Blueberries, Ginger & Tarragon


It’s a rainy morning and chilly for June, so we’re starting things off with hot oatmeal.


  • blueberry-539134_6401/4 c. dry rolled oats (yields 1/2 c. cooked)
  • water (approx. double the amount of oats, depending on how soupy you want it)
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 T (15 ml) ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 peach or nectarine
    • or 1/2 mango, cut up
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom

The way I make this is very simple:

  1. Mash the banana at the bottom of a bowl
  2. Add dry oats, water, flax, spices
  3. Mix until well combined
  4. Cook on stove or in microwave
  5. If blueberries are frozen, add them when the water is about half absorbed
  6. When done cooking, add remaining fruit, berries, & nuts

Checklist items: berries, 2 other fruits, flaxseed, spices, 1 whole grains (6 out of 18 servings)

lunch_textA lovely spicy curry seems like just the ticket on this particular rainy afternoon.



  • 1/2 c. brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 c. peas
  • 1/2 an onion, diced (optional)
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, diced (optional)
  • 1 T. fresh ginger
  • 1/2 c. red bell pepper, coarsely cut
  • 1 diced chili pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 c. zucchini, coarsely cut
  • 1 c. raw beet greens or spinach
  • curry and salt-free spice blend of your choice (I used garam masala)
  • lime juice
  • tomato paste + water (or coconut milk + low-sodium soy sauce if you’re not worried about the fat content)

Another super simple meal:

  1. Cook rice separately
  2. Saute onion, garlic, & ginger in a minimal amount of olive oil or, better yet, no oil
  3. Add beans, peas, peppers, zucchini, & spices
  4. Cook until vegetables are desired consistency, adding water as necessary to prevent burning and sticking
  5. Stir in lime & tomato paste or coconut milk & bring back up to temperature
  6. Add leafy greens and wilt

Checklist items: 2 beans, 1 greens, 2 other vegetables, spices, 1 whole grains (7 out of 18 servings)

snack_textA little afternoon snack is never a bad idea. Perhaps with some tea?


  • 1 peach
  • 1/4 c. dates
  • 1/4 c. nuts

Instructions: nosh.

Checklist items: 2 other fruit, nuts (3 out of 18 servings)

dinner_textLast meal of the day! We’d better make it count! I can never resist a good hearty soup. It’s the perfect dinner for a rainy day.



  • 1/2 c. chopped beet greens or spinach
  • 1/2 c. cooked cannellini (white beans)
  • 1/2 c. chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 c. brown or wild rice, cooked
  • 1/2 c. diced tomato
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • vegetable broth, low- or no-sodium
  • Italian herb blend (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, fennel, sage and marjoram)
  • lots of tarragon – for me, the tarragon really makes this soup
  • fresh basil to sprinkle on top

Making the soup:

  1. Saute onions and garlic in minimal or no oil
  2. Add everything else except for the rice & fresh basil
  3. When the soup is ready, add the rice & heat through
  4. Chiffonade basil and sprinkle on soup at service

Checklist items: 1 beans, cruciferous, 1 greens, 1 other vegetables, spices, 1 whole grains (6 out of 18 servings)

Taking account of the day:

22 servings in total.

We got at least the minimum recommended servings of everything.

In addition, we had 1 extra serving each of other fruit & other vegetables, plus 2 extra servings of spices.