Friday, September 15, 2017

My Healthy Snack at Far Land

Just one stuffed shell and some roasted Brussels sprouts made a perfect snack.
The other day I was vaguely hungry in the mid-afternoon hours, but since I had dinner plans with friends, I didn't want to eat too much. It was clearly time for a snack. 
Of course, the first thing I thought of was something a little sweet, perhaps a brownie, muffin, pastry or treat of some sort. I headed over to Far Land Provisions, at 150 Bradford Street, to see what I might find in their goody case that day. Cookies, muffins, torts, tarts, cakes, pies, turnovers, scones, lemon bars, raspberry pecan squares...
A variety of delightful baked goods of every description roll out of Far Land's oven every day, depending on what fresh fruits might be available, and, of course, the whim of the baker. There are always a dozen or two choices of mouthwatering delights to choose from.
So I was all set to indulge my sweet tooth, but when I walked through the door my eye fell upon the cold case of ready-to-eat entrĂ©es and side dishes at the deli counter.  That brought to mind Far Land's terrific roasted veggies, and it occurred to me that I could have a snack that would give me some vitamins, instead of heading right for something sweet. I walked over to see what was in the case that day.

Far Land's cold case typically offers at least twenty daily entrĂ©es and side dishes
like BBQ chicken, grilled flank steak, roasted veggies, cheese tortellini with pesto,
meatloaf, kale and chickpea salad, mashed potatoes, baked beans, mac & cheese...
I love the marinated, grilled flank steak, which I usually pair with roasted veggies, and maybe mashed potatoes for a nice supper.
The cheese tortellini with basil-pine nut pesto is no slouch, either. The Boston baked beans are excellent. So hard to decide.
I settled on roasted Brussels sprouts and a single stuffed shell, shown above, and had them warmed up so I could eat them there, in the cozy little dining area up front. This snack gave me a bunch of vitamins, minerals and Omega-3 in the sprouts, as well as protein and calcium from the pasta shell stuffed with a ricotta cheese blend, and the tomato sauce on top gave me a little lycopene. Not bad for a pretty healthy, quick snack.
If you've not yet made a meal from this deli case, you owe it to yourself to try it. You can choose how much of these foods you want, pair them any which way, and get them hot or cold, to eat there or take with you. The folks behind the counter are very accommodating, the prices are fair, and you don't have to cook. My snack was just right. It was exactly what I wanted, and it only cost me $4. How can you beat that?
It won't be long now until Far Land is once again serving up their hot sandwiches, and their very popular winter meals, too; something different every day, and there's always a tasty, satisfying, vegetarian option available as well.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the autumn season, and the maple chili roasted acorn squash. Yum!


  1. I found it very difficult to manage my diet and couldn't get better things with healthy proportions. Thankfully following your posts my diet is going pretty well now.

  2. I'm so glad to have been helpful, and glad you found this great resource for folks who are trying to eat a little more consciously. As I mentioned, you can make all of your own choices as to what and how much goes on your plate, and that includes breakfast. They offer a healthier, turkey sausage option for your breakfast sandwich, or skip the meat and cheese altogether and ask for eggs and multi grain toast on a plate. Or add a side of roasted veggies. Cage free, organic eggs are also available. Homemade granola is another choice, or have it with yogurt, fresh fruit, or both. Far Land staff is thoroughly accommodating.
    Thanks for reading my blog!