Tuesday, March 20, 2012

i ♥ peanut butter

i pretty much think peanut butter is the world's most perfect food. it's creamy. it's kinda sweet. you can it plain or with a huge variety of other foods. it can be eaten at every single meal of the day. what other foods can do that??

so last night we had peanut butter pasta. if you know me at all, i do not like pasta. i think we were feed to much as kids. but this is one way i will eat it. i started with nigella's recipe and tweaked it to fit our real food challenge.

1 lb whole wheat pasta
1 cup natural peanut butter (only nuts in ingredients)
1/2 cup soy sauce (no sugar)
1/4 to 1/2 cup sesame oil (i used 1/2 cup b/c i love it!)
3 finely chopped scallions
3 cloves smashed and finely chopped garlic (i used 5 b/c i love garlic too)
1 tbsp sriracha ( i would have used more but mikey doesn't like it spicy)
juice of 1 lime

2 cups snow peas

1/4 toasted sesame seeds

cook pasta according to package directions. in the last 2 minutes, add the snow peas. while cooking mix together all other ingredients adjusting to your taste. drain the pasta and peas. put them back in the pot and toss with peanut butter mixture. it's best to do it while the pasta is still warm so it melts nicely together. serve and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. yummmmm!!!

i love this with asparagus instead of snowpeas but that's what i had on hand. feel free to add chicken or shrimp. more veggies like red peppers would be great too!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

just call me chef

i love love love how i feel eating real food!! however i'm getting a little sick and tired of my kitchen. i really need to plan on doubling everything so i don't have to bake/cook/prep every single day. that being said, everyone is doing great. but b/c i have been cooking so much i don't have time to blog it all. i have taken some pix. which my kids think is so weird. i hand them their plate then say WAIT! i have to get a picture.

here are some things we have made/eaten this weekend

homemade whole wheat tortillas

so good!! we put cream cheese and smoked salmon on them for lunch! excellent! and oh so filling!

some homemade granola

yummy smoothie!! this one had almond milk, pumpkin, flax, cocoa powder, spinach, cherries and peanut butter. mmmm....

last night i made a cobb salad. oh yeah! and the dressing was AMAZING!! i will be making that for all of my salads! (and maybe just to drink!)

(mikey's cobb salad deconstructed)

and tonight we had tacos!!! (on home made tortillas!)

as we speak i have some zucchini,carrot, banana muffins in the oven. phew! i'm pooped!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


i just haunt this woman's page. 100 days of real food has become my new facebook! i love everything she posts! when we started our 10 day pledge i knew the hubby would need to have something sweet. so i found the recipe for lisa's powerballs. i wanted chocolate but knew mikey wouldn't eat them if there were nuts in them. so i combined her 2 recipes together.

3 cups rolled oats (organic if you can find them)
3/4 cup honey (raw)
3/4 cup almond butter
3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
4 dates chopped

mix, roll into balls and devour!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

day 2

i have dishpan hands. all this cooking requires cleaning up. and i'm the one doing it. i need lotion

breakfast - home made granola! i tweaked the recipe from 100 days. i didn't add all the nuts or add coconut and not quite as much honey as she did. but boy it made the house smell great! i had a bowl for breakfast with some dates. mikey didn't care for it so after taking a few bites, i made him some toast. caleb and michael both loved it

lunch- nut butter and fruit sandwich for mikey and i. then we went to trader joe's to gather up the rest of our weeks food. i have no idea what the other's ate!

dinner - oh yum! red lentil and curry butternut squash stew. i've made it before and just love it! even mikey will eat this. while this was stewing, i made a batch of zucchini muffins for mikey. getting veggies in him anyway i can. stole another of lisa's recipes. no nuts b/c of mikey. sigh. anyway i made them and forgot the baking soda. so they are a little dense. but yummy! then i decided to pull out mom-in-law's bread maker and make a loaf of ww bread. starting to smell good in here. and if i hadn't done enough, i found this pin on my favorite place to waste time. hard boiled eggs in the oven!! supposed to take away that sulfury smell. mikey loves hb eggs so i know i can get him to eat these!

tomorrow is co-op so there will be temptations for the boys in the form of a vending machine! going to make them leave all their money at home! i have leftover stew and home made bread for lunch! can't wait!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

day 1

so even tho we haven't eaten dinner, i can say that today has been a success!! no processed foods have passed my lips or the lips of my boys! (unless michael snuck something while he was out!)

we never have bkft together b/c michael gets up so early and then mikey then me and finally caleb rolls out of bed. michael left without bkft b/c he was late. mikey was starving when i got up even tho i told him last night to eat an apple or banana till i got up. i hadn't made any cereal so he couldn't have that. i had a smoothie with almond milk, spinach, banana, frozen cherries, pumpkin, flax and a dash of cinnamon. oh and almond butter. it was yummy! mikey had a nut butter and honey sandwich as he dashed off to art class. i made caleb eggs and toast.

b/c we all had such a late bkft we didn't really have a big lunch. i had 1/2 nut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple, mikey had some cheese and crackers, caleb had nothing and hubby finished up my smoothie and ate an apple.

in the mean time i decided i needed to purge foods from the shelves. i filled a huge bin with off limit foods and this is what is left...

then i put an approved chicken to roast in the oven. we will have it with organic sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts for the hubby, peas for the boys and asparagus for me! popcorn popped in coconut oil with grass fed butter for snacking if needed.

while i was waiting for the chicken to cook, i prepped the granola to bake for later so there will be cereal in the morning! and for dinner tomorrow we are having red lentil and butternut squash curry stew. it is SO FREAKIN' AMAZING!! but it requires some prep so i got the butternut squash chopped and ready to roast for tomorrow. my oven is going to be on till midnight!!

i will be heading out to the store for more food tomorrow. bananas, veggies, some local beef if i can find it. and maybe some clean snacks for my snacker mikey.

one day down and nine to go! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

10 days of real food

after a month of exhaustive research i'm putting my family to the test. tomorrow we start a 10 days of real food pledge. we eat too much crap. and it's making me sick (and tired). i stumbled across this recipe on pinterest and it linked to 100 days of real food. and i thought, if she could do it, so could we! weirdly enough she lives in matthews. which is like 10 minutes from me.

anywho. real food is described as true and actual; not artificial. we are packing up anything that has refined grains, such as white flour or white rice, refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice or artificial stuff like Splenda. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label. and there will be no deep friend food or fast foods. our pantry is going to be empty!

i'm prepped with local organic eggs, milk, butter, veggies and fruits. i'm going to make my own bread tomorrow and homemade granola for cereal. i will take pictures and post our meals.

hold on tight! it's gonna be a bumpy ride!!!