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Jan 17th, 2012
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Checking out the oranges at the market (January 2012)

Food at our house is kinda a big deal. I mean, we eat it every day. We spend time together while eating, and we enjoy it!  I’m posting my menu for the next couple weeks, it’s not really that exciting, but I will share.

A week or two ago I used FB to ask for suggestions on how to feed a 1 year old (particularly vegetables) and I got some great suggestions. I am happy that Elias is eating more of the same things we eat. He’s been doing awesome, especially since I’ve been getting creative with the veggies for him. He loves to sit with us at dinner, and if daddy is eating it, he’ll usually participate.  Sometimes I just feel blah when it comes to the menu, and stuck on making the same things over and over. I find that I have to try new recipes, ideas and experiment often. I’m really thankful for friends and social media that makes sharing so much fun and easy! Your suggestions helped me a ton.

Today a funny thing happened. My husband informed me that while food is one of his loves, it’s not actually his love language. Huh. Who knew!?!  He reminded me that I don’t have to make elaborate and fancy meals, just meals will do (nutritious of course). This is awesome, takes the pressure off, helps me to be able to spend energy on things that need to get done. Especially helpful in keeping life in perspective. I think I could spend most of my time in the kitchen if I’m not careful, but there’s so much more to do than housework. And for that, I praise God!

Menu (I don’t necessarily make them in this order)

1. Red Beans and Rice (didn’t miss her) with Zuchinni

2. Spicy Chicken with Spinach and Orzo

3. Slow-Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa, Veggie side    *New for me!

4. Homemade Pizza with Salad  (Whole Wheat crust from Netta Chilton!)

5. Slow Cooker Chicken with Squash and veggie on the side

6. Turkey and Maple Sloppy Joes with Green Beans

7. Pastina with Peas and Carrots

8. Green Chicken Enchiladas

9. Spicy Spaghetti with Chicken Sausage and veggie on the side

10. Chicken Curry and Peppers with rice

11. Mushroom Tacos

12. Burger Soup and Bread

13. Honey Chicken Skewers with veggie on the side

14. Leftovers!

I always plan about 14-15 meals for two weeks. Then I can choose each day what I’m making, sometimes I plan out a few days based on ingredients that need to get used up. I try to buy meat and bulk items once a month, same with non-perishables. Dairy, veggies, produce and specialty items I will go twice a month, sometimes more if we’ve run out of fruit for snacks. It’s a little unpredictable with a little one, we go through A LOT of bananas!!

I’m always looking for new recipes to try, share your favorites!

Oh, and more on Love Languages later…

Freddie

 

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