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Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

How to Handle Food Allergies When You’re Not at Home

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?

It is very common in the world of real food to be on some type of restricted diet. Whether it be paleo, AIP, keto, GAPS, low FODMAP or another healing diet. Then there are those who have to avoid certain foods due to allergies. Either way it makes eating somewhere other than your own home challenging.

What Can You Do?

The easiest solution is to always eat at home. But let’s be realistic. There will be times that you have to eat out or get an invitation from a friend to have dinner together or even eat with family. In order to avoid going hungry or appearing rude you need to take measures to ensure there is safe food for you and your family.

I deal with it all the time. My family has dealt with a myriad of allergies over the last few years. This is in addition to trying restricted healing diets. We even did have a stretch where we didn’t eat at a restaurant for over a year because there were just too many severe allergies. But I’ve learned how to live with food restrictions and still eat somewhere other than my own home. Here are some simple coping strategies to make this task easier.

Eating at a Restaurant Tips:

  1. Choose a restaurant with an actual chef. They can accommodate almost any request.
  2. Ask for your food plain. Most restaurants have chicken breast and broccoli. They can even cook it in water to avoid unhealthy or unsafe fats.
  3. Choose meals with individual components (meat, vegetable, starch) instead of mixed foods like pasta and burritos.
  4. Order a few sides instead of a main dish. A baked potato, salad and a vegetable makes a good meal.
  5. Don’t be afraid to bring your own food. A salad is a great grain free option. Simply bring a small bottle of your own dressing to make it healthy. I often bring extra raw vegetables for my kids to add to their meals since restaurants have a limited selection and they are sometimes prepackaged with unsafe fats.
  6. Speak up! It’s not always easy, but in my experience most restaurants do their best to accommodate special dietary needs. My little secret? Regardless of why you have to avoid the food I always say it’s an allergy. They’re more likely to respond well to an allergy request than an “I don’t eat that” request.

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?Eating with Friends or Family Tips:

  1. Ask for the menu ahead of time. Let your host know you have allergies and you want to be sure there are safe foods. It’s much easier to work through the details in advance than showing up and having to decline everything offered.
  2. Offer to bring a component of the meal. If grains are the problem you can offer to bring homemade bread or rolls that are safe. Maybe you want to be sure there will be plenty of vegetables. Offer to bring a salad or roasted vegetables. Bring something safe so there will be at least one thing you can eat.
  3. Eat a light snack before you go. Then even if there are limited options you won’t go hungry. Enjoy what you can eat and focus on enjoying time with friends. Don’t draw attention to the food.
  4. Be the host. This is usually my default. I’m glad I like to cook! Since my kids are the ones with allergies I try to take the responsibility of hosting and preparing special food.
  5. Speak up! This applies to friends and families just as it does to restaurants. Most people are more than happy to accommodate special diets. If it’s someone I don’t know well I still always call any food restrictions allergies.

Cooking for a family with allergies is manageable, though sometimes challenging. What happens when you leave the comfort of your own kitchen? How do you handle food allergies then?It’s Just Food.

Food restrictions tend to cause me anxiety. Sometimes the most important thing is to remember it’s just food. It’s just one meal. Focus on the conversation and the company. Know that most people want to help and are more than happy to make special accommodations for you. It may take a little courage, but you can work around food allergies without being stuck at home. Then you can turn around and be a blessing to someone else when it’s your turn to host. It’s always my first question when I invite someone over for a meal – do you have any special dietary needs? When the host starts the conversation, it makes the whole process easier for everyone.

There is no need to shy away from family gatherings or a special meal out when dealing with special dietary needs. Simply follow these tips to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone!

How do you cope with special diets when you’re not at home? Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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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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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 1-22-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.

Last Sunday I posted that we were over the hump with sickness. I guess I was wrong. It continued on for the rest of the week. The girls seemed to have a regression every other day. I’m praying it’s gone for good and we can get back to normal this week. I have a lot to catch up on!

Back to Busy

This week we start back up with Kindermusik two days a week. So that adds a bit more busyness to our schedule. But it’s good to have all three kids learning music again.

We skipped most of our kitchen work last week due to illness. Maybe this week we’ll finally get to make pie and ice cream!

