We all know the feeling: You arrive home from work harried and disheveled, not to mention later than planned. Hungry children begin to whimper and your spouse opens a box of crackers, consuming them by the fistful. What’s for dinner? You forgot to defrost those boring rubbery chicken breasts and now you’re scrambling to see what’s in the pantry. Pasta and sauce again, anyone?
Weekly Greens is the story of a working urban mom determined to bring healthy meals from the farm to the table every night of every week. Okay, maybe most nights of most weeks.
Living in Washington, D.C., Alicia Sokol is a mother of two with a busy career and a fondness for flavorful, fresh food. She approaches each week’s menu with a well-thought-out plan. Using the season’s best produce as the centerpiece, she builds a menu and a shopping list that allow her to shop once and cook every weeknight. The rules? Dinner needs to be on the table in about a half hour start to finish and the entire family eats the same meal. Alicia balances the delicious, healthy dishes she and her foodie husband want to eat with the developing palates of their two young boys.
In addition to planning the menus and shopping lists, Alicia is also a photographer. Ask Andy, her husband, the last time he ate something from their kitchen that wasn’t photographed first. Food photography is a particular joy, but she also enjoys photographing friends, family and the occasional flower. Alicia has taken every photo you see on Weekly Greens with the exception of the home page header photo (and the portraits seen here and on the home page, which were taken by Tricia Martin). In addition to acting as photography assistant, Andy plays many important supporting roles including taster, critic, occasional hand model and most significantly, clean-up artist extraordinaire.
Follow along as Alicia visits the market each week, picks up a collection of seasonal ingredients, then creates fast, healthy meals that only occasionally resemble pasta and sauce.