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Pretending To Know What I Am Doing!

Scratch That... 
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:17 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 7:49 am
I change my mind alot, like how I said I was going to be vegetarian.  Um, I fail.  I forgot how much I like meatballs and chicken corn chowder. I missed them, I missed alot of things, I don't want to miss food...I want too improve my food.  So, even though we are likely not become a vegetarian family, we are still eating plenty of healthy meals and I am cooking vegetarian more often than meat meals. For me, it's not about animal rights, I like animals, but I think if you know where your food comes from (like not a factory farm) that there isn't anything wrong with eating animals or their products-  I also don't think there is anything wrong with NOT eating them either, so I'm pretty much on neutral ground when it comes to that choice.  So, anyway, on my voyages I came across alot of healthy items that I am incorporating into my diet. My real quest is to get my family eating healthy, and part of that is eating natural, home-made foods more often than not and staying away from the stuff that pretty much everyone in America knows we shouldn't be eating now. I think it's been drilled into us quite a bit these past years- and I am glad more and more people are becoming aware of their health- and as a result it is becoming easier to know what is healthy when you're grocery shopping.  I am learning alot, some of which I used to know and just slipped back into old habits about.   I'm getting back into home-made dressings, sauce, bread and other things I can do big batches of and freeze for those days where my Martha Stewart is lacking and Dr. Oz fails to show up knocking on my brain. It helps to have brain visitors sometimes, you should try it.   That's pretty much where I'm at right now, I'll post more about my menus and voyages...now that I am going back to the writing board again.
 
Comments
Sep. 6, 2011 5:25 pm
Nice blog, Crunchy. I'm going along with you on the healthier cooking thing. At least, more 'organic' cooking, by which I mean using more pantry staples to make my own sauces and dressings, as you're doing. PLEASE keep posting about this, it's an inspiration to me!
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:28 pm
BTW - I just took some PB cookies out of the oven. Just 4 ingredients (PB, an egg, some sugar and baking soda) and took about 2 minutes to mix up. Can hardly wait for them to cool, they smell wonderful, and dough was yummy (I make it, I get to lick the spoon!). Gluten free, grain free and dairy free. Neat.
 
Alex 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:30 pm
Sounds like a plan, crunchy! Freeze lots of good stuff before you pop out that baby, I can't imagine it would be all that easy to accomplish healthy meals/snacks while dealing with three little ones!
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:33 pm
Love making more and more of our own stuff to use in cooking. Eliminating some of those things I can't pronounce and surely have no idea what they are, is a great feeling. However, I have to admit to giving in to some cravings every now and then. Last week I made some of the "blue box". Just had to have it. I normally always make homemade mac & cheese,,,, but the blue box, every once in a while, just CALLS my name and jumps right into my cart as I walk by. HATE when that happens! (But it was really good!!) Good blog, kiddo!
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:38 pm
chris k - I still can't resist my Mom's mac n' cheese. Velveeta, milk and elbow noodles. Nothing simpler, and so satisfying. LOL! We never had the blue box stuff, never wanted it. Could it be better than Velveeta?
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:48 pm
lucylove- your cookies sound great! I have tried some gluten-free baked goods with no success (but when other people bake them it tastes good!).
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:49 pm
Alex- you are definitely right about that- it's hard to do with the 2 toddlers already! I'm grateful for the "nesting instinct" when I somehow get the house cleaned, organized and meals planned and this time..frozen too! Then, it's crash and burn until the baby comes...lol
 
Sep. 6, 2011 5:51 pm
chris k- of course, you have to have little indulgences every now and then- and I do blue box sometimes too (kids love that junk!)= I pretend it's fine if I add peas and carrots to it...lol
 
Sep. 6, 2011 6:40 pm
I'm pretty sure if it was left to me this household would be eating lots more veg. I agree we do need to be more aware of what we are eating and where it came from. Nice blog!
 
Anissa 
Sep. 6, 2011 6:57 pm
Awesome blog! I have to agree with you on the Vegetarian thing. Although I very well could be one, I just don't want to give up meat all together. I have found the balance in our house that works perfectly. We eat at least 3 meatless meals a week, but with all the good stuff as you said. More homemade sauces and dressings, veggies from the garden including canned goods from the garden. All lunches that leave the house are made and never bought out. We are living healthier and are happy with the way that we feel and also the money that we are saving. Keep the inspiration coming and take care of you and the new kiddie!
 
Sep. 7, 2011 8:03 am
We are eating far more veggies than meat(compared to two years ago). I am the confirmed carnivore but the diet has agreed with me moer than I thought it would. Actually, it was an easy adaptation. We tried and failed with the meat free diet, though.
 
Sep. 7, 2011 8:54 am
I fail at meat-free for the sole reason that I like to eat things with meat in them, like said chicken corn chowder. Otherwise, it's really easy to be vegetarian in this society.
 
Sep. 7, 2011 8:54 am
also thanks to all for the comments and positive feedback :)
 
Sep. 7, 2011 9:46 am
smart girl, no need to totally give up on anything. I still have homemade french fries on occasion, yes fried in oil. I still eat battered fish fried in butter on occasion. The hardest thing is to eat it less often. The more I see in the grocery stores the more I get discouraged with every passing month. The middle aisles of processed food continues to take up more space and the real foods around the outside seem to diminish. The new organic processed foods crack me up. Very expensive and really for what? Find a happy medium place for the family, spend time making your meals and if you happen to open a can of cream o whatever soup, well so what. It's not like you are eating a can every day.
 
Sep. 7, 2011 10:03 am
My family is a family of carnivores but we do like to go veggie every so often. We are also all eating cleaner & healthier too. Staying away from the fatty meats like chicken thighs and duck and pork belly. Staying away from white potatoes & white rice & regular pasta. we are embracing sweet potatoes (I'll get those fries right yet), brown rice & whole wheat flour. We are doing everything we can with every last veggie we are squeezing out of the garden. keep it up. It sounds like you have the right ideas and the drive to make a difference for you and your family.
 
Sep. 7, 2011 10:37 am
As your family grows your food budget seems to shrink so you will find the less processed food you buy the further you can stretch those $$$. I have always said I could be a vegetarian right up until I smell someone BBQing a steak or chicken. We do a few meatless meals and, like Doug, try to make sure the meat we do eat is as lean as possible. Too bad fat=flavor.
 
Sep. 8, 2011 7:49 am
Loved the blog kid! We are shameless carnivores. I do try to sneak in a few meals a week that are veggie though. Good luck with the new baby.
 
 
 
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I'm a married,stay-at-home mom of 3! I like collecting and cooking recipes...obviously.
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Chicken anything, slow cooker recipes and anything quick/easy and healthy that will please the husband and the kids!
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I love the Fall season when we go get pumpkins, squash and apples and make a bunch of great stuff out of them! I am still starting my own family traditions, it will be a fun journey!
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I've finally mastered NOT burning eggs and pancakes! I win! I win! I win!
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I can't make something without a recipe. If I do something my own way, it usually ends up awful. There was also an incident with red pepper flakes and a volcanic calzone pizza, just tried to make a pizza, and I ended up with an inedible spicy volcano eruption instead.
 
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