Carlita’s Bowl Fruit and Veggie Co-op is gearing up for a GREAT 2014!!!

HAPPY (almost) NEW YEAR!!!

Can you believe another year has passed?  I hope your 2013 was positive, even in the hard things.  I’ve heard a lot of my friends talk about how difficult 2013 has been, and I’ve witnessed many of their hardships.

Personally, we went through unemployment, near-homelessness, and many, many uncertain circumstances, but more than anything, this year I saw the Love of God poured out through the hands of many men and women.  We saw EVERY need met.  There is NOT.ONE.THING that we have lacked this year, and for that, I am very grateful.

Now that we have a new mission, I need you to help us share it!  At the beginning of every year, people purpose to become more, to be better, to eat better, to LIVE!

Our Produce co-op is one VERY easy way that you and your loved ones can make a positive, lasting, healthful change!

Thank you to the many who have shared information about our co-op!  We could not do this without the participation of many – sharing, eating, living!

Please let us know how we can help – and if this has blessed your life – please share the opportunity of what we are doing!

Many Blessings to you this year!

**Carla

 

 

 

Meal Plan for Friday, August 23 co-op

Hello Everyone!

Today was a better market day than we’ve had in a little while.  The prices were still high, but I think we did well!  Here’s what we got in our bins today:

Veggies
Asparagus – 1 lb
Beets – 4-5 small
Broccoli – 1-2 crowns
Celery – 1 bunch
Cucumbers – 1-2 depending on size
Kale – 1 bunch
Cremini Mushrooms – 8oz package
Red Onions – 2
Green Peppers – 2
Yellow Peppers – 1-2
Yukon Gold Potatoes – 3.5 pounds
Zucchini – 3
Baby Carroteenies (Snack Bags) – 6
Romaine Lettuce – 1 large bunch or 3 small heads

Fruit
Bananas – 5
Lemons – 4
Pears – 4
Red Plums – 7-8
Pluots – 5-6
Figs – 1 pint

I’ve made a simple, varied clean-eating type meal plan that will use all of this up, and then some.  I still have carrots, Limes, sweet potato, and onions left from the last couple of co-ops.  All bolded items are from your bin.  You can see from this list that you don’t really have to buy much else to feed you and your family!  If you have a large family, two bins would feed you completely!

 Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
1 Banana/Fig/ Protein Smoothie (I’ll add Kale, too) Salad  w/beans/sunflower seeds(Romaine, Peppers,  Shredded Beets, Cucumbers, carrots, onion) with  Lemon Dressing Steamed Broccoli (with Chicken and sweet potatoes) fruit
2 Pears/Oatmeal/Nuts Celery/Peanut Butter or cream cheese, raisins Asparagus  (Pork tenderloin, left over broccoli or green beans, rice (make double))
3 Red Plums/ cottage Cheese Salad w/chicken(Romaine, Peppers,  Shredded Beets, Cucumbers, carrots, onion) with  Citrus Dressing

 

Garlicky Kale & Mushroom saute, (with baked Chicken and leftover rice)
4 Pluots/Eggs   Figs/Cheese/Bread Zucchini halved, roasted  (meatloaf, mashed Yukon potatoes)
5 Banana/Fig/ Protein Smoothie (I’ll add Kale, too)  Fruit Salad, Tuna pasta salad Breakfast for dinner(eggs,  Fried Potatoes, bacon, fruit)

 

6 Pears/Oatmeal/Nuts Chicken Vegetable Soup made with sauted Celery, Carrots, Onions, left over chicken, and other veggies, chicken stock   Pepper/Cucumber Salad with Turkey Sausage/Pasta
7 Pluots/Eggs Cheese/Crackers Fruit Left overs/pizza

Enjoy!

To your health!

Carla🙂

Meal Plan for Wednesday, August 21 co-op

Hello Everyone!

