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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Cooking, Creative, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Homemade, Stay At Home Mom | 1 comment

What We Ate:  Black Bean Quesadillas, Carrot & Apple Slices

What We Ate: Black Bean Quesadillas, Carrot & Apple Slices

Sometimes I don’t make it to the farmers’ market.  Sometimes I don’t even make it to the grocery store.  Lately it happens more often than not.  I find if I keep some great staples in the house, we don’t have to get to the market every week to have healthy meals.  (Although I do miss my fresh veggies and fruit if we don’t!)

This week, lunch included whole wheat pitas toasted with cheddar cheese and black beans with carrots & apple slices on the side & hummus for dipping.  That’s a pretty well-rounded meal for not having much in the house!

Black Bean Quesadillas, Carrot Slices & Empire Apples

Some finger-food staples that we can’t live without?

~veggies:  carrots (they last a long time!), frozen peas, corn, edamame, etc.

~fruits:  apples, pears, tomatoes…fruits like these don’t go bad too quickly

~canned:  black beans, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chick peas), artichoke hearts…any canned good item such as these last forever, so stock up!

~grains:  pastas, quinoa, oatmeal, barley, couscous, rices, etc….we buy in bulk & keep in airtight containers for longer shelf-life

This is just a short list of items in our cupboard at most times to suffice toddlers in a pinch.  Mix them together & you’ve got meals for a week!  Obviously we need the fresh ingredients such as eggs, milk, butter, etc.  Can’t wait for that CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share to start in June!  I’m sure I’ll be writing all about it :).

Anything you’d like to share?  What can you “whip up” for your family when time is crunched?

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