Happy September!

From today until the end of 2015, I’m going to be working on 16 months’ worth of goals and self improvement. For the most part, this will include working on becoming very healthy, restructuring our finances to meet our 2016 goals of buying a house and being financially ready for TTC, making the most of my career, improving my emotional well-being (managing anxiety) and spending more time and effort reading and learning. My efforts in these areas will be the focus of the blog going forward.

I thought I would start today off by doing a little healthy food meal prep. Our garden has been offering some beautiful harvest recently and it’s a great time of year for cheap local produce.

I started the day off with some green juice- garden kale, garden cucumber, local zucchini, and local bell peppers.

Next I made a variation on eggplant parm – local eggplant, garden tomatoes and herbs, Ezekiel breading, and a basic cheese sauce (mozzarella, cheddar, cream cheese and egg – just trying to use what we have on hand).

Finally I made a roasted eggplant and pepper dip for chicken etc. with local eggplant, local and garden bell peppers (green and purple) and local jalapeno with lemon and butter.

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My first priority on this journey is truly my health. It’s so true- where I slack, I lack. I look forward to putting better effort into taking care of myself, which will in turn allow me to succeed in my career, which will in turn propel our finances forward, which puts us closer to so many of our goals. If I don’t take the time and effort to take care of myself, I don’t get to see myself progressing. This is priority one.

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Food Prep

My project for today was food prep. To start, I bought some great local vegetables and did a garden harvest. The reason for today’s task is pretty simple- when I spend time on the weekend doing food prep, I eat better than when I don’t. And of course, when I eat well, I feel better, I work harder, and I come closer to my health & fitness goals. So this is a good step, and it’s time well spent. I spent a good part of my Sunday in the kitchen with an apron on, and that really is a happy place for me.

Here are some photos from my day:

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first row: our local vegetable shopping trip, squash puree, washed and chopped broccoli, prepared turkey scallopine (a favourite of mine!)

second row: tomatoes washed & chopped, grated zucchini

third row: zucchini & tomato puree, taco seasoning (similar to Rachael Ray’s recipe), bean taco zucchini boats (beans, taco seasoning, salsa, tomatoes, cheese), garden greens chopped & ready for salad

fourth row: refresher juice (cucumber & celery juice with coconut water), beet juice, pretty beets (and my nails happened to coordinate!) and ingredients for overnight oats (berries, almond butter, Greek yogurt, coconut milk, oats- I change this up nearly every time, depending on what I have on hand).

I had a productive day, and my fridge and freezer look a little happier! Lots of great food prepared so I can be a little more organized and hopefully healthier this week.

Cheers to time-saving and healthy eating this week!