Sunday, February 7, 2010

Consciously Meal Planning?

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Jenny Earnest said...

Gluten free fettucine Alfredo is a nice treat. I call it mac and cheese at my house so my kids don't think it's weird. You boil fettucine (or any variety really) rice noodles then drain them and put in large skillet with 1 c. Half and half, 1/4 c butter and 1/2 c real parmesean cheese. Sautee till melted. Takes 15 min to get on the table. Serve with a green salad. Add grilled chicken or artichokes hearts (the canned kind) to make it fancy. Lol

The Not so Quiet Kids said...

Hi Rebecca!

It seems my husband getting laid off has done wonders for our diet. We don't buy those things we know aren't good for us on a regular basis anymore. For example, no more chips. We have been simplifying, and it seems with less "junk" around, the kids have developed a flavor for the good stuff. We have been into salads. I make an Italian salad, with whatever veggies on hand, some black or green olives and cut up bits of organic pepperoni. A little vinegar, a lot more olive oil, a little garlic, oregano, basil and thyme dressing. Canned artichokes are nice in it, too. A salad with whatever greens are on hand with grilled chicken is good, too. The dressing for that is lemon and olive oil and seasonings of your choice. Avocado makes both salads more yummy, too and adds that creamy touch when you are also dairy free. We've also been doing some very basic soups, chicken rice noodle, chicken and rice, lentil or just plain vegetable soup, maybe in a base of tomato. The cheapest I've found for this is tomato paste. Sometimes I'll only stir in half a can to make the tomato base, or sometimes I'll stir in a spoonful just into my bowl as my husband prefers his tomato free b/c of the acidity.

Rebecca Thompson, M.S., MFT said...

Thanks for your ideas! That Alfredo dish sounds really good, Jenny, and simple, too. And we do eat lots of homemade soups- different every time since we don't use recipes. Well, I use recipes, but my husband doesn't. :-) Thanks for chiming in!