This week is the the beginning of a food transformation in our household. I signed up to take an online course with my sister Pamela that’s all about incorporating whole foods into your diet (rather than processed foods). For more information on the course check out Whole Food Kitchen. It’s been just over a 2 years now that we’ve really taken into consideration what we’ve been eating and started incorporating more “health foods” into our diet. We both grew up in pretty traditional households when it comes to food so we’ve been learning a lot and really taking it slowly. When I first started researching this kind of stuff I wanted to go to my cupboards and fridge and just purge everything that was processed in any way, but I knew that wasn’t practical. I’ll probably feel that way again as I get into this course but at least I have a bit more knowledge now and can properly cook dry beans!
Since moving to Australia we’ve been set back in our diet a lot because we were traveling for so long and because we were learning where to shop and what brands to buy all over again. It’s still a learning process but we’re getting there. We have also been without all of our kitchen stuff (mixing bowls, loaf pans…pretty much everything you can imagine) for months now. It’s suppose to arrive Tuesday (delayed again…if we get it before the baby arrives it will be a miracle). I would really like to have the tools to work with to get back to eating well.
Another setback has been the pregnancy. Really it should be the greatest motivator to eat well but especially lately I’ve been so tired that it’s hard to think about food let alone preparing and cooking food in the heat. Last week went really well in terms of sticking to my meal plan and eating well. I really only had to cook a few meals because we had lots of leftovers with Tim gone. We were invited over for a couple of meals at friends houses so that was a wonderful break for me as well. Eden loved the homemade pizza – she ate everything on it including the zucchini and red pepper! She also loved the Pesto Fish with veggies and rice, she couldn’t get enough of it!
I actually only made the fish Monday night so that’s what we ate Tuesday as well. This week is a bit more complicated because Tim’s coming home tonight (woohoo!) and I’m sure the schedule that Eden and I have created over the past 10 days will be thrown out the window. I’m going to try my best though and also try and incorporate some of the information from the Whole Food Kitchen course. I gotta jump right in eh?
So here’s the plan:
M: Crock-Pot Pesto Fish, Brown Rice, and Frozen Veg
W: Spaghetti with loaded veggie tomato sauce
T: Pulled Pork (left over from the freezer) with some kind of veggie side
F: Stewed Lentils with Shallots, Tomato and Bacon (WFK recipe)
S: Leftovers (if there are any, if not probably some kind of egg based dish)
S: Asian Noodle Salad (another WFK recipe)
Happy eating this week, let me know if you try any new and inspiring recipes:)
***Oh a note about my yogurt, it did turn out, actually thicker than when I made it back in Canada which was nice. I now have A LOT of yogurt, we’ve been using it in smoothies (I pretty much always put spinach in my smoothies now…Eden loves them) but there’s still a lot left. If you have any recipes that use a lot of yogurt please pass them on, I would hate for it to go moldy.
***** Tim’s coming home tonight, should be here sometime between 9 and 10pm, so looking to spending some time with him and having some help around the house:) We survived the 10 days with him away. It was rough at first but we got into a groove and the past few days have been really smooth. I hope that next time he goes away we’ll be able to find our groove faster. Thanks for all of your prayers this week!