I am typing this to you from my office with gloves on my hands and a blanket on my lap. There is a gas outage in the area of my office and we’re without heat all day. It’s 57 in my office right now! HOLY SMOKES!!!!
Earlier this week I wrote about changing the eating habits of my family. I’m pretty serious about it. I’m not going to go through my cupboards and freezers and fridge and throw away anything that has a preservative or chemical – those things will get eliminated over time. Waste not want not, right? Maybe the unopened things we can donate to a food drive or something. We’ll see.
In any event, I did a bunch of reading this week and I found some GREAT information over at Bless This Mess. I emailed her and asked a couple of questions or 10 and she was really helpful in getting back to me with some good information. Thanks Melissa!
My plan for this week was to try a few meals from her Eating Clean for 14 Days challenge, mostly over dinner. I thought it would be a good idea to get a feel for the recipes and the tastes and see how things would go. Test the waters so to speak. So we tried a few things for dinner all with good success rates. My uber picky 5-year-old ate Chicken Tetrazzini with a whole wheat based sauce. I about croaked. My husband all on his own make a chicken stir fry that was both easy and really good, and the sauce was all from scratch. Just knowing exactly what’s in what we’re putting on the table is making me feel better about life. Last night I baked bread. From scratch. It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.
I pulled together a grocery list that I thought would be a good list of staples. The things we’re going to need to be successful with this whole thing. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m thinking maybe the rice I got wasn’t the best plan, but I got enticed by my old way of thinking that it’d be amazing stuffed inside half an acorn squash served alongside a grilled chicken breast. Live and learn, right?
So here’s what I bought for the first week:
- Greek Yogurt (my husband likes the cherry kind. I didn’t see any artificial stuff. It’s probably a no-no though)
- 4 bags of frozen broccoli
- Organic carrots
- Red potatoes
- 2 bags of salad mix
- a couple of pounds of clementines for Louie who can no longer have most of the fruit she loves, thank you allergies.
- 36 eggs
- 1/2 a gallon of organic whole milk because I keep reading that we shouldn’t be taking natural fats out of the things that we eat. It kind of makes sense.
- Dairy coffee creamer. I’m sorry but this is on my “not giving up” list. It helps me survive.
- Cherry tomatoes
- 4 cans of solid albacore tuna in water because I want to have tuna salad on cucumber slices.
- 2 purple yams because – purple yams!!??
- organic black beans
- organic celery hearts
- Baby Bella mushrooms
- red bell pepper
- bread machine yeast
- one acorn squash
- 2 boxes of wild rice mixed goodness. I’m hoping for no white rice in there, but I’m thinking that’s wishful thinking.
- Adams natural peanut butter
- Organic Raisins
- 2 bunches of bananas
- Large curd cottage cheese
- 2 containers of plain greek yogurt for cooking
- one big honkin watermelon
- v8 juice boxes for Louie
I didn’t have to buy any meat because we have a freezer FULL of meat because we’ve been good little ants, preparing for the winter freeze all year-long. John and our neighbor buy meat from the butcher and grind it to make our own hamburger. We do it this way since the pink slime thing was brought to everyone’s attention. This way we know pretty much who’s handled it and where it was processed and all that goodness. Our neighbor is a bleach spray freak so I know everything is as clean as it can be, and plus, it gives the guys a good reason to drink some beer. 🙂 I buy everything else at Costco and I’m learning to pay attention to the farmers market type grocery stores that we have popping up all along the front range here in Colorado. We are in a fortunate position to be able to pay just a little bit more for our food to shop and eat this way, but I think in the long run it’ll save us tons in medical bills. Or maybe not, but who knows. I just hope it helps us to be healthier in the long run. I will tell you though, not going down those aisles and buying the stuff that filled my cart forever before – that made a huge, huge difference. If I wouldn’t have bought a $20 Norfolk Pine (because a fish tank is in the way of where my Christmas tree usually goes and it is stressing me out like mad not to have one this year), my grocery bill would have been SIGNIFICANTLY less than normal and I thought for sure because I was leaning toward organic that it would be higher. I usually spend around $180 a week to feed my family. This time I spent $171 with the tree. That’s not too bad. I have a ton of produce now though so I’m really going to have to stick with it.
So mostly I shopped the perimeter of the store. I had to go down a couple of aisles for oats, honey, peanut butter, trash bags, juice boxes for the kid, and beans. I’m buying canned beans because I’ll never in my life remember to soak them for enough time to make them edible. I’m gonna have to pay for convenience on that one. I’m going to try to steer clear from refined sugars as a whole for the first couple of weeks. They may sneak in here or there – there’s 2 TBSP in the bread I baked last night, and I’m not going to freak out about that, but I’m not going to be ordering any chocolate lava cakes or anything anytime soon. At least not until my company Christmas dinner in a week. I mean, let’s be real here.
So I’ll keep you guys posted and let you know how it goes. I don’t think this blog is going to turn into me preaching about food. It’ll still be me and my normal nonsense here, but I’m going to sprinkle in a little of this new stuff as well. I’m always open to tips and ideas and tricks as well, so please feel free to share ’em if you’ve got ’em!
Have a safe and warm weekend wherever you are! See you next week!