Chopping broccoli, before processing it (Day 243)…

broccoli

Remember that old Saturday Night Live sketch where Dana Carvey belted out a power ballad about chopping broccoli?

Well, if not, watch it here. If so, you’ve already picked up on the subject line of this post and I can go on to explain:

Because Ontario veggies in the fall mostly consist of potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, cabbages and squash, and I’m not able to cook any of this in my oven, I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. As well, my visitor — who’s gone back to Portland, now — has turned me on to smoothies in the morning. Both of these require a food processor (well, not all soups, but most definitely all smoothies), and I happen to have a small, wand-shaped one that’s pretty eco-friendly in that it can be set on low speeds and afterwards there’s very little cleaning involved.

But the less that gets chopped up in advance, the more blending that’s required after. So from now on, I’ll be slicing and dicing my ingredients as thoroughly as possible before calling upon electricity to finish the job off.

Photo courtesy of CoolThinker on Flickr

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7 Responses to Chopping broccoli, before processing it (Day 243)…

  1. katecontinued says:

    Another tip for this simple, intelligent lifestyle is to always save the vegetables water. If you keep a glass container with vegetable water (stock) – you can used it for your soups, all legumes, potatoes, rice, pasta, oatmeal (try it) – whatever. Lots of nutrients are in that water, you are being careful with water use and you invite greater depth of flavor.

    My apologies if you have already discussed this. I tried to read as many archived posts as I could this weekend, but I may have missed this.

    I would love to read a live blogging forum at the end of your year – along with No Impact Man, Greenpa (Little Blog In the Woods), Crunchy Chicken, Chile Chews and others. I intend to begin my own challenge in January 2008 and all of you I have named have inspired me and others I am sure. This is my Winter Solstice fantasy.

  2. visitor says:

    You might also skip the stick blender altogether and use a thrift store-purchased (and hand powered) food mill. Never used one myself, but Ina Garten of Food TV swears by them for veggie soups.

  3. Phyllis says:

    Choppin’ broccoliiiiii! Choppin broccoleye-yay-yay! I’m going to have to bookmark that and play it for my kids, who can’t figure out why I sing that. And oh, it’s Phil Hartman. *sniff*

    We just eat chunky vegetable soup. Not so much to save electricity, but because I am lazy ;)

    Thanks for a great blog!

  4. With only reading the headline I thought of that SNL skit. My dad and brother have been singing it for 20 years,

  5. Great idea. Just wondering – is the wand-shaped blender that you use an immersion style device? I’ve always wondered if those would work for blending ice in a smoothie. If not an immersion blender, what style is it? I’d love to know how better to blend our morning smoothies. Thanks!

  6. Kim says:

    I chop all my veggies as soon as I can get them, then throw them in the freezer. The scraps get put in a diff bag, which is later used to make stock, which is frozen as ice cubes and then also put in the freezer. Leaves very little room for pizzas and the like

    Also, as an aside, I don’t know what you did to your RSS but it rocks! How did you do that?

  7. I absolutely ADORE your blog and your plan. I can’t wait to read more :)

    Oh, and I LOVE green smoothies. I’m a fan of the good ol water, spinach and banana (sometimes I throw in some hot hot pepper…YUM!)

    Cheers!

    Kristen’s Raw

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