2013 Organic Shopping Guide (Printable)

When I’m in a rush at the grocery store, I often forget what produce is best when bought organic vs. what’s “more” ok to buy non-organic.  My preference is to steer veggiesclear of any produce that has GMOs and to buy organic versions of those items on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen+ list.  This year, their list includes an extra two crops (kale/collard greens and summer squash) that don’t quite make the criteria for the DIrty Dozen but that have shamefully earned honorable mention because they “contained residues of harmful organochlorine pesticides that were phased out of agriculture in the 1970s and 1980s but that linger on some farm fields.”  Yikes. Here’s the list:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash (zucchini, crooked neck yellow squash)

Luckily you won’t find too many GMO crops in the produce aisle.  If you want to avoid all GMOs in fresh produce, buy organic varieties of:

  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Corn
  • Zucchini

To make produce shopping easier, I made a little list that’s about the size of a credit card that I can keep in my wallet.  I’ve shared it with you so that you can print it, cut it and keep it in your wallet.  It ain’t fancy but it’ll get the job done.  Times like these make me wish I had a laminator.  Hope it comes in handy!

Download it here: Organic List

Effing Pinterest

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.  On the one hand, I love how you can mindlessly see what’s interesting to other people and I love that you can find pictures of just about anything you want there.  On the other, EFFING PINTEREST!!!!  It’s a time suck and it makes me think I am more capable of doing things than I actually am.  And it makes me feel so lame when I see all the amazing things people do with their make-up, hair, kids’ birthday parties, homes, dinners, etc. I can’t throw parties like that.  i can’t cook like that!  I can’t DIY a piece of crap dresser into an amazing bed for my hamsters who have ombre hair.  EFFING PINTEREST!

My pinterest failures primarily come in three flavors: food failures, home decor failures, and kid stuff failures.  Today, let’s talk a little about my aspirations vs. my reality when it comes to food failures.

Here is my “Recipes to Try” board.  Lots of vegan stuff.  I currently have 124 pins and 19 followers.  Of these 124 pins, I’ve only actually made 20 recipes.  The most infuriating one?  The one with this picture that claims that you can bake strawberrystrawberries at 210 degrees for 2 hours and get a treat that tastes better than twizzlers.  BULLSHIT!!! I tried.  All I got was a gooey, smooshy mess that tasted like dried strawberries.  And really??? Am I REALLY going to thinly slice a pineapple and dry it in a cupcake tin and use it to top a cupcake?  No.  Yet I pinned it.  Have I ever made Cranberry sparkling punch for that fantastic holiday party I’ve been meaning to throw?  Nope to the nope.  Yet I pinned it.  Do I have the patience to make Thanksgiving treats that look like turkeys out of oreos, reese’s peanut butter cups, and whoppers?  EFF NO.  Yet I pinned it.  Another utter failure is the multiple quinoa croquette/patties recipes I’ve found. Typically they end up tasting ok but they never turn into the beautiful patties that are shown.  They look like this:

quinoacake

So then i make one humongous “patty” like this:

quinoafail2

Oops.  Didn’t realize how blurry that one was.  you get the picture.

I have, however, found a go-to vegan pancake recipe, a delicious vegan cookie recipe, ways to use polenta, and ideas for quinoa from Pinterest.  So it’s not all failures.  But mostly it is.  Last night I tried making a kale noodle dish that looked amazing on pinterest.  The majority of it is currently in our garbage can.  Effing pinterest…

I’m a decent cook.  Not amazing (especially lately) but a decent cook.  The problem with pinterest is not only does it make it seem like all these foods are within my grasp but recipes all seem amazing.  They’re not.  I won’t take the blame for dinner failures.  I blame effing pinterest.

Infant Allergies

Here we go again.  When my older daughter was about three months old, she used to cry and cry 20 minutes after nursing and she was unconsolable.  She was fussy, threw up a lot, hiccuped frequently and needed a lot of attention.  Being first time parents, we didn’t know what “normal” was and just thought it was part of growing up.  One morning in April, I saw what looked like blood in her dirty diaper and immediately called her pediatrician. They tested the stool and indeed, it was blood.  After confirming that there was no fissure in the area, our pediatrician informed us that the most common cause of blood in stool in infants is an a cow’s milk protein allergy.  So she had me cut dairy from my diet and we returned to have baby’s stool tested for blood.  It was there again the second week so she had me cut out the top six allergens from my diet (dairy, soy, wheat, peanuts, eggs, and shellfish) and we returned after a week to see if there was still blood in her stool.  There was.  So the doc put her on a super broken down formula to rule out that it wasn’t something other than an allergy. If she still had blood in her stool after having formula for a week, we’d go see a GI specialist.  Luckily, no blood was found after being on the formula for a week.  The doc said we could still breastfeed but that I should continue to keep the top allergens out of my diet and add them back slowly to figure out what the allergy was and to give Miss K. some time to grow out of the allergies.

