This moving stuff can be a pain in the neck. I had planned on doing another Faceless Friday, but weekend house showings got in the way. I couldn't even move it to Saturday or Sunday because there were showings both days, which
is a great thing, but as the result was no sale and no feedback that I could do anything about, I call it a loss.
Now I have a refrigerator and freezer full of stuff that I won't be making until this weekend, unless we have more showings. If I were more ambitious, I could probably do this, but a five course meal is a bit of an undertaking along with cleaning the house
twice in the course of the day. I don't know how you all manage to do 15 or so recipes in a weekend without dropping dead!
I guess I just have to be flexible and do Faceless Fridays as I can and otherwise just make a faceless recipe here and there during the week. It's too bad, because I really like the concept of doing the Faceless Friday. However, my kids had a great point. It's
just too much food. Unless you're serving five courses of straw the calories mount quickly. Even putting together "healthy" menus, five courses seems to contain an average of 1200 to 1400 calories per meal. That is considering the accuracy of the nutritional
statement. I have a feeling that the serving sizes listed in recipes may be very generous causing the calories per serving to be quite high. When I make a recipe for 4, we generally have two to three servings left over, even with me eating.
I had reached out for some help the other day, on the Buzz, to find ways of putting together a more or less vegetarian menu. This was prompted by my kids, who were prompted by their foods teacher in high school. She must be challenging them to go one week as
vegetarians, and they want to take up the challenge regardless of how the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer feels about it. As I said on the Buzz, "I should talk to that woman." A little warning would be nice! Maybe a little buy in as well. As Lara (Did I get your
name right?)stated, "huge bowl of Cheetos with brownies as dessert (ok, now wouldn't THAT just serve that teacher right!)." To which I responded in the affirmative, "Ok kiddos! Here's your bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, double fudge brownies and a 2 liter bottle
of Yahoo! Mountian Dew for breakfast. I got ya each a case of Twinkies for lunch! Now off to school with ya! *veryevilgrin*"
So this is the new plan. It isn't a faceless one, though a few of the recipes you all kindly gave me were faceless. Next week will be a vegetarian week. It won't be vegan. I'm also going to ask the teacher to devote one week to being a meatatarian. Maybe I'll
allow a paleo diet, but it will have to be heavy in meats.
The reason I am willingly doing this vegetarian week is that I do want my kids to explore options. And I want them to understand that they can choose a varied diet. I am actually glad for this because my own options were too self limited. My menus, even with
new recipes added in all the time, were actually quite similar to each other. I think I will call it the Meat and Potatoes Syndrome. I can see my kids influence has actually been sneaking up on me ever since their foods class started. My youngest whisks the
food off of the table before I can grab seconds. They both started asking to add in vegetarian dishes into the standard rotation. Both of them have cut in half the portion I prepare for them. Now, don't make the mistake of thinking they are diet angels. You
wouldn't think that if you saw what they eat if left to their own devices, or if you saw how they snacked when they got home! They eat mostly healthy snacks, but the amounts! Holy cow!
I'm still going to take a stab at doing a Faceless Friday this week. I will have to assess the perishables. The only thing I am worried about are the mangos. I don't use a lot of them, and would hate to have to throw these two out. Maybe I should make some
chutney with them and buy a couple new ones for Friday! I have another idea that ties in with the faceless recipes in which I would tweak the faceless recipes to either reduce the calories, improve the flavor or to achieve both if possible.
As I think about it, perhaps I should thank my girls' foods teacher along with suggesting she follow a strict meatatarian diet for a week. Who knows? Maybe she'll thank me in return!