Today was a better market day than we’ve had in a little while.  The prices were still high, but I think we did well!  Here’s what we got in our bins today:

Veggies
Florida Avocado – 3
Broccoli Crowns – 1 large/2 small
Celery -1 bunch
Romaine Lettuce – 1 lrg head
Cucumbers – 2 med-large
Red & Yellow Peppers – 3
Red Onions – 2
Butternut Squash – 1
Yellow Squash – 4-5
Zucchini – 2-3
Plum Tomatoes – 7

Fruits
Black Apricots – 6
Bananas – 7
Mango – 2-3
Pluots – 4
Peaches – 2 large
Black Plums – 6
Red Plums – 6

 

I’ve made a simple, varied clean-eating type meal plan that will use all of this up, and then some.  I still have carrots, Limes, sweet potato, and onions left from the last couple of co-ops.  All bolded items are from your bin.  You can see from this list that you don’t really have to buy much else to feed you and your family!  If you have a large family, two bins would feed you completely!

 

 Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
1 Banana/Mango/ Protein Smoothie (I’ll add spinach, too) Salad  w/beans/sunflower seeds

(Romaine, Peppers,  Tomatoes,  Cucumbers, carrots, onion) with Avocado Dressing (Avocado, olive oil, onion, garlic, lime juice, pepper, and  cilantro in blender)

Steamed Broccoli (with Chicken and sweet potatoes) fruit
2 Black Apricots/Oatmeal/Nuts Celery/Peanut Butter or cream cheese, raisins Butternut Squash  (Pork tenderloin, left over broccoli or green beans, rice (make double))
3 Plums/ cottage Cheese Salad w/chicken

(Romaine, Peppers,  Tomatoes,  Cucumbers)

Yellow Squash/onion/pepper saute, (with baked Chicken and leftover rice)
4 Pluots/Eggs Guacamole (Avocado, red onion, lime juice) Corn chips, Black Bean/Corn/Tomato salad Zucchini halved, roasted  (meatloaf, mashed potatoes)
5 Banana/Mango/ Protein Smoothie (I’ll add spinach, too)  Fruit Salad, Tuna pasta salad Breakfast for dinner

(eggs,  pumpkin pancakes, bacon, fruit)

6 Black Apricots/Oatmeal/Nuts Chicken Vegetable Soup made with sauted Celery, Carrots, Onions, left over chicken, and other veggies, chicken stock  Tomato/Cucumber Salad with Turkey Sausage/Pasta
7 Pluots/Eggs Cheese/Crackers,  Fruit Left overs/pizza

 

Well – I hope this helps!  If you follow this, you can know that we’re eating together in Spirit!🙂

Many Blessings!

To Your Health,

Carla

May 31, 2013 – Friday Co-op

Welcome to all of our new Co-op Members!  I am so glad that you have joined us in our money-saving, and Health-building adventure!

This week was our first South Tampa/ Temple Terrace co-op, and boy was it a GREAT Market day!  The deals were better than normal, making for a sweet first bin of veggies.  Look at what we were able to get – all for $30.00 per person:

May 31 Friday coop    This equals one or two weeks of really good eats!

Here are the bin contents:

16 Veggies: Romaine Lettuce, Carrots, Cucumbers, Tomatoes,     Yellow Peppers, Radishes, sweet white onions, Corn, Green Beans, Broccoli, Zucchini, Yellow squash, Small Eggplant, Sliced Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, and Red potatoes.

8 Fruits: Apples, Pears, Strawberries, White Peaches, Pineapple, oranges, lemons and Limes!

I am truly enjoying having this food so readily available.  We are feeling better, and eating better!  We simply add in healthy proteins and fats, a few carbs here and there and we are all set.  My kids love it because I keep it simple, and they are slowly making the “change-over” to healthier eating.

Join us, if you haven’t already!  JOIN HERE

To your health!

Carla Horning

May 29, 2013 Co-op

It was a perfect day for Co-op May 29, 2013!  Perfect cloud cover for our veggies, but not too much rain directly on us!