Recipes Galore

I’m also still working hard on my new book. Hopefully soon I’ll have all of the recipes created and photographed so I can start writing!!

Here is our kid-friendly real food menu for this week. Lots of staple meals for us. What’s on your menu?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | toast with sunbutter, fruit
L – crockpot pork roast, potatoes, carrots
D – grilled cheese, roasted purple cabbage, smoothies
prep: boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – porcupine meatballs, broccoli, peaches
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – tacos, beans
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – bagel with cream cheese
D – sweet and sour pork stir fry over rice
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – squash and sausage soup, muffins
prep: kids cook sausage, kids bake muffins
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bar
D – pancake and sausage muffins, roasted cauliflower, fresh fruit
prep: kids bake pie, kids make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancake and sausage muffins, fruit
D – sausage, pepper and olive pizza, salad
prep: kids make pizza dough, kids make salad dressing
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 1-15-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

I’m happy to start a new week! Last week we had a yucky virus run through all the kids (partly while my husband was out of town!). Thankfully everyone is past the worst of it and getting back to normal.

Kids In The Kitchen.

This week I’m anxious to get in the kitchen and do some baking and recipe creating. It feels like it’s been a while. My oldest is asking to do more and more in the kitchen too. So I need to give her some challenges. I think this week it will be making pie crust!!

That specific skill isn’t covered in Kids Cook Real Food, but all of the necessary skills to try it are. The kids can all use more practice measuring and following a recipe.

Find out how you can teach your kids to cook here!

New In The Kitchen.

We also get our pork order for the year this week. I’ll be happy to have my freezer stocked again. It’s always good to have more options when meal planning.

Slowly but surely I’m plugging along with my new cookbook. My kids sure are enjoying the process! I can’t wait to share the finished product with you. Hopefully I can find the time to complete it!!

Here is our kid-friendly real food menu for the week. Lots of fun, kid-friendly and nourishing foods. What’s on your menu?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

MENU

Sunday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
L – crockpot beef roast, seasoned rice, cauliflower
D – chicken noodle soup, chocolate spice muffins
prep: bake muffins, boil eggs, chop veggies
notes: 

Monday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – beef stew, crackers with cheese or muffins
prep: soak oats and teff
notes:

Tuesday
B – oatmeal/porridge with blueberrires
D – cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice, roasted cauliflower
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – cereal, fruit
D – crockpot stuffed cabbage unrolls, pearsauce
prep:
notes: prep ahead dinner

Thursday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot pork roast, roasted zucchini, roasted potatoes
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – sausage and cheese quiche, muffins or biscuits, squash, peaches
prep: make pie crust, make cherry pie, skim cream, make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – quiche, muffins, fruit
D – homemade pizza with sausage and peppers, smoothies, salad
prep: make pizza crust, chop veggies
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It's going to be a busy week!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 1-8-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It’s going to be a busy week!

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It's going to be a busy week!

It’s a new week. A week for new experiences on the farm. Although we are finding farm life is a lot of work (and we don’t even have animals or a garden!) we love it. I am so grateful we get to call this place home. We even went cross-country skiing across the property yesterday!

Back To School!

We enjoyed our first week back to school last week. All the kids are having fun learning (or at least that’s what they tell me). This week we add piano lessons, Spanish immersion co-op and one-on-one Spanish conversations to the mix.

Cooking Up A Storm.

We’ve been busy in the kitchen getting back to work with the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse. My kids never want to miss an opportunity to help in the kitchen. Last week we practiced flipping skills and made pancakes. I think this week I’ll have my eight year old make cheeseburgers for dinner one night to keep perfecting her skills.

I’ve been enjoying experimenting with food photography in our new house. I’ve got lots of recipes to create and photos to take for my upcoming book!! Stay tuned for more details.

Kid-Friendly Food.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. Lots of delicious food kids love and that they can help make!

Have a wonderful week full of healthy food.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It's going to be a busy week!

