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Double Duty Recipes

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Tonight I decided to officially open grill season.  I normally don’t close it, but this winter really wore me down so I haven’t used the grill in months.  At the grocery today I bought some cod and mahi mahi.  It has been too long since I have had fish.  So this part of the meal was taken care of, but what to do about accompaniments?

I remembered my last recipe, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago.  Then I used red potatoes, but I suggested in the post to use sweet potatoes.  Since I had sweet potatoes at home, I picked up onions and mushrooms to go with them.  At home I pulled out the trusty cast iron skillet and got to work.  I found out that I am in need of a much bigger skillet!!

The results were great!  Everyone cleaned their plates – fast!  I put the extras in individual ramekins and put them in the fridge.  Tomorrow I will pull one out and add an egg white and some shredded cheese.  Pop it in the oven for ~20 minutes and viola – breakfast for the kid to gobble before the bus comes!  I like this double duty recipe.  Now if I can just figure out other recipes that can do this.Image

What is your favorite double duty recipe?

Cooking · Food · Health and Nutrition · Uncategorized

Getting Back to the Basics

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In the last year or two I have tried to get into more of a clean eating habit.  While I got amazingly off track, I did stick with a habit or too.  I have all but eliminated high fructose corn syrup from our diet with a few exceptions.  Those exceptions are as treats though and not daily foods.  I have turned more to locally grown or produced food sources like the farmer’s market and my own backyard.  I have also taken to trying to eat seasonally – what would have been available at specific times of the year when I was child.

The eating seasonally is the hardest to do because I do not really remember what was naturally available at what time of the year anymore.  So I went off track – way, way, way off track.  Processed food is much easier to cook and serve after all.  Pop it in the microwave and *poof* you have supper!   But with warm weather hear again, I am starting to bring back the good-for-you, good tasting foods.

One thing that has helped is a free online course from Standford regarding children and nutrition that I am taking.  It has made me get back to the basics of eating.  This has benefited my family because it has gotten me into the kitchen again.  We now start the day with a healthy, home-made breakfast that is just as fast as stopping by the corner store to buy something processed with 26 ingredients!

It is so easy to get overwhelmed with our food choices and trying to figure out a menu and what to serve that we forget about the important part.  That part is the family togetherness.  Food used to be a social thing, now it has become a hit or miss thing for my family.  The course I am taking is helping me to bring it back to a family thing again.  Instead of concentrating on diverse menus and intricate planning, I am just picking up simple foods and cooking again.  Wholesome, nutritious and most of all, good tasting foods using simple ingredients.

What are you doing to stay on track – or get back on track if need be?  What are your tips for staying focused without getting overwhelmed?