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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin' john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we're cooking.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of March 26, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin’ john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we’re cooking.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin' john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we're cooking.

Back on Track!

We made it! We all (except one lucky child that never had it) made it through the flu. It wasn’t easy keeping up with life while I was sick. But we managed. Now it’s time to get back to normal routines.

I’m trying some new recipes this week. I’m anxious to see if the kids like them or not. If they are a hit I’ll be sure to share!

In the Kitchen.

There aren’t many big kitchen projects this week. If time allows I’d like to make a new batch of gluten free graham crackers. Maybe I’ll make a chocolate version since my kids want to make grasshopper pie for my husband’s birthday next week.

Exciting News!

One thing I did accomplish this weekend was to finish my new book! I’ve got a few technical things to deal with before I release it. But my goal is by next weekend.

Another exciting thing is that my toddler is finally back on track with eating well after being sick! It’s such a relief to me to have her eating and sleeping so well again. As an added bonus I let her try eggs again. And no reaction! I’m going to try giving her eggs once a week and see how it goes.

Here is this week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters. What’s on your menu this week?This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hoppin' john, sloppy joes and corn cakes! Come see what else we're cooking.

Sunday
B – pancake muffins, yogurt
L – crockpot ham, carrots, roasted potatoes
D – hoppin’ john, home canned peaches
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – chicken, lentil and spinach soup, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sloppy joes, beans, french fries
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – cereal, fruit
D – salmon and peas pasta, applesauce
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Thursday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – ham and cheese quiche, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – english muffin with jam and sunbutter, fruit
D – corn cakes with molasses, bacon, squash (our Little House on the Prairie dinner)
prep: bake chocolate graham crackers
notes: 

Saturday
B – corn cakes, bacon
D – TBD – kids plan and prepare
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.

Real Food Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Week of March 19, 2017

This week’s real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.

I bet you can guess how our week is starting? Yep, we’re still dealing with illness! I’m praying mother nature pays attention to the calendar and realizes that spring starts this week. We are so ready to get outside, soak up some vitamin D and get rid of the germs!!

House Before Kitchen

Considering how last week went I didn’t add any extra to-do’s to my list this week. My goal is just to deal with laundry and clean the house. Kitchen time will be saved for meal prep only.

We are going with Taco Tuesday again this week so my son can keep practicing his stove top skills. My goal is in the next couple months that I won’t need to help or monitor at all. He already has his own taco seasoning recipe to follow.

Kids in the Kitchen

Speaking of kids cooking, the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse is coming back! It’ll be open in April. If you want your kids to become independent in the kitchen as much as I do my kids make sure you check it out! And if you are a fellow home schooler it is so easy to incorporate into your curriculum.

Do you have any picky eaters in your house? Grab some of these kid-friendly meal ideas and add some nourishment and great eating to your week!

This week's real food meal plan for picky eaters includes hobo dinners, tacos and spaghetti. Come see how I make them more nourishing with real food.

Sunday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
L – crockpot roast beef, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus
D – bbq beef on buns, peppers and cucumbers with dip, chips
prep: boil eggs 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, fruit, granola bars
D – crockpot hobo dinners
prep: soak oats
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – oatmeal
D – tacos, peas
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – beef stroganoff, noodles, squash
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, smoothies
D – crockpot pork chops, baked onion rings, roasted cabbage
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – sausage, pancake muffins, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancake muffins, sausage
D – spaghetti, garlic bread, broccoli
prep: 
notes: 

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There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

How to Find Joy in Nourishing Your Body

There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I’ve experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I’m so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

“You have to be healthy to eat healthy.”

It’s something I often say to people frustrated with trying to eat the “right way” but still not feeling great. There are so many diets that promote real food and healing. They all have merit, but that doesn’t mean they work for everyone.

I know this because I’ve tried them (read some of my thoughts HERE). And the only thing I got was severe obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, more food intolerances and infertility. But no healing.

The real problem is they all include rules. Specific diets place restrictions on what you can eat and categorize food as good or bad. When a food is deemed bad or forbidden guess what happens? You want it! You are left with this constant decision making between doing the right thing or the wrong thing. And feeling guilty if you choose wrong. Or worse food starts to cause anxiety.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

It took me the last twenty years to move past feeling like food is either good or bad. But I did it.  And I love it! It is so freeing to finally enjoy food.

Sound Familiar? There’s help!