Because allergies are often genetically inherited, we knew that there would be a good chance that Super S would have them too.  We’ve been sensitive to the signs and I cut out dairy several weeks ago.  Super S definitely hasn’t been as fussy as Miss K. was at the peak of her allergic reactions but we noticed she’d cry after feedings (presumably around the time the breastmilk was running through her system and inflaming her gut).  She also had been a loud sleeper in her earlier weeks (having watery sounding breaths and gasping).  We noticed she hiccuped often and for long periods.  I had a heavy let down response and she gagged at almost every feeding, gulping to keep up with the milk.  She seemed to be having some sort of silent reflux and when I asked the pediatrician about her bubbly saliva, I was told that it was reflux.  I changed the way I fed her to a decline (her feet were lower than her head) and only fed her on one side per feeding to give her more hindmilk.  I started removing dairy from my diet.  It seemed to help quite a bit. She was only fussing after a few of the feedings and she was sleeping better.  She had her 10 week appointment and everything was hunky dory.

Last Saturday night, I changed her diaper and saw blood.  This time it seemed to be more bloody than I remember Miss K’s.  Because we had seen this before, we didn’t freak out but wanted to make sure it was an allergy and not something else.  Luckily our pediatrician’s office is open for a few hours on Sunday and we were able to take her in.  They tested the stool and yep, blood.  Luckily for us, our pediatrician was the Sunday doctor that week and she seemed confident that it was an allergy.  Enough to say that unless things got worse, we’d check her stools again at her four month appointment (which is still six weeks away).  She didn’t think it was necessary to try the rule out method we did last time and told me to cut out just dairy.  Well, I had *mostly* cut out dairy several weeks prior.  I think it might be soy so I’m going to keep it out of my diet as well.

I haven’t been strict with the dairy-you know how it is…a little cheese here, a bit of butter there.  But I’ll eliminate it from my diet in every way I can.  And soy too.  The thing that’s tougher this time around is that I’m a vegetarian now.  So last time when we would go out to eat, I could always get meat sauces or grilled chicken.  Now the options are much more limited (and honestly, not all that fun).  I’m mostly vegan but with the elimination of soy, it’s pretty tough.  Like last time, Asian food is mostly out since it almost always has soy.  So are most processed foods.  On the flip side, it really helps that my hubs is vegan.  It’s not such a leap to make when he’s not eating any dairy or meat because we know the meals we make at home will be vegan.  I won’t have to make separate meals for everyone.  Going out will be a bit more challenging but we’ll make it work.  I can’t lie though…I’m a little intimidated…what the hell am I going to eat?

This week I’m planning on making quinoa khichadi, bean enchiladas with no cheese, garlic seitan, panzanella salad with pizza rolls, and pasta with either a veggie marinara sauce or avocado sauce.  Of course on Sunday I saw some people eating ice cream cones.  I’ve never wanted one so badly in my life!  Oh wait, that’s not true.  The same thing happened the first weekend I changed my diet for Miss K.  We had gone to Catalina and people were walking around with these hugemongous waffle cones stuffed with ice cream.  I wanted to knock down a teenager I saw and take her mint chip cone.  But I didn’t.  I just ate an orange.  How sad.

My biggest concern is that my baby is ok.  Like her big sister, she seems to have a happy disposition and since she doesn’t really complain, I want to make sure she’s comfortable.  And my biggest fear is that we’re assuming it’s an allergy but it’s something else.  For now, I’m modifying my diet and we’ll see how it goes.

I realize that I could probably avoid this whole diet change song and dance by just feeding my bub formula.  But I don’t want to if I don’t have to.  There’s nothing wrong with formula but my preference is to give her the benefit of breast milk (and there really are sooo many).  I just can’t help but have mixed feelings about the breast milk. On the one hand, it’s so good for her but on the other, I feel like the milk I produce is inflammatory poison.  Melodramatic, I know…but I feel like there’s something wrong with my milk even though the allergies are inside my daughters’ bodies, not mine.  I’m so blessed to have a healthy supply but it’s so unfortunate that it’s not sitting well with my girls.  I just want Super S. to be healthy and comfortable.  She’s so incredibly cute with her little smile and laugh and superhuman baby strength.  I just hope I’m doing the right thing and doing things right.

