Reminders

Both of my girls are sick today, so I’m keeping my menu plan simple this week. I put a verse at the top of my weekly schedule/menu plan, and this week’s is Isaiah 41:10. I am filling my mind with this promise today as I cuddle my sick girlies.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Here is the menu plan for this week:

– Monday: sourdough pancake, quesadillas, sweet potato quinoa soup
– Tuesday: creamy rice, sourdough English muffin pizzas, quinoa cakes and roasted carrots
– Wednesday: yogurt smoothies, cornbread hotdog muffins, black beans & rice
– Thursday: sourdough pancakes, leftovers, salmon cakes & roasted veggies
– Friday: PB smoothies, leftovers, veggie pizza
– Saturday: eggs & sausage, leftovers, stir fry
– Sunday: yogurt smoothies, leftovers, BBQ pork (we didn’t end up having it last week)

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Enduring food 2

The second reason I chose the name enduring food for this blog is because I think real food is food that has endured through the ages. God created so many varieties of plants and animals, and created them to work together – bees pollinate the flowers and make honey, cows help fertilize the grass – in so many ways, probably ways we don’t fully understand. I think God’s design is pretty intricate and perfect. It doesn’t require over processing for shelf stability (food is supposed to spoil), or genetic modifications for resistance to pesticides.

So, we try to eat foods that have endured over time – things that have only one ingredient, because they are the ingredient. Some of the most delicious foods I have eaten are simple preparations of in season vegetables. Eating a juicy tomato right off the vine is one of my favorite things in the summer. I love eating with the seasons. Food tastes better when it is allowed to grow how it is intended, and ripen naturally.

What Real Foods Means to Me

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Everybody defines real foods a little differently. I think in general, most people agree it is eating food as close to the original as possible without a lot of processing, additives, etc. I don’t have a specific set of rules, but here are the guidelines we use in our family:

– Organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible and not cost prohibitive, as fresh and local as I can. If it’s not in-season, or available fresh, I buy frozen fruits and veggies over canned

– 100% whole wheat flour instead of refined white flour – I bake some of our bread, and get some from a local bakery that has only 5 ingredients

– Brown rice instead of white, or often we sub organic quinoa instead

– We drink pasteurized but not homogenized whole milk from a farm near our home, I make yogurt from the same milk, and we eat local cheese & butter from the same farm, and local eggs whenever possible

– We don’t eat a ton of seafood, but I’m trying to incorporate it into our diets more as I learn to prepare it – when we do eat it, it is wild caught not farm raised

– We get all of our meat (pork, beef & poultry) from polyface farms, which they define as “a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach”

– I use honey, Grade B maple syrup, or rapadura to sweeten things, and I almost always cut the sweetener in recipes

– I avoid high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar & GMO ingredients as much as possible

– We don’t often eat out – when we do, we try hard to eat real foods, but it’s not always possible. I need to get better about packing whole foods when we travel because that is probably when we slip the most

That’s where we are. It has been a slow evolution over the past 4 years switching everything over, researching local options, figuring out what this all really meant and learning to cook things unprocessed that I previously purchased canned, packaged or pre-made.

Enduring food

I picked the name of this blog from John 6:27. “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

It is a reminder to me that what I feed my family spiritually is, ultimately, more important than what I feed them physically. But, we strive to eat as clean as possible around here. We eat mostly organic produce, and almost no processed foods.

I love to experiment in the kitchen, and sometimes things work out…and sometimes they don’t. I’m blessed to have a husband who will eat just about anything, so not much goes to waste around here.

I’ll link to other sites and blogs that have helped me along the way, and share how I’m feeding my family on a budget in one of the more expensive areas to live.

I also love to sew, so I’m sure some of my sewing & craftiness will show up here, too.