Towards the beginning/middle of last week I was feeling pretty bummed about the food I was making. I made a couple of ‘dud’ recipes and I accidentally undercooked the beans I was using for the week making all my subsequent recipes with those beans very dry.
But, then I started planning for Valentine’s Day and Little M’s birthday for Thursday and Friday and we found some great options! For Valentine’s Day I made broccoli w/ peanut sauce over brown rice. It was gobbled up such that we only had leftovers for Jason’s lunch. Dessert was Fuhrman’s Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream, we needed something special for Valentine’s you know! Another hit! Friday, little M picked out spaghetti, mashed sweet potatoes, salad and carrot cake. I also made double chocolate cupcakes for her preschool friends. Another great day of eating. I was so proud of our plant strong meals and being able to share them with friends and family. It doesn’t hurt when the kids just devour what I make either.
Today, we enjoyed a maple syrup demonstration at Ladew. I knew it would be a little bit of a challenge but we enjoyed time outside and learned the ins and outs of making maple syrup. It was a lot of fun. I packed a substantial picnic lunch and everyone did great avoiding the pancakes, syrup & milk and partaking in what we brought. We did all sample the syrup and we all had my favorite, maple sugar candy. Yummy!
I have been reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Fuhrman, Joel [Paperba (Google Affiliate Ad). Most of what he says is supporting or mentioned in the other works that I have been researching. But, the book also reinforces the importance that good nutrition has in laying a foundation for later years. He demonstrates how what we feed them now could potentially cause or prevent future illnesses. Certainly a powerful message. I am also intrigued by the information regarding behavior and diet. It is my understanding that it could take months to see a change but since we are already making this change anyway, it will be interesting to see what trickle down effects there are. Fuhrman’s book has firmed my resolve to avoid all dairy with at least Little J and E and certainly Jason.
It will be pretty easy to do if we eat lots of ‘Kale with Creamy Cashew Sauce’ another of Fuhrman’s recipes. The dish said it served 4 but Jason and I made quick work of it. The kids each had some and although none of them raved about it, they did each eat what was on their plate.