Tips for a Successful Make Your Own Pizza Party

Months ago we had a party and we did a “Make Your Own Damn Pizza” theme for food.  I think the idea was good but I learned some things I’d do differently if I were to do it again.  I thought I had taken pictures while preparing for the party but can’t seem to find any of them.  Here’s the scoop:

We had about 20 people coming over, including six kids (all but one were toddlers).  Since we had a bunch of kids, we were planning on starting and ending relatively early – started at around 5:00 and ended at around 10:00.  I decided I wanted to do individual pizzas rather than larger pizzas and since I was 8+ months pregnant, I didn’t want to mess around with trying out new doughs.  So off to Trader Joe’s I went.  I estimated that I could make three pizzas with each packet of premade dough so I bought eight bags (a little extra for good measure), which allowed for 24 pizzas.  I bought the plain, wheat and herbed crusts and planned on par-baking the crusts ahead of time so that when it was time to make the pizzas, they would cook up quickly and no one would have to wait long.  So I took the dough out of the bags and set them on the counter to bring them to room temperature and started prepping.

I cut pieces of parchment paper to sit under each crust so that it would be easy to slip the crusts in and out of the oven.  I also took out a few markers so that we could write people’s names on the parchment paper so we’d know whose pizza was whose.  Ultimately since we only had three pizzas in the oven at a time, it wasn’t hard to keep them straight.

Once the crusts were warmed up, I started separating them into thirds and spreading them out into pizzas.  Ideally I think they’d be about 8 inches in diameter and thin.  The goal with baking them before the guests arrived was to make it so that the cooking time  was as short as possible when the guests were there.  I used a fork to poke holes in the crusts to prevent them from puffing up too much.  My oven and pizza pans were large enough for three pizzas in each batch.  I preheated the oven per the package instructions and figured half the cooking time should suffice.  Basically you want the crust to be cooked but too crispy or burned.

A few batches in, I realized that the crusts were WAY too thick and uneven.  And even though I had poked holes in the crust, they were puffing up because they were just too thick.  So I started separating them into fourths instead.  Definitely use flour or cornmeal when spreading out your crusts.  It’ll help keep their shape and make it easy to work with.  I found myself tired and frustrated during this process because I couldn’t quite get the crusts right.  Lesson learned: definitely do a trial run with your family first!  I ended up throwing out a bunch of the crusts because they were too thick and doughy and we actually had waaaay too many crusts for the party.

While the crusts were par-baking, I started prepping the toppings.  I had emailed our guests and asked if there were any specific requests.  We had kids, meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans, spicy eaters…I wanted to make sure everyone had an option that would be satisfying and yummy.  So I offered three types of sauce – typical red pizza sauce, pesto, and barbeque sauce.  I also offered a few different cheeses – mozzarella, parmesan, and vegan shreds by Daiya.  Then I tried thinking up combos that would be good and offered a bunch of toppings – red onions, pepperoni, mushrooms, jalapenos, pineapple, olives, chicken, basil, tomatoes, garlic, and canadian bacon.  I luckily had a small tastings bowl set that allowed me to put out a little bit of each topping with spoons in each bowl.  I had larger bowls and spoons for the sauces and cheeses.

We made the rest of the party a potluck so our guests helped out by bringing salad, appetizers, and desserts.  We picked up some wings and called it a meal!  When it was time to start making the pizzas, my husband manned the oven and took the pizzas in and out of the oven.  Our guests just topped their pizzas as they liked and in eight minutes, voila!  Dinner!  It was fun.  While one set of pizzas were cooking, the next set of people were topping theirs.  I still think the idea is a good one but I would definitely do the crusts differently.  I’d make less crusts, I’d make them thinner, and I’d practice first.  And if there was a smaller group, I’d limit the toppings to prevent waste.  So in summary:

Tips for a successful Make Your Own Pizza party:
*Pre-bake the crusts before your guests arrive
*Keep the oven on so it’s always ready
*Have appetizers in case there’s a wait
*Give plenty of sauce and topping options – it’s more work but it’s more fun too!
*Have a designated helper to grab a few people at a time to make their pizzas, explain what to do and give people ideas on what to put on their pizzas
*Have a designated person to man the oven
*Use pre-cut parchment paper underneath each crust for ease of transport in and out of the oven
*Keep the crusts thin and use a fork to poke holes in the crust so it doesn’t puff up too much.
*Conduct a trial run to see how large of a dough ball you’ll need to create the most appropriate crust thickness as well as how long you’ll need to par-bake.
*Come up with a few killer combos as suggestions for people
*Put post-baked toppings (Such as parmesan, hot sauce, red chili flakes, basil) in a separate place than the pre-baked toppings.  It just helps with the flow of traffic.
*Keep the kids out of the kitchen when the pizzas are cooking.
 

