Forgot to Wash

I forgot how much I like homemade pita chips. I used to make them all of the time, but somehow I forgot about them until last night.

Mal did the meal planning for the week and picked a recipe that I saved from last year’s Healthy Living Summit for Southwest Taco Salad. It called for tortilla chips, but he forgot to buy them at the grocery store, so I suggested the homemade variety. Problem solved!

To make the pita chips, I cut a whole-wheat pita into small triangles.

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Then, I brushed them with extra virgin olive oil (or you can coat them with cooking spray), sprinkled them with sea salt, and toasted them for about two minutes until they started to brown. (I’ve also added Garlic Gold, garlic powder, onion salt, paprika, and cinnamon to my pita chips in the past.)

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I think the homemade variety actually tastes better than real tortilla chips!

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The Southwest Taco Salad was excellent”” one of the best salads I’ve made at home!

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In the mix: salad greens, crumbled feta, shredded chicken breast, grape tomatoes, and red onion. The recipe called for Kraft Light Ranch Dressing, but Mal made a recipe from Ellie Krieger, which was awesome, and we have lots of leftovers for tonight’s dinner! 😀

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Mal and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV like we normally do.

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[fast forward to this morning]

I woke up bright and early to meet my Back on My Feet team at Father Bill’s Place for an early morning workout. Like usual, we headed over to the YMCA to walk/run on the track.

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This morning, we only had 9 residents in attendance, which was a much smaller group than a few weeks ago. The majority of people who came today are the die-hard runners, so it’s good to see them stick with it.

I also think the B.A.A. 5K is motivating a few of them. John Hancock is sponsoring five members of the Father Bill’s team to run of the B.A.A. 5K, but, as part of the deal, they must attend a Red Sox game the day before. Sounds rough, huh? 😉 A road race and a Red Sox game? Sounds like a great deal to me!

Breakfast

When I got home, I wanted to eat everything in sight! My stomach was growling so loudly! 😯

As soon as I walked into the kitchen, I spread almond butter on a whole wheat pita, sliced up a Granny Smith apple to add to it, and called it breakfast. I chowed it down in probably three minutes or less.

I made (and ate) my breakfast so quickly, I didn’t stop to wash the apple. I don’t always wash my produce before I eat””it’s a 50/50 chance that I will or won’t””but I’m trying to be better about it, especially with the conventional produce.

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My first breakfast really didn’t satisfy me, so a little while later, I made a piece of toast with peanut butter and pickled prunes spread on top. It hit the spot.

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Feel Great Weight

As you know, I’m trying to lose the extra pounds that I gained from marathon training by watching my diet and sticking to my workout schedule. I’m still training for races (four half-marathons are currently on my calendar), but I’m fueling my body with healthier foods. Check out this week’s post: How to Fuel Your Body for a Run””When You’re on a Diet.

Cakes Bakery & Café Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Cakes giveaway! Here’s your winner:

Alaina

Ooh, probably the roast beef with Boursin. My husband used to make that, on the skillet, and it was soo good. And for dessert, some type of fruit tart. :-)

Congrats, Alaina! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com to claim your prize!

Question of the Day

Do you always wash your produce before you eat it? How important do you think it is to wash conventional produce versus organic produce?

108 Comments

  1. Um, I’m a bad produce washer, I’m not going to lie. I try to remember – and I do with thing like vegetables, but when I grab a piece of fruit out of the fridge, I usually forget. Most of the produce I buy is organic, but I still think it should be washed.

    I love making homemade tortilla chips!

  2. The pita chips look delicious! It’s been waaay too long since I’ve made some and I think they sound like a perfect snack to make this weekend. Produce washing…. hmmm. I’m not the best at it. I like to think that organic produce doesn’t need to be washed as much. But then there are those days when I just can’t be bothered, or the days when I am in a rush and forget. I know some of the pre-packaged greens say that they’re pre-washed, but sometimes I have to wonder if they really are!

  3. Confession: I never knew you were supposed to wash produce until at least middle school. My mom never does!! I usually rinse stuff now, but I’m not too gung-ho about it. I figure I’ve lived all these years, so it probably won’t kill me 🙂

  4. I’ve gotten in a good habit of washing produce as soon as I get home from the grocery store — that way if I am in a rush, I can just grab something to eat. Sometimes I wash it again though.

    I really try to buy organic produce — especially if it is something that I eat the skin of — like apples, pears, grapes, etc. Bananas, oranges, etc I’m not too concerned with since they have a peel that I don’t eat.

  5. I am terrible with a capital T! I used to never wash my produce but am getting better! Fortunately it hasn’t seemed to affect me yet…touchwood

  6. I always wash my produce whether it’s conventional or organic. I wash most of it as soon (except for berries) as I get home from the grocery store so that way I dont have to worry about it later.

    Your salad looks delish. I think homemade ranch dressing is so much better than anything you can buy in a bottle!

  7. In all honesty, I never wash any produce! It doesn’t seem to have had a bad affect though- I think people can be a bit OTT about it.

    Those pitta chips look great, and have given me an idea for what to do with the 4 packets that are in my freezer!

  8. I wash my produce before eating or cooking it, but I wonder if that’s enough to get all the pesticides and gunk off. My aunt bought a produce soap from Sprouts or TJs, but how do you really know that its doing its job?! I’ve always wondered about that…

  9. OOOH….I’m going to try the pita chips. I JUST did the same with wontons on the weekend, and they turned out really well too. Have a great day Tina. (and yes, I was my produce)

  10. I’m not so good about washing produce… I remember to wash apples and I wash my sweet potatoes with a potato glove, but most other stuff I don’t wash.

  11. I love Ellie Krieger! She has some really great recipes, not to mention she is super nice in person! I try to remember to wash produce as much as possible but I do occasionally forget.

  12. I cant’ wait to try the pita chips. Salty things are my guilty pleasure so if I could enjoy with a salad that would be heaven. Good job for getting to Father Bill’s place and motivating those folks!

  13. I mostly buy organic, but even when I don’t, I rarely wash….like another commenter says, I figured I’ve lived this long!

  14. I know that I should wash my produce but I sometimes don’t. It depends on what kind it is or how lazy I actually am. There are better odds of me washing it if I am going to eat it raw (like an apple) than if I am going to cook it (like an onion or pepper).

    I should probably work on that…

  15. I always wash any produce that I’m going to eat raw but I can get lazy if I’m cooking. Like I don’t always wash my vegetables before I cook them because I figure the heat will kill any of the bad stuff lingering on them… lol…

  16. I do always wash my produce, organic or not. Even if there’s no pesticides, it’s still touched dirty things haha. I don’t always wash as well as I should (we should be scrubbing!) but everything at least gets a good hand-wash in the sink.

  17. I love homemade pita chips!! amazing!

    i always always wash my produce! Even if it’s organic. the thought of bugs crawling around and leaving behind ‘things’ on my food gives me the heebyjeebies! 🙂 i’m a wuss. 😉

  18. I’m terrible about produce washing. Most of my produce is organic but still. I should be better at it. I’m pretty good at doing it if I’m making a meal but if I just grab an apple, it’s very rare that it gets washed. 🙁

  19. I always wash my produce and I know they say to do it under running water, which I do, but I never feel like a quick rinse is enough. The way I see it is most pesticides have a waxy base anyway so who knows how much I am actually washing away. I still do it out of habit, but the truth is I just hope my immune system to strong enough to fight off any damage those little bugs may cause me 🙂

  20. Great post! I also feel like I’ve gained weight this year from marathon training. Last year I lost a lot and I’ve been extremely discouraged by the slight weight gain. Once the marathon is over (T-minus 19 days?) I am going to work my tail off for those extra few! Thank you for a great post! I love the dinner idea!

  21. I always give my apples a quick rinse. I know that doesn’t really remove germs, but it makes me feel better anyway! 🙂

    I am so impressed with your commitment to the early morning runs! You are really sticking with it–go you! But the reward of a delicious breakfast is probably a good motivator. I love the idea of AB & apple on a tortilla. Lately, I have been doing something similar with muenster cheese instead of AB & it is to die for!

  22. I am REALLY good about watching my produce. I always think about all the hands tha have touched that produce and where those hands have been…gives me the heebie jeebies for sure!!

  23. I would say I wash produce 90% of the time, if I eat the skin. If I discard the skin (oranges, bananas) I don’t ever wash it. I only don’t wash it if it’s extremely inconvenient and I’m really hungry. 🙂

  24. I think I wash my produce 99% of the time. It creeps me out thinking about how it got to the store, and then it just sitting out in the open all day. Where do you get the pickled prunes? I looked last night at Whole Foods near the jams and nut butters, but didn’t see any. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong place…

  25. I don’t wash my bagged salad if it says it’s triple washed. Most produce I just run under cold water with a little friction. I do have produce wash (biokleen) that I use occasionally.

    It makes no difference to me whether the produce is organic. Still has stuff on it that we shouldn’t be eating, still had insects crawling on it, still was handled by people with dirty hands, etc.

  26. I’m very good about washing my produce, probably because I’m paranoid, and don’t buy organic all the time, so I want to try to get off germs or pesticides. Those pita chips are a great idea 🙂

  27. I’m worse about washing my fruit in the winter because I don’t want to get my hands wet! After hearing so many stories about the ill-effects of not washing conventional produce, though, I’m trying to get better…

  28. I think I am the same way, it’s a 50/50 chance that I’ll wash my produce. I find it much easier to wash the container of berries or tomatoes one time and call it done until we run out. When it comes to apples, however, I sometimes will wipe it or rinse it quickly, but that’s not usually the case.
    I should really start working on it though. I think I am stuck in the mentality of “if it doesn’t kill you, it makes your stronger”, oops!

  29. I always wash! It’s not just a pesticide thing… it’s a “I don’t know who’s had their hands on this” thing! I recently read results from a study that showed that a lot of produce (conv or org.) had fecal matter on it. Think about the process of getting it from farm to store to your house… A lot of people – people who don’t wash their hands – are touching that produce!

  30. I wash my produce, but not so much because I’m worried about chemicals because I know that just running a little water over the surface of the fruit won’t wash that away anyway. More to get off any dirt/hand oils from other people who touched it at the supermarket. I’m sure the way I wash things like graps (place in bowl, slosh water over them, drain) does absolutely nothing to clean them, but it makes me feel better!

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