Happy Monday. I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.
Just a reminder that I’ll be teaming up with Stephanie from Foodie-isms for a lunch box series in early September. I’ll be talking nutrition and she’ll be coming up with the lunch ideas. I know that some of you are gearing up for back to school and that means making lunches.
I’ll be posting some awesome recipes in the next few weeks. We tried Mexican Lasagna and it was beyond easy and really good. I made a couple of tasty chicken dishes too. And I’m still working on those roasted chickpeas. I’ve gotten some great ideas from people.
This week I’m going to try pork cutlets for a change. I’m always squeamish about making meat outside of the slow cooker. But this recipe looked easy and I feel up for the challenge.
For more meal plans see Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking this Week
Monday:Black Bean Burritos with toppings and guacamole
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken with White Beans (old slow cooker cookbook), bread and spinach salad
Challenges — What a difference the Farmers’ Market makes
I’ve been experiencing some mommy guilt lately. Each week I say that I’m going to get produce at the Farmers’ Market and it just doesn’t happen. So there I am at the store having to decide between the not-so-good looking organic apples from Chile and the conventional ones from here. Neither choice makes me feel good.
I’ve also been very disappointed with my fruit selections. My daughter has been shunning oranges — her favorite — because they just don’t taste that good. Of course I still eat them but kids are little foodies at heart.
So I decided that I can fit a Farmers’ Market run on Saturday morning. We went and picked some ripe and tasty produce, mostly fruit. My daughter couldn’t get enough of the oranges and nectarines. We had them with our Sunday morning pancakes.
I wonder…when did food shopping get so complicated? We buy our food at Costco, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Vons and the Farmers’ Market. And I really feel like each store/place has something we need.
There has been some good news in school nutrition world. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Act passed the Senate. It just needs to get through the House to be written into law which will happen (or not) by September. When it passes for good, I’ll give you all the details of what it means for School Lunch.
I’ll leave you with a guest post I wrote for Zen Family Habits about common health mistakes families make. I compiled a list of the mistakes I see most often — and they usually start with a good intention.
Today we have more choices, things to be scared of and less time to do it all. Like food shopping, it all seems so complex. But does it have to be?
Let me know what you think in the comments. Have a great week!