Category Archives: what i ate wednesday

A Day of Eating Around Here

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Baby food pouches seem to be all the rage right now. Both Alyssa, 4, and Cassidy, 18 months, love them. I don’t remember seeing them around 4 years ago when Alyssa was a baby. But with Cassidy, they are the “it” thing. They are incredibly convenient and even come in organic varieties. But I made all of my kids baby food because I didn’t want the additives and preservatives in the premade stuff. If only I could get my homemade baby food into a reusable pouch… Well luckily they make these now and I am going to be doing a giveaway with them soon, so make sure to check back for details!…

Its been a while since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday or Munchkin Meals post. It’s a difficult post for me to write/photograph because I snack SO much. Well not as much snacking as just taking random bites of things. My actual meals and snacks looked like this…

Breakfast: Crockpot steel cut oats with banana,ground flax seed, and homemade peanut butter

Lunch: Loaded sweet potato with leftover chicken, broccoli, peas, melted cheddar, and cottage cheese. Looks like a mess, tastes amazing, probably one of my favorite meals ever!

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Snack: banana and peanut butter plus some roasted peanuts and raisins.

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Dinner: Chicken, bean, and mushroom stuffed Peppers plus a pile of some extra filling.

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Snack: a mug full of freshly homemade skim milk dark chocolate ice cream with frozen cherry chunks (once the kids went to bed).

However, that is not even close to everything that went into my mouth. I ate the skin off a couple of Cassidy’s apples, I took a couple bites of dinner when I prepped it during naptime, a bite of Greek yogurt and a few almonds when packing Dave’s lunch for the next day, etc. It’s a combination of not wanting to waste food (ie apple skin) and the fact that I don’t follow recipes and taste as I go along. Its not like I’m sticking my hand in a chip bag every 10 minutes, so I don’t worry about it.

As always, my kids eat the same things I do. If its not healthy enough for me to eat, then why would I put it in their bodies? And vice versa. Alyssa, who is 4 1/2, ate exactly what I ate all day except she always gets whole milk at breakfast. She is the best eater ever. It makes those couple months of fighting with her nonstop at meal time (around 18 months) totally worth it. Ever since she gave up the fight, she has been an incredibly easy kid to please at the dinner table.

Cassidy, who is now almost 19 months, eats the same as the rest of the family as well. She had a different lunch than me today only because of the way I split up the leftovers we had in our refrigerator.

Breakfast: Crockpot steel cut oats with banana, ground flax seed, and peanut butter. A little whole milk if she’ll drink it.

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Lunch: Rice, peas, cheese, and hemp seeds. Side of apple slices.

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Dinner: Stuffed Peppers

Snack: the kids got apples

Cassidy also breastfeeds before her nap (which is right after lunch) and before bed.

We seem to follow the 90/10 rule of 90% whole foods. Some days, like today, it was more like 95/5.  Besides our after dinner snack, there was no added sugar today. We did not consume any processed boxed foods either, which is the norm. We are far from perfect though, and there are days where we are more like 80/20 or even 70/30 if we eat a meal out or go to a get together or party. Sometimes I debate trying to give up dessert and repace it with something like yogurt, fruit, etc. Its the perfectionist in me trying to eat 100% healthy (at least at home, parties are fair game and always will be, still have to live life) But the dessert we eat is still homemade and unprocessed and i usually make it low sugar with whole wheat flour so I see our nightly treat sticking around 🙂

Does anyone have their kids on a daily probiotic? I’ve read research about gut health and food allergies (Alyssa is allergic to cashews) and Cassidy has thrown up half a dozen times in the last year, so I feel she could benefit as well. But with probiotics becoming rapidly more popular, companies are putting ones on the market that are less than desirable just to get in on the market and profit. Any suggestions to brands?

Holiday Fun and Fudge

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I love the holiday season with all of the attractions and parties for us to go to. Last night we went on a holiday hayride at a place that makes homemade fudge. It was 73 degrees here today so I figured it would be a perfect night to go. It did not disappoint! Nor did the fudge. I couldn’t make up my mind so I sampled peppermint, peanut butter chocolate, red velvet, coconut, birthday cake, Butterfinger, and white chocolate before settling on butterfinger. It was just pure chocolate with a little crushed butterfinger on top. To me fudge is chocolate and simple and this was the simplest of the flavors.

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Luckily the rest of my eating for the day made up for my fudge consumption…

Breakfast: Blueberry Greek yogurt pancakes topped with maybe a Tbs of real maple syrup

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Snack: half caf coffee with a little peppermint mocha creamer and part of an apple

Lunch: Beans and greens (times 3, they were good!) , plain greek yogurt topped with crushed pineapple

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Snack: almonds and chopped dates

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Dinner: Grilled Chicken and Blue Cheese Sandwich on homemade wheat bun, extra chicken and broccoli stalks on the side. I feel like the broccoli stalks are so big they make the plate look small, but thats a regular sized dinner plate.  or maybe I’m crazy?

