I was just over at Not Dabbling in Normal reading their week 2 review of the Real Food Challenge. I always find it inspirational to read what others are doing in their challenge and how we each have different goals we are trying to accomplish.
This week I ate out of the freezer and cupboards. I stopped at the market once for bananas, that’s it. I am working at reducing what is in the freezer so I can make room for more local and organic meats and foods. I want to make sure I have room in the freezer when things start maturing in the garden so I can freeze what I want and also work on preserving what I can. I won’t start planting outside for another month (+/-) but I want to be ready.
This week I picked up my first order of organic farm eggs through the local co-op I found recently. The eggs are great. I also picked up a 25lb bag of organic sprouted whole grain flour to use in the breads I make. The flour is not local, but it is organic.
I laugh when I try to think back at what we ate this week. All I can think is that since I don’t put much into the planning of our meals, apparently I also don’t do much in terms of memories stored on what we ate either….I am really trying to think of what we ate.
I make granola bars and that is what my husband takes for his breakfast (eats it on the way to work). I ate eggs most mornings with toast. There was a morning I had toast with my mom’s raspberry jam. On the weekend (if my husband is home and not heading off to work) I make oatmeal. For drinks throughout the day I will mostly have water. I will usually have tea in the morning and some ginger beer (homemade) in the afternoon or evening. We are eating fresh garden salads at every meal with homemade dressing. My husband was gone for several days this past week, so meals are really loss for me. I eat when I am hungry. Salads, Yogurt, Bulgar wheat concoction, brown rice with veggies and greens, eggs. earlier in the week I made a Pumpkin, turkey and brown rice dish for dinner. That was a hit with everyone in the house that night. Tonight is another version of that with sausage out of the freezer. I am starting to see noticeable holes in the freezer, that is such a good thing.
I am fortunate that my husband will eat the same thing for two or more nights in a row without complaining or even take it for lunch if he is in town. This has always been a huge time saver for me and makes life that much easier. I try to get too carried away with the amounts of food that I make but for the past five months we have had a friend living with us and another friend coming and going frequently I have noticed that food doesn’t last as long as it used to when it was just the two of us. At this rate I should have the freezer empty in no time at all. ha
The past two weeks with the RFC I feel I have accomplished some of my goals (finding more local foods) but there is always more to do. I find this is challenging me to clear out what I have to make room for more local and organic foods. It will be ongoing, but I am happy I am making progress.