With the rain falling, I knew exactly what I wanted to eat for breakfast. MUFFINS!! I, seriously, have an addiction to muffins... they're so quick and easy to make AND the flavors are endless. Today, I made Happy Herbivore's Apple Crisp Muffins. I decided to make apple muffins because I have applesauce that I made last week and EVERY single ingredient on the list is plastic-free (thanks to the bulk bins)!!! The muffins were absolutely amazing... I couldn't stop eating them!! True, I do LOVE apple pie more than any other dessert... so these muffins are on my make... ummm... everyday list!! ;) Yep, the day started off AWESOME!!
At noon, the rain was pouring down... I didn't have a clue what I was going to make for lunch. The kids shouted in unison that they wanted "PIZZA" (again), but I had to let them down because I was out of cheese. I scoured through my pantry... trying to figure out what to make for lunch. I grabbed a box of elbow noodles and thought that I would make Pasta E Fagioli... but looked at the little plastic window on the box and put it back.... I was starting to revert to Day 1 when I couldn't stop thinking about all the things that I wanted to make but couldn't. Then I stopped..... stopped thinking about plastic and started thinking about food. I made the decision that I would make soup... I had to have everything to make soup!! I skimmed through a few cookbooks... and then looked at what I had and decided to make my own soup.... no recipes... no ingredient list to follow... Potato, Cannellini and Green Bean Soup. It was perfect because I used what I already had and it was just what I needed (and wanted).
My afternoon was busy preparing for our camping trip... ever gone camping plastic-free?? Me neither. Days 6 and 7 of our plastic-free food week will be spent camping... at first, I was super nervous... but after stocking up on bulk snacks, making bread, making graham crackers (YES! I made graham crackers... I'll share the how next post), making chili, shredding (paper wrapped) cheese, and filling glass (juice) bottles with water all today... I think we're about ready! (Note: I always cook before we go camping... I find it more relaxing to reheat something than to slave over a camp stove while everyone else hangs out... extra work now means I get to chill later ;) )
Based on everything that I was doing to prepare for 2 days of camping, I wanted a simple dinner. Once again, I had no idea what to make. I stared at my CSA box hoping for inspiration:
|Acorn squash, turnips, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, collards, eggplant, okra (in biobag) and arugula (in biobag- not pictured)|