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One of the keys to eating real food for our family is a meal plan.
While I will be going into more detail about the logistics of how I meal plan in the Our (Real) Food Journey series, I wanted to share with you what our family will be eating this week.
A couple things you should know…
I shop bi-weekly at a local coop, where I get fresh dairy and fruits and veggies, along with eggs, raw honey, and a few other goodies. I plan our meals for a 2 week period of time (occasionally I plan for a whole month, plan not shop).
I like consistency but variety!
I visit our local health food store, Nature’s Food Patch, on a weekly basis, to restock items such as cream (the farm we get our milk from currently doesn’t have cream, I buy Natural by Nature right now), bananas (we run out fast in this house), a local brand of fresh OJ (the only way I can get my son to take Cod Liver Oil is by mixing it with the OJ), and a couple other items.
Our family recently became members at Costco. I visit monthly for a few items like Kerrygold Grass-fed Butter, Kerrygold Cheese, organic tomato paste, Wild Planet Tuna, and a couple other items. I will be going into more detail about the great items I find at Costco in a later post.
I purchase our meat twice a year through a farmer. Recently we bought 50lbs of beef, soup bones, 6 whole chickens, and 15lbs of pork. This will last our family, with careful planning, until I can order meat again in the fall.
I purchase grains through a different coop which specializes in grains, oats, and a few other products twice a year.
I will be going into more detail about how all this works for our family later this week so be sure to subscribe via email and like livesimply on Facebook to follow along.
Breakfast is highlighted in orange and dinner in blue. I usually don’t plan lunches, as I use lots of leftovers from dinner or the boring old Pb&J (hey, I have two kids) or some type of more adult sandwich for the husband and I. Links for the recipes, which I am using from other internet sources are provided.
|Scrambled Eggs with banana bread and Kiwi and blueberries||Soaked Oatmeal (recipe coming soon)with butter, cream, honey, Berries and chopped bananas||Omelet with cheese, green onions, and tomatoes, cantaloupe, and toast with homemade strawberry jam||Homemade Granola with milk and chopped bananas and blueberries||Smoothies: berries, peaches, apple juice, spinach, flax, yogurt, and banana and breakfast burritos||Paleo-Beakfast Bars with hard-boiled eggs|
|Roasted whole Chicken with broccoli and sweet potatoes, saladNote: save chicken bones to make overnight crock-pot bone broth||Chicken Salad sandwiches with celery and red onions topped with sprouts, Garbanzo bean salad, sliced cantaloupe||Black Bean Enchiladas (made with leftover black beans from Sunday and chicken broth from Monday) and green salad||Lasagna Roll ups packed with broccoli and spinach, homemade spaghetti sauce, asparagus on the side||Pizza Pinwheels loaded with leftover veggies with leftover spaghetti sauce||Lentil Soup (use chicken broth from Monday) and add swiss chard and ground suasage with fresh bread and green salad|
For snacks this week we will be having: fruit, Mary’s Gone Crackers with cheese, and Cranberry-Date lara bars (recipe coming soon), smoothies, popcorn with coconut oil, butter, and real salt (made with our popcorn popper).
How are you nourishing your family this week?