Saturday, 24 January 2015

Paleo Meal Plan

So Whole 30? I'm putting a pause to that. This last week has been beyond hectic. Between my grandparents leaving (sad), the house, along with the ongoing loads of health problems we've discovered amongst loved ones (2 folks have cancer, 1 has Alzheimer all of which we learned about in the course of 2 weeks), we have a lot going on. I've gone between being starving, wanting to eat loads of cake to eating one meal a day. Needless to say, last week, I didn't really stick to my meal plan. 

Instead of Whole 30 this week, I simply want to get back to eating normal portions three times a day with minimal snacking. Really, a lot of our normal food days are Whole 30 compliant so that's not that big of a switch in our diets. Really, if I bake some sweet potato fries, or indulge in a glass of wine, I'm not going to mind. 

Maybe I'll give Whole 30 another go in March after things have calmed down a bit. For now, our meals are staying simple, delicious, and ... paleo of course! 

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Healthy Kids: Tips and tricks for getting kids to eat healthy!

I'm not sure if I should call this post general, healthy eating tips for kids or specifically 'paleo' kids. To be honest, my husband and I already knew from the beginning our son's eating adventures that we wanted our home to be a healthy one

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As our son has gotten older (he's two and a half now), I've really enjoyed exposing him to new foods and learning what he prefers to eat. 

I have also frequently received comments from strangers and family alike regarding my son's eating habits, such as: 

-What's he eating? Is that raw broccoli? 
-He actually likes broccoli? 
-Is that an orange potato? Why is it orange? Oh, it's a sweet potato. 
-He doesn't have to drink water. We have x, y, z, fizzy drink for kids at this restaurant, too. 
-Does he want pie? How about cake? No, are you sure? He doesn't have to eat that banana. 

etc, etc, etc. 

The interesting thing with my son, and those aforementioned incidents, just to name a few, is that he chooses to eat those foods. Yes, he adores raw broccoli. It's his favourite snack at the moment. And the kid will always go for a banana over any other food ever

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So! To learn how we managed to get our toddler to love his vegetables, read on: 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Paleo pasta sauce recipe

My husband loves pasta. All sorts, all the time, any time of day. If he could pick one food to eat for the rest of his life, it would be some sort of pasta with a red, meat and vegetable sauce. 

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Before moving to the Netherlands, I always had this image of pasta sauces being simple - something with meat, a red sauce sauce with a tomato base, some onion, spices, etc. Here in the Netherlands, it seems like pasta sauces become an excuse to use up all of the vegetables that are still in the refrigerator. I can't say that I'm complaining about that, me and vegetables do seem to go together beautifully. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Whole 30 Meal Plan 3

So food? This week, I'm going for simple, quick or minimal prep type of meals. I'm definitely still working leftovers into my breakfasts and lunches, as well. 

Even though my grandparents are still here, I'm keeping our adventures in the kitchen on the simpler side. They're going back home this week (boo) so I don't actually want to spend all that much time cooking (gasp, yes, it's true). 

Some thoughts on being an expat: Moving country is very difficult. I haven't seem my family since our visit to the US when the Toddler was a little babe. I've gotten used to it, but seeing my grandparents here has actually reminded me that I am missing out on quite an important aspect of life - having your own family around. Luckily there's skype and the internet. I can't imagine what people did before skype.   

Moving on, here's what we'll be cooking this week: 

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Winter Themed PreReading Cards for Toddlers

Winter weather still seems to be in full swing for a lot of you folks. We still haven't had any snow, and I'm starting to think my son won't see it in real life this year. 

For some of our last winter themed trays, I created some winter themed cards for him! I used images of snow, and winter themed landscapes. He found the cards themselves quite fascinating, and also got to learn about winter given that the seasons in the Netherlands are limited to the 'rainy season' (fall, winter, spring) and 1 day of summer. 

Winter pre reading cards for toddlers

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Baked un-stuffed cabbage recipe

I feel like so many of my recipes include cabbage. Okay, I know that that's true. Maybe it's because there are just a million recipes with cabbage that remind me of my family, and Russia, but I kind of have been loving on it lately. 

One of my favourite dishes that my grandma prepares is stuffed cabbage. The thing is though that I find it such a time consuming process to actually stuff said cabbage. Instead, I simplify and make it easy, quick and Whole 30 approved: by not stuffing it, and I even baked it!  

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