Monthly Archives: May 2013

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 extra table 1May 22 2013 extra table2

 

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!

 


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


Here is what I am planning this week.  I don’t have any amazing recipes, most will be done on the “fly” since we are SUPER busy this week!  I know you are, too, so I wanted to show you how a busy mom really can make healthy food for her family!

I will chop and prep as much as I can tomorrow to make the rest of the week easier.

 Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
1 Pineapple/Spinach Smoothie Salad (Romaine, Mushrooms, peppers,  Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers) Broccoli/Peppers/Mushrooms (with Chicken and sweet potatoes) Left over fruit
2 Pears/Oatmeal Salad (Spring Mix,  peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers) Cauliflower, Red potatoes(with Meatloaf) Cucumbers
3 Pineapple/Yogurt or cottage Cheese Kale Salad Corn, (with baked Chicken) Carrots
4 Bananas /Eggs  Wrap with chicken, avocado, spring Mix, Tomatoes Zucchini/Yellow Squash combo grilled with Steak  Raw Broccoli
5 Peaches /Oatmeal  Juice: Kale, Lemon, Cucumber, Carrots, Celery Carrots Slaw, Broccoli (with Pork)  Fruit
6 Pineapple Spinach smoothie  Broccoli, pepper, onion Salad  Tomato/Cucumber Salad with Turkey Sausage/Pasta
7 Apples/Oatmeal

 

So there you have it!!!  We’ll be eatin’ goooood this week!

Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you might have, ok?

Blessings to you!!

Carla


People ask me this question all the time.  When they hear about the co-op, they ask if we really do eat all those veggies every week, and when I say “yes”, they ask me how?

So….I thought I’d share!

Here is what we will probably eat this week.  As you can see, all of our fruit and “salad” veggies are eaten raw, with little prep.  The “dinner” veggies are simply chopped up, usually with a little added onion/garlic and sauteed very quickly so as not to lose the nutrients.  All of these foods are vibrant, and good tasting, and very kid-friendly.  I often prep and cook many veggies at once to save time!

 Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
1 Cantaloupe/Eggs Salad (Romaine, Radishes, peppers,  Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers) Asparagus/Peppers (with Fish and Rice) Left over fruit
2 Strawberries/Oatmeal Salad (Romaine, Radishes,  peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers) Cauliflower, Red potatoes(with Meatloaf) Cucumbers
3 Pineapple/Yogurt or cottage Cheese Salad (Romaine, Radishes, peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers) Green Beans/Peppers, Red Potatoes(with baked Chicken) Carrots
4 Bananas /Eggs Zucchini/Yellow Squash combo (with Spaghetti)
5 Oranges /Oatmeal Glazed Carrots (with Chicken and Pasta)
6 Strawberries/Eggs
7 Apples/Oatmeal

You can see that this week we actually run out of food, and since we also juice, and drink smoothies- we could almost use two bins per week!  Because we do the co-op every week, I often have a little holdover of veggies like onions, potatoes, hard squashes, and green beans, so on the weeks I fall a little short, I usually have a little something on hand.

I consistently buy baby Spinach, cucumbers, celery, juicing carrots and apples in addition to the co-op because that’s what our family always needs more of.

If you chose to eat what you get in your bin (rather than going to store and buying what you are “hungry for”:)), you can see by the above example that you would need only to buy your protein, carbs, extra lunch items – and you’d be set! So – $30.00 for your co-op veggies, plus approx $65.00 in proteins, carbs and extras feeds our family of four VERY well for the week.

You could still afford to have your “pizza” night !

It also bears mentioning that you’d eat far less calories following this method of eating, you are taking in a higher level of nutrients every single day, and getting a lot of variety in your diet.

This is a win-win situation!  I hope this inspires you to make the changes you’ve been wanting to make, and that you see that you really can do it!!!

If you are not sure how to cook any of these veggies, check out my Pinterest page “Carlita’s Bowl” and click on the board for the veggie you want to learn about!

Join the co-op by emailing me at chorning@tampabay.rr.com!

Blessings to you!

Carla Horning


May 8 2013 extras table
Yay! Here’s what in our Bins today:

Asparagus
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Green Beans
Romaine Lettuce
Red Potatoes
Mini sweet peppers
Yellow Squash
Zucchini
Grape tomatoes
Radishes

Apples
Bananas
Strawberries
Cantaloupe
Oranges
Pineapple

Extras/Trade Table (you’ll choose 3):
Carrots – 1 lb
Cauliflower – 1 head
Cucumbers – 2
Green beans – 1 bag
Yellow Squash – 2
Zucchini – 2
Radishes – 5
Apples – 2
Bananas – 2
Oranges – 2
1 Pineapple

Hooray!!!
See you soon!


Wow! So Many Extras!

Wow! So Many Extras!

Yay -It’s Veggie Co-op Day!!

Here’s what is in our bins this week:

Haas Avocado – 3
Carrots – 1 Lb
Cucumbers – 2 large
Green Beans – 2 lbs
Romaine Lettuce – 1 large head
Sweet Onions – 2 Large
Green Peppers – 2
Sweet Potatoes – 2.5 pounds
Zucchini – 3 med
Butternut Squash – 1 medium
Roma Tomatoes – 8
Mushrooms – 8 oz package
Cilantro – 1 bunch

Limes – 6
Mangoes – 1
Red Pears (Organic!) – 4
Kiwi – 3
Cantaloupe – 1
Bananas – 3

Extras – choose 4:
Cantaloupe
Mango
Romaine Lettuce
Avocados
Butternut Squash
Green Beans
Bananas
Carrots
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Mushrooms
Cilantro

Enjoy!

Bins, ready to go!

Bins, ready to go!