Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What to do when you are REALLY low on vegetables

It's Tuesday.  Veggie day is Thursday.  Despite eating out one night, we are really low on vegetables.  One carrot, 2 cucumbers.  What's a FT working mom with no time to mid-week shop to do?  Well, here's what you can do when you are low on veggies:  remember what counts as vegetable.

1.  Scrounge in the freezer: I found 1/2 bag of frozen peas and 1/2 bag of frozen peppers and onions.  Plus some veggie burgers.
2.  Scrounge in the pantry: canned or dried beans (can count as a vegetable), boxed tomato and pepper soup, canned tomatoes, onions.

3.  Scrounge in the fridge: marinara, salsa
4.  Send your husband to the garden.  My garden is "plant it and see if it grows".  Very low maintenance. Behold!  About 8 radishes.  I could eat the tops too I think.  That's another serving.

With all of that, I think I can manage to get us through tomorrow (lunch and dinner) and Thursday lunch.  They will definitely be "low veggie" days.  I do have some fruit.  I could probably forage oranges and lemons too.

If all else fails and you have a no veggie day, don't beat yourself up. Whether it be because you don't want to shop, you are out of money until payday, or you don't have access to a grocery store, you can only do your best.


Anonymous said...

great suggestions marcia! i feel the same way no time to shop midweek so deal and hope you have frozen veggies on hand! i would love to get together and have wine some night after you have your baby and you are settled with 2 kids :) it was so fun in santa barbara!

Lili@creativesavv said...

I scrounge for veggies like this too. Tomato paste counts, so do onions. I'll make a casserole of glazed onions. And if I'm making a leftover-based soup will add several large spoonfuls of tomato paste. Plus any soup I make usually has one or two whole onions plus a bunch of garlic -- and garlic counts too!