Update on 2 and 5

Last week saw the start of our attempt to incorporate 2 fruits and 5 vegetables in our diet. I’ve borrowed the Eating for Life book by Bill Phillips and have tried several breakfast and dinner recipes from it. The dishes we’ve tried were filling, tasty and easy to prepare.

We also had different vegetables with minced chicken/beef such as guisadong toge, guisadong repolyo, guisadong beans(beans with minced meat) on separate nights for dinner. Not forgetting the fruit, we bought our week’s supply of grapes, bananas and tinned peaches in juice. Looking at our grocery trolley last week, you’d think it belonged to another couple since never before had so many vegetables and fruits graced our cart at one time. By the time we reached the checkout counter, I was worried that we’d blow our budget but we didn’t overshoot our budget at all(it stayed the same).

This week, we thought we’d try some more recipes from the Bill Phillips book and would be having chicken and vegetable soup, an Asian beef stir fry and another noodle and vegetable dish. We also bought bananas, kiwis and avocados for the fruit portion of our new diet.

With all this emphasis on putting more fruits and vegetables in our refrigerator and tummies, I had to get re-acquainted with my vegetables. For example, are potatoes classified as vegetables? How about corn, is it a grain or a vegetable? I would have said vegetable straight away because I usually see them added in with other vegetables (carrots, peas, etc) in frozen packages and baby corn does look more like a vegetable than a grain, doesn’t it? On the other hand, it is also a grain. What about mushrooms, aren’t they actually fungi?

Consulting these vegetable and fruit lists somehow cleared my confusion and also educated me on some of the alternate names used by Australians, Americans and British for the same vegetable. I remember I was craving for some guisadong upo(sauteed bottle gourd) when Sassy featured it in her Pinoycook site and read that sayote(chayote) would be a good substitute. The following week, I was trying to find chayote in the vegetable section of the grocery but didn’t find any. It was only later that I found out that this particular gourd goes by the name of choko here in Australia. D’oh!

I also worried about the store life of these vegetables and fruits since we only do grocery shopping once a week, two at the most. We certainly won’t benefit from any of these goodies if they get spoiled first. Here’s a list of the recommended method and storage times for most produce that I’ve found, for those who’re interested.

Could you tell I’m having fun? In our own way, we’re having our mini-food trip, discovering and trying out new food and sorting out which ones would be keepers or goners. There’s still a lot of room for improvement though, like making better food choices when eating out and not blowing our grocery budget like we did this week!

Published in: on June 15, 2005 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment