I love it in June when I come come home from work, walk out into the garden and pick the vegetables I’ll use for dinner, stop at the herb garden and grab some herbs and in a short while enjoy the freshest meal. Home grown vegetables taste great!
For now, I buy a bunch of fresh vegetables every weekend, wash and prepare them ALL on Sunday (or Monday this week) and use them every day for lunch and dinner. It’s easy to eat healthy salads for lunch when all it takes it combining the already washed lettuce and cut up vegetables and I look forward to making dinner now. I conduct a little “mystery basket” exercise in my head on the way home and start listing all the veggies I have on hand, the contents of my pantry, and the proteins in my freezer or fridge and decide what I’ll make.
Monday night was chicken and vegetable soup, Tuesday was a delicious spicy stir fried soba and vegetable dish with shrimp, tonight was grilled salmon with a spicy rub with brown rice and salad. I’ve decided I’ll make pizza tomorrow night with mushrooms, zucchini, peppers and Italian sausage, and Friday will probably be okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) with vegetables and pork.
I have managed to make a home cooked meal almost every night since we’ve returned from Japan on April 10. This was not easy given the fact that every night after work we have worked in the garden or flower beds doing all the things we should have been doing while we were on vacation in Japan March 31-April 10. I don’t even get into the kitchen until after 7:00 and we’ve managed to be eating by 7:45, sometimes sooner. If I don’t cook my husband is too happy to run to Go Go Gumbo in Boyd and get take out food–hard on the budget and way too easy to overeat.
My next project now that the garden is well on its way is to blog about my Japan trip. I have so many great food memories and photos to share!