4/30/13

Fruit and vegetable prep

 

Last week after I picked up my weekly fruit and vegetable basket, I washed and prepared all its contents. I also cleaned my fridge, since it was nearly empty.

I had less spoilage and we ate more fruits and veggies since they were so convenient to use. I love that I didn't have to pull out the knife and cutting board every afternoon.

I store the lettuce in the salad spinner with a cloth on top to absorb extra moisture. It keeps very well that way.

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P.S. This casserole is a great way to use up Anaheim peppers. I doubled the recipe but used nine peppers total.

P.P.S. What are your favorite things to do with lettuce? I always seem to have too much.

9 comments:

  1. Lettuce? Salad and more salad. I make my own dressing with the good olive oil and raw red wine vinegar. I add whatever spices I feel like at the moment. I usually eat my homemade bread with a salad. It's good dipped in my dressing or crumbled over the salad.
    My grapevine at my parents' house has been producing an insane amount of leaves. The leaves are edible and we usually make meat and rice rolls from them called dolmathes or the dolmathes can be vegetarian. When I pick a ton of leaves, I bring them home and blanch them for five minutes and then put a bunch in a freezer bag. They stay good like that for months. Going over today to get even more. It's making grapes this year, too!

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  2. How organized you are.. I love your idea of putting the lettuce in the salad spinner, I had never thought of this, but will now.. thank you for sharing your great ideas.
    We eat a lot of lettuce. We have salads pretty often, and each salad starts out with lettuce and then I add other vegetables based on what is available? And just about any kind of sandwiches we have, we put lettuce on them.
    When you put up the other vegetables in the plastic containers, do you add water to them? I buy celery and bring it home/wash it/ cut it to fit in my bowl, add water, and it keeps forever.
    thanks for a good post.

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    1. I guess I need to learn to like salad more!

      I don't add water to the containers. Sounds like I should try it with my celery, though!

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  3. I've been meaning to do this too. Cutting up the veggies when the baby is NOT crying would be so much smarter!
    Our favorite use of lettuce is taco salad. I can actually get everyone to eat it! I mix a pint of black beans, a little hamburger and a bunch of salsa until it's hot and bubbly on the stove. We serve that over the lettuce and chips with the usual toppings like cheese and such on top.

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  4. I always say that I'm going to do this, but I never get around to it. We put greens on tacos and sandwiches if we're sick of salad. We don't buy a lot of lettuce, though.

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  5. Have you ever stir fried lettuce? I have with romaine, bok choy, napa, cabbage... Just stir fry with a bunch of other veggies or just one other. It's a delicious different way to eat lettuce than just salad.

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    1. Ooh, that's intriguing! I'll have to try it.

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  6. Green smoothies are a wonderful way to use extra lettuce. In case you want to try a simple recipe, I make mine with Romaine, kale, celery, cilantro, an apple, a lime and about 8oz of water. Good and good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Angie. I tried lettuce once in a smoothie and my family protested. I'll have to try your recipe—I was just winging it.

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