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06/03/2010

What’s in the freezer?!

Filed under: food storage, kitchen tips, Peaches — fruitchick1 @ 10:44 am

Awhile ago I saw an episode of the “Good Eats” show with Alton Brown that has stuck with me ever since. It featured an appliance instead of a food group or item. He invited folks to consider the freezer like you would a bank: storing valuable items and making good investments that will pay returns later.

Around our house, the freezer is more like the black hole of last resort: “Quick, throw those leftovers in the freezer or we’ll have to throw them out tomorrow”! Usually thought of late at night, the person who can best function at that point gets tasked with tossing the containers into the freezer.

Now, ideally, the leftovers would be nicely packaged, dated and labeled a la Alton’s carefully detailed instructions on proper freezer prep. Well, considering our usual haphazard method of throwing things in there to avoid tossing them, only to be mystified months (and, sigh, sometimes years later), it’s more like a delayed garbage program than Alton’s equivalent of a bank.

I was reminded of the show tonight as I noticed a couple peaches on their last legs. I am currently battling a bug so fresh peaches are not on the menu. (Jello, anyone?) But with that “Good Eats” episode on my mind, I decided “A-ha! I am not wasting these peaches. I am cutting them up and INVESTING in a future smoothie!”

My long-term goal is to remember to keep labels and a marker near the freezer so that everything gets dated. I’ll keep you posted on how that progresses.  I might even go so far as to post a list on the door of what’s in there. In the meantime, I am trying to plan ahead for incorporating the freezer items into meals/snacks etc. The long tradition of playing “Guess what this is”? may be coming to an end!

Do you have a “freezer program” at your house? Would love to hear about it!

05/20/2010

Breakfast for dinner, once again!

Filed under: dinner ideas, Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Snacks, Peaches, Recipes — fruitchick1 @ 3:01 am

 Dinner Dinner, What’s for Dinner?

Does this sound familar? “I don’t wanna make something, but I don’t wanna eat junk either”. It’s 8 PM so I am way too hungry to make something that will take more than 5 minutes, and due to food allergies there isn’t much in the frozen food category I can have.

So I resorted to breakfast for dinner, once again. Two slices of French toast, with diced first-of-the-season White Peaches and a bit of cream cheese, and in about 5 minutes “dinner” was ready!

Ideal dinner? Doubtful, but it’s got to count as an upgrade from how I used to eat French toast,  with butter and drowned in syrup, or from my usual default dinner of cold cereal when I can’t figure anything else out and I’ve waited so long I’m feeling loopy. (OK peanut gallery, loopier than usual!) Plus it’s definitely an upgrade from the “old days” when the cereal of choice was, you guessed it, Fruit Loops!

Now, even in my hunger-induced fog, I always try to figure out how can I make what I pick healthier than “the usual”. (Hence the white peach for sweetness instead of syrup). When I eat cheerios I add dried cherries or fresh nectarine or peach. With peanut butter crackers I’ll have apple juice instead of soda. And so on.

Strict nutritional guidelines to live by? You won’t get those from me. But for encouragement to keep trying to eat more healthfully, nutritious snack suggestions and a hint that sometimes it doesn’t have to be hard-I’m your gal. Just kick up the nutritional content a bit on at least one item, every time you eat something. It doesn’t feel like work, and I know I feel a lot better by doing this. I hope you will too! And if you want help or ideas, please let me know.

Want to do something for dinner with white peaches but NOT French Toast? Check out this recipe from the California fruit growers! “White Peach Margarita Chicken” http://ow.ly/1NpxQ  

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