There's a question mark at the end of my blog title for a reason. Since well before beginning this challenge, I knew that the hardest part would be the "mostly plants" end of things. How many of us struggle with the recommended five to seven vegetables, even in summer when everything is fresh from the garden? How about in winter in Chicago, when the greens available in the produce section were either A) grown in Mexico or somewhere similarly distant or B) look sort of sad, pale, bruisy and wrinkled? It's like a Sophie's Choice between eating a pear from half a world away, or eating a pear that looks vaguely like Winston Churchill.
I can only tackle one eating challenge at a time. I'd like to be responsible in getting produce fresh and local, but if it's going to be so unappealing in my fridge that I won't eat it, then I won't be feeding my body right. And frankly, living on lattes and croissants freshly made though they may be (see previous post), is JUST NOT what this year is about.
So I'm buying those $5 boxes of berries. At least until summer comes back.
Assuming summer will, in fact, come back. Some days in Chicago it is just hard to tell.
We love zucchini. Matt's been known to have it for breakfast. I'll chop up a whole one, grill it in a little olive oil, and eat it instead of chips in front of a movie.
I'm trying to get two fruits or vegetables in every meal, to hit the recommended servings mark. So, above is artichoke alongside a bolognese made with fresh crushed tomatoes.
And, of course, it helps if one of those daily plant servings comes a little decadent...
Haagendaaz "Five" Vanilla Bean ice cream topped with a cup of fresh raspberries. That is officially my FAVORITE WAY TO GET MY DAILY FIBER.