Are you hung up on trying to find the right diet for you? Are you wondering if low carb or grain free or high fat is right for you? Does it make you stressed just thinking about it? Here are some simple tips to get past the fear and back to joy.

  1. Start listening to your body.
    Take note of how you feel when you eat certain foods. Keep a food journal for a week or two if need be. If nuts bother your stomach, take a break from them. If you feel better eating more carbohydrates and less fat then go for it. Eat what makes YOU feel good, not what helps your neighbor or your favorite blogger. If you are dealing with an autoimmune disease or allergies that will impact what foods hurt or help.
  2. Get rid of the rules.
    Stop viewing food as good or bad. As long as it’s real food it’s ok. Enjoy a piece of homemade chocolate cake and ice cream. Make a big stack of pancakes with butter and real maple syrup for breakfast. When you restrict foods because you think you shouldn’t eat them (instead of restricting because they actually make you feel bad) they create more stress. Ditch the diet and rigid rules.
  3. Start focusing on nourishment.
    This is where the fun begins. When you let go of unnecessary rules and you’re not constantly debating between eating a salad and digging into a container of ice cream you can focus on really taking care of your body.

Finding Joy

I spent far too many years trying to eat the perfect diet. Only to feel stressed, anxious and deprived. Then I had to go the other direction of eating anything and everything to try to restore metabolic health (you can read about my journey HERE and HERE). All to find a place of balance. Now I find great joy in nourishing my body. Not because a diet tells me to. Because I want to.

I heard someone recently say that happiness is external and joy is internal. Being happy comes from your circumstances, but joy is a state of being that comes from within. And it’s true. Good food does make me happy. But it’s the joy and peace I have inside that motivates me to make healthy choices every day.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Balance is Key

Today eating is like an exciting adventure for me. I try to pack as many nutrients into my food as possible. I add desiccated liver and fermented kale to smoothies and salads. I eat sardines and anchovies a couple times a week. I eat pastured meats and eggs regularly. I aim for a rainbow of vegetables and plenty of healthy fats daily. I drink herbal teas for added minerals and to support my body and get my hormones back in balance. It’s almost like a fun game to see how many vitamins and minerals I can get each day. I feel good and the joy comes pouring out.

But I also enjoy a dish of ice cream when I want it. Sometimes I eat a bowl of mashed avocado and tortilla chips for breakfast (quick and delicious…and it’s easy to add liver to avocado!). I like to bake with my kids and make special sweet treats together (like gluten free Oreos® and salted honey chocolates). It’s even rare that I go a day without at least a little bit of chocolate.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

There is no more should or shouldn’t with food. There are no rules. There is no restriction. Which in turn eliminates cravings (imagine that!).

Now I love to fuel my body, and I love how it makes me feel. That does not mean my diet is perfect. Not every single bite of food has to be nutrient packed. And less healthy foods here and there don’t negate all the good stuff I put in my body every day.

Let go of the Guilt

There is no guilt or feeling of reward for eating a certain way. I just truly love to eat nutrient dense food. No rules or special diets. I don’t eat GAPS or Paleo or AIP or low carb or any other specialized diet. I just eat real food that makes me feel good and that I know is helping me take care of my body. One day I might eat grain free while the next I might need some extra starch. And they are both just fine!

It’s very freeing to let go and find joy in nourishment. And it’s the healthiest I’ve ever been!

I am very blessed that I do not have an autoimmune condition or severe allergies. But I do have some sensitivities and health issues I’m still working through. But I try not to let them get me down. I nourish my body as best I can with my limitations and keep striving for full healing.

Eating real food is easy. There are limitless options. Eating real food that meets your needs can be hard. But once you figure out how to do it you’ll love how you feel.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Foods That Nourish

Some of my favorite nutrient dense foods are ferments. They are packed with natural probiotics. What I really love is how easy they are (take a big scoop and enjoy!) and how much my kids like them. My toddler can’t get enough sauerkraut. While we do make our own sometimes, I don’t always have time to pound cabbage.

I recently got the chance to try sauerkraut and fermented pickles from Cultured Guru.There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Both the kraut and pickles have just a few simple ingredients and taste amazing! Using traditional fermentation these products are teaming with probiotics. They make great additions to a meal or are the perfect quick snack.

My oldest can’t get enough of the pickles. She has oral SPD and doesn’t tolerate any amount of spice. So even though she likes pickles it’s rare we can find any she’ll eat. But she loves the Cultured Guru pickles! She loves the sauerkraut too. Another rarity for her.