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Dessert: probably half of a 1/4 lb chunk of fudge including samples. That’s roughly 2 oz of fudge and a HUGE amount of self control…that stuff is good!

My kids ate what I ate for the most part…

Cassidy, who is now 15 months, ate 2 pancakes and 1/2 apple for breakfast, Beans and greens plus a homemade wheat roll for lunch, and for dinner it was the same exact sandwich and veggies as mine but deconstructed. She shared a pear with Alyssa for dessert. She also nurses 3 times a day still.

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Alyssa, who is 4, ate 4 blueberry pancakes for breakfast with maybe 1 tsp syrup and a glass of whole milk, beans and greens with a wheat roll for lunch, some almonds and dates with me for a snack while Cassidy napped, and the same chicken sandwich and veggies for dinner. She had half a pear and a bite of fudge for dessert.

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I don’t remember the magical age when I started to allow Alyssa to have things like pure maple syrup on her pancakes or fudge for dessert. She still only gets a very small amount, her pancakes arent doused in high fructose corn syrup or anything. When her tsp of syrup is gone, she doesn’t get more and shes ok with that. Shes also ok with only a small bit of fudge because she knows she doesn’t ususally get stuff like that so shes appreciative (usually, she is 4 afterall!). I wanted to say it was closer to age 2. But either way, I think my days of her eating pears while I eat fudge are numbered!

Its Starting to Look a lot Like Christmas

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Alyssa has asked me quite a few times in the last week when we are going to get a christmas tree. Considering its still November and 70 degrees out I was trying to hold out a little longer. But she is at that age where she is just so excited about Christmas. She asks me every night if we can make cookies for Santa now. She wants to make our healthy banana cookies for him “since he has a big belly and doesn’t need too many unhealthy cookies”. She said if he gets cookies at everyones house, that is too many special treats for one night. I like her thinking. So before dinner tonight we satisfied her Christmas itch and went to pick out a tree!

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After dinner we kind of back peddled holidays and had some pumpkin pie for dessert.  I made a healthy version. It doesn’t have crust (I’m not a pie crust fan, neither is Dave) and has very little sugar. Just enough to satisfy the craving.

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Healthy pumpkin “pie” for 2

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup skim milk

1/3 cup egg whites

2 Tbs sugar

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

mix all together. Pour between 2 sprayed ramekins. cook at 425 for 10 minutes then lower to 350 for 40 minutes. Let cool. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 111

Fat: 0 g

Sodium: 85 mg (4%)

Carbohydrates: 22 g

Fiber: 3 g

Sugar: 17.5 g

Protein: 6.5 g

Garden Success

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My garden this fall has been doing great! The summers in Eastern NC are so hot that I havent had the best of luck with summer gardens. This year I decided to plant a fall crop as well since its stays warm here pretty late into the year. I am so glad I did. Today I picked 5 green peppers, 5 eggplant, 3 huge bunches mustard greens, and a batch of green beans. I also have 4 heads of broccoli that should be ready to pick before long. Oh and the okra plant is doing well too but I can’t seem to get my hands on any. The second I pick them, they are stolen and devoured raw by this little one…

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I also have some tiny pumpkins starting to grow. They won’t be ready by Halloween for sure but I have been eating so much pumpkin lately, I can’t wait to pick them straight from my backyard. I may start turning orange from all the pumpkin I have been consuming. At least it’s a vegetable, right?

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Breakfast: 1 cup plain greek yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup pumpkin. 2 pumpkin scones. decaf coffee.

Lunch: Egg and cheese with hot sauce on a homemade tortilla. Big salad with roasted beets, goat cheese, and chick peas. Pumpkin brownie. A couple fresh out of the oven graham crackers (in the shape of gravestones for a Halloween party).

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Dinner: BBQ shrimp and zucchini, fresh off the griddle homemade English muffin with jam.

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Plus another English muffin…they are one of the best things I’ve made in a while.  Good thing my recipe made 24! I should be set for maybe a week. Unless Alyssa gets her little hands on them, then they may only be around for 2 days.  She was in love.

Dessert: another healthy pumpkin brownie (recipe to come on friday!)

What I Baked Wednesday

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Joining a CSA this fall has been such a great experience. I love that we get different veggies each week and it helps me have a starting point for meal planning. I also love that its all local, so its much fresher than produce from the grocery store. This is my last week I will receive my CSA box but they sure did go out with a bang! This week’s box was the best yet! It didn’t have any fruit in it however, so I stopped by the organic market to pick up a couple apples, bananas, grapes, and eggs. Those 4 things cost me almost $16. It was hard to fork up the cash when I just got all this produce the night before for only $20…

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2 butternut squash

2 cucumbers

2 bell peppers

3 large banana peppers

3 jalapeño peppers

4 squash

2 cucumbers

6 sweet potatoes

3 tomatotes,

1 eggplant

1 huge bag of okra

2 huge bags of green beans

a bottle of homebrewed strawberry cider (!)

