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MyPlate on My Budget, AM Veggies

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March with MyPlate on My Budget.

Rose McAvoy from Our Lady of Second Helpings is providing support, guidance and yummy recipes.

And now for a confession…

Week three kicked off with a two-night trip to Victoria, British Columbia.  I’ll be sharing more about our adventure in my “I Brake for Moms” column this Sunday.   We had a blast, but for the purposes of my thrifty food experiment…. Eeek!

I could beat myself up over my derailed food  budget, or I could give myself a break, and reflect on what I learned from Canada.

Thanks to a restaurant called Cora, I learned a lot.

(This is the part where I wax philosophical on how much I love this restaurant, and my Canadian readers can mock me for falling in love with a franchise.)

But wow!!!

Every single thing on the menu was loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Here’s my son’s breakfast.  Notice all of the fresh fruit.  If this was an American diner, that fruit would probably be canned or covered in syrup.

This was my husband’s breakfast: Eggs Benedict loaded with asparagus.

My breakfast was tons of hashed up potatoes and veggies covered with an egg.

This was myhusband’s lunch one day.  Notice the creative way veggie sticks are presented.  It’s like a shot-glass of veggies with a little bit of dip on the bottom.

My favorite was this omelet.  It is packed with shredded broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peppers and I don’t know what else.  It was super yummy.

What I learned

  1. I’m going to start hashing up random vegetables and keeping them in a Pyrex in my fridge.  Then I can cook them up in a skillet for breakfast, before I add eggs.
  2. Instead of presenting my kids a plate of horizontal veggie sticks, I’m going to to give them their own shot-glass of veggies.  It’s so much cooler!
  3. Maybe I should buy a mandolin slicer?  I still don’t know… But vegetables sliced in creative ways seem more fun to eat.

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