Real Food to Go 11.25.13

Welcome to my Real Food to Go series!  Here I chronicle what I pack for my husband for his lunches.  It will also give you a good overview of what we make in an average week for our meals.

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We have been trying to increase our salmon intake and these wild salmon burgers from Costco are delicious.  I also packed some Alexia sweet potato fries and a baby spinach salad.

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Speaking of salmon, here was another salmon day!  some wild smoked salmon along with a bagel and cream cheese.  I think these bagels were from our trip to the Whole Foods in Detroit, and the cream cheese is the 365 house brand.  Also packed an apple, some smoked hunters sausage and a Chobani yogurt.

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This meal got sent a few times and never photographed!  I made a crock pot roast (hunk of grass fed beef, carrots, potatoes, garlic, onion and Celtic sea salt) that fed us for a few days!

What are you packing this week for lunch?  What are some of your favorites?

Food Haul 11.22.13

 

Oops, the week of no pictures!

I went to Aldi this week to pick up a few things.  No luck finding anything organic except baby spinach yet.  I have heard that Aldi is going to have a permanent organic line so I am excited to learn more.  I picked up baby spinach, mini bell peppers, mini cucumbers, some crescent rolls (ugh, I know they are terrible non-food items but they were calling to me!) steel cut oats, and bread.  I believe I spent $15 but local toddler absconded with the receipt.

We went to Costco last week but for the life of me I can’t remember what all we bought or how much we spent.  I know there was Wild Planet tuna, organic tortilla chips, Chobani yogurt, Naked juice and some lunchmeat.  I’m sure there was more I am not remembering.  Probably $100ish.

Starting to think about Thanksgiving!  I am probably in charge of bringing sweet potatoes because that is what I always bring!  I keep chipping away at my recipe and tweaking things every time I make it.  I probably won’t get it made in time to share before Thanksgiving but I will have it up before Christmas!

Because I think all posts need a photo, here is a random collage of food from the conference I attended at The Henry in Dearborn.  Everything they fed us was delicious and the hotel is art gallery beautiful!

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What is “your dish?”  That one thing everybody raves about and begs you to bring?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?  I really love the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing all mixed together.  It is the only time my food is allowed to touch!

Let’s be Social Butterflies!

Just a quick note to let all the real foodies know that I use several social media outlets.  It takes a long time to pull together blog posts, but I love to post small things that are on my mind.

Find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RealFoodInARealWorld

I love Facebook because I am able to post long thoughts and photos, but only about 30% of my “audience” sees the posts because Facebook wants me to pay to “boost” my posts.  This blog is not monetized, which is to say that I pay to run this blog and do not receive any money from advertising or kick backs.  I blog because I love to write and share ideas with like minded people, this is not a source of income for me therefore I will not be paying any “unnecessary” fees.  I need that money to buy good food!

Find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RealFoodKelly

Twitter is forever a mystery to me.  I’m on it fairly often, but I am definitely not an aficionado.  Feel free to come watch me stumble my way around retweets and links I find interesting!

Find me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/realfoodkelly

Instagram is neck and neck with Facebook for my favorite!  I’m fairly new to Instagram but I love sharing photos.  I’m usually there daily posting a random snippet of my life.  It is usually food, but I also chronicle other areas of my everyday life.  It is a really fun way to see everyday life in a new way.  I highly encourage you to check it out, ridiculous hashtags and all.  Don’t worry, I don’t really understand hashtags yet either!

Come stumble around the internet with me!  I love chatting with all of you and learning new things.

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Real Food to Go 11.18.13

Happy Monday!

What is new in your world?  I got this fancy new phone that I’m learning how to use (Samsung Galaxy).  It takes amazing photos but I have to relearn editing and blogging.  I do 90% of my blog from my phone because I am always on the go with my kiddo.  I *think* I have learned enough to get me back to blogging!  Today is some more lunches!

