Each Saturday morning, I spend a few hours in the kitchen preparing baked goods for the coming week. Typically, this includes making one custard cake (clafoutis), one or two batches of muffins, and perhaps some cookies or waffles to freeze. By preparing these items on the weekend, our breakfasts throughout the weekdays are very quick-and-easy. Here is a snapshot of our Spring diet.
- Since I wake up early, I often eat two breakfasts. My first breakfast is generally simple, followed by a more substantial breakfast a couple hours later.
- My second breakfast is most often sprouted whole wheat or white sourdough toast with eggs and frozen veggie mix sauteed in butter, usually with a glass of raw milk. I have a dose of extra-virgin cod liver oil with my second breakfast perhaps once a week (as determined by when I feel a craving for it). At this time of year, I spend so much time outside that I don't seem to crave cod liver oil as much as I do during the winter months, so I reduce how often I take it to match my desire.
- My husband eats homemade custard cake for breakfast 6 days of the week every week. (He likes eating the same thing over and over; I can't stand doing that!) In the spring, I most often make one of the following custard cakes for him to have for breakfast each week:
- This Spring, my 6-year old son often eats one of the following, sometimes with an egg, and always with a glass of raw milk:
- Cranberry orange morning round with butter
- Apple cinnamon morning round with butter and honey
- 7 sprouted grains cinnamon raisin bread with butter, cream cheese, and honey
- My 9-year-old daughter often has one of the following for breakfast this Spring, sometimes with an egg, alongside a glass of raw milk.
- My husband takes frozen homemade leftovers to work for lunch everyday, which he re-heats in a toaster oven. This Spring, his favorite leftover lunches are:
- Cheesy hashbrown casserole
- Shepherd pie with green beans and mushrooms (made with only beef since I don't generally have ground lamb available)
- Beef and beans
- This Spring, the lunches my children and I are eating most often are:
- Cheesy scrambled egg sandwiches, with mayonnaise, served on sprouted whole wheat bread or gluten-free waffle
- Lunchmeat rolls with cheddar cheese, homemade honey mustard, and fermented pickles, with a side of avocado oil chips or crackers (Absolutely gluten-free flatbread is a great, grain-free option that we all enjoy)
- Leftover soup (from the freezer)
- Canned sardines, served with buttered crackers or sourdough toast (or waffle for my daughter)
Snacks and Desserts
- The only snacks my kids are allowed between breakfast and lunch is fruits or veggies, which they have to get for themselves. That makes it where they are certain to be hungry at lunch (whereas previously when they were allowed more-filling snack options, they often didn't eat well at lunch). In the spring, their fruit and veggie snack options are:
- Fresh seasonal fruit, including strawberries and apricots
- Bubbies fermented dill pickles
- Dried fruit, such as Just Bananas or Just Fruit Salad
- Dried Just Peas
- My husband typically has one of the following snacks while at work:
- Perhaps 40-50% of the time, the kids will have a small snack after our afternoon Quiet Time, usually consisting of nuts, fruit, or cookies (such as butter shortbread or chocolate macaroons). I am always ravenous when I wake from my daily nap, so I always have an afternoon snack such as plain whole-milk yogurt, butter shortbread, apple and cheese, etc.
- The kids and my husband have a snack before bed every night; usually fruit, fried fruit, yogurt, or
applesauce. About twice per week they will have dessert such as ice cream or cookies. I'm not generally hungry after dinner, so I don't usually eat anything before bed.
- Perhaps once a week, my husband and I will each have a package of Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
DrinksThe drinks we consume the vast majority of the time are:
- Raw milk
- Homemade triple berry kombucha
- Fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice in sparkling spring water
- Homemade soda
- I make a from-scratch dinner meal about 2-3 times per week (and I always make a large portion so there will be enough to freeze for my husband's lunches, or for us to have as leftovers). I can't stand eating the same thing two days in a row, so I plan to eat leftovers a few days later, or freeze them for a future use. This Spring, as the temperature is warming up, we move away from soup and onto other foods. The dinners I'm making most-often are:
- Parmesan fried chicken
- Parmesan fried chicken
- Parmesan fried chicken (no, this isn't a typo: my family loves this chicken recipe so much that I am making it often)
- Ground beef taco meat served as tacos or taco salad
- Side dishes I've been making most often this Spring are:
- Butter smash boiled potatoes (I haven't blogged this recipe, but I will if there is interest)
- Coleslaw with cabbage, carrots, and celery (I could blog this recipe, too)
- Roasted potatoes
- Simple buttered veggies with frozen peas or broccoli
- Green salad with lettuce, cheese, carrots, celery, and homemade ranch dressing
- Carrot sticks with homemade ranch dressing
- On days when I don't make a from-scratch dinner, we have leftovers or dinners which include some already-prepared ingredients (which I consider to be compromise dinners). The ingredients in our compromise dinners aren't absolutely perfect, but they are pretty good, and incorporating these items into our diets allows for busy days when I don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. Our most commonly-consumed compromise dinners this Spring are:
- Pizza made with Against the Grain crust, quick-and-easy homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sauteed mushrooms
- Nitrate-free sausages such as kielbasa or hot dogs, served with frozen sweet potato fries or chips, and fermented pickles
- Tuna salad or chicken salad sandwiches, made with canned tuna or chicken, served with kettle chips and fermented pickles
- We eat out at a restaurant about 2-3 times per month. We also often eat Sunday dinner at my mom's house, and are often blessed with leftovers to often bring home which will make for an easy meal some other day of the week.