snap peas

Fresh from the balcony

Happiness is Fresh Snap Peas

It was a lovely morning, full of sunshine and the musical trills of red-winged blackbirds that live in the soggy marsh near my house. It was going to be a busy day, so I was up early,  with a cup of coffee in one hand and a basket for picking in the other. Today was the day I could FINALLY  harvest some snap peas.  I have been circling the two vine-filled pots on my balcony for weeks, like a hungry vulture.  Well, if vultures were vegetarians anyway. I’m certain anyone who follows me on Instagram has long-since grown tired of seeing pictures of pea plants.  Unfortunately for all of them, my next post will be about peas…again. Sorry guys!

What’s For Dinner?

I am excited to report there were enough of these darling green peas to put in the stir-fry I made for dinner tonight.  Have I mentioned how great a stir-fry is for using up all those little odds-and-ends in the crisper?  My hubby is out-of-town this week and I was looking for something I could just throw together for myself and the boys. I cut up a red pepper, mushrooms, broccoli, carrot, and onion along with those fresh snap peas. To add a little protein, I tossed in some tofu. So, instead of meatless Monday, it was tofu Tuesday – just to add a little corny humor! It was easy, tasty and used up my leftovers.  I’d say that’s a successful dinner.

fresh veggies

 

 

 

Vegetarian stir-fry

 

I love cooking a few vegetarian meals every week because it really cuts down on the grocery budget and its healthy.  The preparation for this kind of meal creates a lot of peels and scraps.  Because I’m cheap savvy, I don’t want to just toss them.  A few years ago, I had backyard chickens that would happily devour them, but I’m in a condo now, so no backyard and no chickens. Instead, I save up my scraps in the freezer and, once I have enough, they go into the slow cooker to make vegetable broth.  Add the vegetable scraps, some water, a couple of bay leaves, salt and peppercorns. It will happily simmer all day and make your house smell great.  You can either use it right away or freeze it for later.  It’s delicious and economical.

make vegetable broth in the slow cooker from scraps

Why yes, I did post a picture of my scraps

My lunch today also deserves an honorable mention because some of the ingredients were grown on my balcony.  I added arugula and basil, grown in pots, to some fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.  A quick splash of olive oil and vinegar made this a delicious lunch that took all of 5 minutes to put together. Behold the tastiness!

Arugula salad

Grow some basic things to jazz up your plate.  Use up all the little things in your fridge rather than letting them go to waste. Small changes can add to your happiness and savings account. I’d rather put those pennies somewhere else, how about you?