 

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Leftover cold pizza is one of my favorite food groups.  This was a simple pizza I threw together one night when I realized we had nothing planned for dinner.  It was Trader Joes dough from my freezer, Target organic spaghetti sauce used for the sauce, some cheese from Whole Foods and Organic Prairie uncured pepperoni from the freezer.  We are indifferent about the Trader Joes dough, I need to get around to making some homemade dough and stash in the freezer.  I also threw in a PB & J sandwich, an apple and a spinach salad with some pepitas and dried cherries.

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Spaghetti nights are a toddler favorite.  Some Field Day pasta from Door to Door Organics, jarred organic sauce from Target, breaded chicken, and a spinach salad with some trail mix and pepitas and dried cherries.

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This lunch was repeated a few times!  When I make stir fry, I always make enough for like 10 people.  This was a simple stir fry made with Applegate organic hot dogs, every veggie in the house and some Soy Vay Teriyaki sauce.  Botan sticky rice keeps the hubby happy.  He said the protein shake was terrible, but I am guessing it may have been because it was vanilla and boring plain.

Food Haul 11.8.13

How is it November already?! Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly! I love Thanksgiving but I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by.

This week is just Door to Door Organics. Lots of goodies to share though!

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The Challah bread from Zingermans is a thing of beauty. It is pricey, but makes the best French Toast you have ever eaten in your life. We are obsessed with this bacon from Smoking Goose! Just a fair warning, if you eat it you will never EVER be able to eat regular grocery store bacon again. Completely worth it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you! The eggs are from Creswick Farms and the milk in glass bottles is from Calder Dairy. Grabbed some maple Brown Cow yogurt and the always tasty Garden Fresh Gourmet wild mild fresh salsa. I also needed some Tofutti sour cream and cream cheese. I don’t typically like most dairy imposters but those two things are so delicious! Somehow the Zingermans brownie escaped being photographed, but I snuck one of those in the order for local hubby.

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In the bitty box this week I got zucchini, avocado, kale, pie pumpkin, potatoes, bananas, apples and lettuce. The warehouse had strawberries out when I picked up my boxes. Local toddler has been begging for strawberries forever but they are so pricey this time of year. I was really jazzed to see them there, thanks Door to Door Organics! He also picked up a green mango that he is completely obsessed with and won’t stop talking about.

Oops, I lied.  I also ran over to Aldi and picked up a container of organic baby spinach and three avocados.  I spent $5 and some change.  I spent $58.99 at Door to Door this week, so my total spending this week was around $64.

How about you?  Try anything new this week?

 

 

Whole Roasted Butternut Squash

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If you love butternut squash but hate the effort it takes to cut, I have good news!

You don’t have to!

We love butternut squash but I have nearly severed a finger trying to cut them in half. I have good knives, but some squash are super hard. A few years ago somebody told me I could roast it whole and I have never looked back!

Preheat your oven to 350F, although I have used other temperatures and the squash was fine (just check for burning if a higher temp)

Wash your squash and make two large slashes in the skin. They don’t need to be deep, just enough to let some steam escape.

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Place your squash in a pan. I typically cover a 9×13 dish in foil because I hate washing dishes. There may be some sticky residue after roasting.

Roast for approximately one hour. Time will depend on the size and density of the squash. It’s fairly forgiving, I just poke it every once in a while. When I can poke a fork or knife easily into the flesh I know it is done.

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Remove from oven and set aside to cool. I set mine on top of my oven to cool enough for me to lightly handle

Cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds to discard and then scoop flesh from skin.

Done! You can puree if you like a smooth texture. You can season to your liking. We like ours plain, I think the roasting process makes it delicious.

Real Food to Go 11.4.13

Happy Monday!

This week in lunch was a little hit or miss. We had to skip our Door to Door Organics order last week because our budget got lean for a little while. Real life happens to all of us! I had to try to get creative with what we had in the house. Most blogs would call that an “Eating from the Pantry Challenge” but I will be straight with you and say we were short on funds and it wasn’t that exciting! Thankfully I hoard keep a lot of food in the house.

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This one looks kind of boring but tastes delicious!  I typically make brown rice, so local hubby is always excited to find white rice in his lunch.  The chicken was baked in a big pan with some sea salt and Apolonia Oily Greek dressing.  The juice is a mixture of all the produce that was going south.  It is beets, carrots, romaine lettuce, ginger and apple.

