Wow, was last week was a whirlwind week in Healthy Girl’s Kitchen. First was the Paula Deen scandal. Then I won the book Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson in a blogger giveaway on the Healthy Slow Cooking blog. This was all topped off with a guest blog post on salad making on The Engine 2 Blog (thanks to everyone who left some love over there!). And that doesn’t even include my first ever culinary attempts at Vegan Mac-n-cheeze and Chik’n Seitan. Phew! I wonder what’s in store this week?
Really cool stuff, I’m guessing.
And it starts with this: something to make your life way easier. I don’t know if you remember, but my one resolution this New Year is to get organized. Why? Because life is just easier that way.
As everyone knows, feeding kids day in and day out is challenging. Add in two full time working parents, a desire for the food to be healthy AND the need to make meals that are kid friendly. All complicated by the fact that I want to make Vegan meals that are oil-free and very adult centric (curried soups and huge bowls of salad are not exactly high on my 4 and 7 year old’s list of favorite foods to eat). You have got yourself an almost impossible situation.
Even I was getting severely fatigued. I resorted to embarrassingly horrid child feeding habits by the end of 2011 (they did not involved fast food or Kraft macaroni and cheese, but it wasn’t that far off). Something needed to change.
And then ideas appeared like an angels from heaven. It all started with this blog post entitled Healthy Eating Tactics in the New Year by the lovely Sarah Matheny over at Peas and Thank You. I highly recommend checking that post out before reading the story of how Sarah’s idea impacted me.
Sarah’s suggestion is to create lists of healthy food options and post them in the kitchen. Sarah suggested a kid’s snack list (it helps if the kids can read, but it’s not a must) and a grocery shopping list. Here are mine: