Today I forgot to set up the solar oven in time to make a hot lunch.
(This being a regular urban house, hooked up to the grid with electricity and running water and all that stuff, we do of course have a regular oven, stovetop, etc. But I really like to use the solar oven whenever I can.) ￼
That’s OK, the weather has been warm so I didn’t really feel the need for hot lunch.￼ So instead I opted for one of my favorite, easy-prep cold lunches.￼
- Greens from my garden￼
- Wild greens foraged from nearby
- The last of an onion and a jalapeño purchased last week from Joanne’s organic shop￼ (on West ISB just the other side of the bridge)
- Can of refried beans from rotating out old hurricane-rations this past week
￼- Remains of a bag of shredded cheddar purchased at the 1313 neighborhood minimart last week
- Tabasco sauce, probably purchased from minimart￼
- Ritz crackers and sour cream purchased at neighborhood 711 today
￼Chopped all veggies into small pieces.
Combined all ingredients except the crackers. Left the various ingredients loosely layered in the bowl rather than vigorously mixed. ￼Then spooned the dip onto the crackers. Tasty, filling lunch w plenty of leftovers! This will end up being multiple meals.￼
Note: If I had felt inclined, I could have puréed the dip ingredients in my mini blender to make a smooth creamy dip. I sometimes do that. But today I felt like having a more chunky, multi-colored, multi-textured lunch experience.
Fun fact about the shredded cheddar: It was cheaper by pound to buy it shredded than to buy it in a block. The minimart proprietor thinks it’s because shrink-wrapping a block of cheddar costs the cheesemaking company more than packing shredded cheddar loosely into a bag.￼
(I say “fun fact” because the favorable price meant not having to use the cheese-grater. One less dish for me to wash.)
Eco note: Both types of cheese, the block and the shredded, came packaged in plastic. So there was no advantage, in terms of single-use-plastic avoidance, to either the block of cheese or the bag of shredded cheese.
PS. Oh, and an apple for dessert. Also from the 7-Eleven. They seem to make an effort to offer fresh fruit at low prices there. For example, I routinely pick up two bananas for a dollar. Can’t beat that in the neighborhood!
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