Sunday
B – cereal, friut | cabbage, cheese, scones
L – crockpot roast chicken, mashed potatoes, beans
D – hot dogs and brats, peppers and cauliflower with dip, chips, carob sunbutter smoothies
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – toast with sunbutter, blueberry smoothies
D – cheeseburgers, french fries, peas
prep: 
notes:

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – chicken noodle soup, muffins, smoothies
prep: bake muffins
notes:

Wednesday
B – chocolate “milkshakes”, bagel with cream cheese
D – grilled cheese, sauteed broccoli, smoothies
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – sunbutter filled dates, squash cherry smoothies
D – sloppy joes, sauteed nappa cabbage, jello
prep: soak oats and teff
notes:

Friday 
B – oatmeal |teff porridge with blueberries
D – quiche, muffins, roasted cauliflower
prep: make pie crust, bake cherry pie
notes: 

Saturday 
B – quiche, muffins
D – pumpkin pasta, garlic bread, spinach, beans
prep: make homemade pasta?
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 1-1-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

Happy New Year!! It’s hard to believe we’re at the start of a new year.

Getting Back On Track.

For now I’m focusing on the new week. And I’m so excited to get back into routines and start school again. The kids are too! We have so much to learn and explore, including new presents.

I’m hoping to get my New Year’s goals posted soon. Bear with me…life has been slightly busy. At least I did get my end of year thoughts written out.

Getting Back In The Kitchen.

This week I’m going to try my new instant pot (only my third time!), make frosting for cupcakes (for an event) and use some of our new beef (just got a freezer full of beef a few days before Christmas).

I am making sure we start the year with good nutrition. A great way to do that is by adding more broth to our diet. GAPS Diet Journey is hosting a 30 day broth challenge if you need a little help making it one of your goals.

Sign up for the broth challenge here.

I’m trying to get my kids in kitchen too with the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.

You can check out the FREE knife skills classes here!

Kid-Friendly Meal Plans.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. You may notice it looks slightly different. I still eat rotationally for the most part, but I know it can be confusing and overwhelming for others to see. So I’ll leave that part out for you. And as we expand our diet I’ll have more variety on the menu as well. Enjoy!

What’s on your menu this week? Did you include any broth?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

Sunday
B – toast with sunbutter, clementines
L – crockpot roast beef, carrots, potatoes
D – beef and broccoli stir fry over rice
prep: make broth, grind and soak teff, make gummies, boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast | leftover stir fry
D – goulash, beans, peas, applesauce
prep: make teff crackers
notes: 

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: make frosting, soak oats
notes: early dinner

Wednesday
B – oatmeal/porridge, fruit | leftover soup
D – IP meatballs, broccoli, buttered noodles
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit | leftover meatballs, broccoli
D – tacos, peas
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – toast with sunbutter, banana avoacdo shakes
D – roast chicken, roasted purple cabbage, roasted potatoes
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast, fruit
D – pumpkin chili, chocolate zucchini scones
prep: bake scones
notes:

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This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on house work, fun foods and family time.

Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 12/25/16

This week’s real food meal plan and agenda focus on house work, fun foods and family time.This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on house work, fun foods and family time.

Merry Christmas!!

I pray you have a blessed day of celebrating our Lord’s birth. What a special day it is. We will be celebrating with extended family. We already had a great time with family last week too!!

This week our goal is to finish getting the house settled. Yesterday I organized bathrooms and the mud room Still to go – the big kids’ bedroom, our school room and the spare bedroom/craft room. There are a few boxes to be unpacked yet as well.

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on house work, fun foods and family time.

Kids In The Kitchen.

I really want to get my kids in the kitchen this week. My daughter got her own set of knives for Christmas and she’s been itching to give them a try (she started yesterday chopping veggies for our party).

Curious how I got my kids comfortable with knives in the kitchen? Check out the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse! The free knife skills videos will be available later this week!! Sign up here!

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on house work, fun foods and family time.

More School, Please.

If it were up to my kids we’d be starting up school again Monday morning. They are so excited about our new school room and our new puzzles, games and flashcards (functional Christmas presents!). I told them we could do a few things but we won’t be starting up full time school work until next week. I need more time to plan and prepare!! At least that’s my goal for the second half of the school year…more planning ahead. 

This week’s real food meal plan has some of my older recipes I haven’t made in a while. I thought it would be fun to let the kids help make them and have some new foods now that we’re expanding everyone’s diet.

Healthy Living Goals.

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Here is our menu. What are you eating this week?

