A trip to the grocery store

While grocery shopping the other day – on one of the many days we were in the midst of an awful snowstorm – my husband and I picked up some items that neither of us have ever tried before.

Our actual quest at the grocery store was to find some kind of fun seafood – like swordfish, halibut or mahi mahi – for our New Year’s Eve extravaganza. We decided that fish must have certain seasons – like fruits and veggies – because we could not find what we were looking for. However, we ended up with four different types of fish, just a piece or two of each because the storms ruined our plans of having our friends from Fargo join us for our New Year’s Eve celebration. Dang weather. (Side note: We decided that when the weather settles down, we are going to have a re-do and do New Year’s Eve all over again with our friends! Yeah! I can’t wait!)

So, besides buying the fish (I will get back to that later), we bought several other items that we have never purchased before, which included butternut squash, collard greens and polenta. I was looking for a persimmon because another Weight Watchers leader had tried it and said I should try it, too. I’m kind of adventurous when it comes to food so I thought what the heck, I will. But unfortunately, the store was all out.

The awesomely kind produce guy told me to come back later this week and they should have more. That same guy also helped me with the butternut squash. Because I am not a squash connoisseur – I have bought it once in my life – I actually had know idea what the heck a butternut squash looked like, so he had to help me pick one out. He also went and made a copy of information from a book he had on fruits and veggies about the butternut squash and what I am supposed to do with it. I was more than grateful for his helpfulness.

If you are wondering why I wanted butternut squash in the first place, it is because of a recipe I want to try from my new Weight Watchers cookbook (which by the way you can only purchase from a meeting…sorry). Anyway, I am so excited because now I can finally try that recipe. I hope to this week or maybe next Saturday for our date night!

As for the polenta, my husband and I tried it while on our first trip to Napa Valley, California. We were dining at the Boon Fly Cafe, which by the way is not really a cafe, but an awesomely good restaurant with very fun food! Anyway, since that time, I have been wanting to buy polenta and then find a cool recipe and make it. We will be doing that sometime this week and I can’t wait.

As for the collard greens, a member had talked about them in one of my WW meetings (or some other type of “weird” greens) and I thought, what the heck, I may as well give ’em a try. I found a really cool recipe on the Weight Watchers website for braised Swiss chard with currants and pine nuts. I thought it would work with the collard greens so I made it. The recipe ended up being braised collard greens with dried cranberries and toasted slivered almonds. AND, it was delicious! Way better than I expected. Here is what it looked like:

Braised Collard Greens with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Slivered Almonds

So, what about the fish? Well, my husband made all four of the fish we bought for our New Year’s Eve extravaganza and they were ALL delicious. Here is what we had:

The fish sampler

Starting at the top, going clockwise – grilled yellowfin tuna with romaine and tropical fruit; grilled cod with banana-orange relish; Japanese-style grilled swai; and grilled red snapper in lemon-dijon sauce. Seriously delicious, but seriously filling!!!!

If anyone would like the recipes for anything mentioned in this blog, send me an email to confessionsofaformerfatgirl@gmail.com and I will email it back to you. And, as always, you can find Confessions of a [former] Fat Girl on Facebook by clicking here.

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