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I bought a bottle of sparking water and have been making mocktails with the strawberry cider. I drink so much water that every once in a while I want to drink something with some more taste or fizz. We don’t drink soda or juice in our house but this was the perfect treat!

So far today I ate a butternut squash, bag of green beans, and some cider. Honestly, I was too busy snacking on my baking endeavors and my amazing veggies kind of took a backseat. Tomorrow its game on with the veg box!

Cassidy napped today from 1230-415. So I had almost 4 hours to kill. She is now taking only 1 nap a day on days we are busy in the mornings so when we get home she crashes. Although I did notice she was running a little fever when I put her to bed so she may be coming down with something too. I hope its just from the 4 teeth she is currently cutting.

So instead of what I ATE Wednesday, its going to be what I BAKED Wednesday. Although I guess the phrases are interchangeable since I ate some of everything that I baked, even bagel dough. Alyssa helped taste test and stir inbetween coloring and doing her workbooks so we had a nice quiet afternoon.

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So, lets see, we made…

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2 batches of graham cracker cereal

8 cinnamon raisin bagels

1 loaf of whole wheat/oat bread

whipped pumpkin cream cheese

roasted and pureed a pumpkin

roasted pumpkin seeds

roasted butternut squash seeds

My silpats were worn out by the end of the afternoon!

This was some of the best sandwich bread I have made. Although for some reason as I was ooing and ahhing over how much my dough had risen, I decided to pat it. Why? not a dang clue. I then watched as it deflated, and it wouldm’t rise back up. Seriously, what was I thinking? Anyway, it still turned out with a nice fluffy texture and a nice flavor. Definitely saving and posting that recipe soon. I like that’s its made with whole wheat flour and oat flour, gives a lighter texture I think.

I will freeze the extra bagels (after I cook them in the morning. They have to sit in the refrigerator overnight). The cereal will be breakfast some days and Alyssa requested a baggie of it for her preschool snacks this week. The cream cheese has already been eaten on top of bread at dinner and by the fingerfull. And I foresee some egg and cheese, grilled cheese, and chicken salad between that sandwich bread for lunches.

Between making my own “boxed” items like cereal, bread, and bagels and having my CSA box, I have barely been grocery shopping. I just pick up some dairy and meats and I am all set for the week!

Hope everyone has a great Hump Day, this week is dragging on for me for some reason!

CSA Eating

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I only have 1 week left with my CSA box, I am so disappointed. I wish I could pick one up every week all year long. Fresh, local, organic produce all sitting in a nice box waiting for me every Monday night. And cheap! Have I talked it up enough over the last 6 weeks? I truly am obsessed!

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This week I got 3 tomatoes, 4 apples, 2 acorn squash, 3 banana peppers, 2 bell peppers, green onions, green beans, lima beans, lettuce, and 1/2 dozen eggs. Seriously, for $20, unreal!

And as always, I did some damage on it the first day. I need to learn to ration it out better, but its just too good!

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Breakfast: oatmeal with pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and peanut butter. Tis the season!

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Lunch: 2 green peppers, 3 celery stalks, hummus, crackers and cheese, bowl of homemade almond bran cereal with skim milk

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Snack: 1.5 cookies from the freezer and too many handfuls of whole grain goldfish to count

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Dinner: 7 oz salmon, sweet potato, lima beans

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Dessert: frozen cake ball, handful of chocolate chips, part of the girls’ baked apples

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The goldfish and cake balls are leftover from Alyssa’s birthday party over the weekend. I froze the leftover cake balls. Problem with that is they are even better frozen! I was thinking I could take one out every now and then but I forsee them all being eaten within the week. Those cookies are also from the weekend, and once again I froze them, but they are even better frozen too! It seriously is a good thing I love vegetables as much as I do dessert or else I’d be in trouble!

WIAW out of my CSA Box 2

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My CSA box this week of course didn’t disappoint. In my box was

green onions

carrots

3 tomatoes

3 eggplant

4 zucchini

4 peppers

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1 watermelon

4 peaches

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I went to town on my box today, as usual. I don’t think I ate a big meal all day long. I just snacked.

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Breakfast: 1.5 banana muffins, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, leftover spinach feta strawberry salad…random, I know.

Snack: 3 peppers with hummus

Lunch: 4 eggs with cheese, a peach, grapes

Snack: soy nuts, almonds, and chocolate chips

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Dinner: 2 eggplant, onions, and 1 chicken breast baked with cheese, homemade bread with pumpkin butter

Snack: popcorn, shared an apple with Alyssa, spoonful of peanut butter.

I only sat at the table for dinner tonight. All other “meals” were picked at throughout the day.  I have actually been eating most of the fruits and veggies plain, instead of making meals out of them. They are just so good and fresh, I don’t want to ruin them with seasonings or anything. I am going to be seriously sad when my CSA box stops in a couple weeks!