I purchased Everyday Paleo last week while my little one was off celebrating a Thanksgiving weekend with her dad and his girlfriend's family. I had the perfect opportunity to get rid of all the crap in the pantry and freezer. I gave food away to people on freecycle who were thrilled to take: cake and bread mixes, pot pies, chips, cheetohs, unopened boxes of Girl Scout cookies my little one sold to me, and on and on. Very freeing, as so many of those items I never even had the urge to make because I'd think, "When is it that I WANT my daughter to eat this crap? She comes home with reward candy most days from school, her lunches are pbj, applesauce, on wheat. Her life's a dang sugar-fest."
Savannah's adjustment to reducing wheat to just her lunch, and finding substitutes at breakfast and dinner was surprisingly good-natured.
This week, I showed her the book and told her, "Look, based on the great things happening with our Linda [the diabetic], I want us to try this. 30 days of these recipes, just an adventure in doing something different. We'll judge next month what we think!"
I bought her a colorful trio of paring knives, so she can help cook. I got a food processor. Ready to go.
We made the Egg Cupcakes on Sunday night and had them for breakfast Monday morning. We loved them! They ARE a tasty and fun food. And convenient. Easy to make with a food processor.
The next day, I prepped the 6 lb organic free-range chicken for the crockpot and set the light timer so it would turn on and cook for 6 hours and be waiting for us when we got home.
When I picked Savannah up from school, she had a 101 fever, and was tearful and sick when we got home. NOT a good day to start all this! I went ahead and finished making the Kids Love Cabbage Slaw, because I need to cook this stuff and not have it go bad, and I need to eat.
Savannah was much better this morning, and she had a good lunch of leftovers (chicken and slaw) and really liked them both. She rallied today and no trace of fever. I let her eat grapes and my homemade applesause today, just let her go with her instincts. But, again, she loves the sweeter things.
Dinner was chicken again, slaw, herbal tea. We're both under the weather and I hadn't the energy to make a whole new meal. I will say that it was lovely have truly tasty food just at the ready all day. Raw nuts, herbal teas, all the chicken we could want.
In my own adult alone life, I love Ethiopian, Indian, and other ethnic foods. I love to try the adventurous things. But, as a mum just trying to find a way to share breakfast and dinner with my girl and get the major sugar pile OUT of my house, I'm very hopeful. The recipes so far are definitely interesting enough that I am not in despair, and she hasn't snubbed a single one. And she's a picky kid. She's growing out of it, though. And her being a critically important cook is huge. She's invested in this. I'm excited.
Now, if the illness would just pass. Any time I get a respiratory illness, I seem to suffer for weeks. So, I guess just under 3 weeks, I need to be patient.
I don't have her tomorrow night, so the Easy Steak Skewers will have to wait until Thursday night. So far, so good, though!