Let’s get real here. I am an eater. Always have been, always will be. Just these days, my eating tends to lean far on the healthier side than ever before. We went through the drive thru the other night after going to the Lake Erie Monsters hockey game, and Dan asked if I wanted anything … to which he followed by saying that I haven’t eaten any meat from a fast food joint in years (minus Chick-fila nuggets, c’mon that doesn’t count!). I giggled as my belly growled and I knew we had zip to eat back at home because I hadn’t been grocery shopping in a while. So a chicken sandwich I went for. At home, I ate half, and as thankful as I was to relieve that annoying growl, I was even more annoyed that I bothered eating it. I could have made ten more things that tasted better than that sandwich. Needless to say, that drive thru will not be visited again for 2014. Chick-fila, I will see you soon enough 🙂
Let’s get even more real here. Every family has their weaknesses. To eat clean around the clock is nearly impossible. Okay, Okay, some of you do it, high five to you. But I have an all american 4 yr old that will try anything, then proceed to turn his nose up. A two year old who spent the majority of his upbringing eating clean. So balancing both, without making two separate meals all the time is a crazy goal. I have “processed foods” in my cupboard (gasp!). Some that are not purchased all the time, some that are staples. We have some amazing pizza places around here that hit the spot each and every time we order, which is more than likely 2+ times a month. For my family, we meet right in the middle between clean eating, and dipping into all the goodness less healthy foods have to offer. More importantly, I want the kids to have a greater understanding of how important the ability to cook is. The boys are constantly in the kitchen with me, and it will be a thing of ours for years to come. Cooking from scratch is a skill that is extremely important for my boys to learn, to benefit themselves and their future lucky wives 🙂
One of my main goals for 2014 is to share with you our recipes for lunch/dinner ideas. Now, please understand if I do, some of the recipes may have two parts, a more dairy free option (for Owen) at the end. So for you mommy’s and daddy’s out there with kiddos that have dairy allergies, you’ll find this helpful. Or for those who want to start limiting their dairy intake. I hope my future recipes will inspire you to learn how to break down one meal, so everyone can enjoy!
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