Friday, March 21, 2014

Andrew’s Pet Rock

I am going to interrupt my week of food related posts to something much more simple.  Andrew has been learning all about rocks at school.  They did a little nature walk and each picked out a rock to take home.  This was their pet rock. 


Saturday night, Andrew wanted to decorate his rock.  So we pulled out the paint and got to work.  We had such a great time painting this ordinary rock.  Sometimes, it is the unexpected and simple things that can make kids happy.  It doesn’t take much. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tortilla Pizza and Fruity Yogurt


While I was in the middle of my cooking frenzy on Sunday, I made lunch for myself.  I whipped this up fast and even made enough for my lunch on Monday.

I used 2 whole wheat tortilla shells, pesto, pizza sauce, and Swiss cheese.  Obviously homemade pesto, and sauce would be better.  We had these on hand, so for now they will do.  I am actually planning on making a big batch of pesto in the near future!


First, spread the pizza sauce and then pesto.



Then crumble on the Swiss Cheese.


Place it on a sheet pan, into the oven at 350 for about 10 mins.  Then turn on the broiler for a minute or two to melt the cheese.


While the pizza was cooking, I cut up some strawberries and pineapple.  I added them to some vanilla yogurt.



I halved the fruit and yogurt and packaged them for my lunch the next day.


I drizzled it with a little honey and granola.




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Roasting vegetables

My love for sweet potatoes has always been in my blood.  Up until recently, I have always baked them and then slathered them with butter.  Yummy, but not so healthy.  I then switched over to roasting them and I am in LOVE with this method.

I don’t have pictures (bad blogger), but the method is simple.  Peel the potatoes, cut into small pieces, place onto baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt/pepper.  Roast for 30 mins. on 400 degrees.  They heat up very well and I could snack on these all day!

Sunday I did this same technique with a bunch of zucchini and squash.   I did add some Garlic Pepper seasoning instead of plain pepper.  So yummy!  We will eat on this through the week!



This can easily be done with other vegetables.  It is healthy, but very tasty!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lemon Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower


A great clean eating website is 100 Days of Real Food.  I have loved following along and reading all of the yummy recipes.  I made this recipe Saturday and it was so good!  I have to say that after it cooked the plate was very WHITE!  I love to have color on my plate and this was not visually appetizing.  However, the flavors were great!  We added some brown rice on the side.



Happy St.Patrick’s Day by the way!  I found a yummy and CLEAN smoothie that is perfect for this day! 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Clean eating quest

A few months ago, Nick and I (really I pushed him into it) decided to try clean eating.  That is eating REAL not the packaged garbage we have been eating.  We tried hard, sort of, for about a month and then slowly eased back into our old ways.  I went back to my old friend diet coke and then came the packaged chips, crackers, and so forth.  Now I am really ready to dive back in and go for it full force.  I can do this!  Nick is going to be harder to persuade, but I know he eventually will come around.  We are going to ease into the clean eating slowly.  We still have packaged food in our pantry, so we will try to get rid of it.  I just can’t throw away food!


I hope to use this blog to record our journey into this much healthier lifestyle.  I started this weekend by buying tons of vegetables (onion, peppers, zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, greens, salad etc.) and fruit (strawberries, apples, blueberries, and bananas).  My main goal is to eat healthier and cleaner.

We will continue our meal planning and making most of our food on the weekends.  This weekend I have roasted sweet potatoes, zucchini/squash, and hard boiled eggs.  During the week I will post how I am cooking and put more details into every step.


Andrew’s 5th BirthDay


Andrew turned 5 on February 18th and we celebrated with a BATMAN theme!! I still can’t believe he is already 5! Absolutely CRAZY!!!   We had lots of family and friends over for the celebration.  We enjoyed hot dogs, chips, applesauce, and yummy cake. It was perfect!