If you want to try some Cultured Guru ferments you’re in luck! You can get 25% off off using coupon code PROBIO.

I’ll be stocking up too. My kids and I can’t get enough!! Such a blessing when working on healing allergies!There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Super Charged Bites

Another super food that tops my list is a traditional staple – organ meats. I get mine by adding Perfect Supplements desiccated liver to just about everything. I even make caramel with it! I also love the fermented kale, collagen and aquatic greens from Perfect Supplements. I add them to most of our smoothies.

You can get 10% off any of these Perfect Supplements products with the coupon code TAKE10.

Some of my other favorite foods include sardines, salmon, eggs, raw milk, butter, lard, tallow, pastured meats and a rainbow of vegetables. They all make my body smile.

You have to be healthy to eat healthy.

I’m so excited to finally be healthy so I can enjoy eating well and nourishing my body every day.

Are you ready to let go of rules and enjoy eating again? Ditch the diets and find joy in nourishing your body.

Today is my birthday, and I’m starting it with pure joy. Joy that I’m taking care of myself and this beautiful body God gave me.

Want to see what I eat for my #nourishingbreakfast #nourishinglunch and #nourishingdinner? Follow me on Instagram! It may inspire you…or it might gross you out. In my husband’s words, “You eat that for breakfast?!”There are so many diets and theories and opinions when it comes to health. I've experimented with many of them! As I celebrate another year of life I'm so excited to finally be able to find joy in nourishing my body.

Disclaimer: I am working with Cultured Guru for this post. I have been compensated for my time but all opinions are my own.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 3-12-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!

Yes, for real, we have more sickness. My toddler woke up Friday night vomiting. Thankfully it was pretty short-lived. We are praying it doesn’t spread!

Spring Forward!

Are you feeling tired this morning or did you go to bed an hour early? Or maybe you don’t have to worry about daylight savings. I hope we all adjust quickly. Taking away an hour of sleep is hard!

Let’s Party!

This week we have all of our usual activities plus something fun – my birthday! We started a tradition last year that the kids plan and cook dinner on my birthday. It’s so much fun! And a special treat to not have to plan a meal for once. I can just relax and let someone cook for me (well, mostly…I’m sure I’ll have to lend a hand here and there).

I also have a fun birthday post coming up on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. I had my eight year old help plan. So she’s sure to love everything! What’s on your menu?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes onion rings, pork chops and a surprise birthday dinner! And more sickness (yuck). But we are getting so close to spring!

Sunday
B – yogurt, muffins, fruit
L – meatloaf, carrots, roasted potatoes
D – scrambled eggs, apple flax muffins, beans, smoothies
prep: roast beets, make elderberry syrup
notes: 

Monday
B – english muffin with sunbutter, fruit
D – crockpot cheesy chicken, veggie and rice, applesauce
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – breakfast cookies, fruit
D – Surprise birthday dinner!
prep: boil eggs
notes: kids plan and prepare dinner for mom’s birthday

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – Instant Pot sweet and sour meatballs, noodles, broccoli
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – crockpot pork chops, baked onion rings, roasted cabbage
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – egg muffins, banana muffins, roasted asparagus, chia pudding
prep: bake muffins, make pudding, skim cream, make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – egg muffins, banana muffins
D – TBD – kids’ choice
prep: 
notes: 

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 3-5-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!

We are enjoying our weekend with family over. And all the good food that comes with it!

Once a Week

We only had one “sickness” last week…a strange pink eye type thing or allergic reaction. We’re not sure. At least it was short-lived. Here’s hoping this week is totally illness free!

Farm Life

I was quite busy in the kitchen last week. Hopefully I don’t have to work too hard this week. But kids sure do eat a lot!

The countdown to becoming real farmers is on! We’ll soon have our first chickens. The whole family is excited.

Now it’s time to get back to hosting and having fun with family. Enjoy your week and some nourishing food.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes sloppy joes and stir fry. I might even do a repeat and have taco Tuesday again!

Sunday
B – egg casserole, muffins, grapes, bananas
L – crockpot pork roast, rice, gravy, broccoli
D – sloppy joes, crackers and veggies with hummus and dip, finger jello, peas, chips
prep: make hummus, make jello
notes: 

Monday
B – toast with peanut butter, yogurt, fruit, cereal
D – squash and white bean soup, crackers with cheese, muffins
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – tacos (new variety?), roasted asparagus
prep: boil eggs
notes: 5 year old practice making tacos

Wednesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – pork and veggies sweet and sour stir fry over rice
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – IP mac & cheese, beans, peaches
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – cereal, fruit
D – pancakes with blueberry topping, bacon, cauliflower
prep: bake muffins
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancakes, bacon
D – TBD – kids plan and prep
prep: 
notes: kids make dinner

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler's request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2/26/17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler’s request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler's request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!

