Washing Fruit and Veggies

Washing Fruit and Veggies

I’ll admit it. I didn’t use to wash my fruits or vegetables. I was the kind of person that would say “it builds your immune system” and laugh it off.

Then, Corona Virus hit and we started wiping down and washing all of our groceries and fruit and vegetables and I will never eat anything that isn’t cleaned off again in my life. YUCK!

I started soaking my fruit and vegetables in a sink of cool water with a little bit of vinegar for about 30 minutes.

I have never been so grossed out in my life. Aside from just the normal dirt, there were also little bugs and stuff that came off the fruit and vegetables.

The best part of my new discovery is that my produce lasts so much longer after it’s cleaned. I’m assuming because the bacteria and germs were eating away at them and cleaning them off protects them against any of the icky stuff they picked up on their way to me.

Wiping down boxes of groceries was also an eye-opener. The first time we did it I used about a million Lysol wipes because I was being extra cautious so I didn’t really notice anything. Then I started to slim down to 2-3 per grocery trip. I never really thought about all the hands that touch each box of groceries from the production line to the supply chain to the grocery store to shoppers. I had some very dirty wipes!

Just wait, the next round of groceries we get I will get some photos and share with you.

You consume all of that gross stuff! While I don’t think Lysol wipes are probably the best choice to use on anything that is going directly into your mouth, it doesn’t hurt to give your groceries a quick water wash/wipe before putting them into the fridge.

I will say, this whole experience has shown me that I might want to consider growing my own produce…

Top Ten Easy Ways to Use Pre-Cooked Ground Beef

If your anything like me, simple recipes that you can prep ahead of time are your favorite kind.

I’ve linked out to a collection of my top ten favorite recipes that use ground beef. A few are self explanatory. These are great because you can buy a bulk portion of ground beef then brown it all at once, portion it out and freeze it until you are ready to use it for each recipe. In my mind that saves me from washing nine pans so it’s a win right off the bat!

Spaghetti Sauce with Meat (Prego and the thick noodles please!)

Sloppy Joes

Beef and Noodles (we like egg noodles)

Korean Beef

Cheeseburger Skillet

Stuffed Shells

Tater Tot Casserole

Tacos (I stock up on the crunchy and soft combo kit with seasoning included)

Stroganoff

Beef and Ramen

Ice Cream Party

Tonight I want to talk about ice cream. Creamy. Cold. Delicious.

For adults, ice cream is a nostalgic treat. For kids, ice cream is life. One of my favorite activities to do with my son is make ice cream sundaes!!! I like to use it as a fun end of week reward for good behavior. It gives us something to look forward too!

Each time we go grocery shopping we add one or two new items to our ice cream topping collection!

Here are some of the best items to stock up on for impromptu Sundae parties!

  • Ice cream, I recommend the giant tub with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. It ensures your always prepared.
  • Cones. Sugar and cake.
  • Sprinkles. All the shapes and colors!
  • Hot fudge
  • Caramel
  • Crushed Nuts
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Whip cream
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Fresh fruit (mainly bananas)
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Edible Cookie Dough

What are your favorite ice cream topping?

Instapot Potato Skins

Instapot Potato Skins

Yuuuuuuuummmm. Yum. Yum. Yummy. Yum.

These potatoes are a quarantine dream. Easy to make. Ready in under 30 minutes. Packed with Chedda and Bacon.

Step 1: Wash potatoes because… dirt.

Step 2: Add 1/2 cup water to instapot and pop in 3-4 potatoes. Cook on pressure cook setting on high. valve sealed for 25 minutes.

Step 3: Release pressure. Let taters cool for a few minutes then take them out and cut em’ in half.

Step 4: Scoop out the middle guts. I saved the guts for mashed potatoes for dinner because I’m thrifty like that.

Step 5: Fill with all the cheese and bacon your heart desires. I prefer a mild cheddar.

Step 6: Pop them into the over on 400 or broil if you can for 3-5 minutes or until crspyish.

Enjoy!!!!

My potato masterpiece!!