I've been thinking lately about shaking up our family diet to include some new recipes. We have our old favorites, but over the long winter that routine has gone stale. Knowing that the farmers markets are starting to open up gives me great motivation to start cooking with fresh, healthy ingredients. With the longer days upon us, I'll actually have time to make decent meals before the sun sets. The Cauliflower Dill Salad I made tonight will be part of tomorrows supper. It's a very easy side, just a cut up head of cauliflower, lemon juice, some fresh dill and a tablespoon of olive oil. I love using a LOT of dill. My mom grew it for years. The smell is one of my favorites. Shake it up and leave to marinate overnight. That's my kind of recipe.
There are a couple of downsides to eating healthy. The time investment and planning it takes to make a meal out of fresh ingredients can be challenging for busy families (which are all families). A shopping list must be directly based on a set weekly meal plan that works for the time you have to prep and cook. Some weeks that works, and others end up with a crisper full of expired food. Honestly, what puts me off even more than the planning is the price. It's shocking how much money a cart full of fruit and veggies costs vs. pre-packaged carbs and sugars. I picked up produce for the week today and the bill was $50. Yikes! That amount of money would keep us in mac and cheese for months! It makes me think that eating healthy is a privileged choice - unless of course you have a green thumb and some good land to grow your own garden. That's another topic entirely (and one I am completely under qualified to comment on).
How do you make the most out of your fruits and veggies? Where do you usually shop in the spring and summer months. or do you grow your own? Cooking has never been my specialty, but a girl can change - right?