I hope everyone is making the most of every second of sunshine as the beautiful season of summer commences. One of my big takeaways from my yoga retreat was that I want to spend more time outdoors. I’ve taken a (wobbly) step in that direction by beginning stand up paddle board yoga classes; even though I have never considered myself a water person there is something so peaceful about being on the lake in the early morning.
I also continue to make the most of the produce I am receiving from my CSA membership! It’s causing me to be more innovative which is just what I had hoped for. This past week, my box contained both mustard greens and plums. For whatever reason I have never been a big fan of plums, and mustard greens are a stretch even for me. They are spicy and bitter and I knew I couldn’t just throw them in a smoothie! I honestly thought about just throwing the greens out, but couldn’t bear the waste, and wasn’t willing to give up and admit defeat.
I took to the Internet and quickly landed on a savory recipe for my plums – Pork with Gingered Plums. Intrigued, it only took a few more clicks to find a recipe for Asian Inspired Mustard Greens which I thought would pair well with my entree. Both recipes were easy, fast, and clean. The final result was another *good* shock to my palate (like my radish and anchovy butter sandwich) and I loved the transformation! It was seriously so good.
I also continue to enjoy my summer “grazing plates” – I sliced up the cantaloupe I received and added salty prosciutto, continue my radish sandwich obsession, and always have veggies cut up now to eat with a good hummus!
Finally, we all need treats sometimes, and I have been drowning in apples, so I made crock pot baked apples and bought some coconut whipped cream/coconut ice cream to top them with!
I feel so much healthier in that I am eating more fresh produce (obviously) but also that I am eating more variety. I think we are all guilty of going to the store and picking up the same items over and over again. I am enjoying losing some control (gasp) and trying new things. I know it offers me a greater range of vitamins, minerals, and health benefits. Whether you utilize a CSA, farmers market, or the grocery store, I challenge you to pick up something new today and let it inspire you!