My husband said, over a bowl of breakfast quinoa and oatmeal (topped with apricots, maple syrup, toasted nuts and seeds), “All this food we’ve been having has been really good, I mean REALLY GOOD!” I couldn’t agree more and my slip ups this week drove that home even more solidly.
**two things before I get into the post. 1) My camera is obnoxious and I can’t get pictures off until I get my new cord in the mail so there are no pictures here (it’s driving me craaaazy!) and 2) I’ve posted links that aren’t going to work 🙂 I haven’t had time to post most of the recipes for this week and I definitely don’t have pictures to go with them and I just HATE posting without a picture. So that’s all coming, hopefully this week!
Well, I fell off the wagon this week…
It was one day and the slip-ups were due to lack of planning and stress (two things that go hand in hand!). I made it all the way to Friday when we were running around like crazy with nothing but cereal in the house to feed the kids (no pancakes, no tortillas, no bread, no granola, and I hadn’t been able to find the TWO SECONDS I needed to wash a pot to start cooking pasta in) so I went to… dun dun dun… Burger King. I got burgers for the kids and some for myself. I was proud that I didn’t end up with a soda (I’m officially caffeine free as of today!!!) but I was so MAD that I ended up going for fast food at all. It wasn’t even that good. This, unfortunately, had followed up a choice cheat night of pizza and then Chinese food for dinner (these cheats were not only not on the menu but using money we did not have budgeted for food!!!!).
I felt truly icky on Saturday.
On the up side we did make some lovely food this week. In a pinch I made some pasta (not whole wheat, it’s a remnant from before the challenge that I won’t waste) with a cheese sauce I made from scratch (suuuuuper easy!), grape tomatoes and kale. Yum! I also made quinoa and oatmeal for breakfast Friday (see, the day STARTED out well but that’s also why there were no pots clean at lunchtime) which was so delicious I made a big pot again Sunday. The nuttiness of the quinoa with the heft of the oatmeal is a great combination.
Other things we’re still “cheating” on include regular peanut butter (I looked at Trader Joe’s last time we were there and didn’t see any, are they still on recall or did I just miss it?), ketchup (I may make my own this summer with fresh tomatoes… or I may not, now that we’re not eating nuggets all the time our ketchup consumption has gone down), BBQ sauce and we had pepperoni (which I’m assuming aren’t on the list and aren’t healthy even if they are) and the regular pasta I still have around.
Not a stellar end to the week but overall we’re still doing well and the bonus is that I’m still not really missing anything we were having!
Preparations for this week included a huge pot of brown rice another pot of forbidden rice and a pot of black beans soaking. Last night I made taco cups with whole wheat tortillas, they were fun! We still have a lot of beans, peppers/corn, and meat left from that plus a batch of tortillas to help get us through the week. I need to make more bread today because we’ve already eaten an entire loaf I made on Saturday, it was, obviously, a really good recipe.