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In this week’s bag:

  • hydroponic heirloom tomatoes
  • green beans
  • kale
  • squash blossoms
  • blueberries
  • zucchini
  • spring onions

Better late to post this than never, right? I am just getting around to seeing these veggies for the first time myself on this late and warm Sunday afternoon. The beau and I were in Hudson for the entire day yesterday, vending at the Hudson River Exchange put on by Etsy. And after our week of traveling, I’m finally ready to dive in and enjoy the freshness.

I had big hopes for the squash blossoms, wanting to stuff them with some sort of “cheesy” veggie mix, however, I think we waited too late. Only three of them aren’t mush (I placed the pretty, non-mushy ones on top), so, they’ll probably end up fried and added to a salad.

I would like to spiral the zucchini and make a quick and flavorful red sauce using the tomatoes to top things off. I’ll most likely use the onions in this sauce too! The kale will for sure end up in our morning shakes and these blueberries are so sweet, we’ll probably just enjoy them by the handful as a snack throughout the rest of the evening.

Which leaves me with the green beans, the one veggie I never know what to do with. I can only tolerate a certain amount of them at a time but I do enjoy them sauted with garlic, lemon juice and crushed red pepper; so that’ll be a side dish at least twice this week.

I mustn’t chat for too long; I’ve got half of the apartment left to clean before I can start talking about dinner. I’ve said it before but when I have a clean home/apartment, I seem to have a clearer mind with more motivation to not only eat well, but workout too. My goal is to start off this normal week (no travels planned) as clean as possible in all aspects of my life. Cheers to a happy, healthy and active week my friends!


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The beau and I have finally purchased a couch and I think its safe to say we are both pretty psyched.

I’ve lived on my own for years now and never committed to a couch because frankly, I’m never home. Because I don’t have a television or even the internet, I’ve never had a need to sit and watch something. But now that I’m living with the beau and feeling settled, I’m wanting to be in the apartment and invite others over. A few years ago I held a little holiday party for my friends who traveled with me throughout China and it was a joke; we were all on the floor. I’ve never even had my parents over for a meal because we’ve never had a place to sit and enjoy.

We browsed, saved all of my tips and our daily change, and bought local on Monday. The couch was even made in the U.S.A. Can’t get any better than that. Actually it can: the cat hair blends right in. We’re convinced he thinks we bought this couch for him.

Cheers to the perks of being an adult!

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In this week’s bag:

  • salad mix
  • pea greens
  • cherries
  • raspberries
  • cabbage
  • cucumbers
  • yellow squash
  • summer corn

Those cherries are so sweet! They were a nice little surprise to the bag, along with the cabbage; they weren’t in the original email sent out Sunday evening. I’m super excited to see the salad greens because we’ve pretty much used up all of the salad growing in our garden on the porch and I am craving salads during this super humid weather.

The yellow squash will be given to a co-worker of mine because yellow squash is the one vegetable I hate. It was the one vegetable/food item I was allowed to skip eating growing up; for my sister it was tuna noodle casserole. Oh, I can smell it now all fried up- oh, I can’t stand it. I’m happy that these veggies are all “hearty” or won’t spoil in a day or two. The beau and I have a busy weekend away from the apartment and won’t have time to gobble them up until Monday… when on Tuesday we leave for Philadelphia for a couple of days.

Now the raspberries, I do have plans for those little juicy fruit bites: chia seed pudding!


Sorry for the sloppy photograph- I carried this to work and then stuck it in the fridge to eat for my mid-morning snack.

This recipe is so simple and depending on how it’s served, is considered one or two servings of fruit. Tons of calcium, fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. For a single serving, just mash up one banana, add 4 teaspoons of chia seeds, about half a cup of coconut milk (or your favorite) and a tiny splash of vanilla extract. Stir and set in the fridge for 1-2 hours. The seeds get gelatin-like and I swear, it tastes like pudding. Top with more fresh fruit and enjoy! I’ve been craving this after my runs in the morning because it’s nice and cold, and the beau enjoys it after dinner because it’s naturally sweet.

The weather is suppose to break and not be so humid- hope you all keep active this weekend. I’ve got a long run planned before leaving for Vermont and will surely pack a big green salad for the road. Stay healthy and happy! Here’s a video for some dancing- never stop moving!

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In this week’s bag:

  • salad mix
  • baby beets
  • portobello mushrooms
  • white cherries
  • broccoli

Because of the holiday, we got our bag a few days early… which I didn’t mind because I couldn’t wait to gobble up those cherries! So sweet and delicious; I seriously don’t know when the last time was that I enjoyed a cherry.

