Long ago I had a goal to try at least one new recipe a week. I did okay with this for a while, but then I quickly fell off the wagon shortly after we cut processed food. I of course still try a lot of new recipes, but there have been plenty of weeks where it seems like too much effort to select and make something new. It is just so easy to stick to a simple rotation of dinners that you know your kids will eat. Our typical rotation goes something like this… quesadillas (or anything that resembles a quesadilla and gets wrapped up in a tortilla with cheese!), quiche, some sort of pasta dish, pizza, and any kind of breakfast for dinner.
I made a few 2011 New Year’s resolutions and once again I am going to try to go back to one (totally) new recipe a week! So I started off with a bang this week by making a vegetable that we hadn’t eaten in so long that my girls didn’t even know what it was…asparagus. I’ve mentioned before how important I think a child’s “first impression” is of a new food so the pressure was on for me to make some super appealing asparagus. After a little brainstorming session with our Facebook fans (thank you!) I was torn between all of the great ideas. So I ended up making asparagus 3-ways, and it actually turned out to be the perfect way to introduce something new to our kids.
I presented the pictured dish…asparagus topped with cheese (brie), asparagus with roasted garlic & Parmesan cheese, and asparagus covered in an onion/orange sauce. I told our girls that we were having a contest to see which one would be the reigning favorite. There was one catch though…no one could vote until everybody tried all three (wink wink!). So after our picky 3-year-old went through her whole “I don’t liiiiike it” (before she even tried it of course), everyone finally had a taste. And the winner was asparagus topped with the melted brie! Both girls even ate a few more bites after the “contest” was over, and since things are off to such a good start I may just stay motivated with my new recipe quest.
Here’s our full dinner plan for the week…
- Monday: Chicken in slow cooker, mashed potatoes, and asparagus
- Tuesday: Leftover chicken over pasta with red bell pepper, spinach, and a marsala cream sauce
- Wednesday: Pork ribs and brown rice / veggie patties
- Thursday: Quesadillas with the leftover pork
- Friday: Peanut squash soup with whole-wheat biscuits
I still have to buy a few more things from Trader Joe’s later this week, but in the meantime below is yesterday’s $62.05 purchase from Earth Fare. And speaking of Earth Fare there is one quick thing I want to mention for those in Charlotte. I will be leading a “2011: Keeping it Real” discussion at the Earth Fare in Ballantyne on Wednesday, January 12 at 6:00 P.M. Please join us for this free event and bring your thoughts, ideas, and questions in regards to cutting out processed food. We will be handing out free “real food” goodie bags and samples! If you are planning to attend call the store at 704.926.1201 to register.
Here’s what I purchased…
- Peanut butter $3.74
- Wheat berries $7.14
- Unsalted butter $4.49
- Heavy cream $1.00 (with coupon)
- Sour cream $1.49 (with coupon)
- Frozen blueberries $3.98
- Brown rice snaps $3.49
- All fruit spread $4.19
- Shredded coconut $2.79
- Brown rice $5.99
- Apples $2.45
- Asparagus $4.79
- Bananas $1.94
- Honeydew melon $1.20
- Garlic $0.72
- Onions $1.45
- Parsley $1.79
- Pears $2.71
- Red bell pepper $2.50
- Sweet potato $1.35
- Zucchini $1.61