Day 7: A Break From the Kitchen

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Last night a friend of mine asked me if I am having to cook a lot…and the answer to that is YES. I feel like I am running my dishwasher at least two times a day (it used to be only once a day), but some days I do manage to get more of a break from the kitchen than others. This is one of the harder things to deal with when you are not eating much of anything that is store-bought. There are unfortunately not very many choices other than just cooking yourself. I am trying to get better at making things that we can not only eat, but also freeze for later (or have leftover) so I will have some nights off, but that is about the only thing I found that helps so far.

So this brings me to why going out to lunch this week was oh so exciting (for me at least). I didn’t have to prepare or clean up anything! And I REALLY needed the break from our kitchen. We set out to buy some groceries from Earth Fare, but decided to have lunch there first before we did our shopping. They do have a kids menu in their little cafe, but an approved 100-day meal basically would’ve been a fruit/cheese plate…which would have probably been fine, but since my children happen to like sushi (with brown rice of course) we opted for that instead. So my two daughters and I shared sushi along with what they call a “PB&J” smoothie, which turned out to be a very big hit! I’ve recreated that smoothie and will post the recipe soon so no worries if you want to try it…it was surprisingly good and my girls were digging it!

In addition to our very exciting lunch outing, we have been doing pretty well sticking to the rules. Here is a little recap of what we have been eating over the last couple of days…

  • Breakfast: We have mostly had granola cereal with milk and fruit (one morning I made fruit kabobs to go on the side).  One morning the kids had oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon, a drop of honey and some raisins.
  • Lunch: One day we just had a hodgepodge of leftovers, while today we had “roll ups” each with our own filling variation rolled up into a homemade whole-wheat tortilla.
  • Dinner: One night we had caprese salads (for the adults) as well as salmon with breaded zucchini and mashed potatoes (pictured), and another night we had a sausage/kale/chickpea soup with zucchini/cheese bread on the side (We made some homemade whole-wheat mac and cheese with frozen peas for the kids that night.  They eat pretty well for me sometimes, but I didn’t event attempt to give them something like kale/sausage soup!)

I did also send my husband off on a business trip today with a small bag of “snacks” so he hopefully wouldn’t starve out there in the processed food world. Check back in a day or two to hear how successful his first trip away from home was while following our new eating rules!

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