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This lunch got repeated a few times!  Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (my aunt made grape jelly from fresh organic grapes my parents picked while vacationing up north) apple, Doritos stolen from Local Toddlers Halloween stash, Greek yogurt with some Germack Motown Mix to add in, and a spinach salad with some walnuts and dried cherries and Apolonia pink creamy Greek dressing.  Door to Door Organics hasn’t had the creamy Greek available for a few weeks and we are now out, there may be an uprising!  The bread was in our freezer from Costco, it is Sara Lee Whole grain white or something like that.  It’s not that great for you, but I just can’t seem to get into the habit of making bread and I don’t have a perfect recipe.

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Lunch fail.  I made really soupy oatmeal in the hopes that it would reheat well.  It did not.  Local toddler and I ate this fresh and it was pretty amazing.  It was oatmeal with walnuts and apple celebration salad.  I also packed a banana with peanut butter, some Calder Dairy milk and Grass Fed whey protein and an Emergen-C packet because we are all fighting off a cold (and winning!) (Side note, I don’t think Emergen-C is considered “real food” but we had it in the house and I am determined to keep us healthy)

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Just had to throw in a toddler lunch to complete this post.  Banana slices with roasted and salted pepitas, cranberries and raisins on top of peanut butter.  This is a light lunch for him, but I thought it was pretty.

Any hits or misses in your lunch?

Do you make bread?  I’d love a perfect recipe for sandwich bread, I even have a bread machine!  Mine are always crumbly.

What do you make when the budget gets tight?

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Halloween Wrap Up

Happy Friday Real Foodies!

I hope everybody had a great Halloween!

Today I don’t have a food haul (the only thing I bought this week was cucumbers, hummus and mini peppers) so I thought I would share a Halloween wrap up. I got quite a few questions about Halloween candy so I thought I would address them here.

Plus it gives me a good excuse to show off local toddler in his costumes because I can 😉

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We did several Halloween events this year so I had an indoor and an outdoor costume for him. This also may have been because my mother and I really enjoy making costumes and couldn’t narrow it down.

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Back to food! For a playgroup party, local toddler gave out mini bags of pretzels. For our trick or treaters we had these super cute bags of Annie’s bunnies.

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Now, about all that candy. I can only speak to what my life experience tells me. What works for my family right now, might not work next year or for another family. In all honesty, there isn’t a huge overload of candy in our house. My son only went to about five houses last night before he decided that it was way more fun to pass out candy. (His decision, he really had a lot of fun passing out candy and yelling out the door “Do you need a trick or treat? I have snacks, come get some candy.”) He was given some great snacks from friends and family (fruit puree pouches, yogurt melts, goldfish crackers etc). He only asked for a sucker last night and we happily obliged. I have the candy on a table and he knows it is there, and I will let him have one or two (after a meal). I stashed a few suckers aside for special prizes. However, we do not let him have chocolate. This is because he doesn’t tolerate chocolate well right now and it causes him stomach problems, I’m sure this will change as he gets older. My husband and I are happy to help some of the chocolate find a new home, the rest will probably find a home in my freezer.

I’ve heard of all different ways of dealing with massive amounts of Halloween candy. Honestly, I have no idea what we will do when he really starts amassing massive amounts of candy. I’ve heard of many different suggestions, but I think it all comes down to knowing what works best for your child at that point in time. I consider myself an “everything in moderation” parent. I don’t think occasional candy will melt his brain, but I certainly don’t want it to be an every day thing in his life. I typically “let my hair down” about food for special occasions. He eats cupcakes and potato chips at parties, the occasional fast food hamburger etc. Our family tries for 80% real food, some days we are 100, some days lower. I think he is happy, healthy and well adjusted; which is really what we all want for our children. Most days he will choose cucumbers or grapes over candy, so I’m not going to worry too much about the days that the occasional candy wins.

How was your Halloween? What did you give out? Did your kids get any treats that surprised you? Do you have any leftover peanut butter cups?!