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on house work, fun foods and family time.

ROTATION: Each day starts with dinner and goes through lunch the next day. Foods in () are things yet to be tried.

Sunday 1
B – yogurt, granola bars
L – sunbutter and grape jelly sandwiches, peas, pear slices
D – at family party
prep: 
notes: celebrate with family

Monday 2
B – french toast
D – chicken pot pie, broccoli, applesauce
prep: kids make pie crust
notes:

Tuesday 3
B – fried eggs, toast, fruit
D – corndog muffins, sauteed zucchini, peaches
prep: kids chop zucchini and make muffin batter
notes:

Wednesday 4
B – toast with sunbutter, blueberry spinach smoothies
D – zucchini enchiladas, guacamole, corn
prep: kids make guacamole
notes:

Thursday 1
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – butternut squash risotto, fried chicken, pearsauce
prep: 
notes:

Friday 2
B – cereal, squash cherry smoothies
D – waffles, bacon, roasted cauliflower, blueberry topping
prep: kids chop cauliflower and make blueberry topping
notes: 

Saturday 3
B – waffles, scrambled eggs
D – BLT, chicken corn chowder
prep: 
notes:

Day 1: squash, cabbage, banana, strawberry (pineapple, potato)
Day 1: squash, cabbage, carrot, tapioca, strawberry (cassava, potato)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, avocado, raspberry (amaranth, tomato, orange)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, amaranth, raspberry, orange
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach (kiwi, quinoa)
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach, sorghum, quinoa, beans
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cherries, split peas, rice, olives, dairy (millet)
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cucumber, cherries, rice, olives, peppers, onion, coconut, millet, egg, peas, dairy

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This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on celebrating Christmas with family and continuing the unpacking process.

Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 12/18/16

This week’s real food meal plan and agenda focus on celebrating Christmas with family and continuing the unpacking process.

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on celebrating Christmas with family and continuing the unpacking process.

It’s crazy that we’ve been living on the farm for a week now! I really thought I’d be more emotional/sentimental about the old house. But this already feels like home (aside from not knowing where half of my stuff is). I guess it helps that I LOVE our new house.

Motivation To Move.

We’ve been on the fast track to get things unpacked because we have lots of family coming to stay with us this week! We still have a lot to go, but we’re settled enough to have a functional house.

So far life on the farm is…COLD! We’re realizing that none of us has proper clothing for living out in the country when wind chills are below zero and the wind doesn’t stop howling. I think there may be some after Christmas sales clothes shopping coming.

I also think our new house is magical. My toddler has slept through the night AND not gotten up early five days in a row now. It’s a true miracle. I know my body sure is loving the great sleep!

In The Kitchen.

I’ll be in the kitchen a lot preparing meals for everyone for a few days. But no extra projects planned right now. Though my kids might convince me otherwise since we will be celebrating Christmas as a family later in the week.  I like to do something special for breakfast when we open presents.

These scotcheroos come together in about ten minutes, using real, allergen friendly ingredients. A simple, delicious dessert with no baking required!

I did make a special treat last week – my updated and allergy friendly scotcheroos!! You must try them. The kids had fun helping me. I had so much fun experimenting with photography at the new house. So much good lighting!! Now I want to make all sorts of stuff to photograph. Any suggestions?

Head’s Up!

There are a couple really cool things coming up I don’t want you to miss:

The Kids Cook Real Food ecourse will be open at the end of the month!! Sign up here to be notified so you don’t miss out.

Did you miss the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle the first time around? It will be back for just two days – December 28 and 29! This is about as good as it gets when it comes to a wealth of knowledge on natural living all in one place…and for a super cheap price. Totally worth every penny. Check it out here!

Here is our real food meal plan for the week. We’ll be eating well with two Christmas celebrations! What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on celebrating Christmas with family and continuing the unpacking process.

ROTATION: Each day starts with dinner and goes through lunch the next day. Foods in () are things yet to be tried.