GMOs Blow.

A couple months ago my MOMS club had a guest speaker who was a farmer that did a bunch of research on GMOs after using pesticides and he had some shocking information.  It opened my eyes and since then, I’ve kind of had a pit in my stomach when I think about what I’ve fed my family.  If I didn’t know better, I could plead innocence but now that I know, I can’t un-know.

The most common GMO crops in the US are:

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Sugarbeets
  • Some zucchini squash
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Cotton
  • Alfalfa

Try looking on processed food without seeing one of those ingredients.  It’s pretty hard.  GMO foods are modified to withstand pesticides, or increase shelf life or to stand up to the elements better.  While they are successful in doing that, they have also been shown to do a whole lotta bad to our bodies.  They have been linked to allergies and organ toxicities and yet we do not require labeling and our country’s FDA doesn’t require extensive testing to truly understand the impact these GMOs have on our bodies.  These crops are banned in all of Europe, in Japan, in Canada…and we feed them to our kids all day everyday.  Rather than protecting our best interests, the FDA continues to back the food industry’s misuse of GMOs.

Watch this video that barely scratches the surface on what’s wrong with GMOs and our food:

 

Sigh.  WTF are we supposed to do?  Well, I think you have to start by making the right choices that will help you avoid these crops.  Here are five ways to start cutting back:

  1. Eat in more often – When you eat at home, you have control over what’s in your food.  You can buy GMO free foods and you can avoid the crops that are GMO heavy.  Trader Joe’s brand foods are GMO free so look for prepared foods with their label for quick meals.  Way to go TJ’s!!!
  2. Eat whole foods in their natural state when possible – A frighteningly high percentage (upwards of 70%) of processed foods in your grocery store contain GMOs.
  3. Eat vegetarian and cut back on dairy.  This one may seem strange but cows, pigs, chickens are all fed GMO crops.  So it’s likely that they’re messed up too and since the introduction of these modified proteins entered the food system, there is a rise in HUGE milk allergies among children.  Look it up.  it’s frightening.
  4. Look for the GMO Free label – when you do buy processed foods, try to find the GMO free label.  This is much easier to find at natural markets than your typical grocery store, unfortunately.  And it is often more expensive.  It’s sad that a healthier meal must cost more.
  5. Buy Organic – When you’re buying the most common GMO crops, look for organic when possible to avoid those GMOs.  This is tough sometimes but I think it’s worth it.

I am nowhere near being good at eliminating GMOs from my family’s diet but I’m starting.  And I’m trying to be aware.  Step one is buying the right foods at the grocery store and eating in more often.  It’s time to take back our health.  I encourage you to vote with your dollars.  If you buy organics and GMO free foods, markets will keep stocking it and if consumers reject the non-GMO stuff, they’ll take it out of the markets.

I know I have not done a good job explaining why GMOs blow so here are a few more resources.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-kelly/genetically-modified-food_b_2039455.html
http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_crops

 

Meal Plan Monday – Week of October 28, 2012

First, an update on last week.  The bad news is that I totally did not stick to the meal plan last week.  The good news is that we still ate dinner at home four times – ya!  In addition to the usual perks to eating at home (healthier foods, money saved, confidence, pride, etc), we had the added bonus of always having food to eat for lunch the next day.  This means I didn’t do a whole lot of driving thru to get me some lunch after picking up Miss K. from school.  Yay us!  I had made a big ol’ pot of chili and for whatever reason, I REALLY enjoyed it this week.  I think I had it for dinner twice and lunch twice.  And I still have 3 servings in the freezer for later.  That’s a winner this week.  Also, one day things got hectic so I was going to just say ‘eff it-let’s go out’ but then realized that making sandwiches would take literally less than ten minutes and I just needed to make a quick run to the market to pick up some soup and we’d have dinner.  The trip to the grocery store is closer than most restaurants, so why not?  So that was another dinner.  The third surprise was that I thought the hubster was going to be home late on Friday but he ended up coming home earlier than expected.  So I was a little panicked because I put off starting dinner and considered asking him to pick something up on the way.  But we pulled off making some seitan and had dinner on the table without it getting too late.  Yay!  So it ended up being four days at home and a little confidence boost/reminder that I can make dinner at home.  Yay.

