Now is a fantastic time to buy fresh, local, incredibly cheap produce. Tomatoes, potatoes, squash, beets, cranberries, etc..... my preparations for winter continue in this post.
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Pears
Only Oats Pure Whole Grain Rolled Oats (available at The Bulk Barn) with cinnamon and an organic pear.
Lunch - Chicken Soup
I threw this soup together for someone with a cold with what I had available in the fridge.
-diced chicken (from an earlier roasted chicken, purchased from a local farm)
-finely chopped cooking onion
-five bay leaves (removed before serving)
-one tsp. cumin powder
I brought the ingredients to a boil, and then I left them to simmer for about an hour. The soup got to sit in the fridge for a few hours, and then I re-warmed it and served it. Soup almost always tastes better if it gets to sit for a few hours.
Dinner - Roast with Veggies
This was a roast purchased from Sobey's, one of their new line of meat that comes with certification that the farm is humane. I still haven't checked out the legitimacy of this certification, but I will! As I've said before, I definitely take it as a good sign that this meat is significantly more delicious than most meats from the grocery store. This roast was pan roasted with carrots, onions, and potatoes.
Beets are super cheap right now! I bought a 10 pound bag for $1.99. I put about half the bag in a stock pot on top of a steamer basket and steamed them for approximately an hour. I almost always forget about them and burn the bottom of the pan when the water evaporates..... it's like I never learn. It always turns out fine, they just have a slightly smokey flavour. I leave the beets to cool, slice the top and bottom off, and then peel them by pressing the skin off with my hands (see photo below). The, I pop whatever beets I don't immediately eat into the freezer.
This was the first time I made cranberry sauce, and I just couldn't believe how easy it was! I picked up two bags of fresh cranberries for $1.99 a piece, and then I followed the recipe on the back of the bag (though I only used 25% of the recommended sugar). I combined them with two cups of water and about 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I brought it to a boil, then reduced to a simmer for about 15 minutes, let it cool, and put it in a jar. It tastes really great, I'll never buy canned cranberry sauce again (as long as there are fresh cranberries available in the stores)!
What I Eat
I want to give you an idea of how to eat healthfully on a restricted diet, without a lot of work, by showing you how I eat! I eat strictly gluten-free. You'll find A LOT of veggies in this blog! I eat both fish and meat a few times a week (local and/or humane, whenever possible), and dairy when I'm visiting family and friends, or eating out. I hope you find this blog inspiring and interesting!