Another week. Another fever.

I’m starting to think at least one child will have a fever every week until winter is over. Thankfully it was another short-lived thing.

We have a busy week ahead with orthodontist, music, Spanish, piano and out-of-town guests! That means I’ll be busy in the kitchen any  chance I get.

In the Kitchen

I have a lot of fun food I’d like to make. But I’m not sure I’ll have enough time. Here is my list of potentials.

Looking at that list I may need to have a full week of cooking class for my kids instead of any other school work.

How’s Your Thyroid?

Don’t forget that The Thyroid Secret starts March 1! You don’t want to miss this FREE event that could have a huge impact on your health.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. Lots of delicious, kid requested food (though if it were up to my toddler we’d have tacos every night).

What’s on your menu?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes tacos (my toddler's request), salmon cakes and some big meals while we have guests!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | bagels with cream cheese
L – crockpot ribs, mashed potatoes, beans
D – bbq pork sandwiches, zucchini noodles, grapes
prep: bake bread, make lunch meat
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot rice and beans
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

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

Wednesday
B – egg puffs, toast
D – crockpot stuffed cabbage unrolls
prep: make beef jerky
notes:

Thursday
B – oatmeal, fruit
D – salmon cakes, peas, roasted potatoes
prep: bake graham crackers, make “Miracle Whip”
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt parfaits
D – omelettes, toast with jelly, broccoli
prep: bake rolls, bake cheesecake
notes: 

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast
L – TBD soup, muffins, crackers with cheese, veggies with dip
D – crockpot roast beef, au gratin potaoes, roasted cauliflower, carrots, pearsauce
Dessert – cheesecake
prep: bake muffins, make dip
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we're cooking up in the kitchen.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2-19-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we’re cooking up in the kitchen.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we're cooking up in the kitchen.

We are finally over the hump of another round of odd sickness. Even I had three days straight of some strange bowel thing. I am pretty much over this winter and will welcome spring with open arms any time.

It actually feels like spring this weekend (hooray for lots of time outside in the sun!!). But I know it’s not here to stay.

Fun in the Kitchen

Slowly but surely we’ve been finding more time for fun in the kitchen. Last week we even made a couple batches of play-doh! The kids had a blast with that.

This week I hope to find time to make a pie (since my husband has been asking for pie for a couple months now). I might have to make a new batch of graham crackers too. We’ve been enjoying them (a lot!). This time I want to make my pumpkin spice version.

Healthy Living

In case you haven’t seen it yet I wanted to be sure you heard about The Thyroid Secret coming up in March. I know so many women who are impacted by thyroid problems (including myself). I can’t wait to tune in. Sign up HERE so you don’t miss it.

Nourishing Food

I’m planning simple meals as always. But still focusing on nutrition. If you don’t already come follow me on Instagram and get a better look at what we eat throughout the week.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for this week. What are you eating to nourish yourself and your kids?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we're cooking up in the kitchen.

Sunday
B – coffee cake, yogurt
L – crockpot roast beef, potatoes, carrots
D – hot dogs, veggies with dip, chips
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – cereal, fruit | toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – chicken noodle soup, muffins
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – sweet and sour beef stir fry over rice
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – cheeseburgers, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – breakfast cookies, fruit
D – pork chops, buttered noodles, beans
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – biscuits and sausage gravy, peas, peaches
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – biscuits and gravy, peaches
D – Kids’ choice and kids prep (TBD…)
prep: make pumpkin spice graham crackers, bake cherry pie
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! It's a great excuse to show love.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2-12-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day! It’s a great excuse to show love.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! It's a great excuse to show love.

Not Again…

Fever strikes again. Didn’t we just get through a round of this? I keep telling myself…we’re half way through February. Just a few more weeks until the weather starts to shift and we can get outside more and get rid of the sick germs.

So far it’s only one child. We’ll see if it spreads or not.

Working Light

I’m keeping my kitchen work fairly light just in case others get sick. If we end up with extra time we can add in some fun baking projects, like chocolate chip cookies and homemade Golden Grahams®.

