The past year has been a whirlwind of changes and inconsistency. I traveled far more than I ever expected, moved a total of three times, and struggled to find a balance between being on the go and staying still. Months would go by without stepping foot into a grocery store and no two days were the same when it came to food. I can’t say this was the most settling thing because, by nature, I am a creature of structure.
The madness is over and now it’s back to supermarket runs, meal cooking, and food photographing. I wanted to write up a post on my produce grocery list, although it changes season to season, to show you what kind of things I’ll be working on in the kitchen and to inspire you to shop right when you hit the produce department.
- GREENS! All types of greens from kale to arugula and collard greens. Great for salads, steaming, and sautéing.
- Berries. I have a love for all kinds of berries for two reasons, 1) very little sugar and 2) high in fiber!
- Carrots. As a snacker, I love to have lighter options around. Carrots dipped in mustard are a staple here.
- Bananas. Slice half a banana in yogurt and you’re good to go for breakfast. Also, smoothies!!!
- Artichokes. Boil these whole and then quarter and roast in the oven with lemon and herbs.
- Cauliflower. You can literally do anything with this: soup, rice, ‘steaks’. Ah, the options!
- Zucchini. Zucchini pasta all the way! Add ground meat or turkey and marinara for a bolognese dish.
- Heirloom tomatoes. My favorite with a nice balsamic vinegar in salad or on its own.
- Fresh figs, if available. Don’t even get me started on these. 🙂
- Lemons. Such a staple in any household. Salad dressings, tea, veggies, fish, the list goes on…
Us New Yorkers take for granted just how easy it is to go out and order fresh vegetables or Postmate hundreds of dollars worth of produce from Whole Foods. I was surprised to learn that nearly 30 million Americans live in communities without access to affordable, quality fresh fruits and vegetables. This makes me so sad because for us it’s a given. We don’t think twice about not being able to go to the supermarket and get fresh (and seasonal) produce!
I was recently invited to join the Naked Juice #DrinkGoodDoGood campaign to fight this crisis and provide fresh produce to our neighbors in need. For every fruit and veggie selfie shared using #DrinkGoodDoGood, Naked Juice will donate 10 pounds of produce to Wholesome Wave, a non-profit working to make healthy food available to communities in need. They’re committed to donating up to half a million pounds of produce during this year’s campaign.I got really excited about the campaign and shared my fruit and veggie selfie on Instagram, and encourage you to do the same.
Enjoy, my loves! Can’t wait to be back in the kitchen.