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A Lifestyle Change I Can Live With... Maybe I'll Just Have to Share with a Couple Worms!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

One of the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make is to improve the quality of the food I eat while reducing the quantity. I buy into the idea that eating seasonally and locally is a more nutritious, cost conscious, and delicious choice.

With that goal in mind, today for lunch along with some sardines, I had baked butternut squash and my spur of the moment attempt at a waldorf salad.

The squash was so yummy and sweet to my taste. I only added a sprinkling of pepper, cinnamon, and Molly McButter. And how easy! All I did was half the squash, scoop out the seeds, put in a baking dish cut side down with about an inch of water, and bake for 350 for 4o minutes. I could have microwaved it, but I wanted extra for a soup I’m making later on. Additionally I like the fragrant smell of the baking squash. I portioned out a cup for my lunch for about 80 calories.

The salad was the true highlight of my meal. I used apples from a tree in our yard. How local is that? Organic and seasonal for sure!

The funny thing is that I have lived here for nearly thirty years. This is the first season that I have used apples off that tree because I always thought them to be wormy and just not edible.

Earlier this fall I saw a picture of a basket of organic apples in a blog on clean eating. It made me realize that my apples looked just the same… kind of dark and splotchy off the tree. Sure enough, however, a bit of scrubbing and my apples are gorgeous, crisp, and sweet.

I have no idea what type they are, but I do know that of all my apples I have cut, I have only discovered two unwanted visitors who apparently like them as much as I do! Not one of us has been poisoned by pesticides.

My Waldorf Salad recipe on the fly turned out pretty good! It made a filling serving for one with about 170 calories.

80g chopped apple
50g diced celery
10g chopped walnuts
10g golden seedless raisins
1 Tbs reduced fat mayonnaise w/olive oil

This is a lifestyle change I can live with! Perhaps a repeat performance at dinner tonight?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COOKIE_AT_51 10/19/2013 3:38PM

    Everything sounds delicious! I would vote for Gala apples :) but they could be honeycrisp. Whatever they are they look good. emoticon

Last year my DH went over to the neighbors who have a pear tree and asked if he could have some (they never ate them either). He baked them into a pear crisp,very good! You will have to share about your soup ...

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SUEPERWOMAN 10/18/2013 9:34AM

Good for you, honey. I have to admit, I don't buy organic very often due to the slightly higher price, but I should. That does look like a honeycrisp apple to me, too, they are my favorites! Sweet and crunchy, a lovely combination. emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/17/2013 12:41AM

    Too often we don't realize that the produce we see in the grocery store is prepared to look as good as possible. Apples, for instance, are not only cleaned of the dirt that exists outside, but they also put on a light wax coating to make them look dewy and shiny. Glad you found out that your apples are just as pretty (with a little washing) and just as edible. Consider some of the great recipies you can make with your apples!

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BUGQUEEN01 10/16/2013 11:42PM

    A few worms can't hurt us :) I agree with you - eating locally grown, organic food when available is much healthier and more flavorful

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LINDA! 10/16/2013 8:51PM

    Looks delicious.

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GETNFITAFTER60 10/16/2013 7:21PM

    Looks good and I'm sure they taste great. Enjoy!

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-BLESSINGS- 10/16/2013 5:23PM

    omy YUM YUM.... congrats on your lifestyle change...

wishing you all the best ~Deby

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BJPENNY70 10/16/2013 2:37PM

    They look like Honeycrisp Apples. Not sure, though! Your recipe sounds delicious. I just might try it. I buy into the seasonal fruit and veggie purchases, too. You really do save money. Plus fresh and organic is just plan good.

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