Last night I knew I had a little time before the beau got home from work and would have to leave for yoga, so I decided to whip up a couple of dishes. First, for dinner we had mushrooms and red onions with collards over farro.


Super easy to whip up: just saute the onions and mushrooms in a little coconut oil until they start to sweat, then add in the ribbons of collard greens, a little water, a turn of tamari, some red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika. Cover and cook for like another 20 minutes or so while the farro is cooking. I put a dash of nutritional yeast on top when served.

Next I made a lentil salad that was inspired by a local favorite, The Placid Baker. They have the best cold lentil salad and although I think he uses orange juice, I didn’t have any and substituted lemon; it still came out great.


Not the prettiest picture, sorry. Again, super easy: just dice some red onion and toss in a bowl with a handful of dried cranberries. While your lentils are cooking (in stock with two bay leaves), mix up the dressing. This is going to be a sweet one, so whisk together some honey, juice from one lemon and some coconut oil. Once the lentils are done, mix everything together and chill. If I had some fresh parsley, I’d put some in.

Lastly, I made lunch for the two of us:


The beau made a comment last night that if we were to open a restaurant one day, this would be on the menu. Make your favorite rice; the beau and I picked up this pretty sticky purple rice at the new Honest Weight Co-op and are in love with it’s texture and flavor. To make the tempeh filling, simply steam it for about 10-15 minutes, then crumble in a bowl into much smaller pieces; set aside so it can start to cool. In a separate bowl, mix some veganaise and sriracha together, quanitities depending on how spicy you like it. That easy! Grab your nori, spread on the rice, add your filling, top with any other ingredients (I added some scallions and black sesame seeds), roll and slice! Homemade sushi is one of my favorite items to prepare for lunch, even more so when you can make them the night before. No soggy bread in this kitchen!

I’d love to make a Buddha bowl later this week once my sprouts are fully sprouted and I’ll include the baby beets (grated), some sauteed bok choy from a previous week, some of the long lasting FG carrots grated, avocado and maybe some crunchy chickpeas. I’m not planning on turning on the oven if it’s going to remain this humid.

Let me know if you try any of these easy meals, I’d like to know how much you enjoyed them! Happy cooking and full bellies!


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“hi friends, vito here!

smile on bed

while my mom and dad took a trip to visit with old friends, i got to visit with my old bachelor friend in his new pad. he seemed much more relaxed this time and i only caught him hiding from me cooling off in the closet once.

kitty in closet

within the first hour of being downtown, i got to work at the new troy cloth and paper store answering emails… just kidding friends, my paws aren’t good for typing!

hard at work

it was hot out so i strolled on down to the sprinklers by the river but there were far too many kids splashing around, so i went back to the bachelor pad to take a cool shower. just kidding, my babysitter did and i greeted her right when she stepped out so that i could lick off all the cool water. refreshing!

making a pizza

beer on back porch

chomping down kale

after taking a little nap-a-roo, it was pizza and beer time! just kidding mom if you’re reading this, i know it doesn’t taste good. but i do love helping in the kitchen! and eating raw kale from the garden on the back porch! i don’t know why i got cut off; it wasn’t like i was eating and riding.

view on porch

after watching the birds for a while, i went out on the town for about an hour to mark my territory, bark at all uncle sam statues and watch the fireflies in washington park. such a long walk! as soon as i got back to the bachelor pad, i hit the sheets. actually, i did a little dance and scrunched them up so that they were just right. then i fell asleep. no late night shenanigans for me.

vito makes a smoothie

for breakfy i had a strawberry smoothie! just kidding, i ate my beef and supplements but i did catch the couple of strawberries that hit the floor. fruits and veggies are my favorite treats!

jona and vito on porch

after breakfy and a brief walk, i went for a long run. just kidding, but when my babysitter came back from her run, i made sure to lick off all the sweat i could. i am such a good helper. before snuggling in for an afternoon nap, she and i watched the birds a little longer. i sure do like the new bachelor pad and its amenities.”

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This is that post where I apologize for not posting a lot over the past two weeks; I’m sorry for not posting a lot over the past two weeks. Not only have I been extremely busy helping the beau and his business, but we officially don’t have internet in our apartment. I’ve never paid for it living on my own and refuse to start now. It stinks not being able to pull up Netflix or Hulu at the end of the day, but I did have time to read another book this week, despite the craziness.

