Monday, July 27, 2009

Some Fun Shopping & Weekly Meals (July 28 - July 31)

While were were on our date on Saturday, hubby and I also did a little shopping. I got some new workout pants, and we went to Sur La Table, and they had a great sale. So we got some new place mats (they were 40% off). They remind me of French table linens and therefore of my time in Southern France the summer I turned 18. Yes, that's the age the teenager is now! I wonder how worried my parents were??? I studied French at a Language School and stayed with a host family, but it surely wasn't the safest place.... I guess it's sometimes best if parents don't know everything...

Anyway, here are the place mats. The yellow lemons make me happy! :o)

And today we did some "luxury" shopping at the Farmers' Market:

Organic African Volcanic Mountain Coffee
Yummy Olive Oil
The olive oil is sooo good. If you look closely, you'll see that there is already some missing in the bottle. That's because we already had some with the walnut wheat baguette we also got at the Farmers' Market... The olive oil stand had all kinds of great infused olive oils, but I got the plain one because I thought it was most versatile. They had also an awesome selection of balsamic vinegars...

Okay, on to this week's meals. At this point, I have decided to add some meat & chicken back into my diet, but only organic meat and chicken and only occasionally.

Tuesday: Wild salmon with lemon/dill sauce, brown rice & cucumber/tomato salad. Our tomatoes are finally ripe!!!! Home-grown tomatoes are definitely THE BEST part of summer!

Wednesday: Brown rice pasta with almond butter sauce. I'll use the ingredients I usually use to make a peanut sauce (Trader Joe's Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds & water), but I'll use raw almond butter instead of peanut butter. I'll experiment a bit to get the consistency right. I don't do very well with peanuts and peanut butter (not unusual when you have gallstones; nuts have a lot of fat), but for some reason I do fine with small amounts of almond butter. I'll shred carrots & cucumbers and toss them with the noodles.

Thursday: Vegetable & organic chicken curry with brown rice.

Friday: Mozzarella with tomatoes & basil; lentil salad with tomatoes & parsley.

Questions: Do you have any fun shopping to report? What meals do you have planned for this week?

Be well,