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Day 17: Shop the co-op!

Today’s breakfast was slightly different than the past few days:

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Chia pet cereal for breakfast. And it’s mighty good. And even though I’m all about quantity, a single serving of this is amazingly filling. Trust me; I was majorly skeptical, but pleasantly surprised.

Lunch:

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I was invited to lunch and presented with a gorgeous salad (oops, no photo), and this soup. Unfortunately, this photo is a bowl of the soup I reheated post-lunch, and the reheated version isn’t nearly as vibrant as the original product. The recipe is from Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors cookbook, and I believe this is the recipe. I was lucky enough to take some of this soup home and promptly heated up a bowl, added a spoonful of red quinoa (since it I needed to use it up), and enjoyed it with some Mary’s Gone Crackers. They were $1.50 at the co-op. Oh yeah; MAKE THIS SOUP.

Let’s shop:

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I could spend hours photographing kale. It is that beautiful. It looks like arctic green ruffles. Am I the only one who admires kale?

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Dinner:

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‘Tortilla Casserole’ from Sundays at Moosewood. I found the recipe here. I always change it around a bit; my favorite way to bake it is either in an iron skillet, or a ceramic tart pan. Sometimes I use salsa, this time I used farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes. I change around the cheese choices a bit as well; this time it was Asiago.

Tortilla Casserole
from Sundays at Moosewood

1 medium onion, chopped ½ pint heavy cream
1 garlic clove, minced 1/3 c grated Parmesan
¾ t dried oregano s & p to taste
3 T veg oil 10 6” corn tortillas
3 medium tomatoes, chopped ½ c grated Monterey Jack cheese

in a large skillet, satue onion, garlic, and oregano in oil for 5-10 minutes, until onions are translucent. Stir in chopped tomatoes, cover, and simmer about 5 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and juicy.
Cut tortillas into 1/2” wide strips and stir into the vegetable mixture with the cream, Parmesan, and s&p.
Bake, uncovered, at 375F in a buttered 1 qt. casserole for 30 min. Top with grated Mont’y Jack and return to oven until cheese is totally melted.

(Source)

Cookies, sugarful

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These are based on the this recipe that is apparently from ‘Paradise Bakery’. All I can say is that they are absolutely full of sugar and refined ‘goodness’. I halved the recipe and used all butter in place of the shortening. I also usually used nearly 1.5 times++ the amount of flour. I’ve tried these with various flour mixes, and the main difference is that I usually have to use a slightly different amount. I haven’t finalized the recipe, but it’s a good one to experiment with. The other reason I use so much more flour is because I like to roll them out. This time I used about 1/2 brown sugar for a more golden color. But a few of these and you are over the edge, sugar-wise, they are white-carb-full!

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