Eat Locally Part 8 - Day 3
I went back to the Produce Place because I am completely addicted to the local milk with the cream on top. I have been using it quite liberally in my daily coffee, and the quart went quickly, so I had to buy more milk, so I got a 1/2 gallon this time. While I was there, I got some local spinach, and more sweet potatoes. The stats for shopping today are as follows:
Rock Spring Farm Milk 1/2 gallon - $2.99 Wilderville, TN 85 miles from Nashville
Spinach 0.17 lbs - $0.34 Madison, TN 0 miles from Nashville
Total today - $4.47
Total to date - $99.52
What did I learn today?
I am a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast, as I usually eat my homemade granola and milk. For this week, substituting rice and a piece of bacon everyday, is a piece of cake. I always eat fruit for a morning snack, and local berries are a treat indeded. At lunch, when I bring my lunch, I usually bring leftovers from the night before. The afternoon snacks are usually more creative, like candy, popcorn, and/or fruit. I haven't missed my usual afternoon snack, and the egg seems to tie me over better than an empty carb like candy or popcorn. The egg certainly does not spike my blood sugar, so I have been feeling fairly good to jog after work for the past 2 days. I hope I feel just as good tomorrow.
What else have I learned?
I am a jogger, and I usually jog during the time that I am now cooking this week. I have had to leave work a little early for 2 days in row to cook, get a meager jog in and get dinner on the table by 8:30 pm. It is definitely time consuming cooking with base ingredients everyday. I would like to continue to use a lot more local ingredients, but I need to be realistic with easier recipes. I like making crockpot foods like chili, but beans are not part of my local foods. I also like making a big giant dinner one night a week, and putting up my own "frozen dinners" for sometime later, like a grab-n-go lunch or desparation meal. To stay within the budget for the week, I did not buy the 2nd chicken because I was afraid of busting the bank. As it turns out, I am still under $100, and I could have gotten more chicken to make a lot more leftovers.
What did I eat today?
Breakfast: coffee and milk, rice with a diced up piece of bacon
Lunch: leftover chicken leg and a sweet potato
Snack: hard boiled egg
Snack: frozen blueberries topped with some milk
Dinner: honey glazed pork chop, asparagus, and salad with goat cheese
Recipe of the day - Honey Grilled Pork Chops
mix honey, thyme, salt and crushed red pepper together
smear on pork chops
sear in grill pan over medium heat 7 minutes
flip pork chops 7 minutes
put about 3/4 cup of wine in the bottom of pan
put grill pan and chops in oven at 350F until done
poor liquid from grill pan into a small sauce pan
add extra honey to taste
stir and bring to a boil
turn off heat
wait one minute
stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter to thicken the sauce
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