So, the eating thing? It has been going OK. Pretty well even?
There was like a week or two when we knocked it out of the park. Then there was like a month where between holidays and traveling and general craziness we were eating out like, every night. It was bad. In response, we tried a brief experiment for the month of January where we did not eat out at all (unless it was a special occasion we were invited to, or family was in town. We kind of cheated once when my sister was here. Technically she was family in town, but it was our buck, our choice, totally uncalled for.)
And now things have kind of balanced out. We have a long ways to go, but we are making improvements.
Here is what has been helping us:
- Most meals we try and pick a grain, then pick some veggies, and hopefully do something a little more interesting with it. I can only handle an actual recipe once a week. They are just too much work for me. I much prefer guidance like this from Alyson (scroll through the comments to see how to make this delicious dish that has become a staple for us.) We save money too, when I read a recipe, I feel compelled to get the long list of ingredients, and they add up! It also helps us eat what is in season, if I just cook what we find at the farmer's market instead of trying to find what is in a recipe.
-Not being lazy with simple things. Soaking beans instead of buying canned. Making a batch of pesto (and freezing the extra) instead of buying it made. Making our own flatbread. ( SO EASY!)
-We bought a nice juicer recently, but honestly I feel badly using it, because it takes all the fiber out and increases your sugar intake. Instead I toss a bunch of greens in with our smoothies, and use coconut water instead of almond milk or juice or anything else sweetened. But the juicer is really helpful when we have some veggies getting close to expiring. We waste a lot less with it around!
Above we just have a bit of quinoa with sauteed kale, some garbanzo beans, roasted butternut, and a bit of shaved sheep's milk romano.We eat a lot of quinoa, and a lot of kale.
There is still a lot of work to be done, a lot more of your suggestions to try. I want to keep reducing our packaged food purchases, until we are really living off of bulk items, produce, and a bit of cheese of course. ;)
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