Just thinking of all the questions that people love to ask on an everyday basis….. A few that always stick out to me is "how do you make dinner" or "how do you cook for that many people" or "what do you make"? The answer is pretty simple actually. I usually find a recipe or something that is just a regular recipe that I make and just get the ingredients and spend some time in the kitchen preparing and cooking and then serve my family! No..all kidding aside. But, the answer is simple enough. We make dinner just like anyone else just with a lot more of the ingredients.
We NEVER just make a single meal without doubling or tripling the recipe on something. We usually have at least a couple of the kids in the kitchen that love to help make the meals. This is one reason we choose to eat what we do so that hopefully our children will learn that good foods that are good for you are fun to work with and we can be creative. And YES, we do pasta just lots of it!
We have chosen to live more of lifestyle that has lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other good things. 🙂 Although the kids do eat eggs and some dairy.
Because of our youngest son, he has lots of severe food allergies, it is our job to make sure that he and all our children eat a lot of good healthy foods because that’s what our bodies crave. Our bodies don’t want all the junk and processed foods.
My husband and I have done some research on "healthy living" and we have decided that an organic and plant based way of eating is best for our family.
Which "healthy" can mean a variety of different things or ways for a lot of us. I am just sharing what we have decided is best for us.
Lots of people will say "Eating healthy is too expensive". Well, I get it. Although think of it like this…. If you go to the market and buy Oreo’s for 2 for $5, why can’t you go to the market and buy 2 packages of blueberries or strawberries or even a bag of apples for $5? The thing is, you need to eliminate all the "bad" stuff and replace it with "good" stuff. So when people say they can’t afford it, it really comes down to NOT buying any junk at all and not buying the good and the bad stuff but rather just the good stuff. Does that make sense? Anyway, we try to teach the kids that healthy eating can be fun and doesn’t have to seem daunting. Don’t get me wrong Oreo’s are yummy but without any nutritional value at all. So if we get a sweet tooth we will make things homemade and have some fun in the kitchen!
We don’t eat out very much except for the occasional pizza which we will regret later with our stomachs. 🙁
God has given us everything that we need in this so called world. So why do we need processed foods? We don’t! It will just come back to get us eventually. So I am not telling you how to eat but rather just giving advice of what I know.
Think of it like this… Our bodies are a vessel and we need to take care of them right? Well would you put regular gas into a diesel vehicle? No you wouldn’t so why would you put some synthetic food into your body? It is NOT going to be running properly and you will begin to wonder why you feel the way you do. Believe me, I get lots of people asking why they feel the way they do and the first question is always how and what they are eating.
I am no expert or nutritionist but I do care about nutrition for sure. And after finding out about my son’s allergies it has been amazing to me how my eyes have opened to finding out more about our foods and supplements that we consume daily.
I could continue to go on and on about this and other health related issues but you know where to reach me if you have questions. 🙂
A few of our favorites!:
(recipe for the large family of course)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
2 cans kidney beans
(or whatever beans you like)
(mash these up in a pot on the stove)
(mixed these all in with the beans and heat)
chop up all your fixings
lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, black olives
(the kids will sometimes use sour cream and cheese)
heat up shells in oven and enjoy!
Garlic White Wine Pasta
boil 2lbs pasta (we use brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s)
saute brocoli, peas, red pepper (or any other veggies) in olive oil or avocado oil
add about 1/2 cup white wine, minced garlic, salt and pepper
toss and your done!
Garlic Green Beans
3lbs of green beans
avocado or olive oil
saute altogether until beans are soft and that’s it!
Little Man eating some breakfast!
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
2 cups brown rice flour (we use this due to allergies)
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce ( we also use apple cinnamon butter from Trader Joe’s)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
stir altogether and cook on oiled skillet and enjoy! I know this little guy did 🙂
drizzle with real maple syrup or agave