Meatless Monday!


I want to keep things fresh around here, and expand my kiddos palates. Not all of my dishes are successful, but we explore flavors as a family which leads to some great conversations and lots of new describing words. There may not be a more base way of connecting with your family as through food. It connects us to the past, to other cultures and to each other.

Tonight we inadvertently participated in Meatless Monday. This is a rarity as we almost always incorporate meat or seafood. We attempted a dish called Shakshuka! It sounded interesting…eggs, tomatoes, feta. I doubled the recipe as we are a 7-9 egg family and the recipe called for four. Here is the link:

I cooked my eggs a little longer, but it was still great! Also used fire roasted tomatoes when choosing canned tomatoes. Organic Valley block feta was our cheese of choice. Block over shredded cheese omits the anti-clumping fillers and you can crumble or shred yourself! This cheese had great flavor!!




End result was a host of clean plates!


4th of July real food style


The 4th of July comes with a pretty straightforward menu…grilled items, mayo-laden salads and chips. In an effort to show a small bit of appreciation for my in-laws taking the kids for the weekend, I invited them to come eat lunch!

I fretted that morning as to what to prepare as I’m such a planner. Hence I took to Pinterest to peruse my Real Food board for inspiration. I found the best salad dressing and a pretty avocado, tomato and mozzarella salad. This would serve my salad staple without mayo to keep things light and not require a nap after. For our grill items, we included our fave Applegate hotdogs and Pederson’s kielbasa20140707-214352-78232578.jpg

Placing on our grill pan (it was too hot to actually grill), it was super easy. We did the sausage 30 mins in advance and placed on a foil-lined baking sheet in a 300 degree oven to keep warm while we grilled the hot dogs.

For our salad, we threw together some spinach, cucumber, cabbage (all prepped courtesy of the Whole Foods salad bar) and added golden beets and green pepper from our fridge. But you have to try this dressing. We don’t bother with sesame or poppy seeds, but the flavor cannot be beat!

Then we cut and prepped our other salad



20140707-214753-78473238.jpgfull of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, avocados, red onion and basil. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper! We served with some chips we found cooked in olive and avocado oils. Yum! Great as a dip or side, compliments from all!!!


Eating for a cookout doesn’t have to derail your healthy eating plan. We rounded out our meal with Hat Creek sauerkraut and Bubbie’s pickles! All walked away pleasantly full, but with energy to play with kids for the rest of the day! Happy Fourth!