You may notice that the blog is pretty quiet lately. I’m hard at work on other projects. Hopefully in time I’ll be able to share more recipes and natural health posts with you. In the mean time you can browse through my hundreds of recipes and check out this Women’s Wellness series over at Kitchen Stewardship. It is amazing!

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. I’m still trying to think of a special Valentine’s Day treat. Maybe some homemade chocolates. What’s on your menu?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! It's a great excuse to show love.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | toast with sunbutter, fruit
L – crockpot ham, scalloped potatoes, beans
D – hot dogs, veggies w/ dip, chips
prep: make chocolates
notes: easy/early dinner?

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot split pea soup with ham, muffins, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – IP mac ‘n’ cheese with ham, roasted cauliflower
prep: bake cookies, boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – chicken, noodle, pea casserole, roasted purple cabbage
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit
D – pumpkin meatballs over buttered noodles, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – scrambled eggs and sausage, coffee cake, roasted carrots
prep: bake coffee cake
notes: 

Saturday
B – coffee cake, eggs, fruit
D – squash and sausage soup, biscuits
prep: make biscuits
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2-5-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.

Getting Back in the Kitchen

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do much baking. But it’s something that I LOVE to do! And since I’m trying to focus on a little self-care and making time for things I enjoy I went on a little baking Frenzy Friday afternoon (when my little one would not nap again!).

I made two batches of breakfast cookies, brownies and chocolate chip bars. And it made me realize I haven’t made some of our staples in a while. I want to restock. So this week I’m hoping to make a batch of graham crackers and granola bars. Maybe next week I’ll make homemade Golden Grahams®.

I’m also hoping to make corn bread and homemade tortillas this week. Though we’ll see how things go. That’s a lot to fit into an already busy week!

We’re Expanding

We continue to try new foods for my kids as they heal. Last week we reintroduced oats for my son. And my toddler tried carrots. No noticeable reactions for either!!

This is a HUGE step for my toddler. She has reacted to all roots (carrots, potatoes, garlic, onion, beet, etc.) since she was nine months old. I am ecstatic to be adding some back!! I’ll give carrots another week or so and then try another. Maybe potatoes.

Putting on my Writing Cap

Now that it’s February I’m trying to dig my heals in and write my new book! The hardest part is getting started. My goal is to have the book totally ready by the end of March. So I need to get going! Pardon the silence on the blog while I work on the book.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. Of course we’re starting with fun party food. How about you? Any game day treats?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.

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Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | breakfast cookies, fruit
L – crockpot pork chops, rice, peas
D – IP mac ‘n’ cheese, 7 layer dip and guacamole with chips, crackers with cheese, jello
prep: make granola bars
notes: 

Monday
B – granola bars, yogurt
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: boil eggs
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – IP chili, corn bread
prep: bake corn bread
notes:

Wednesday
B – bagels with cream cheese
D – sloppy joes, roasted potatoes, broccoli
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit | breakfast cookies, fruit
D – tacos, beans, spinach
prep: make tortillas
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – pancakes, bacon, peas and carrots
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancakes, bacon, fruit
D – at birthday party
prep: make graham crackers
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 1-29-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!

Everyone is back to normal. How wonderful to have kids eating and sleeping regularly again.

A First…or Second

This week we don’t have much going on out of the ordinary. Though I am super excited to try Aldi! It’s actually my second time…but my first time was about eight years ago. I know things have changed a lot since then. I’m really hoping I find good stuff and can start saving some money by shopping there.

In the Kitchen

We have yet to find time to bake a pie. That idea was put on the back burner during sickness. Maybe this week since we are having guests. It’s great motivation. I also have to brainstorm Super Bowl snacks for next Sunday. My husband likes to have munchies to watch. Got any good recipes?

Last week was pretty exciting as my toddler ate both homemade ice cream and sardines with no noticeable reactions! Raw cream and sardines are two super nutrient foods. It makes this mama very happy.

I am still working on recipe creating for my new book! A few to go and then it’s time to start writing.

As usual I’m going with simple meals this week. Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan. What are you eating?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit
L – crockpot meatloaf, roasted potatoes, peas
D – leftover pizza, veggies with dip, jello
prep: make jello 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot hobo dinners, pearsauce
prep: boil eggs
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – cheeseburgers, carrot fries, roasted potatoes, spinach
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – bagels with cream cheese, fruit
D – spaghetti, garlic toast, salad
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – honey herb chicken, roasted red cabbage, rice
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – roast beef, scalloped potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, peas, pearsauce
prep: bake pie, make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
D – waffles, sausage, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

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