Sunday 4
B – toast with sunbutter, pear slices | avocado, pork chops
L – crockpot beef roast, roasted potatoes, carrots
D – grilled cheese, tomato soup
prep: bake banana bread
notes: 

Monday 1
B – yogurt, granola bar, fruit
D – crockpot beef vegetable soup, banana bread, crackers with cheese
prep: soak oats for baked oatmeal, boil eggs, make veggie dip, chop fruit
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday 2
B – cereal, fruit | leftover soup, bread
L – egg casserole, baked oatmeal, breakfast cake, roasted cabbage, green beans, fresh fruit
D – pork roast (homemade ham), roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, peas, scalloped potatoes or potato casserole, fruit salad, rolls
prep: bake oatmeal, bake breakfast cake, make jello, make fruit salad
notes: guests

Wednesday 3
B – make-your-own parfait buffet, fruit, muffins, hard boiled eggs
L – ham on buns, split pea soup, raw veggies with dip, finger jello
D – baked chicken, broccoli, squash, applesauce, seasoned rice
prep: roast squash
notes: guests

Thursday 4
B – toast with sunbutter, cereal, hard boiled eggs, fruit, muffins
D – sloppy cornbread, peas, jello
prep: 
notes: guests

Friday 1
B – french toast with homemade powdered sugar, fruit, fried eggs
D – salmon cakes, roasted carrots, french fries
prep: make mayo
notes: Family Christmas

Saturday 2
B – french toast, fruit
D – leftovers
prep: 
notes:

Day 1: squash, cabbage, banana, strawberry (pineapple)
Day 1: squash, cabbage, banana, carrot, tapioca, strawberry (cassava)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, avocado, raspberry (amaranth, tomato, orange)
Day 2: grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, avocado, amaranth, raspberry, orange
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach (kiwi, quinoa)
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach, sorghum, quinoa, beans
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cherries, split peas, rice, egg, olives, dairy (millet)
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cucumber, cherries, olives, peppers, onion, coconut, millet, egg, peas, dairy

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This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting settled and unpacked and finally having a few minutes to bake!

Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 12/11/16

This week’s real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting settled and unpacked and finally having a few minutes to bake!

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting settled and unpacked and finally having a few minutes to bake!

We’re here! We’re here! Today is our first full day living on the farm. We wish it didn’t have to start with a winter storm. But we are happy to be here.

More Excitement.

This week is also exciting because my son is now a home schooler!! I’m so overjoyed to have all of my kids home with me. There is so much we want to do and learn. My kids are the most excited to explore the farm right now.

But first we need to unpack a few boxes. I’m sure that will be an ongoing process for the next few months. For this week my goal is to get the important stuff we use on a daily basis unpacked and organized.

In The Kitchen.

I also need to get caught up in the kitchen! I feel like my kids have been living on (store bought) crackers for the last two weeks. I’m giving myself grace because, well, life. Things were just CRAZY the last couple weeks (staying up Friday night to individually wrap plates and cups is just not my thing). But now I’m ready to break in the new house with some good baking (anyone want to come clean the oven for me??).

I’m sure it will be simple staples, like muffins and crackers. But I’m still excited. Christmas baking will have to wait until after Christmas this year as we have one week now until out-of-town family is coming for a few days! Someone please tell me why I agreed to that? Oh, right…because I hate to travel and had no intention of packing a week after moving!!

Thank You!!

Thank you all for following along with our journey to start this crazy farm, homeschooling life!! I can’t wait to share more with you for years to come.

Don’t forget my giveaway for an amazing homeschooling book for parents is about to end! Enter here.

Here is our real food meal plan for the week. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting settled and unpacked and finally having a few minutes to bake!

ROTATION: Each day starts with dinner and goes through lunch the next day. Foods in () are things yet to be tried.

Sunday 2
B – yogurt, granola bars, fruit | squash, beef, avocado
L – crockpot roast chicken, rice, broccoli
D – leftover chili
prep: make gummies?
notes: 

Monday 3
B – cereal, fruit | avocado, fried eggs
D – crockpot chicken noodle soup, muffins
prep: bake muffins
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday 4
B – toast or muffin with sunbutter, fruit
D – pumpkin chicken pasta, peas
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday 1
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – chicken nuggets, roasted purple cabbage, french fries
prep: soak oats, chop veggies
notes:

Thursday 2
B – strawberries and cream overnight oats
D – rice bowls, roasted cauliflower
prep: 
notes:

