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January 09, 2007

Going Organic

James Mehring

During the first year as parents, Lyn and I cooked less often. Naturally we wanted to spend time with our daughter instead of spending hours in the kitchen. And even when we did have some free time it typically came later on in the evening when our energy level was low. So instead of whipping up healthy meals we found ourselves ordering more take out food and eating at restaurants. Not only was that a bad habit health wise, but it wasn?? a cheap option, either.

Back in November, Lyn and I made an early New Year?? resolution to eat smarter. We are trying to cook more meals at home now and attempting to make healthier fare. Eating better will not only improve our health but it should get our daughter off on the right direction when it comes to food. What better time to start eating better than when our daughter is beginning to leave bland jarred baby food for the real stuff.

The biggest step we??e taken is getting a weekly delivery of organic fruits and vegetables. Lyn signed us up to a service that delivers in the New York City area but a quick Google search showed plenty of other delivery services across U.S. One useful site I found was Organic Kitchen.com.

I have to say I wasn?? too excited by the concept at first. I am a real carnivore and not very adventurous when it comes to veggies. So when I saw the initial list included red chard, cauliflower and mangos, I had my doubts about how much I would enjoy eating at home.

Now that we??e had the service for two months I would definitely give it a thumbs up. We are snaking less on processed foods and eating more fruits. Lyn loves mangos now, I gobble the pears, and we make sure the bananas don?? go bad by using them in milk shakes.

When it comes to the vegetables, we use some of the leafy greens, such as the chard, in omelettes. Last night Lyn baked a squash while we gave our daughter a bath and putting her to bed. The basic veggies such as carrots, tomatoes and potatoes are used in soups or for salad. Best of all, our daughter, with her lone tooth, is eating just about all of this with us.

It?? kind of puzzling why this works out better than buying fruits and vegetables from the grocer but it has. Perhaps one reason is that getting produce sent to the house has also allowed us to cut food shopping to once every two weeks. This is freeing up about two hours every other weekend. Also going to the grocery store less often (and always on a full stomach) has cut down on our impulse buys. The delivery is a little different each week, too. In the past, we would go overboard buying a certain fruit or vegetable at the grocery store and then some would inevitably go to waste. So far, less produce has been thrown out.

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A great way to eat a mango: shove a stick into the bottom (a chopstick works) and cut cubes s into the mango so it sticks away from the core, much the way you would make a radish flower. Kids can then suck the flesh right off the skin. My daughter loves it that way. They eat it this way in the islands, and there they put salt on it. Try that for a different taste treat.

Posted by: Cathy at January 10, 2007 05:44 PM


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