What Do We Eat? We typically eat organic and pasture-raised food. We eat as fresh as possible, thus I shop on the edges of the store. Have you noticed that the best stuff for you is on the edge? Stay out of the center of the store where all of the processed food is. Now, I’m not going to claim to be perfectly fresh! Of course we don’t eat clean all the time, and we cheat. DUH!!!! We're human and we love to eat :-)
Where We’re Shopping? There are 4 places we venture to when we’re shopping: Costco, HEB, Trader Joe’s, & the local farmers market. It’s kind of an event when we hit up all of these places. We go every week because we like our food as fresh as possible and to not stock pile food that will either be frozen, forgotten, or chucked.
Where Do I Get My Recipes? A lot of my recipes initially come from a cookbook (I really like all of Pioneer Woman's books), magazines (I get Southern Living and Food Network), or Pinterest. Lately I have been using Real Plan to help me schedule and brainstorm. This is a meal planning website that uses only natural and "real" ingredients. You put into your settings what type of diet you want, what ingredients to exclude, how many meals you want per week, etc. Then you can add more meals or recipes from other websites....and the service makes your grocery list for you and everything. In all honesty, unless I'm baking, I rarely stick to a recipe. Call me a rebel! I just add or subtract what I think sounds best. So I take a recipe from one of these places and then modify it to my liking or to what I have in my pantry.
How Do I Plan & Schedule? This is my weekly routine for scheduling. I do it like this every week; I’m a planner and list maker folks! If I don't keep this routine it is culinary chaos and junk food galore! Soooo I have to stick to the routine. Every Friday during nap time, I menu plan for the following week: I go over what activities or commitments we have for the following week and pick our recipes according to time availability, write my grocery list (on paper, not digital..I just can’t get into the digital thing. Call me “old school”), and write the menu on a chalkboard I keep on the kitchen counter. Having the chalkboard is good for keeping everyone on the same page for what the week has in store. I have another chalkboard in the kitchen that we use as a running grocery list throughout the week. On Saturday morning we shop! We used to do Sunday afternoons but that got to be too crazy. Now since we’re up early on Saturday, the Mr. goes to the gym while I get the kids up and fed. We go to the park, and then start on our shopping before naps. We eat dinner every night at 6pm. If the Mr. isn’t home yet I feed the kiddos at 6 and just wait to eat with him when he gets home. Lunches during the week we usually have leftovers from the night before.
Eating out? We used to eat out alllll the time, like every meal from Friday night to Sunday night. That was a different time in our lives. Now we may only eat out once a week and if we do it’s Sunday after church. Friday nights if we eat out, it’s take out and usually pizza or Vietnamese.
When do I cook (and what do I do with the kids)? If it is a crockpot meal then I prep (chop, etc.) all of the food the night before so that I can throw it in the crockpot as soon as I wake up (before the kids get up). Or, and what happens most of the time, I cook during Dutch's afternoon nap. If Dutch happens to be awake then I include him in meal prep (which, yes, means it takes longer and is a bigger mess, but I figure that he has to start learning at some point and his wife will thank me one day). If I'm in a hurry and Dutch isn't into independent play at the moment I will wear him on my back. Or like last night we played wiffle ball in the house while I was making dinner....I would throw it and then stir/chop, throw and then stir/chop. Motherhood is the art of multitasking, right? When I'm not around the stove/oven I just wear Ellis on my front or nurse her. If she's sleeping then I just bring the bouncer/swing/rock'n'play in the kitchen with me.
What Does A Typical Week
Look Like Taste Like? I took a picture of everything we ate one week just to give you an idea of what we eat during a very typical week.
What Does A Typical Week
Saturday Lunch- Me
Caramelized onion, kale & brie grilled sandwiches, with a three-citrus mint salad, with roasted golden beets
Saturday Dinner- The Mr.
Sunday Lunch- Me
Sunday Dinner- Me & the Mr.
Spatchcock chicken with garbanzo beans & roasted sweet potatoes sauted in bacon
We did take out for dinner
So there ya have it! This is how we do food in our house.
What do you do? Where do you shop?