Food Talk!

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Food Talk!
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Tue, 02-19-2013 - 3:32pm

I have an interesting relationship with food: I love it, but I'm not always the best at making the dishes or drinks I prefer, and I don't like spending a lot to have someone else prepare them. I keep trying to grow my repertoire, though, especially with healthier recipes taking the place of the artery-clogging ones. ;)

What are some of your favourite foods you'd recommend? If you're in a sharing mood, tell us what you've had to eat so far today. And don't mind me if I drool as I read. ;)

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Tue, 02-19-2013 - 3:34pm

This morning, I made a different kind of breakfast for me: a smoothie to go with toast. I'd seen someone online mention a simple list of ingredients: milk or yogurt, your fruit of choice and bananas to thicken. I bought bananas yesterday for that reason and was glad I could use lactose-free milk rather than yogurt (which would mean I'd need lactase pills to help me digest the drink). And we had some blueberries to use up (from a bag of frozen berries) so it was a very blue beverage!

I had made the boys PB and banana wraps and Tim didn't get to his, so I put it in a snack bag (small tortillas make excellent wrap sandwiches for their ages) and later ate it as my snack. Probably too much banana in one day, but I won't make that a habit. ;)

And for lunch, I just finished off the smoothie and made an egg and avocado wrap after seeing how much avocado was in the fridge (one whole, and about 1/3 of another). Good stuff!

Ben asked for mac&cheese and I had one box in the pantry so that's his mac&cheese amount for the month. ;) I'll put an orange with that and some veggie-fruit drink for more nutrients.

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 12:54am

I try to cook quite heatlhy because a bunch of us have to eat carefully to keep our weight down! Today we worked in the yard all day, so we had Subway steak and egg sandwiches for brunch. Then I had stew, and the boys and DH had frozen pizza (DD went to a sleepover). So it was a weird day.

I keep fruits in a fruit bowl on the counter so the kids can "graze" on those all the time. It really works!! I try to cut up veggies so they are easier to grab in the fridge too.

I don't buy ground beef anymore, I only buy ground turkey. Some of our favorites are spaghetti, homemade hamburgers, tacos, and meatloaf. I make chicken soup, and beef stew in the crockpot a lot. I also cook beef or pork roasts with veggies. We also enjoy homemade stir fry or lettuce wraps.

We do eat fast food too much, I am always running around in town, and I will grab the kids something because we live out of town a ways now.

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 6:46pm

The boys and I don't eat out much during the week 'cause we're home for mealtimes, but if the weekend includes a road trip, there will almost always be fast food (and sometimes also when the parents don't know what else to make for supper when they're relaxing too much, hee hee). Yesterday we had Quizno's for snacktime at the mall rather than our typical KFC orders. (I love their popcorn chicken and we don't have a KFC near home so we were always defaulting to that option, but I agree with Hubby's assessment that we don't always need fried foods.)

For homemade suppers, I usually alternate between chicken, ground beef and pork. I should check out the ground turkey option. If it's cheaper and healthier, it's a win-win!

To help get enough veggies, I alternate between steaming, salads or just raw with dip. I also make sure to have veggie cocktail on hand for myself, plus the boys like at least one flavour of veggie-and-fruit drinks I see in the stores. :)

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 3:36pm

Yesterday I cooked up a family pack of ground beef and used about a third for our supper. (The rest is frozen, so now I can have one or two ground beef meals with less prep time. Yay!) I added some frozen veggies (mixed, won't pick that particular one again but it worked all right in this dish) and leftover gravy for a bit of sauce to "glue" it all together. Then I made mashed potatoes since Hubby likes to have the meat-and-veggie mix on top of the potatoes.

For my lunch of leftovers today, I put the meat and veggies on top of toast instead. Makes me think of the quick and easy lunches or suppers of yore where I would heat up canned stew and have toast with it. (I think I got that idea from my mum, though her stew would likely be homemade unless the meal was rushed.)

Tonight is ribs and "cookout potatoes" (cut potatoes, onions and carrots with olive oil and herbs). I've already found a convection oven converter since I'll have too many dishes to fit on one oven rack. I tend to forget about the great convection feature of this oven, should use it more often!