Friday 3
B – yogurt, granola bar, fruit
D – egg muffins, roatsed asparagus, toast w/ red plum raspberry jelly
prep: make beef jerky
notes: 

Saturday 4
B – egg muffins, toast with jelly
D – rice balls, sweet and sour meatballs, peas
prep: food prep for family visit
notes:

Day 1: squash, cabbage, banana, strawberry (pineapple, potato)
Day 1: squash, cabbage, carrot, tapioca, strawberry (cassava, potato)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, avocado, raspberry (amaranth, tomato, orange)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, amaranth, raspberry, orange
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach (kiwi, quinoa)
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach, sorghum, quinoa, beans
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cherries, split peas, rice, olives, dairy (millet)
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cucumber, cherries, rice, olives, peppers, onion, coconut, millet, egg, peas, dairy

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This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on the end of school, end of semester and moving!!! This is the week we've been waiting for.

Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 12/4/16

This week’s real food meal plan and agenda focus on the end of school, end of semester and moving!!! This is the week we’ve been waiting for.

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on the end of school, end of semester and moving!!! This is the week we've been waiting for.

It is finally here! The last week in this house. By the end of the week we’ll be moved into the farm!! I’m trying my hardest to focus on the excitement of the journey ahead instead of the sadness of leaving a place we’ve called home and made tons of memories in for the past twelve years.

BUSY!

This week will be kind of insane. We’re trying to do as many trips to the new house as possible to bring random items and get some stuff unpacked. Plus my daughter has her end of semester celebration for her home school co-op. My son has his last day of school – which just happens to be a special program. So we’ll all go to that too.

I’m doing my best to stay on top of Christmas preparations. We got our tree yesterday. I’m almost done shopping. Most of the presents are wrapped. Cards went out early last week. My Christmas menus are planned.

If only there were three of me!

Homeschooling Giveaway!

Did you read my post on homeschooling? Go check it out! There is a giveaway too.

Meals this week will be mostly prep ahead so I have the day free to do home school and keep up with packing and unpacking. I don’t have any kitchen projects planned. I told the kids we may have to make Christmas cookies after Christmas this year!

I hope you have a wonderful week and can enjoy the holiday season. Here is our real food meal plan for the week. What’s on your menu?

This week's real food meal plan and agenda focus on the end of school, end of semester and moving!!! This is the week we've been waiting for.

ROTATION: Each day starts with dinner and goes through lunch the next day. Foods in () are things yet to be tried.

Sunday 3
B – cereal, fruit | sloppy joe, avocado, squash
L – crockpot pork roast, broccoli, rice
D – beef stroganoff over rice, Brussels sprouts, apple slices
prep: chop veggies, make gummies?
notes: 

Monday 4
B – baked oatmeal | spinach blueberry smoothies
D – pumpkin soup, crackers and cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday 1
B – yogurt, granola bars, fruit
D – baked chicken, baked potatoes, roasted carrots
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday 2
B – hard boiled eggs, toast | leftovers
D – mac ‘n’ cheese, broccoli and cauliflower, peaches
prep:
notes:

Thursday 3
B – cereal, fruit | banana avocado shake
D – crockpot stuffed peppers, peaches
prep: 
notes:

Friday 4
B – toast w/ sunbutter, fruit
D – crockpot meatballs, rice, peas
prep: soak beans, prep chili
notes: 

Saturday 1 MOVING DAY!!!
B – yogurt, granola bars, fruit
L – crockpot chili, chips w/ salsa, fruit, raw veggies
D – hot dogs and brats, squash, chips, fruit
prep: 
notes:

Day 1: squash, cabbage, banana, strawberry (pineapple, potato)
Day 1: squash, cabbage, carrot, tapioca, strawberry (cassava, potato)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, avocado, raspberry (amaranth, tomato, orange)
Day 2: corn, grapes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, amaranth, raspberry, orange
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach (kiwi, quinoa)
Day 3: teff, eggplant, zucchini, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, sunbutter, peach, sorghum, quinoa, beans
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cherries, split peas, rice, olives, dairy (millet)
Day 4: pumpkin, lettuce, cucumber, cherries, rice, olives, peppers, onion, coconut, millet, egg, peas, dairy

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.