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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes piles of fresh produce. We've got beans, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and more! I'm thankful my kids love their veggies.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters July 16, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes piles of fresh produce. We’ve got beans, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and more! I’m thankful my kids love their veggies.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes piles of fresh produce. We've got beans, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and more! I'm thankful my kids love their veggies.

School is back in session!

We are officially kicking off our end-of-summer/start-of-school session Monday morning (after a busy week of camp and camping and new kittens!). I’ve been working hard to lesson plan and get the school room ready. The kids are beyond excited. It makes it so much more fun that my kids have such a passion for learning.

I’m back in the kitchen!

If I’m not in the school room you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen. The beans and zucchini are starting to pour in. Plus we have a full row of cabbage ready for picking. I’m going to be freezing, slicing, grating and making sauerkraut all day long I think!

At least I can actually cook this week. Last week I had to have a packed dinner or a crockpot dinner every night. I didn’t even have time during the day to deal with produce. I’m excited to start creating with it.

There is a chance we will do another round of blueberry picking as well. We need to restock the freezer.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes piles of fresh produce. We've got beans, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and more! I'm thankful my kids love their veggies.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. If your kids aren’t big veggie fans trying letting them help grow some or pick it out at a local market and then help make dinner. It can make all the difference in how they view the food! What’s on your menu this week?

Sunday
B – zucchini muffins, smoothies
L – salad bar, zucchini muffins
D – meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes, sauteed zucchini
prep: make kefir, make banana bread
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – pork chops, rice, roasted purple cabbage
prep: make sauerkraut
notes: 

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – tacos, beans
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast with jam
D – Mac ‘n’ cheese, roasted cauliflower
prep: soak oats
notes:

Thursday
B – oatmeal with blueberries
D – beef and broccoli stir fry over rice, fruit salad
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – zucchini pancakes with blueberry topping, bacon, roasted cabbage
prep:
notes: 

Saturday
B – zucchini pancakes, bacon
D – grilled burgers and onions, grilled zucchini, chips and dip
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast beef, ham and pea soup. In other words, lots of prep ahead meals for a busy summer week!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters July 9, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast beef, ham and pea soup. In other words, lots of prep ahead meals for a busy summer week!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast beef, ham and pea soup. In other words, lots of prep ahead meals for a busy summer week!

I feel blessed this morning to have power after a crazy storm went through our area a couple days ago. Thankfully we were without power for less than 24 hours (and have a generator!). Some people still don’t have power yet.

Fresh Food!

We’re still enjoying lots of fresh produce from our garden like snap peas, lettuce, beets, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. It won’t be long before the beans are ready and I’ll be freezing them by the gallon.

We managed to work through all of our cherries last week. Just in time. This week it’s time for blueberry picking! Summer is so delicious!!

Along with all the kitchen work we have a busy week with my daughter going to camp (which means packing lunches) and the boys taking a camping trip. So meals will be a lot of easy, prep ahead foods. Plus lots of prep work for the camping food.

I’m in Planning Mode.

This is my school planning week. I’ve looked through all of the new curriculum. We went back-to-school shopping. Now it’s time to prepare supplies and start lesson planning for our first 4-week unit (our end of summer session) that begins next week! The kids are so excited to start. They are sad that I need time to plan.

Still Healing

I’m still working as hard as I can on healing – forcing myself to rest, take a break from exercise and sleep in some days. It may sound great, but it’s really not. I love to be active and feel energetic and productive.

Laying on the couch instead of walking is not much fun at all.

I’m not loving the struggle with body image and weight either. But I’m already seeing good signs of healing progress. So I’m pushing on. Once I’m farther along on the journey I’ll feel so much better and will be able to be much more active and get fit. But I have to do the hard work first of resting. Exercising is the easy (and LAST) part of the process! God is faithful. He will guide me through this.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast beef, ham and pea soup. In other words, lots of prep ahead meals for a busy summer week!

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters for the week. Lots to do. Lots of good food to eat. What’s on your menu?

Sunday
B –  cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot roast beef, seasoned rice, peas
D – tacos, salads
prep: make granola bars, make chocolate bars
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot meatballs, noodles, broccoli
prep: make graham crackers, prep smoothies
notes: 

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – crockpot pork ham roast, scalloped potatoes, beans
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – crockpot split pea soup with ham, bread with jam, salad
prep: bake bread, prep camping food
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – crockpot hobo dinners (home) | hobo dinners (camping)
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars, fresh fruit
L – sunbutter sandwiches, veggies with dip, chips, fresh fruit (camping)
D – salad bar (home) | beef and broccoli stir fry over rice, bread with jam (camping)
prep: soak beans
notes: 

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast (home) | sausage and eggs, pancakes, fruit (camping)
L – hot dogs, veggies with dip, chips, fresh fruit
D – crockpot ham, bean and beet green soup, bread with jam, salad
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilling, freezer meals and cherries! We're still enjoying lots of lettuce, peas and broccoli from the garden too.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters July 2, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilling, freezer meals and cherries! We’re still enjoying lots of lettuce, peas and broccoli from the garden too.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilling, freezer meals and cherries! We're still enjoying lots of lettuce, peas and broccoli from the garden too.

Happy 4th of July!

It’s hard to believe it’s July already. Didn’t summer just start?

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m gearing up to start lesson planning for the new school year this week that it feels like summer is about over already. We actually are all excited to get started. But I do have some work to do yet. At least we got the school room cleaned.

I Live in the Kitchen

I’ve been in the kitchen a LOT lately. It seems like every summer I forget just how much work it is to preserve food for the winter. But every winter I am so thankful I put in the effort. It saves so much money, and we get amazing produce year round.

We’re still eating salads with just about every meal and snacking on fresh snap peas. I love all the beets too.

Yesterday I made pickled beets for the first time…and started canning! I don’t usually get the canner out until closer to September. But this year I want to try canning more. So no time like the present.

We’re planning to go cherry picking this week. That means time to freeze cherries and make a few goodies.

I’ve also been getting back into the habit of making kefir and yogurt now that we have plenty of fresh, raw milk. One more money saver!

Back to Allergies

Sadly we have one kid that doesn’t get to enjoy it. My son is still having on and off stomach aches and allergic reactions (complaining about his throat being scratchy…that scares me). So we’re still trying to pinpoint offenders or if it’s just an overall stomach issue. For now he’s off of dairy and eggs. And possibly seeds as well. So closer to an AIP diet. Although he still seems ok with some beans.

I’m trying to make sure we’re adding broth to our meals this week to help with the healing process. And I have to make sure I have safe sources of protein for my son. With dairy, eggs and seeds cut out that doesn’t leave a whole lot of easy breakfast foods.

Healing Myself

Did I mention I’m also still working on healing for myself and trying to squeeze in rest whenever possible? Is that possible? I’ve been working from the couch many days instead of from the treadmill. It’s HARD to make myself rest. But I know it will speed up the process and get me back to doing more and having more energy faster. So I’m trying. I guess a holiday week is as good a time as any to take it easy.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters this week. I hope you have a great holiday (if you’re in the US) and enjoy some good food!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes grilling, freezer meals and cherries! We're still enjoying lots of lettuce, peas and broccoli from the garden too.

Sunday
B – cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot meatloaf, roasted potatoes, peas
D – grilled brats and hot dogs, grilled asparagus, layer salad, chips
prep: bake bread, make granola bars?, boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – red, white and blue parfaits
L – salad bar
D – pumpkin sausage soup, bread with strawberry jam, salad
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner 

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, squash cherry smoothies
D – grilled burgers, roasted potatoes and carrots, lettuce salad, fresh fruit
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast | sausage, toast
D – sloppy joes, steamed broccoli, buttered noodles
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – cabbage and beef casserole (from freezer), rice, pearsauce
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – black cherry coffee cake, homemade sausage, beans, salad
prep: bake coffee cake
notes: 

Saturday
B – coffee cake, sausage, eggs, fruit
D – crockpot tomato soup, grilled cheese, salad
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes cobb salad, fajitas and taco dip. We're planning meals around all of the fresh produce coming from our garden and our CSA!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters June 25, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes cobb salad, fajitas and taco dip. We’re planning meals around all of the fresh produce coming from our garden and our CSA!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes cobb salad, fajitas and taco dip. We're planning meals around all of the fresh produce coming from our garden and our CSA!

Our garden this year is amazing!

No, I’m not trying to brag. I’m just blown away by the quality of the soil at our new house compared to at our old house. We have lettuce, beets, peas and broccoli pouring in right now. I’m not used to having so much from our garden already in June!

The fresh produce is definitely dictating how we eat right now. We have salads with almost every meal. And I’m about to start canning beets and freezing beet greens! Something I’ve never done before. It’s a fun adventure.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes cobb salad, fajitas and taco dip. We're planning meals around all of the fresh produce coming from our garden and our CSA!

We also finally got a big haul of strawberries. We’ve been busy freezing them and making jam, fruit rolls and pancake topping.

I’m glad that this year my kids can be more help with all of the preserving. By the time they are ready to leave the house they’ll be proficient chefs and able to preserve just about anything.

Getting Back to School

We’ve slowly been easing back into school work. This week we’ll try to wrap up last year’s history and work on typing and math. My ultimate goal is to start digging into next year’s curriculum and start some planning. We’ll see how that goes.

We are still trying to figure out why my son is having stomach aches. We are suspecting it might be from eggs. So for now eggs are out. But we are going to give dairy another try.

Kids Can Meal Plan

Since we worked on the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse last week my kids are really excited to help in the kitchen. We’ll continue working through it this week. Plus my oldest helped plan a lot of our meals this week. Between that and all of the fresh produce our real food meal plans will look a bit different than usual. I love all this variety!

If you’re interested in teaching your kids to cook now is the perfect time! Until June 30 you can get an extra set of lessons totally free when you sign up for the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. Pick one new food you see here and give it a try with your family! Enjoy the summer harvest.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes cobb salad, fajitas and taco dip. We're planning meals around all of the fresh produce coming from our garden and our CSA!

Sunday
B – pancakes with strawberries, strawberry kefir beet green smoothies
L – crockpot roast chicken, rice, peas
D – cobb salad, garlic bread
prep: bake bread, make salad dressings, boil eggs, make strawberry jam, make strawberry fruit leather
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
L – chicken salad lettuce wraps, veggies with hummus, chips, fruit 
D – crockpot meatloaf, baked potatoes, beans
prep: make hummus
notes: picnic lunch, prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – taco dip, roasted cauliflower
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – chicken fajitas, salad with roasted beets
prep: make tortillas?
notes:

Thursday
B – oatmeal with blueberries
D – chickpea lettuce wraps, salad
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – eggplant tomato bake, steamed broccoli, garlic bread
prep: freeze broccoli
notes: 

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
D – lettuce and pea pesto salmon pasta, salad
prep: make pesto, make/can pickled beets, freeze beet greens
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes party leftovers (mom's favorite!), taco bowls and scrambled eggs. The kids are making dinner all week as we go through the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters June 18, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes party leftovers (mom’s favorite!), taco bowls and scrambled eggs. The kids are making dinner all week as we go through the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes party leftovers (mom's favorite!), taco bowls and scrambled eggs. The kids are making dinner all week as we go through the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse!

Ahhh. Can you feel me breathe a sigh of relief?

Last week was super busy cleaning the house top to bottom and hosting family and a party! We had so much fun visiting with family, but it certainly wasn’t what my body needed right now. Since I had to be in the kitchen from morning until evening for a few days I’m taking a break this week. By which I mean we are going through the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse again…and the kids are making dinner all week!!

If you haven’t looked into KCRF you should! Grab your free snacks that kids can make book while you check it out HERE!

My goal is that this week will help reinforce skills they’ve learned so that my kids can continue to help more and more in the kitchen and build confidence.

Last week I got kefir grains. It’s been years since I’ve made kefir. I’m excited to have another probiotic-rich food in the house.

Back to School

We have some fun activities this week, including visiting a friend’s small farm. The kids are so excited to see more animals!

Now that we had our week off from school we’re jumping into summer school. My daughter will begin typing lessons this week. The Kids Cook Real Food course will also be part of our summer school. I think we’ll wait one more week before getting back into math and language arts (it will give us a week to really clean up our school stuff from last year!)

Thankfully we finally got some rain here. Our grass was already getting brown in June! You can just feel the earth drinking it in.

I hope you are enjoying the summer! Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters for the week. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes party leftovers (mom's favorite!), taco bowls and scrambled eggs. The kids are making dinner all week as we go through the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse!

Sunday
B – eggs, muffins
L – leftover hot dogs and brats, salad, veggies and dip, chips, jello
D – meatloaf, baked potatoes, peas
prep: make pumpkin yogurt
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot ham and bean soup, crackers with cheese
prep: soak beans
notes: 

Tuesday
B – toast with sunbutter, kefir smoothies
D – taco bowls, salad with ranch dressing, refried beans
prep: make taco seasoning, make ranch dressing, make beans
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast with strawberry jam
D – stir fry, gelatin cups
prep: make gelatin cups
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – chicken rice-a-roni
prep: make crackers
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – scrambled eggs, fruit salad, pumpkin muffins
prep: bake muffins
notes: 

Saturday
B – muffins, fried eggs
D – pancakes, bacon
prep: 
notes: 

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Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Are You REALly Ready for a Baby?

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

I knew nothing about real food and natural living when I got pregnant with my first child. And there was nothing natural about the process of fertility treatments with no explanation why my body wasn’t working.

Fast forward a few years (and more treatments and another child) to when I got pregnant naturally with my third. I knew so much more. My lifestyle was so drastically different (like drinking raw milk and eating raw liver instead of being terrified of anything raw during pregnancy).

It was almost like for the first time I was REALly ready for a baby.

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

What Was Missing?

As I look back on all three pregnancies there is one thing I wish I had had – a week-by-week guide based on a traditional way of living.

For all you mamas-to-be you are in luck! It does exist now!!

The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide To Pregnancy and Childbirth has everything you ever wanted to know – from what’s going on during the first two weeks (that you aren’t actually pregnant) to natural birthing options, placenta encapsulation and best stroller options. For real, it has everything!

Genevieve Howland (author and founder of mamanatural.com) has helpful tips on easing morning sickness naturally, what nutrients you and your baby need at different stages and the benefits of breastfeeding.

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Great Read

I’m a Type A person that wants to read every little detail about what’s going on during pregnancy. I sometimes wish there was a day-by-day or hour-by-hour handbook (seriously, I’d read it). So it’s been so fascinating (even when not pregnant!) to read this amazing resource.

In fact, it’s so cool I’ve caught my nine-year-old reading it!! I’m just careful about which parts she’s reading.

Pregnancy is exciting and scary at the same time. There is so much to do, and there are so many decisions to make. So, are you REALly ready for a baby?

Get Yourself Ready

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or know someone else who is this book is a MUST! Grab a copy for yourself and one to give away.

Looking back on my baby shower there are really only a handful of things I needed – cloth diapers, a good baby carrier (love my BabyHawk!), a bouncy seat…and a pregnancy guide that showed me how to do things the REAL way.

Are you REALly ready for a baby? That’s kind of a loaded question – nobody is really. But whether you feel ready or not, the Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth is for you!

I have been compensated for my time to write this review but all opinions expressed are my own. I have not been paid to post a positive review.

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Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Creamy Spinach Pesto Salad Dressing

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

I don’t know about about you but when June rolls around I am so ready to get my salad on! I actually love eating salads year round. But something about the warm, summer weather makes me crave salad.

And when it comes to dressing I am not a traditional girl. Ranch? No thanks. Italian? Blech. I used to always eat honey mustard (I even have over four versions of it on the blog!!), but when I had to give up mustard for two years I lost that taste too.

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

My New Favorite

These days my salad dressing usually contains desiccated liver, fermented kale or aquatic greens…or all three if I’m really feeling the need to boost nutrients.

But there is one thing I always love on my salads – pesto! I usually make a really mild and simple version of pesto with peas (super kid friendly!!!).

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Recently I had the opportunity to try some Taylor Farms organic salad mixes. I went right for the baby spinach and popped it in the blender with olive oil, Stonyfield whole milk yogurt and seasoning. Amazing!

I served it with dinner on a bed of Taylor Farms mixed spring greens. The family loved it! My six-year old still isn’t a fan of lettuce salads. So he had cucumber, avocado and parmesan cheese topped with the creamy spinach pesto.  He sure was happy with his salad – and even asked for it again the next day!

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Kid-Friendly Greens

Creamy spinach pesto is a great way to get your kids to eat their greens. It does not taste like eating spinach (my son will vouch for that!). Plus it is combined with healthy fats like whole milk yogurt and extra virgin olive oil to help utilize the vitamins and minerals in the spinach.

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Even if your kids aren’t big salad eaters yet this creamy spinach pesto works well for dipping veggies or even chicken nuggets. We also like to eat it on noodles (pesto pasta!).

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Sometimes I’m sneaky and add a little desiccated liver. My kids don’t mind the taste since I add it to everything. It really boosts the Vitamin A content!

