Tuesday, March 18, 2014


This is a measure of how we’ve turned our diets around, around here.

In the old days, vegetables generally sat in the fridge until they got thrown away, if we bothered to buy fresh produce at all. I wouldn’t have dreamed of buying fresh vegetables from Costco, because we’d have wasted three-quarters of every giant bag. (Flour tortillas and frozen taquitos, no problem.)

So now here’s our current vegetable inventory:
  • Three Costco bags of Brussels sprouts
  • Three Costco bags of cauliflower
  • One Costco bag of broccoli
  • One Costco bag of asparagus
  • Most of a 10-pound bag of carrots
  • A small bag of broccoli slaw
  • A small bag of cabbage
  • Six red peppers
  • Most of a Costco container of mushrooms
  • Half a Costco container of baby spinach
  • A full 20-pound bag of potatoes, plus a few more
  • Four or five sweet potatoes
  • A Costco container of plum tomatoes
  • An avocado
  • Half a 10-pound bag of onions
  • Half a bag of Costco garlic
  • A handful of green onions I’m regrowing in water on the counter
None of this will go to waste—well, maybe a couple of the garlic bulbs will go squishy before we get to them, but that’s it. Our family went from almost no vegetables to almost nothing but vegetables so gradually that I kind of shocked myself just making this list.

It’s also shocking how much I truly like eating this way. This stuff is cheap and, now that I know what to do with it all, delicious.


  1. Here's what I want to know: What do you put in their lunch boxes?

  2. I replace the sandwich with three Paleo chocolate-chip cookies made of dates and nuts. Mothers of less picky children may find ideas here: http://thepaleomama.com/2013/08/40daysofglutenfreelunche/

  3. This is such an inspiring post. For the first time we have a Costco bag of frozen mixed veggies in the freezer, and we're eating it! Baby steps, haha.

    1. Thanks, Kim! I think the trick is trying new recipes until something "sticks." Plus, we roast vegetables ahead of time (LOVE them that way) and keep them in the fridge for quick breakfasts.