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Will Clean for Yoga

This is one of those years. Or perhaps such is adulthood, where the budget is perpetually lean to accommodate ever-looming large financial goals. We pinched and shifted until there was room for my yoga teacher training. Yoga itself? Not so much. Thankfully my studio utilizes karma as a currency, so in exchange for two-hours of my service cleaning I get unlimited yoga, plus a bit of yoga to share. Thanks to some sweat equity, my back enjoys a consistent yoga practice and I get to participate more in this community I have been peripherally a part of for over five years now. I can hardly understand why I didn’t start this last spring.

Since returning from Rwanda, we are cautious with our commitments. I am glad for this shift. However, sometimes I forget that budgeting time is much the same as budgeting money. There is a set amount, and it is a matter of setting aside enough time for those things I need and prioritizing the wish list for what is remaining. Last spring and summer and fall and winter I felt like there was not enough time. There certainly was not enough time readily available. This spring I budgeted the time. And after two years off, Leila and I are back to very occasionally co-op volunteering. Why not? She learns the importance of giving time, we both have an excuse to linger and mingle and then our family enjoys $10 of credit to chip away at our weekly order.

Have you ever used any sort of time banking in your communities?

PS Look what I found. I’m intrigued.

Favorite Vegetable Convert Recipes

Lately certain members of our household have been not only tolerating but honestly enjoying vegetables that had previously been only my domain. I thought it might be helpful to share the recipes that lead to such a drastic conversion. Ben actually gets excited when I tell him these veggies are in our co-op share.

Banana Peppers – Cooking a la Mel | Cheesy Stuffed Banana Peppers

Bok Choy – All Recipes | Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce

I add shrimp and toss it with rice for a one-bowl dish.

Broccoli – Center Cut Cook | Broccoli Cheese Soup

I omit the Velveeta for Whole Foods American, but this really does taste like Jason’s Deli.

Cabbage – Real Simple | Cabbage & Sausage Casserole

Cauliflower – Pinch of Yum | Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

The cauliflower pizza crust was a bust, but this is a super easy sauce that was so good I was told it could go “in the rotation.”

Chickpeas – Texan Erin | The Original Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

Not a co-op veggie, but this recipe is too good not to share. Even that one person that gags every time they eat beans (and lived an entire year in East Africa without consuming more than two beans) enjoys this dessert.

Tofu – Chocolate Covered Katie | Banana Pudding

Again, not a co-op veggie, but this recipe is the best banana pudding I’ve ever had (and it’s straight nutrition).

How To Eat Your Veggies, September

For a long time I religiously ordered one medium share and one fruit share from the co-op. I came. I picked them up, filled out an order for the following week, paid for them and left. No thinking required. I ate most of the veggies. Ben ate most of the fruit. After my first trimester aversion to basil and utter fatigue at the mere thought of washing dozens of veggies last summer, I quit ordering. Lots of produce died before I finally took a break. Then I began volunteering and my passion for produce came back with a vengeance. I found it impossible to spend four or more hours around the beautiful bounty every week without greedily wanting to hoard it all. I kept upping the weekly ordering ante. I did not want to waste a single leaf, but I did not want to walk out of the space each week without handfuls of greens even more. I ate, a lot. Eventually though I would finally give quite of a few poor, rotted greens over to the compost to rest in peace.

Between Leila’s birth and our summer sabbatical I became a bit more conscientious of our consumption. It involved more thinking and less compulsive binge veggie buying. I thought I’d share some of my produce intentions. One of my favorite things about the co-op is the near constant discussion of all things food, and I wanted to keep that going here, at least for this afternoon.

Currently filling our crisper drawers & counter (and what I plan on doing with them):

(old)

– 7 beets (roasted in oven, tossed with walnuts and goat cheese for a light 1/2 lunch)

2 bell peppers* (Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash, allrecipes)

1/2 small head, green cabbage (Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, Barefoot Contessa)

1/2 small head, red cabbage (Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, Barefoot Contessa)

1/2 bunch, parsley (Blue Cheese Cole Slaw, Barefoot Contessa)

– 2-3 carrots

– 1 small bag baby carrots

– 2 kiwi (plain)

– 2 lemons (squeezed into water)

1/8 small seedless watermelon* (plain)

1 yellow onion (Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash, allrecipes)

2 acorn squash* (Gingery Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash, allrecipes)

(new)

green leaf lettuce, 2 bunches (base of Caesar salad)

16 white button mushrooms* (Stuffed Mushrooms, Real Simple)

3 portobella mushrooms* (Crispy Portobello Mushroom Fries, How Sweet It Is)

– 2 red potatoes* (roasted – preheat oven to 425; wash & dry potatoes, dice and toss with 1 T olive oil and Tony Chachere’s; roast for 40 min, turning once)

– 1 lb okra* (blackened – heat 2 T unsalted butter in cast iron skillet; wash & dry okra, slice and cook in pan until brown and slightly charred; toss with Tony Chachere’s)

– 4 avocados (1 mashed for Leila; 3 in and on whatever strikes my fancy)

1 red onion (with leftover BBQ chicken in Stovetop BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese, How Sweet It Is)

– 2 pints cherry tomatoes (roasted and tossed with pasta and/or tossed in aforementioned salad)

– breakfast radishes (plain)

– blueberries (plain or on cereal)

– 3 lemons (squeezed into water)

– 2 kiwi (plain)

– 2 oranges (plain)

pineapple (plain)

(RIP)

– 2 lemons

– 2 small tomatoes

– handful of lettuce

You’ll have to trust me when I say it’s pretty because I only did not have the energy to snap a quick photo of the stuff. Maybe next time.