If you’re like me and craving a good summer salad this dressing is for you! Grab a big bowl, some Taylor Farms organic salad mix, your favorite salad toppers and a big helping of creamy spinach pesto! Summer has officially begun.

What is your favorite salad dressing? Do you make your own dressing creations?

Ready to dress up your summer salad? In less than five minutes this creamy spinach pesto salad dressing goes from the blender to your bowl!

Creamy Spinach Pesto Salad Dressing
Serves 6
A creamy green dressing the whole family will love!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups tightly packed spinach
  2. 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  3. 2 Tbsp. plain, whole milk yogurt
  4. 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  8. optional: 1/8 tsp. desiccated liver, 1/8 tsp. fermented kale powder, 1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Run warm water over the peas to thaw or let sit on the counter to thaw.
  2. In a blender combine the spinach, peas, yogurt, oil, salt, garlic, onion and optional ingredients if desired.
  3. Blend on high until smooth, scraping sides as necessary.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator up to one week.
Notes
  1. This dressing works well on salads, as a veggie dip, on pasta or for chicken nuggets.
  2. This recipe makes one cup of dressing and is easily doubled or tripled to serve at a picnic.
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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes tacos, sloppy joes and a picnic! With family in town we'll be enjoying lots of good food and fun.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters June 11, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes tacos, sloppy joes and a picnic! With family in town we’ll be enjoying lots of good food and fun.

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes tacos, sloppy joes and a picnic! With family in town we'll be enjoying lots of good food and fun.

School is done!

Well, sort of. On Friday we decided to call our 2-016 – 2017 school officially over. It just felt like good timing. Not to mention we’ve finished all of our work! Tomorrow we’ll head to our local home school building to start buying our new curriculum so we can get back at it.

Busy, Busy

This week will be a busy one with shopping (it’s been over two weeks since I’ve been to the store…the fridge and freezer are bare!!), meeting up with friends and having out-of-town family stay with us. If you need me I’ll be in the kitchen or cleaning like mad (and yes, we are taking this week off of school).

Garden Fresh

Our garden is coming along nicely. So far we’ve been enjoying fresh spinach. Soon we’ll have lots of lettuce. Bring on the salads!! I made a new dressing last week that my kids are going crazy for (even my son that hates salad). I’ll be sharing it on the blog soon.

Now it’s time to get busy! In other words, super simple meals to kick off the week. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes tacos, sloppy joes and a picnic! With family in town we'll be enjoying lots of good food and fun.

Sunday
B – cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot roast beef, baked potatoes, peas
D – grilled burgers, grilled asparagus, chips with dip
prep: make graham crackers, make gf “Wheat Thins”, boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot meatballs, noodles, cauliflower
prep: make bread
notes: 

Tuesday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – chicken, rice, broccoli skillet, pearsauce
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – crockpot stuffed cabbage unrolls, garlic toast
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – baked pork chops, seasoned rice, beans, carrots 
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – egg casserole, muffins, fruit
L – broccoli noodle soup, crackers with cheese, fruit, veggies with dip
D – tacos, peas, home canned peaches
prep: make jello, make hummus, make lemonade
notes: 

Saturday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit, muffins
L -sloppy joes, roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes, applesauce
D – grilled brats and hot dogs, salads, fruit, dessert
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Missing your beloved granola bars because you can't have oats? Problem solved! These oat and nut free chewy granola bars have the taste and texture of oats. You'll never miss them!!

Oat and Nut Free Chewy Granola Bars

Missing your beloved granola bars because you can’t have oats? Problem solved! These oat and nut free chewy granola bars have the taste and texture of oats. You’ll never miss them!!

Missing your beloved granola bars because you can't have oats? Problem solved! These oat and nut free chewy granola bars have the taste and texture of oats. You'll never miss them!!

My son can’t eat oats.

We’ve been working through a myriad of food allergies with him for the last four years. And amazingly he has been able to get rid of almost all of them.

Except a few oddballs. Like oats.

We have added back dairy, corn, rice, seeds, bananas, apples, avocado – a whole assortment of foods – too many to list! But the oats are still a big no-go.

So every time I make a batch of granola bars he feels a bit left out. I’ve made rice bars before. Which are delicious! But they are more like a cookie than a granola bar.

Missing your beloved granola bars because you can't have oats? Problem solved! These oat and nut free chewy granola bars have the taste and texture of oats. You'll never miss them!!

Oat Free Bars!