So I’m not sure what’s going to happen this week but here’s the plan:

Sunday:  Went out for pizza

Monday:  Enchiladas and Guac

Tuesday:  Pad Thai & Brussel Sprouts

Wednesday: Out

Thursday:  Quinoa bowls (also poker night for the hubs)

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Going to my mom’s house to celebrate Diwali (mom’s food is always homemade so I think it counts!)

Trick-or-Treat

Before I get too far into this post, I want to confess that I bought a rather large bag of candy to distribute at Halloween.  Not only that but I originally had a smaller bag but swapped it for one with more candy in it.  We just moved a few weeks ago and I don’t even know if we  will get many trick-or-treaters but I cringe at the thought of not having a treat for kids if they come to the door.

This afternoon I heard about this partnership between PopCap and the American Dental Association that got me all excited.  PopCap is a video game company that makes my favorite computer game of all time – Plants vs. Zombies.  It’s a fun little tower defense game where you have to defend your home from various zombies by planting awesome plants that shoot them down.  It sounds lame but it’s game perfection for me.  My daughter who’s not even 22 months yet says the word Zombie and actually kinda loves them.

Anyway, they are partnering with the ADA to “give away FUN instead of candy!”  Basically instead of handing out candy, homes can hand out free game coupons (worth $20!) and collectable trading cards.  How fun!  And how hygienic!  I love this idea.  I originally heard about this on NPR, where they were talking about a survey conducted by PopCap and the ADA that found that kids would be interested in something other than candy for Halloween:

The survey also found that 89 percent of the children said they would still enjoy Halloween – the favorite holiday of 65 percent of the kids surveyed – if there was more emphasis placed on fun and less placed on eating candy. Nearly all said they’d prefer a video game rather than candy while trick-or-treating.

Their campaign is called “Stop Zombie Mouth,” which is awesome.  I just had a little bit of candy and I think I have zombie mouth right now.  They made another ridiculously awesome zombie song too:

So clearly, the right thing to do here is to offer kids the vouchers instead of candy.  I am not a fan of childhood obesity.  I don’t want kids to have nurture the same bad sugar habits as I do.  But I just can’t do it…so I’m thinking for kids who look like they’re 7 or older, I’ll offer them either a voucher or some candy.  Weak, I know.  Kudos to PopCap and the ADA!

Diabetes + Pregnancy = No Fun

Warning!  Warning!  Warning!  I just finished writing this point and I realize it’s a little whiny. You might want to just skip reading it.  You’ve been warned.

The last time I was pregnant, I developed gestational diabetes.  This time, early on, my doctor had the lab test my blood to check on my A1C levels and it came back borderline, which means they are considering me to be a diabetic.  This means I’m following a program where I check my blood sugars four times a day and follow a meal plan that helps me safely gain pregnancy weight heathily while keeping my blood sugar low enough to keep the baby safe.

The problem with elevated blood sugars is that it puts the baby at risk for macrosomia (big baby), which  increases the risk for complications during birth, which also can be associated with anxiety overall for that little baby.  Also, since the baby is used to having a higher blood sugar as a result of its mother’s elevated blood sugars, its blood sugar will drop down really low after birth when it’s regulating on its own and this is no bueno.

During my first pregnancy, I was shocked that I had gestational diabetes.  I always had awesome bloodwork and I had very few of the most common risk factors.  This time, I kind of was hoping the first time was a fluke but it’s different.  It’s not just gestational, it’s full blown diabetes, meaning it’s not going away once the baby is born.  I can’t lie.  I’m kind of pissed about this.  It’s not supposed to happen to me – I’m “healthy.”

