Easy bacon and kid friendly snackin’

So, am I the only one who didn’t realize that you could microwave bacon?  Well, in case I was not alone in my naivety, guess what – you can microwave bacon and it’s really good, fast, and easy!!  Take your nitrate free all natural bacon, place in strips on a couple of paper towels, cover with a couple  more paper towels, and microwave for 4-6 minutes.  Thanks to my genius friend Nicki V. for giving me this tip!  Now I’m sure I’ll be eating bacon on everything…. : ) I love BLT’s,  without the bread of course,  add some hard boiled eggs on the side to make a  quick and tasty  breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  

On to snacks.  Kids like to dip things so always keep on hand almond butter and mayonnaise.  As you can see, Rowan really enjoys his almond butter.  You can find pretty good mayo at natural foods stores that have no sugar and are made with pretty much just oil and eggs.  If you add curry powder, dill, garlic powder, or whatever spice combo you prefer to some mayo, it will make a tasty dip for veggies.  I like to stock up on bags of already sliced apples and already sliced carrots and celery for easy and fast snacks for my boys. Sliced deli meat is a must to have on hand for hungry little ones and now almost all grocery stores carry decent deli meats without a ton of preservatives and fillers. 

One last tip, never leave home without food.  I always have snacks in my car because kids are always hungry and with good options available, fast food is NOT an option. 

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Don’t be afraid – it’s only a fish taco!

Breakfast today was leftover beef stew from last night, hard-boiled eggs, and avocado.  Lunch was salmon patties from Costco – heat for 3 min on each side in a skillet with olive oil.  I made “fish tacos” out of the patties with romaine lettuce leaves, diced tomatoes, broccoli slaw, a little mayo, and some hot sauce.  Rowan looks scared of the taco, but he chowed them down, despite his initial fears!  : )  For dinner I threw a bag of brussel sprouts in the microwave for 4 minutes, chopped them in quarters, chopped a package of bacon, and sauteed all together with already cooked chicken from TJ’s, vegetable blend, bell peppers and onions, pepper, a little sea salt, and a little chicken broth.

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Happy Halloween!

This week has been crazy.  Two birthdays, Halloween, school parties, work, life… So, here is a little photo collage of how we survived – nutrition wise – even amongst the craziness.  We all pretty much lived on eggs cooked various ways (my deviled eggs are mayo, sea salt, pepper, dill, and red wine vinegar), chicken salad from Raleys, coleslaw made with cabbage, apples, and broccoli slaw, baby sweet potatoes from Traders that you cook right in the package, only takes 5 min in the microwave, tri-tip already cooked from Raleys (not sure about the quality or what they season it with, I felt kind of yucky after we ate it…) frozen green beans, and “all natural” hot dogs from Traders.  I’m happy for the weekend and we started this morning right with the last picture of eggs, bacon and raspberries.  Yum!  Happy Halloween!!

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