It All Started With a Coupon…

[I’ll wrap up my little vacation series sometime…it’ll happen.]

Hy-Vee, my local grocery store (and previous employer — many moons ago), opened a new fancy schmancy store in my neighborhood. To celebrate this new store, I received a fabulous coupon booklet in the mail. Now, I’m not a big couponer — usually, I forget all about them and un-earth them from the depths of my bag long after the expiration date.

But — one coupon caught my eye. FREE SPINACH! Oh, yeah.

And it couldn’t have happened at a better time. I’ve plucked my poor kale plants a little too much, and they need a few days to regrow some leaves. [If my kale plants were eyebrows, they’d have an overplucked, perma-surprised look. I’m not proud.]

My free spinach coupon expired today, so naturally I went to Hy-Vee at about 9:00 p.m.

When I got home with my spinach, I decided to make a little baba ghanoush to eat with my spinach. This involved roasting an eggplant (my own eggplant! from my garden!) for about 45 minutes.

This was slightly complicated by the fact that my kitchen smells like tomato rot. I try to save seeds from my little garden tomatoes, and my seed-saving efforts have turned quite smelly. I blame Mr. Stripey.

So, I whipped up a little baba ghanoush in my tomato-rot kitchen at about 11 p.m.

And I ate it. Nearly all of it. Which means I consumed an entire clamshell of (free!) spinach and about 90% of a roasted eggplant at 11 p.m.

I hope my kale plants have new leaves tomorrow. I’m all out of spinach.

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One Response to It All Started With a Coupon…

  1. Meredith says:

    Oh, Laura Jontz….the concept of moderation seems to be lost on you when it comes to a) vegetables and b) watermelon.

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