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I have not been able to take photos of my meals for the past few days, as the battery in my camera died. While I wait for the new one to arrive — I will post some recipes that Eric (my husband) and I have been enjoying the last few days. I submit for your approval:

Corny Cornbread (served with white chili)

2 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
combine.

2 cups plain yogurt
3 egg whites (beaten)
mix in.

2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 tsp. mild green chilies (minced)
Mix in. Pour into 2.5 quart casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

 

 

White Chili

1/2 medium onion (chopped)
1/2 cup green pepper (chopped)
3 stalks celery (chopped)
1/4 cup mild green chilies
2 cloves garlic (minced) 
In a frying pan, saute 1 tsp. olive oil with ingredients until tender. Set aside.

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken/vegetable broth
1/2 cup low-fat milk
In a soup pot, melt butter, blend in flour and cook briefly. Stir in broth and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until sauce thickens.

2 cups cooked white (canellini) beans
2 cups corn
1 cup cooked chicken (optional)
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. cumin
Add to soup pot with sauteed vegetables and heat through. Season with fresh cilantro, salt and pepper.

One last one!

Summer Squash Bake

6 cups zucchini or yellow squash (or mix) chopped
1 small onion minced
Combine with enough water to cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

1 can condensed cream soup (I like cream of mushroom)
I cup plain yogurt
1 cup shredded carrots
I cup fresh mushrooms
Mix together in a separate bowl.

2 TBSP. fresh oregano (or 2 tsp. dried)
1 cup cooked chicken (optional)
Add and mix thoroughly. Stir into squash mixture.

1/4 cup butter (melted)
2-3 cups herbed croutons or stuffing mix
Mix together in a separate bowl. Put half on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan. Add the squash mixture and top with the remaining croutons. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

All recipes taken from the “Simply In Season: Recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods in the spirit of More-With-Less” by Mary-Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert

 

Let me know if you try and/or enjoy any of these! Hopefully my camera will be back up and running soon!

Today was a day I’ve been anxiously awaiting all summer — our trip to the Indiana State Fair! To prepare for our big day out, breakfast was:

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leftover corn bread from last night with almond butter, low-fat vanilla yogurt with blueberries, 1/2 a pluot, and some melon. After church and a short walk, we made lunch in preparation for our long afternoon of walking at the fair. 

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1 slice whole wheat toast with cheddar-jack cheese, chicken salad made with olive oil mayo, raisins, and green onions and garnished with some fresh and delicious yellow tomatoes from the farmers market. On the side, blue corn chips and Newman’s Own salsa. Of course, my obligatory daily diet coke as well. 

Then it was off to the fair! We saw a lot of these:

 
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and these too:

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Too cute! We also toured the 4-h pavilion where all the fruits and vegetables grown and judged were on display. Here were some of the winners:

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We also bought two jars of honey; tupelo and orange blossom. they are  delicious. 🙂

After all our walking, and looking at 4-h winners, we were hungry for dinner. To stay in the spirit of the fair, we had yummy BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. The pork was from Indiana, and tasted like it had been in a slow cooker allll day. It was perfect, especially because we NEVER eat pork. I usually eat pork about four times a year, and it’s probably in a BBQ sandwich each time. I am a creature of habit. 

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And of course, what annual day at the fair would be complete without 

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DSCI0017Husband (you can see his hand in the picture) wanted an elephant ear, I wanted ice cream. Naturally, we each got one and shared. Ah, the joys of marriage! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, not the best day, but as the fair is a once-a-year treat, I stand by my choices. After all, I am a recovering carb addict, not yet recovered. I will probably never be too recovered for ice cream. 🙂

What’s your favorite fair or carnival food?

Each Sunday, I’ll highlight a great website, either food, exercise, or healthy living related. Please feel free to add your own best loved sites in the comments area, so we can all learn from each other!

Today’s website is:

Farm Fresh Delivery

“Farm Fresh Delivery is an online home delivery service that provides organic produce and natural groceries to its members. We currently serve Indianapolis and the Greater surrounding area. Our service provides an avenue for local artisans and farmers to share their crafts and talents with our community members.”  -taken from homepage

My husband and I recently signed up for FFD, which is a Community Sponsored Agriculture venture here in the Indianapolis and Cincinnati areas. Below are some photos of our most recent delivery of goodies from the farm.

We’ve recieved the most delicious yogurt and cottage cheese from Trader’s Point Creamery, as well as wonderful grass-fed chicken and beef. 

CSA is where it’s at friends. If you don’t live in Indy, and want to get on the CSA express to healthy, sustainable eating, here are some resources to check out:

Local Harvest is a national organization that matches people with local farmers, and has great listings on CSA’s.

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association is a national group that has great information on what sustainable agriculture is, why it’s important, and how to get involved.

 

I hope you enjoy all these great resources on CSA’s, and I’ll be posting more about my boodle arriving each week in the green bin. Have a great Sunday!

Hi there. 

 

This is a new blog. I’m really excited to be starting a journal all about healthy living — not that I have it all figured out, by any means. Mostly I am hoping that having readers to be accountable to will help motivate and inspire me to keep trying to be healthy each day. 

I’ll try to post photos of the foods I eat each day, in an attempt at keeping a visual food journal. 

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back again. I’ll have more here soon, I swear.

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