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The Fresh Grocer providing fresh nutrition

The Fresh Grocer has become a staple in residents’ lives in the Olney and Logan neighborhoods. Students and residents both rely on The Fresh Grocer for not only regular food items but also fresh options.

I recently interviewed some people that shop at The Fresh Grocer on Chew Ave in the Olney/Logan neighborhoods. They all noted how the store is convenient and one of the very few places to get fresh food.

I asked what they thought were the benefits of having a store like The Fresh Grocer in their neighborhood is. I also asked what some of the negatives were in addition to alternative shopping options in the neighborhood.

These interviews are part of my goal of bringing awareness about the lack of healthy and nutritional food options in city neighborhoods. For those that live in the suburbs, it is easy to have numerous grocery store or corner stores to go get your desired groceries. Personally, there are 2 grocery stores and a mom and pop food market within a mile of my house. Not everyone is as lucky. Other La Salle students mapped the food options in the Olney/Logan neighborhood for a senior nutrition project. These students found that the McDonalds had some of the healthiest options because McDonalds offers fruit and salads.

La Salle students Bill Repetto and Alex Miller (pictured below) both rely on The Fresh Grocer for food. Olney resident Reggie Johnson recognized the great benefit The Fresh Grocer is to the neighborhood. Listen to the interviews for their respective responses on my Sound cloud page.

Student Alex Miller poses in front of The Fresh Grocer after he stopped to pick up food for the week
Student Alex Miller poses in front of The Fresh Grocer after he stopped to pick up food for the week
La Salle student Bill Repetto poses with some of his gluten free food. Without Fresh Grocer, Repetto wouldn't be sure where he could get food from.
La Salle student Bill Repetto poses with some of his gluten free food. Without Fresh Grocer, Repetto wouldn’t be sure where he could get food from.

Keep in mind the next time your are at the store how lucky you may be to easily walk into the store and get all sorts of healthy food. Some neighborhoods may not have the same benefit or may only have one option.

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Quick Quesadillas

Want something filling and satisfying yet that is a quick clean up? I have the solution then in my quesadillas. All you need is a fry pan, tortilla wraps, shredded cheese, chicken, and whatever you want to add to spice up the dish. I used medium sized tortillas a they fit perfect into my 12 inch fry pan.

Shredded Cheese, wraps, chicken, salsa, and BBQ sauce. the perfect ingredients for quesadillas
Shredded Cheese, wraps, chicken, salsa, and BBQ sauce. the perfect ingredients for quesadillas

No need for any oil or butter in the pan. Put the pan on the lower end of medium high heat. Put one wrap down in the pan, immediately place however much cheese you want on top. I use about 1/2 cup to 2/3 cups of shredded cheese. Next put the chicken in. I precooked my chicken. I like to cook an extra breast whenever I make chicken. Helps save time down the road. I added 2/3 cups of chicken.

Next is whatever you want to add to your quesadilla. I’m a huge BBQ sauce fan. You could very well put BBQ on dirt and I’d give it a taste. So I added some BBQ to the first quesadilla. The second quesadilla I followed the same steps but instead of BBQ I added salsa to the inside.

Add a second tortilla to top it off and now monitor the bottom quesadilla. Once it gets a medium brown, flip the quesadilla.Once agai monitor the bottom tortilla and when that also reaches the medium brown, the quesadilla is done.

Now it is time to enjoy!

Clean up takes a matter of minutes as all you have to clean is the pan, the plate you eat on (unless you used paper), and the spoon t scoop the salsa out with.

Quick, easy, and delicious. Cant beat that!