Shout out to the daily or even consistent bloggers out there. Whew! How do you do it?
I’m just going to quickly post some recipes and a couple of pictures. Then hours later, I’ve finally got a finished post.
So, here’s the nuts and bolts since I’m a day behind. Also, I wasn’t home for dinner-time either night, so there are no pictures. I am not Martha Stewart, nor am I a Blogger. But, the kids were fed and bathed and happy, my husband rocks, and I get to watch babies enter the world.
Delicious veggie and turkey bacon scrambled eggs for breakfast. Onion, tons of garlic (to keep those back-to-school germs on their way out), red pepper, and cilantro. A few half pieces of turkey bacon chopped up and sauteed, then mixed in with the eggs. Served the veggies on top of the eggs because I don’t like slimy veggies. The vegan cuties had left-over baked oatmeal and fruit.
The afternoon was busy with meetings and classes so lunch for the kids was kid food – sandwiches, and such (see below for Real Food lunch ideas). I had a big salad with a spoonful of leftover molé. Yum.
Dinner was taco salad. Since I was out for the night, I switched out the more complex meal that was planned for taco salad since it’s easy and always a big hit in our house.
Remember those beans that my husband spiced up for Monday’s birthday dinner? I’m a big fan of making of crockpot full of beans that we then use in different recipes all week. They’re not Paleo-friendly, but our kids and the cutie vegan nieces love them. I buy organic dried bulk beans, rinse, put the whole thing in a crockpot with plenty of water. Turn it on low and cook all day. They soak and cook at the same time and turn out great. Don’t add salt until they’re done cooking or they will stay hard. Use them for taco salad, taco kits in kids lunches, soups, make them into refried beans in the Ninja. Yummy. Do the same with pintos, black beans, or chickpeas for hummus.
The Paleo husband warmed up the leftover molé to top his salad. The kids like to assemble and make their own unique creations and it works well for the vegans and paleos alike – vegan cheese, mexican spiced ground beef, organic corn chips, extra veggies, and my husband’s delicious guacamole. Oh, and of course, Cholula, or as we like to call it, “The Lady”.
This morning, everyone had a big bowl of oatmeal (steal cut for most of our kids) with toppings of their choice.
Lunch was a special treat from one of my husband’s authors – Sherpa House Indian food (well, they ate at the restaurant and they bought me delicious takeout). The youngest and the nieces had a picnic with sandwiches and fruit on the front lawn. The older ones got sandwiches and other varieties of stuff. School lunches!! – that’s a whole other blog series, which I will not be writing, as it has already been done very well by 100 Days of Real Food and many others. Check out Real Food’s post on switching it up and planning ahead (many of the suggestions are great for adult’s lunches as well).
This afternoon I had to run out to assist at a birth. Remember how I was going to plan ahead, have all the shopping done, and make it easy while I’m on call. Well, I did most of that. I just didn’t make it to the health food store (I think I’m always a little overwhelmed and shopped-out after the big Costco trip. But, there’s always more to buy since they don’t carry all of our wonderful fresh organic veggies.) and this week I plan to hit the farmer’s market or a u-pick farm instead.
Sooooo, I quickly texted my husband and suggested pancakes. Yes, you read that right. Pancakes for dinner. Oh, and some left-over turkey bacon for the meat-eaters.
Before you go thinking fluffy IHOP and Aunt Jemima thoughts, I’ll tell you that they are buckwheat pancakes which are paleo-friendly (with a vegan option) and my husband adds nuts, seeds, fruit, and any other delicious ingredients that he can get away with that makes us feel better about feeding our family pancakes for dinner.
Conveniently, there was some labor-sitting going on at tonight’s birth, and I had to run an errand for something we needed for the birth. While I was out, I made a quick stop by the store for the week’s remaining food ingredients.
Then, I got to watch a sweet baby boy enter the world.
And, I was home in time for Indian leftovers, a phone chat with our sister who sent sunflowers to us! and blogging about food on my midwifery site while watching the end of The Matrix with my man.
Whew. Back on track.