What’s for Dinner

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while—I’ve kind of been winging it—but last weekend I was cleaning out the fridge and I had to throw away, like, six moldy zucchinis and a whole bunch of celery, and that made me sad. So this week I’m going back to the meal planning.

On Saturday we got two bags of baby spinach, a bunch of cilantro, a bunch of kale, a bunch of sweet little multicolored carrots, two heads of broccoli, a head of cauliflower, three pears, three nectarines, a box of cherry tomatoes, and six small adorable little sweet potatoes. I guess it must be fall, if it’s sweet potato season. I feel like I was robbed of summer somehow: I mean, it’s been insanely hot recently, but summer was slow to come on and I haven’t gotten anywhere near my fill of big ripe tomatoes. Next year I’ll have to grow my own.

Yesterday I did an okra stir-fry with the cherry tomatoes (why do I never start buying okra until the summer is almost gone?), and tonight I’m trying out a crock-pot recipe for “braised pork loin with sweet potatoes, orange, and cilantro.” It sounds really great but it called for three jalapeƱos, and when I tasted it just now it seemed really, really spicy. So I’m worried about how that will come out.

If it does turn out edible, we’ll definitely have leftovers, which I was counting on eating tomorrow along with a spinach salad. The kale as usual will go into a bulgur salad for lunch, while Thursday I figured we’ll have roasted cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots alongside grilled sausages. The fruit will mostly take care of itself (the nectarines are already gone), but I might make a pear crisp one evening.

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