I love to spend time in the kitchen and do the best I can to prepare three meals every day. I’m definitely not an expert in the kitchen, but over the past three years of marriage I’ve improved in this department and feel much more comfortable prepping and cooking than I did before. And now that I’ve witnessed the healing power of food, my passion to provide healthy meals for our family encourages me to keep trying out and developing new recipes everyday.
Our weekly farm share provides an abundance of fresh vegetables at an affordable price and it comprises most of our produce for the week. Besides that, we purchased a 1/4 cow this summer and a dozen chickens that will last us for most of the year. This summer we also picked and froze about 50 pounds of blueberries that we’ll eat throughout the winter. Most weeks we don’t go to a grocery store but about once a month we do grocery shop for plantains, avocados, and a little fruit. We purchase most of our pantry items online.
A Late Breakfast
Twice per month we also purchase milk from a local dairy and make our homemade yogurt which we have for breakfast every single day. We each have our servings of yogurt in our own favorite ways – I always have mine in a smoothie. Around 10 am I have my morning smoothie with 2 cups of yogurt, one banana, 1 scoop of collagen powder, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and a few tablespoons of coconut oil. I love it! Sometimes I mix it up and change the ingredients but for the most part it stays the same everyday. I have it as a late breakfast simply because I’m not hungry before 10.
We have lunch around noon and it’s often leftovers and eggs. It isn’t fancy, but we like the routine. Some examples: leftover picadillo and steamed broccoli in an omelette, hard boiled eggs and canned sardines over a big bed of greens with homemade dressing, leftover rice and stew with fried eggs on top and a side salad.
Dinner is when I cook a big meal. I try to focus on covering most of our plate in vegetables and have some great quality protein, as well as lots of good fat. I have recipes for every season that I rotate through. In the fall, we eat pumpkin and squash several times per week. For example, on the weekends we’ll have pumpkin pancakes, for lunch we’ll have leftover butternut squash, and for dinner I’ll make spaghetti squash with a meaty pasta sauce on top. I also make a lot of stir frys because they’re fast to make and an easy way to include a lot of veggies.
We rarely snack just because we focus on eating really filling meals so we’re not hungry between them, but sometimes if I have a workout between the long stretch of lunch and dinner. It’s usually a piece of fruit and some nuts.
This is an area I’m working on! I don’t have a sweet tooth but once in a while it’s nice to have a sweet bite. We really like dark chocolate and I like making that as well as baked apples in the fall and blueberry cobblers with our frozen berries. I basically keep it real simple in this department.
What are your go-to foods? Do you have any staples you enjoy everyday?