Monday, December 31, 2012

A Fresh Start

For some reason it takes a major life crisis or a new year to help propel us into a fresh start.  We are such creatures of habit.  I'm so guilty of trying to maintain the status quo and yet God always reminds me in so many ways that it's not worth it.

So in this "Happy New Year" mentality I'm going to show you a sample menu of what we ate the past two weeks.  I know I've checked out for about 3 weeks here due to company visiting us and and all the preparations that go into that.  Now I'm back and I still feel passionately about what my family is doing to improve our health in the long run.

I can't stress enough how thankful I am that my handsome hubby and I are doing this TOGETHER.  We both want this.  We're a team.  When the kids see what we're doing...they want to do it.  For the past 6 months, it's become our norm.  People say they don't have the time to eat healthy.  I ask, is it that you don't have the time or that you truly don't have the motivation or desire to?  We've been so busy the past 2 weeks.  Here's my lunch/supper menu during that time crunched schedule.  Every meal covered 2 to 3 days and was changed up a bit.  That saved me time and made the leftovers more interesting.  Every bit of food was eaten.   It's doable.  It's healthy.  It's necessary to reclaim your health.

Lettuce wrap with my Almond Crusted Chicken, hummus, and tomatoes.  Clementine and small dark chocolate treat for my dessert.  A perfect Christmas lunch!

Prep veggies and hummus (see previous recipe here) for the week.  Then you don't have to cut them daily and you're more likely to eat well.

Have plenty of eggs, unprocessed nitrate/nitrite free breakfast meat (sausage or bacon), and veggies on hand for smoothies and omelets.  Have a green smoothie every morning and before supper.  It fills you up and is a great way to get your veggies.  Add fresh herbs, salt, and balsamic vinegar to make them a bit more tasty (like a V8).

Have organic romaine lettuce on hand.  Replace your sandwiches with lettuce wraps filled with hummus, veggies, and meat.

Crock pot Chicken or Turkey (we have a large crock pot so I double this and use the leftovers)
  • 1 chicken 
  • sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and fresh thyme
  • fill cavity of chicken with onion, parsnips, carrots, and butternut squash
  • cover tops with same veggies
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours until fully cooked

Turkey taco salads (Use the leftover turkey or chicken from above and shred it in your food processor)
  • 2 pounds shredded turkey (you can estimate or buy a cheap food scale)
  • homemade taco seasoning (great recipe here!)
  • 2 small onions (saute first)
  • 2 six ounce cans of tomato paste
  • six ounces of water
  • Combine all and serve with homemade guacamole (recipe here) on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes, green onions, and jalapeños.

  • 4 jars Organic spaghetti sauce (sugar free)
  • 2 pounds All natural nitrate free Italian sausage (or make your own...recipe here)
  • Bake sausage and grind up in food processor.  Simmer with sauce to combine flavors.
  • Serve over spaghetti squash or Mung bean fettuccine.  Purchase here on Amazon.

  • homemade crust made from almond flour (Best recipe I've found here) Buy your flour online to save 50-60% off grocery store prices.
  • leftover spaghetti sauce
  • finely minced kale, uncured pepperoni, roasted bell peppers, olives, etc.

  • Uncured ham
  • green onions, carrots, parsnips
  • Raw honey
  • Bake at 350 covered for 1 hour surrounded by veggies.  Spread raw honey over top and recover. Bake for an addition 30 minutes until veggies are tender.

Chef Salad
  • boiled eggs
  • romaine lettuce
  • chopped raw veggies
  • chopped ham (leftover from above)
  • Organic sulfate free balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • sea salt
  • Prepare lettuce, top with veggies and ham.  Drizzle balsamic and olive oil over top.  Sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!

There is no halfway.  My hubby and I talked about this and both agreed...if we still had bread, crackers, chips, cookies in the house that were made of grains...we'd still be on the carb addiction cycle and wouldn't have lost a collective 50+ pounds between us.  If we still had our Pepsi or Mountain Dew, or chocolate from Kroger's, we wouldn't have 7 bags of clothes set to be donated this week.  You either want this.  Or you don't.  That means you have to give up the coffee creamer, the pop, the fast food, and find delicious substitutes.  It can be done.  Here's a few links that I use a lot.  Always keep in mind...grain free, dairy free, unprocessed.  Our only sugar comes from fruits, honey, and Grade B maple syrup.  You have menu for your first week or 2 of 2013. You have resource links.  You have recipes.  Make a grocery list and take the leap.  It's worth it.

Extra links:
The Nourishing Home
Elana's Pantry
Unrefined Kitchen
Passionate Homemaking
Real Sustenance

Make 2013 your best yet.  Enjoy!

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