It was nice weekend over here. Nothing wild went on, but it was relaxing and enjoyable. We made it out on the boat for the first time this season! It was gorgeous out so we trudged right though nap time. Totally worth Hailey’s severe case of the afternoon sillies.
We also made it to the farmers market where I gawked at the beautiful colors of fresh produce.
And these flowers?? Amazing.
Between the warm weather and my eagerness to bring back a little of my day to day normalcy, I’m really feeling the itch to cook again. I’ve been jotting down a lot of recipes to try, but realistically I know time isn’t completely at my disposal right now, so I’m starting small by picking up some fresh greens to have around for simple things like salads and smoothies.
I love buying my greens from the farmers market where the farmer can tell me how they are grown and when they were picked (usually the answer is the previous evening or even the morning of- so fresh). However buying organic and fresh greens means that you often end up bringing home a couple little critters and a decent amount of soil too, so I always make sure to wash my greens really well once I get home.
My secret weapon is this stuff: Shaklee Basic H Organic Cleaning concentrate.
Yup, it’s the same concentrate I use to make my household cleaners, but there are about a million uses for it, one being to clean fruits and vegetables. It’s SUPER concentrated so a tiny bit goes a long way which makes the bottle last forever.
The first step is to buy some greens! I snagged these from Cold Water Creek Farms Organics at the Davidson Farmers Market.
Then I clean my sink by scrubbing it using scour off.
Then I fill up my sink with 4-5 inches of warm water and add 2-3 drops (that’s it!) of Basic H.
I toss in my greens and use my hands to swish them around and let them soak for about 5 minutes.
For large greens, like dinosaur kale, I rinse each one off as I pull it out of the sink.
For leafier greens, like lettuce, I transfer the leaves to a colander, drain and rinse the sink, then rinse the greens off with a spray of cool water (or another soak in clean water if you are up for taking the time) before transferring them to my salad spinner. It’s important to remove the greens before draining and rinsing because the dirt and grime will have settled at the bottom of the sink and you don’t want to stir it all up again.
I enlist my helper to prep the kale for smoothies by de-ribbing it. She’s getting quite good!
Then I keep the clean, dry greens in an airtight container in the fridge so they’re ready to grab at a moments notice.
Do you wash your fruits and veggies once you get them home?
What greens do you always have on hand?
For me, it’s usually a lettuce blend and either spinach or kale for smoothies!