“Potato Soup” is What’s for Dinner

One of the first websites I started following when we started on our journey was 100 Days of Real Food. I loved finding out something new about an ingredient or a product and then going over to the 100 days site to see what information they might have on it. Or if they have “unjunked” a recipe that I wanted to try to make from scratch.  When they came out with a cookbook late last year I was so excited, especially to hear that it contained a lot of recipes that were not on the website. One of our favorite recipes from that cookbook is the Slow Cooker Potato Soup.  It is not only an incredibly easy meal to make, but the flavors from the simple ingredients are really out of this world.

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“Silly sandwiches” is What’s for Dinner

Tonight’s dinner is a family favorite.  It was about six months ago that I was trying to come up with something good and easy for dinner on one of those weeks where I hadn’t really gone grocery shopping and there was no real plan. {yes, those do happen occasionally}  I looked around and I had bread and banana and peanut butter so I said to my girls “who wants a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich” and one of them said that is silly and such the “silly sandwich” was born.

Tonight’s choices were either peanut butter and banana or apple and cheese.  The girls had grilled peanut butter and banana and Mike and I had grilled apple and cheese.  I have recently been introduced to Alpine Valley Bread.  I love that there are few ingredients, almost all organic and non-GMO.  The other thing I love is that the sugar content is pretty low for bread.  The Multi Grain Omega 3 was the base for our sandwiches.  I used Kirklands Organic Peanut Butter (peanuts and salt, you can’t get much better than that) and an organic banana for the girls.  {I have found that Trader Joes has the best price around for organic bananas, .29 per banana} For our sandwiches I thinly sliced an organic gala apple {bag from Whole Foods from the January 4th shopping trip} and some havarti cheese from Trader Joes.  I used some coconut oil on the bread as the grilling agent.  I am not opposed to butter, in fact I love Kerry Gold Butter, but on this sweeter type of sandwich the coconut oil works better.  I also sprinkled some cinnamon on the bread.  I had some avocado and cherry tomatoes sitting around so I sliced those up for a nice little side with some salt and pepper.

This meal received, a not surprising at all, 4 thumbs up.  The interesting thing about this meal is that one of my girls WILL NOT eat a grilled cheese sandwich if her life depended on it, but loves grilled “silly sandwiches”.  Go figure.  So the moral of the story is, put something “silly” on a sandwich and grill it for those picky eaters.

Until next time,

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome to Living Life with Real Food (LL Real Food)  If I can inspire just one person to change the way they eat, my job will be done.  Our family journey started about 3 years ago. I remember it was right after our girls’ third birthday that my husband started watching some food documentaries and said “hey you should check these out” and I did.  I remember watching “Forks Over Knifes” and it completely changed my way of thinking about food.  We didn’t eat a lot of meat, but we ate some and for some time, we cut out all beef and pork (over time my husband started to eat it again and my girls eat both, but I have not had any since then).  Then came January 2012 and I really wanted to make a change so we started with a meal planning site that offered fresh meal plans with a low number of ingredients and we did that for several months religiously.  I loved cooking and trying new ingredients and knowing that what we were eating was “real food”.  That was such a big shift for me.  From that point on, I was dedicated to “real food” as much as possible.  I cleaned out our pantries of all processed foods, white sugars, white flours and non-organic products.  I started making as many things from scratch as possible (ranch dressing, pancakes, breads, cookies) you name it I have probably tried making it over the past two years.  It has evolved into a real joy and passion for me.  I love the feeling of making a simple meal (or sometimes complicated) and knowing that I have used “real” ingredients to the best of my abilities.

Not only have I seen a change in my own self, but the change in my girls is pretty amazing.  Do I wish they would eat everything that I put in front of them…well what parent does not wish that, however when they tell me that they did not have Cheetos at the school party because it is junk and does not make our body feel good, or when we pass by a fast food restaurant and there only concept is the occasional tea that their dad or I get, that makes my heart happy.

What I hope to share is how we do what we do through meal planning, honest reviews of the meals, where to get the best prices on food items, what works for us and some other tips that I have come across.  We are your everyday family that has decided that “Real Food” is important for us and we will do whatever we can to eat that way.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we do eat out and some choices are not the best, but I subscribe to the “80/20 rule”.  Meaning that 80% of the time I (we) will eat “real food” and 20% of the time I will eat what I am craving or what I want.  I do not believe in depriving myself or my family of anything food wise on an occasional basis.

Until next time,

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