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Getting Back to the Basics


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?


A Comfort Food Kind of Day

     So today my teenage daughter got some bad news.  She felt really down and I wanted to make her feel better, to take her mind off of it for a little while.  I also had to come up with something to eat for supper since our plans had been changed and she was going to be home with me tonight.   Driving home I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what I could cook since I hadn’t taken anything out to thaw.  I started with bacon and eggs, but I wasn’t really in the mood for bacon and eggs.

     Then it hit me!!!  I had “stolen” some whole wheat egg noodles and cream of mushroom soup from my mother’s house the other night.  Add that to two cans of tuna and BINGO – tuna casserole!  Served on my grandmother’s china no less because I believe every day is special.



My favorite comfort food ever.  I know, I know I blog about healthy food here, but as I tell everyone I work with, eating right is not about denying oneself.  When you tell yourself that you “can’t” have something, then immediately your body and brain start craving it.  All things in moderation (well most things anyway).

     So I started the noodles boiling, opened 2 cans of tuna and mixed it with the soup, grated raw aged cheddar cheese from the farmer’s market, a little milk, and several spices.  Popped it into a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes and voilà – tuna casserole!  She had 2 helpings and I think she is feeling a little better now.                     Preheat oven to 350

     So tell – what is your favorite comfort food?

    PS – As for me, I started the meal with a big ole salad!