This is also the post in which I admit that I didn’t take a photograph of our weekly Field Goods delivery; the first time since joining. And I don’t like it. Everything is still bagged in the fridge, waiting to be uncovered and enjoyed.

In this week’s bag:

  • strawberries
  • garlic scapes
  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • english shelling peas
  • lettuce

vegan pizza day

Yesterday was National Vegan Pizza Day! We celebrated by making a pizza with garlic scape pesto and sautéed lemon kale with a little bit of shredded Daiya mozzarella. It was delicious! I should also note that we used the garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and although I didn’t really rise or fluff, it was tasty.

In other news, my hiking/backpacking trip in New Hampshire was call off because Paula’s knee isn’t 100% since our last hike. It’s been giving her trouble lately and we both agreed that rest is best, rather than becoming a rescue case in the middle of the New Hampshire wilderness. Because of this, I’ll now have five days off in Troy. The top item on my list to do: eat clean! With being so busy, the beau and I were eating out constantly and gosh do I feel it. My attitude has been poor, my waist seems a little larger, and my energy while running seems depleted. This will be the perfect opportunity to prepare each meal, fresh and hopefully as raw as possible. There’s nothing better than raw meals during the hot summer months.

Tonight for dinner I’m going to make a salad of spiraled FG carrots, chickpeas, home-grown scallions, sprouted wild rice, FG peas with dill and a mustard dressing. My plan is to start soaking various seeds so that we both have fresh sprouts to munch on, either in salads, on sandwiches or by the handful… because they’re that good! The strawberries have been used in our morning shakes and I may toss some into a chilled lentil salad later in the week.

Oh em gee! Last Sunday after my long-ass day of hiking (I will also share that story this week, I promise), the beau made me the most delicious “cheese” sauce ever. I mean, after six months of being vegan, this has been the closest thing to cheese that I have tasted and the best part about it, it’s made of veggies and cashews! It was so creamy and perfect, we ate it with tortilla chips and pickled jalapenos like nachos; next time it is going to become macaroni and cheese! The beau can’t wait to make a chipotle version with soy chorizo!

donut mug

The flowers this week were a small little bouquet wrapped in a scrap piece of brown paper bag; my favorite kind of bouquet. I gave them some fresh water in a mason jar and placed them next to my pillow; my favorite location these days.


Speaking of flowers, my nasturtiums have begun to bloom! These orange blossoms are edible and will be tossed into our salads. Nothing better than a little pop of color in your greens!

I think that’s enough for this random post; I’m going to move on to a couple others that will automatically post throughout the week, despite me being disconnected. Hope you all have been staying cool with this heat and humidity and dodging the raindrops during all of the random downpours. Have a great holiday week!

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In this week’s bag:

  • head lettuce
  • spinach
  • markristo misto salad
  • strawberries
  • carrots
  • jerusalem artichokes
  • sugar snap peas

Great selection this week! The strawberries are even more red and sweeter than they have been the last two weeks and are the most delicious snack at my desk at work. The beau has been on a big shake kick now that he has a vitamix and I’m pretty sure the spinach will become a tasty breakfast blend. The last time we had jerusalem artichokes, they were ah-mazing! in our breakfast hash… we’ll have to make a run to Trader Joe’s for some firm tofu to create a Sunday brunch hash and scramble (my favorite).

I may whip up some sort of raw carrot salad this weekend using my spiraler and sesame seeds– maybe with a peanut or tahini sauce? They are of course great roasted or in a stir fry but with the weather starting to warm up (happy summer solstice!) I’d prefer to eat as much raw food as possible. Last night and this morning for breakfast I crunched on the sugar snap peas- my first tasting of this vegetable since last year! So good! Tossed in a salad with some dried cranberries and nuts, simple but a well balanced and refreshing lunch.

Our Flower Scout bouquet came all purple, but I had a couple remaining white flowers from last week that were still perky that I added. I might say this every week, but I sure do love fresh flowers in the apartment. I am not the neatest person but having that constant bouquet on my night stand (log) really perks me up. This is an expense that I refuse to give up because it truly makes me happy.

June is the month of celebration for the beau and I, and this weekend I have four more birthdays to celebrate. Four! On top of that, it’s the Farmer’s Market, I’d like to run six miles, hike nineteen and reach three new summits. Food will surely be fueling these activities and hopefully they’ll all be clean and healthy. Cheers to being happy, active and loved by many!

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