We put our heads together and my son and I came up with a new version of oat and nut free chewy granola bars. They have some texture and lots of flavor. Plus they hold together well. Which is always a trick with homemade granola bars.

The secret ingredient is brown rice puffs. Cereal is a rare treat in our house. If we do have cereal, it’s often plain rice puffs. We eat them with milk or add them to yogurt for a little crunch. They work perfectly in this granola bar recipe to add texture.

Missing your beloved granola bars because you can't have oats? Problem solved! These oat and nut free chewy granola bars have the taste and texture of oats. You'll never miss them!!

Make it Double

I like to make a big batch (or two!), wrap them individually and stick them in the freezer. Then I’ve got an easy snack or breakfast component ready to go at any time. These chewy granola bars are ready to eat right from the freezer.

One batch makes about fourteen bars. But if you’ve got toddlers and preschoolers you can cut them even smaller to make a batch of twenty to twenty eight.

Probably the best part of these oat and nut free chewy granola bars is how easy they are to make. I can get a batch in the oven in less than ten minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Got ten minutes? Get into the kitchen and whip up a delicious snack that has no corn syrup, glycerin, thickeners or binders.

Don’t need to avoid oats? Both my chewy and crunchy granola bar recipes are great!!

Missing your beloved granola bars because you can't have oats? Problem solved! These oat and nut free chewy granola bars have the taste and texture of oats. You'll never miss them!!

Gluten, Oat and Nut Free Chewy Granola Bars
Yields 14
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups rice puffs, roughly chopped in a blender
  2. 1 1/4 cups white or brown rice flour
  3. 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  6. 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  7. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 1/2 cup butter
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1/4 cup unsweetened sunbutter
  11. 1/2 cup add-ins (raisins, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt the butter, sunbutter and honey in s a small saucepan. Set aside.
  3. Combine rice puffs, flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
  4. Add the butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Add the eggs and mix well.
  6. Stir in opt-ins.
  7. Spread the batter in a greased or parchment lined 9x13 baking pan.
  8. Bake for 25 min.
  9. Let cool 15 minutes. Cut into bars (but do not remove from pan).
  10. Let cool 1 hour. Remove bars from pan.
  11. Wrap individually or store in a large container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. Bars are ready to eat straight from the freezer.
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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast chicken, meatballs and salad. It's exciting to have fresh produce in season again like greens and asparagus!

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters June 4, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast chicken, meatballs and salad. It’s exciting to have fresh produce in season again like greens and asparagus!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast chicken, meatballs and salad. It's exciting to have fresh produce in season again like greens and asparagus!

The school year is winding down. We haven’t picked an official end date yet, though we’re thinking when we wrap up the last few history and language arts lessons. So maybe in a couple weeks. Then we’ll be ready to kick off our next school year the following week! Not totally, but we will be doing school all summer. Just at a slower pace.

Farm Life

Farm life is getting exciting. Last Sunday one of our cats gave birth to three kittens. Sadly they didn’t make it to a week old before a Tom cat took over. Good life lessons for the kids. But sad nonetheless.

We are excited about warmer weather and getting outside more often. We’re planning all of our summer activities and field trips. Though I do want to make sure we leave plenty of time for just hanging out, playing and enjoying our first summer on the farm.

Back to Baking

Oddly enough I’m in the mood to bake this week. So I have a few projects on my to-do list. And with a little less school work that means I have more time to let my kids help. They could use some practice on their cooking and baking skills!

Over the weekend I made chocolate pudding, banana bread, banana muffins, rhubarb crisp and a cake. We are having family over in a couple weeks so I’m trying to prep things in advance as much as possible.

Here is our real food meal plan for picky eaters. I hope you enjoy your start to summer. What’s on your menu? Any grilling?

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes roast chicken, meatballs and salad. It's exciting to have fresh produce in season again like greens and asparagus!

Sunday
B – cereal, smoothies
L – crockpot roast chicken, baked potatoes, peas
D – grilled pork chops, grilled asparagus, salad, roasted potato wedges
prep: make salad dressing
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Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot meatballs, rice, beans
prep: bake muffins, soak oats
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Tuesday
B – strawberry overnight oats
D – chicken bacon pesto pasta, roasted asparagus
prep: make granola, boil eggs, make pesto
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Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – sweet and sour chicken and veggie stir fry over rice
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Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – pancakes, sausage, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
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Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, veggies with dip, fruit
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notes: packed dinner

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
D – at birthday party
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