Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Weekly Bounty plus stress relief!

Helllooo Wednesday!

How are you all doing? My week has been ...well... a little bumpy so far. I'll get to this later in the post but I wanted to start off on a gorgeous note. I got my new foster cat yesterday and she is a beauty! Her name is Jet (as in Jet black I'm assuming). But I think her name should be Cleo as in Cleopatra because she has the most beautiful lady face. She is a bit shy and her and Nemo aren't exactly best friends yet, but I'm sure once she gets to know her surroundings she will be a bit more confident. So, if you are in BC and are looking for a lovely companion, please contact Nelson SPCA and they will help you get this lovely lady!

Now onto the food! I buy a lot of veggies and fruits, a small amount of grains, and then the miscellaneous stuff that runs out (spices, flax, oils, oatmeal, etc) every week. This week my bounty was just so awesome I needed to share it with you. I do buy produce and veggies on clearance (if there are any) as they usually only have a small bruise on them or they are really ripe and ready to eat. This week I lucked out and got some near-perfect apples, pears, organic grapefruits, and bananas at half off. Chaa-ching! At the local grocery store I also got some oranges and two coconuts ($1.50 each). I bought some organic ginger, organic brown flax seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic kale, organic romaine lettuce, organic zucchini, organic broccoli, organic cabbage, organic medjool dates, organic lemons, sprouted bread, and local honey. All of these items were from the Kootenay Co-op. Oh and one priceless cat:)

Seeing all these beautiful foods make me smile and I know that these are some of the best foods that I can put into my body! I should also mention that I love grocery shopping. I get giddy when Sunday rolls around and I get to find the best deals and re-stock my fridge and pantry with amazing foods. When I'm putting away my goodies my mind tends to wander and I'm thinking about all the recipes I could try or re-make. The zucchini make me think about Nikki's sundried tomato zucchini hummus. The broccoli makes me crave the broccoli and cheese recipe on Bitt's blog. Amazing smoothies with coconut water and the meat. Awesome pate like the Garden Pate on Gena's blog. And last but not least, some of the delicious banana soft serve. Lovely Evergreen just so happened to post a recipe for Cinnamon Roll Soft-serve today. Can't believe its bananas! That should be a new commercial. Maybe it can replace the butter commercials..and maybe Fabio could come back for it! A girl can dream, right? As you can see shopping day is an exciting time for me:) Do you love to shop or do you dread it? Do you go to the same stores every week or do you follow the deals? I tend to go to the same stores every week but I do check flyers online to see what other stores are offering.

I made up something quick the other day for a late lunch. I had some canned chickpeas that I wanted to use up so I stir-fried them with onions and the pulp that was left over when I did some juicing awhile back. I added some turmeric, cumin, oregano, basil, pepper, and some salt and just let it heat through. I topped it with some hot chili sauce. Very yummy! So quick and the pulp tasted surprisingly good!

Now about the not so fun part of my week. We own a home back at the coast and have been renting it out while we are in Nelson. Now, we have a tenant that we have come to classify as a straight up bully. We have had a lot of problems with them and nearly lost a friendship as our friends were renting the suite below them. They have become so unrealistic and their demands are plain crazy. They have even threatened getting a lawyer. Now, we have friends in the industry and they say he has no grounds and that we have done everything right. It was just shocking and overwhelming for us as we have tried everything to please them and we get nothing in return but more frustration. So, I had a very hard time today (all this happened last night) and I did a lot of venting but my mom and sister-in-law were able to calm me down (Thanks mom and T!!). I know renting is a hard don't know people and their references can even be skewed. This experience has taught us a lot of lessons about what to look for in a tenant so I guess its a blessing in a wolves disguise. Have you had to deal with difficult tenants? Let me know your tricks of the trade!

I had a green power smoothie for dinner as Ry was away building some models for his newest project at school so I didn't need to make din din.
It's amazing how this stuff can clear my mind!

1 Cup Fresh coconut water
1/2 Cup Coconut meat
1 Banana
2 Cups Kale
1-2 Tbls Cinnamon
1 Tbls Fresh ginger
1 serving Vega Sport or your favorite protein powder
1 inch piece Aloe Vera

Simply blend everything together. Add the aloe last.

If you don't have a high-powered blender, like me, then I find blending the greens with the liquid first and then adding the fruits doesn't leave your smoothie chunky:)

I ended up multi-tasking and made dinner for tomorrow night as it is a gym day. I am stocked with organic lentils so I decided to make the Lentil Loaf from Jennifer of Nourishing Nutrition. I'll let you know how it turned out tomorrow. I tweaked her recipe a little by adding some onions and carrots . I also didn't have walnuts so I used some of the trail mix I had on hand ( dried cranberries, raisins, and all!).

I also forgot to mention how I wash my veggies and fruits. I use Nature Clean All Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash. I've also heard of using baking soda or food grade hydrogen peroxide.I have yet to try these two out. What do you use?

Have a great rest of the week! I hope its a stress free one! (If there is such a thing lol!)


HiHoRosie said...

Sorry to hear about the tenant. Hope that gets resolved amicably soon. Can't be fun but glad you've got supportive family and friends around to help, even if to just vent.

Jet is a beauty! We don't have pets at the moment but hope to again someday. I love kitties!

Smoothie looks awesome! And your produce = SCORE! For the produce wash we use BioKleen. Not sure I've seen Nature Clean's brand but I'll check it out if I come across it.

evergreen said...

Sorry to learn of your tenant troubles, and hope things get better soon.

Thanks for the mention, you always make me smile! Do ya think Fabio is available?:)

What an awesome food stash, I love to see all that beautiful food.

And speaking of beautiful, your new foster cat is incredible! Such pretty eyes:)

I love food shopping too! We live in a remote area, and the weekend when I go to the co-op is often my outing for the week!

Nikki said...

All of your food looks delicious! Hopefully things resolve quickly with your tenant. It's so hard to know how people are really going to be based on an application or resume. I know this from a job where I had to hire employees. Best of luck with working that situation out. And enjoy your bounty! Yum.

Melissa said...

Heidi - Yes, having a supportive family and friends base is key. Especially because we are not living in the same town where the house is (for a couple more months at least).I am thoroughly enjoying my produce this week..too yummy:) Thanks for the mention of Biokleen..I'll keep my eyes peeled (HAHA no pun intended)

Evergreen - I'm glad I could make you smile:) I definitely think us beautiful ladies could get Fabio on board, no! I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves to buy groceries..most people think it's pretty weird lol!

Nikki - I totally agree..someone can have the best references but will can turn out to be your worst nightmare!

Pam said... sweet your new furry friend is! I just filled out a sheet to volunteer at our local humane society!

Enjoy and xoxo!