Here are a few pictures of our co-op:

May 29 2013 bin closeup May 29 2013 Bin row May 29 2013 bins in a row

We had a great Haul today!  Here’s What we received:

  • Romaine Hearts
  • Bagged Spinach
  • White Sweet Onions – super large!
  • Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers – 3
  • Broccoli – 2-3
  • Carrots – 1 lb
  • Celery – 1
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Radishes
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Peaches
  • Apricots

On the Extras table (choose 2):

  • Beets with Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers (English)
  • Lemons/Limes
  • Onions
  • Carrots

 

It was a GREAT day!  There is still room to join – tell all your friends!

 

To your health!

Carla Horning

 

 

May 22, 2013 Co-op

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Another Great day of Co-op!!  I just never get tired of experiencing fresh food!

The pictures above are of our extras table, and everyone got to choose two types of veggies to take home with them in their bins!

May 22 2013 bins without greens

You see the bins in this picture?

They don’t look as full as they normally do, but there is a reason! :)    For the Summer, we’ll put anything that might be affected by the heat on a separate table, and keep it all together to try to maintain a “cool spot”.

We’ll post signs that let you know what to take!

 

 

 

Here is what we enjoyed in our bins this week:

Romaine Lettuce (Large heads or Hearts – your choice)
Kale – 1 bunch
Carrots – 1 lb
Pickling Cucumbers – 4
Small ORGANIC Red onions – 4
Round Tomatoes – 4
Sliced Mushrooms – approx 8 oz
Asparagus – 1 pound (bunch)
Green Pepper – 1 Large
Sweet Potatoes – 2.5 pounds
Green Beans – 2.5 pounds
Apples – 5
Oranges – 3
Pineapples – 1
Apricots – 4
Nectarines – Ugly again, but SWEET! – 6
Cantaloupe – 1

Extras – choose any two of the following:

2 Apples
2 Oranges
2 Nectarines
2 Cucumbers
1 head of Garlic (Not in your bin)
1 – Half a small Watermelon (only 4 available)
1 bag Green Beans
1 – Green Pepper
2 – Sweet Potatoes
2 – Red Onions
1 – 1 Lb Carrots
1 – Kale
1 – Lettuce
2 – Tomatoes

It’s going to be a great summer!  Please let all your friends know about the co-op so we can all get healthy together!

 

Blessings to You!!

Carla with Carlita’s Bowl!

 

May 15, 2013 Co-op

Oh – How I LOVE to see all these bins lined up and full of healthy, fresh produce!  I envision all of my people eating well, and feeling better physically and mentally as they take charge of their own health!

May 15 2013 co-op2 May 15 2013 co-op

 

Here is today’s lineup:
Romaine Lettuce (2 Hearts)
1 lb. Carrots
2 Avocados (soft & ready-to-go!)
3 Broccoli Crowns
1 Head Cauliflower (large)
4 Large Ears Bi-Color Corn
2 Cucumbers
8 Oz. Sliced Mushrooms
8 Oz. Mini-Sweet Peppers
4 Vine-Ripe Tomatoes
Green & Golden Zucchini (2 to 3 depending on the size)
3 lbs. Sweet Potatoes
5 Cameo Apples
3 Lemons
1 Pineapple
5 Peaches (Yes, they are UGLY PEACHES; but, they taste GREAT – grow with us, people!)
5 Pears
1 Bunch of Bananas

Extras (we chose 3):

Kale Salad (not in your bin)
Spring Mix (not in your bin)
Carrots
Garlic (not in your bin)
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Pineapple
Sweet Peppers
Bananas
Corn
Shredded Carrots (not in your bin)
Peaches
Apples
Lemons
Avocados
Zucchini
Cucumbers

 

Overall , it was a great day, and I got to meet a lot of new people – that’s my favorite part!

See you again soon!

Carla