found to be a little chewy and rubbery – as though it is ready to squeak against your teeth – which is not something we want in a carrot, and cauliflower was tasteless. We found frozen spring peas, broccoli, and edamame to be the best options for freezer vegetables. If you have found any others that work we’re keen to know – please comment.

At the end of the post, i’ll include our grocery list. We are a family of 4, but one of us is not eating solid food very much and one is under 5 years old. Our target is $600 a month, but it is always a little higher (but not a lot.)

I had my Cafe au Lait out of this house this morning because I was meeting up with a friend for breakfast. Yes. I sat leisurely, in a cafe, in the sun and drank this:

Cafe au Lait

Mat leave has its benefits – this coffee is one of them.

We ate some really nice (and surprising) recipes today. With a little preparation the vegetables that we grilled and were only mediocre yesterday made for a really amazing vegetable spread today (recipe most certainly included).

Forelle pear

For simplicity, I bought some baby Forelle pears and although I usually don’t have very many comments about pears as a rule. This particular pear is noteworthy, it leans more toward a spicy taste almost cinnamon-like rather than sweet and is very crisp. It was tasty. Breakfast at Emma’s Country Kitchen deliciously savoury, what is not to like about bread soaked in egg? As a side point the lighting in the restaurant was very stark (for some reason) – but when you photograph every meal — you just take what you can get – it tasted delicious regardless.

day 10 of 30 healthy eating challenge

Breakfast:

1 egg over easy

2 small pieces whole wheat bread

butter

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Lunch:

1 slice whole wheat bread

1 tbsp roasted vegetable spread

3 slices of a grilled eggplant (light dusting of olive oil)

1 Forelle pear

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Supper:

steamed brocolli

2 chicken drumsticks coated with montreal steak spice

The bbq chicken was very delicious. After shopping and getting home at 7:30pm, unloading the groceries, cooking the food and all that razzmatazz – to sit down to a hot-off-the-grill drumstick was really delectable. Yes…I ate the skin. (I’m never going to lose weight…)

I want to post the roasted vegetable spread because it was really a standout sandwich addition – but I used leftover roasted vegetables – so I’ve guesstimated what might make a full batch recipe. When doled out a tablespoon at a time this recipe is going to produce a lot of servings that you can split up and freeze.

Roasted Vegetable Spread

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich Spread (around 30 servings):

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 small zuchinni
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded
  • 1 red onion, peeled, rough chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or more to thicken)
  • juice of a lime

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and roast the vegetables (around 40 minutes), or grill directly heat on the BBQ for 20 minutes (flipping once at 10 minutes). Put all ingredients into the food processor and keep adding tomato paste until you get the desired consistency.

Spread on a delicious sandwich.

Here is the grocery list in all of its glory. We shop 95% at Costco, but something special like a Forelle pear, for instance, is coming from Whole Foods. Many of the pantry items will last longer than a month – but each month we’re picking up different things that are running out, regardless.

May Grocery List

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