One of the things that’s super frustrating is that one of the joys of pregnancy for me has been eating.  I REALLY enjoy certain foods when I am pregnant and when you have gestational diabetes, you’re restricted from all kinds of things.  Mostly carbs, which I really love.  I just want to eat garlic bread all day.   And pancakes.  And fried rice.  With some nachos.  And fritos.  Or even better, frito pie.  And maybe some more garlic bread with a donut for dessert.  But I can’t because it will spike my blood sugar and that’s not good for my babe.  Ok seriously, I wouldn’t want to eat all of that all the time – I don’t really want junk exclusively but an occasional guilt free treat would be nice.  The other night, I ordered General Tsao’s chicken.  I ate it by itself.  High in both fat and protein, which helps keep my blood sugar low.  But it was breaded and had some sort of sweetish sauce on it.  I didn’t have any rice (though I wanted it), I had half of a small spring roll (and scooped out the inside of the other half and threw away the outside) and yet my blood sugar was past the threshold I’m looking for.  Sucks. I thought I was being pretty good.

One thing that’s different about having gestational vs. full blown diabetes is that last time, my first-thing-in-the-morning fasting numbers were good but sometimes my post-meal numbers would be high.  This meant that it was mostly my diet that I needed to maintain.  This time, I’m finding that my fasting number is high, which is more indicative of my personal physiology.  Does this mean I suck and my body is unable to regulate my insulin levels?  Kind of, ya.  This also means that unless my numbers come down, my perinatologist will likely put me on medication.  Not happy about this either.  I don’t want to expose my baby to chemicals.  When I was pregnant with Miss K, I did not take a single medication of any sort, not even a pain killer until labor.  This time I’ve already had to take an antibiotic and it looks like I’m going to have to take this other drug to keep my glucose levels in check.  Sucks.  Sigh.

So I’m going to do my best to behave when it comes to my diet.  And I’m going to try to start getting some exercise.  And I’m going to try to keep my stress levels low.  But I really would love to just enjoy food without constantly having to think about what I’m going to eat and what I can’t have.  It’s just no fun.

Meal Plan Monday

What’s this???  A meal plan monday post?  Oh my, it’s been a long long while since I did this.  We are loooonnngg overdue.  Admittedly I have not been the most diligent cook but I’m ready to get back on the horse.  The goal?  Eat at home four days this week.  That’s it.  So here’s the plan (hopefully I can make it to the market in the morning while Miss K. is at montessori):

Sunday: Chinese Take-out

Monday: Vegetarian (and actually vegan!) Chili & Cornbread (if I can find a vegan mix or recipe)

Tuesday: Soup and Sandwiches

Wednesday:  Tofu and Veggies in Ginger/Garlic Sauce

Thursday:  Out

Friday:  Pad Thai – I’m not sure how this will do with my blood sugar, but I’ll give it a try

Saturday: Out

Meal Plan Monday – Week of May 13, 2012

We did pretty good last week; for the most part we stuck to the meal plan!  It felt good to cook at home again but I will admit – towards the end of the week, things started to fall apart.  Let’s review, shall we?  On Sunday, I made a big ol’ pot of chili and some cornbread.  I liked both and the chili came in handy for left overs.  Miss K. liked the cornbread too.  On Monday, we tried a new recipe (Flash-blasted Broccoli and Feta Pasta) that included spaghetti, feta, broccoli, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and some other things.  We both thought it was pretty good and agreed that we’d add it to the list of dinner possibilities.  Tuesday we had Chole, Chicken and Rice from Trader Joe’s.  It was decent, actually.  Wednesday we had another spaghetti dish (oops, didn’t think it through when making the meal plan last week!), this time with an Asian twist.  The intent was to do as one of the reviewers said and swap out the egg with some tofu.  I had both Kale and tofu to use up but I ended up sticking with the recipe on this one.  Another keeper!  Outside of the sodium in the soy sauce, it’s a pretty healthy meal.  I was supposed to make quiche on Thursday but realized I didn’t have phyllo dough that afternoon so we went out to dinner and I made the ol’ standby quiche on Friday instead.  Baby loved it.  Saturday we just cleaned up the refrigerator some and ate some pizza we had picked up earlier.  Our meals were decent in terms of healthy foods, so I’m proud of us!

This week is a little more hectic and we’ll be eating out more:

Sunday:  Indian food at my mom’s house.  It was mother’s day so I really should have made her dinner but we ate up there instead.

Monday:  Enchiladas, guacamole, and spinach salad

Tuesday:  Tofu nuggets & dipping sauce, brussel sprouts, and salad/fruit

Wednesday:  Hubby is out of town

Thursday:  Not sure but since we didn’t make quinoa bowls last week, I’ll throw it in here for kicks.  I say I’m going to make these all the time but it seems like I never do.  We’ll see what happens

Friday:  traveling, so we’ll be eating out

Saturday: traveling so we’ll be eating out