Monday, February 23, 2009

Waste Not!

Have you ever gone to the store to buy produce? Some times get the big Costco size bags? We all feel so good throwing all those veggies into the cart do we not? Our kiddos are going to be eating healthy! Right?

In theory that is what we plan to do but in most cases the reality is,all our expensive produce sits buried in the crisper drawer. Our veggies never see the light of day until we decide to clean out the fridge in a few weeks. Throwing away hard earned money!

We vow next time will be different....we are going to serve up those veggies to our family... but some how we repeat the cycle over and over. We are good people trying to do the right thing! We want to do well for our family!

That used to be me! I asked myself "Why do I keep repeating the same cycle?

I figured out the obvious....dinner time at our house with 6 kiddos and a Husband was very busy! The thought of taking 5 various bags of veggies out of the fridge....then trying to wash them in a sink that was full of the days dishes was something I would avoid at all cost. Oh and then there was the issue of finding a spot on the clutter filled counter to chop them! EEEKKK!!!

It didn't help that Hubby would say
"What is your problem with serving up the veggies!"

I guess the disarray of my kitchen by the end of a long day was causing the nightly dance of the veggies!
More like me doing a solo break dance (and you better not get in my way!)while the veggies stayed hidden in the crisper drawer! LOL

I have since made a few simple changes...I clean and prep ALL my veggies the day I bring them home! (my back was starting to hurt from many nights of break dancing. LOL) My house is now a happy home and we now eat our veggies! (And I leave the break dancing moves to my kiddos!)

I use my V slicer to quickly do the work. I got my slicer at the fair for $40.00 it came with many blades and a safety handle. This is one of the most used gadgets in my kitchen. It makes quick easy work of slicing veggies for sandwiches,salads and party platters. It usually only takes me 20 minutes or less to have all my veggies cleaned,chopped and stored.

I use my V slicer on cucumbers,lettuce,onions,peppers,carrots,celery,tomatoes,cabbage,zucchini and the list goes on! The rest of my veggies I just radishes,broccoli,cauliflower and green onions.

I use clear plastic bins with lids made for storing shoes. They are big and stack easily in the fridge.

I put the clean,dried and chopped lettuce in its own bin to keep it from getting soggy.
I put all the other veggies in a large bowel or a different bin.

Now salads and sandwich makings are just a grab away! Having all the prep done comes in handy when you are famished after a long day and are tempted to grab for the unhealthy carbs! Healthy eats for the kids are ready to go! Your veggies are now convenient!

I wish you all many healthy eats! Now take your kiddos and a bag of fresh veggies to the park! Let them see the light of day!

And my Hubby says,
"the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". So ladies it time for a change!

Prayers and Blessings,


  1. I just happen to have a HUGE bag of carrots, a JUMBO sized bag of celery and a full Costco bag of Romain lettuce. You have inspired me to whip them in to shape!

    Thanks!!! :)

  2. WOW!!! I love the look of those veggies,thanks for inviting me over to your blog back in Jan,I'm so sorry I had not come sooner.
    It's really inspiriational listening to this music,I need it. Who is this?

  3. The first song on my play list is sung by the cast of the musical RENT!
    I'm glad you like the music....I do add to it often and rearrage the order in which they play.

    Thanks for coming by....I will pray that God will bless you again!
    And that in this time of waiting you will find comfort and peace in the Lord!

    Have a blessed day!


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