FINALLY Getting Back on Track with Real Food Budget Goals and Cooking
I’ve said this before, including this week – I feel/felt overwhelmed in April and May, and a bit in June. Our vegetable garden is weedy. We’ve stopped making trips to Chik-Fil-A because I didn’t plan, someone changed plans, my husband had to work late – you name it.
And, I started making yogurt in the crockpot again. I’ve been making monthly trips to Whole Foods and Costco. Yesterday, I made a trip to a local market and stocked up on local produce. The up side – we have lots of fresh veggies to eat and cook. The down side – we have lots of fresh veggies to eat and cook.
If you haven’t noticed, I am part of a fabulous group of real food, homesteading, and frugal bloggers – The Nourished Living Network. Besides the blogging side of the group discussions, having the chance to talk about real food and real life and making traditional foods work in a busy 21st century life has been motivating and inspiring. This summer, especially, I hope to tackle fermenting foods. My 9 year old and I have already made a ginger bug and started our first batch of fermented ginger ale. More recipes are on the horizon.
June Kitchen Goals
Read Books and Cookbooks about Real Food and Nutrition
Since I’ll be spending some time at the pool this year, I put out the word for book recommendations, both paper and electronic. I’ll be sharing and reviewing each one as I finish it, I hope. If nothing else, the information and ideas will be percolating in my unconscious. Feel free to share your favorite books in the comments, and I’ll add them to my reading list.
Since I have the kids home this summer, I’ll be organizing my shopping to minimize trips to the store for last minute stuff. I will continue updating my price book since I’m pushing myself to try new resources and foods. I’m also making sure to stock up on summer’s fresh fruit and veggies and preserve as much as I can.
Since I want to make fruits and veggies the main component of all our meals, I’m digging into cookbooks this summer for recipes that meet certain requirements: gluten-free (not grain-free), 10 minutes or less for weeknight dinners, freezable (do batches of snacks for the freezer), and fermented (I want to get back into making fermented foods). I’ll be adding lists for each of these categories to my homemaking binder.
Continue working on:
21 Meal List
List of Main Dishes
List of Side Dishes
Meatless Meals List
List of Snacks to Bake for the Freezer (includes oven temperatures)
Add the following:
Quick Meals with list of ingredients to keep on hand (this is so important for last minute schedule changes!)
Lunch Foods to Make for Freezer
Breakfast Foods to Make for Freezer
Plan and do a freezer session of snacks.
Cooking with Kids
We’ll be cooking in the kitchen together just like last summer. My hope is to have the kids help me with the gluten-free recipes I’m trying out.
I started a batch of fermented ginger ale, and I’m getting ready to start making kombucha again.
I’m continuing to buy bread at Costco, and I’m going to try a new gluten-free recipe for bread.
Freezer Clean Out
Agh! I never cleaned the freezer out this spring. As soon as the kids are done school, I am tackling the freezer!