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Shopping, Cooking and Eating

When we shop in normal supermarkets we buy all we can.  When we shop organic, we buy all we need.

               from Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

I was asked to share what I cook for one week, my shopping list and our cost of eating.  I think it’s important to note that I plan my meals first based on what I have on hand already, then I try to repeat ingredients in more than one meal to be able to purchase the largest quantity available for the best price.

Dinners:

Monday – tilapia, broccoli and roasted potatoes
have: tilapia, broccoli, seasoning
need: 5 lb. bag of potatoes

Tuesday – homemade pizza
have: ap flour, yeast, oil
need: mushrooms, red bell pepper, onion, pepperoni, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese

Wednesday – breakfast for dinner (church small group pot-luck meal), took bacon and garlic and herb buttermilk biscuits
have: uncured peppered turkey bacon, buttermilk, ap flour, butter, salt, seasonings
need: wheat pastry flour (bulk bins)

Thursday – chicken quesadillas
have: flour and wheat tortillas, chicken, corn, seasoning, corn chips, hot sauce, cumin, olive oil, green leaf lettuce
need: black beans, onion, red bell pepper, jack cheese, sour cream, tomato

Friday – out to eat with family
*This is almost always shiny food from unknown and questionable sources, but we do it each Friday because we love our family and will not be jerks about food choice toward them.

Saturday – turkey chili and cornbread
have: corn meal, eggs, buttermilk, seasoning
need: 1/2 lb. ground turkey, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, onion, green bell pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste

Sunday – Mediterrainian chicken, salad and baked poatoes
have: chicken, butter, olive oil, seasonings
need: feta cheese, diced tomatoes, salad, cucumber, tomato, potatoes, sour cream

Breakfasts on hand:
steel cut oats, homemade English muffins, homemade multigrain bread, eggs, cereals, greek yogurt, granola, variety of fresh fruit
purchased: multigrain hot cereal, greek yogurt, grapefruit, oranges, bananas, granola (bulk bins)

Snacks on hand:
homemade cheese crackers, granola bars, cereal bars, yogurt, fresh fruit, nuts, cheeses, crackers, pita chips, peanut butter, almond butter
purchased: fruit

Lunches on hand:
sandwich meat, peanut butter, almond butter, jelly, green leaf lettuce, tomato, homemade multigrain bread, fresh fruit, pita chips
*we have a sandwich and some fruit a few days a week, but lunch is often leftovers from dinner

All the “need” items I purchased. I also bought some chocolate oatmeal that looked yummy (but was NOT), a huge bottle of water to drink there in the store and some coconut water to try just because I was curious.

Total cost to eat organic this week:  $64.96

And, on a not totally unrelated note I WANTWANTWANT this menu board from The Creative Mama for my kitchen.  I love that on the back of each card the ingredients are listed.  I’m pretty famous for forgetting just one, but usually very important thing for recipes I try to remember.


Breads and Snacks for This Week

Here are the breads and snacks that I’ll be making for my family this week.

Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers from weelicious.com

I am super excited about this site.  I just discovered it and it quickly became my favorite resource for cooking wholesome foods for my children.  I can’t wait to try my first weelicious recipe this week!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (they were stingy with their pictures, so you’ll have to click to see how gorgeous they look)

Yes, please.  I don’t care that Fall is over.  Pumpkin spice lives forever in my house.  My 4 year-old is a huge fan of “bars”.  It’s his go-to afternoon snack and a favorite grab-and-go breakfast for my husband.  I’ve been purchasing organic versions, but they are expensive.  So this week, we make our own.

English Muffins

Don’t these look amazing?  I am a huge English Muffin fan – particularly very toasted with cream cheese on one side and a jam on the other sitting next to a cup of coffee.  Since I discovered my annoying soy allergy, these have been off the list.  I haven’t found any that pass the test.  I jumped for joy when I came across this recipe on tastespotting.com (a fun site for finding recipes).

Multigrain Bread

This is a non-bread machine multigrain.  I have not had much luck lately with bread in the bread machine.  It comes out dry with a hard-as-rock crust.  This one gives me hope.  It looks moist and fluffy and is begging for some butter right from the oven, though I’ve been known to overcook some bread in my time.  We’ll be lucky if this one makes it to sandwiches.


Lifestyle Change: More Questions Than Answers

I feel my life and my decisions about what is best for my family shifting in a totally different direction, as I mentioned a few posts ago.  In the past few days, I’ve been watching and reading constantly.  Right now it feels like I’m drinking from a fire hydrant.  More and more information is so far leading to more and more things I want to know about and questions.  Boy, do I have questions.

I’ve been particularly interested in the healing properties of food and the ability that our bodies have to heal themselves…and maintain this health, given the right kinds of fuel.  We (as a culture) spend our money on beautiful clothes, nice cards and huge homes yet balk at the prices of good food.  Yes, it’s true, that our priorities have been off.  Our food is where we want to skimp and save and pay as little as possible.  I can say this because I was there.  I don’t find anything wrong with having a nice house, nice clothes and saving on food – or anything for that matter.  But, I think that as a culture we ultimately need to come to a place where we re-prioritize what we are WILLING to spend our money on.  We need to consider the long-term effects of our priorities.  Will we eat crap fast food all week to be able to afford a cute purse?  I don’t think I personally HAVE to spend a lot on the food I eat, but I think I should be willing to if it means keeping myself at a quality of life that would rarely require medications and that would keep me off  the paths that lead to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

There are things I want to do, things I want to learn more about.

English: Copley Square Farmer's Market

1. Organic and Local Foods – We’ve made this step and it’s probably the easiest.  Though I read last night that simply making the switch isn’t everything.  Because I’ve been injesting toxins and chemicals through my food, I should consider a detox so that the good stuff can get in.  Just the thought makes me cringe, with images of colon cleansing and fasting.  Thankfully I ran across some information on…

2. Hydration Therapy/Detox – This is basically drinking a BUNCH (think 1 L) of water first thing each day.  It forces the toxins out of your tissues and cleanses your body.  This morning I did about 20 oz. and I could already tell a difference.  Seriously, I think I lost about 5 lbs. just in peeing 7 times in about 2 hours.  I read that a little lemon juice and cayenne pepper can up its effects.  I haven’t tried that.

3.  Raw Foods – There’s a big difference in the way our bodies react to cooked foods and raw foods.  The suggestion is to aim for 50% or more raw foods in my diet.  I don’t know yet how to get there, but it’s something to learn more about.

3.  Superfoods – They don’t call them super for nothing.  The benefits of these foods are plenty, but are they all nasty?  Is there any way to get them into my children?  Can I grow these things?  Is there an inexpensive way to incorporate them into my diet?

4.  Planting a Garden – I’m looking at where, when, what, how, how much – and how the heck can I?!?!

5.  Making As Much as Possible from Scratch – from dressings to soaps to breads.  I’m experimenting with new recipes every week.  This part is fun for me.  My struggles are with preserving them, which of course is why all these companies decided to figure out how to make things last forever after they are prepared.  Once I make something, like a loaf of bread, it is beautiful and delicious on the first day, but them it goes hard and dry quickly.  Once I make dressing, I have about a week to use it.  I’m starting to play around with freezing, but sometimes that changes the texture of these things, too.

It’s funny, I’ve gone years and years with bits of all of this information floating around me and I’ve been so guilty of ignoring most of it most of the time.  I maintained a “healthy enough” lifestyle to not gain weight, but for the most part I just thought “It’s not going to happen to me.”  But, now I’m starting to think “I’m not going to let it happen to me.”  I have a lot to live for, and I’d like to make the most of every minute that I’ve been given.