Robin's JOY

March 23, 2013

Oatmeal pancakes using leftovers

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These pancakes were breakfast today for the kids, with some eggs/veggies for the adults and side of pineapple for everyone.
They looked delicious and smelled amazing. From the kids reaction they were not just a convenient way to use up leftover oatmeal. We did add chocolate chips to half and blueberries to the rest. I think our oldest had at least 5 pancakes. :)

March 22, 2013

Simple way to get kids to try more fruits and veggies

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Simple way to get kids to try more fruits and veggies

Divided plates make lots of fruits and veggies seem more appealing for kids. Think lunchables, tv dinners, and anything else that seems cool to kids, little compartments are exciting! I got these on an after Christmas clearance for pennies a few years ago and they are the best for making quick, nutritious lunches. Featured here we have some leftover spaghetti/marinara sauce (PS mix spagetti squash into your cooked whole grain pasta if your kids don’t love plain squash. I have gotten them pretty much half and half proportion wise and no one is the wiser!) with sides of carrots/cucumber and apple slices, green salad. I have been giving my kids salad since they were big enough to try to chew. Considering I was raised eating salads that didn’t contain any greens (what? isn’t that just cheese and salad dressing? Yes, yes it is.) until I was at least in middle school…I feel this is at least a step in the right direction.

A new recipe I tried this week (just had a hankering to do some baking, even though I couldn’t eat it, though I did save one in the freezer to taste in 14 more days :) Carrot Oatmeal Bars. I called them carrot cake bars and 2 out of 3 kids and about half of my Bible study liked them. The results were inconclusive as about half of my Bible study was not there, and I will have to taste them to give my review soon.

March 21, 2013

Whole 30, we are 1/2 way done!

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I feel the greatest sense of accomplishment at hitting day 15.  The Whole 30 has been eye opening and we are now on the home stretch, and Richard and I both feel the cravings are in check.  We both have learned to try and like things that we didn’t think we would like Skillet Eggs (me,) and cauliflower rice (him.)  

We have eaten tons more veggies than we normally do (our kids have too!) and we discovered that fruit is a very satisfying sweet treat when it is the only sweet in your menu.  I miss oatmeal and chocolate, but I have learned a few better choices to satisfy my cravings for sweet.  I learned I love sweet potatoes with a bit of coconut butter and lots of cinnamon, and a banana with homemade almond butter feels truly decadent after a workout.  

Some great recipes I stumbled upon are Taco Soup which I basically just used 2 lbs of ground beef browned with onion and added stuff like I normally do when I make taco soup except I usually would have added black or pinto beans and corn.  I used my homemade taco seasoning instead of the spices and I used 1/2 can rotel instead of all the green chills.  I think taco soup is a wonderful one to pack with veggies, like shredded carrots, or chopped zucchini.  I added a bit of chopped bell peppers and wished I had time to shred some carrots, but I was rushing off to spring soccer practice (BRRR!) and just wanted to dump everything in the crock pot so we would have something warm to eat when we came home.  

I have made steak fajitas twice because they were so delicious.  We like to chop up the leftovers and eat them over greens for a fajita salad the next day.  

And the curry, oh the curry.  It has been 4 days since I made Chicken curry and I am still thinking about it.  I love curry, but this was ridiculously good and paleo/whole 30 to boot!  I can’t wait to have it again.  Maybe with Cauliflower rice.  

Anyways, I am all for ideas for a whole 30/paleo friendly Easter menu.  Please let me know if you have any ideas!  


March 9, 2013

Whole 30 day 3

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So far so good! Richard and I are so proud and I have to say this is the first time I have been this strict with any diet or eating plan.
Our dinners have been interesting and lunches have been mostly leftovers or salads with added protein. I tried a recipe for an egg casserole today, we all thought it was tasty. I mostly wanted something I could make ahead and freeze for busy mornings.
Meals tried, Avocado chicken salad, chicken tortilla less soup, steak and grilled veggies, butternut squash with coconut butter for a side. Making taco salad tomorrow. I feel we will miss the cheese and tortilla chips, but taco salad is one of our favorite meals, so hopeful we will enjoy! Have a good night and thanks for your encouragement to all who have offered :)
I would say overall we feel great and we are glad we both like coffee with coconut milk.

March 2, 2013

Trying a whole 30

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Wow, it has been a while.  So here are a few updates.  

We are going to give the Whole 30 eating plan a start.  We have been working on eating whole foods, more protein/veggies and a little fruit with less sugar,etc.  But I feel like I need a boost, so this is something I want to try.  I definitely am excited, but intimidated (I love oatmeal!) to give up all grains, dairy, (boo, no homemade yogurt with fruit one of my favorite snacks.) soy (I have no affection for soy, but darn it, it is in everything!) and sugar.  Now, we have been cutting back sugar for a while, I love to bake, but have figured out that most things made with honey, sucanat, or even just less sugar taste great!  And, I have finally gotten rid of flavored coffee creamer once and for all in my house!  I blame 100daysofrealfood for this awesome recipe Maple Mocha.  Who knew, maple syrup and cocoa powder turns into super yummy chocolate syrup.  I have used this for hot cocoa as well (hooray for not using the storebought mix that contains hydrogenated oils and junk) and it is delicious.  I also have used a tiny bit of vanilla extract (I use my homemade vanilla,) with slightly less maple syrup and almond/coconut milk for a vanilla latte instead of mocha.  Both are sooo yummy!  

Anyways, so here we go to black coffee with coconut cream and lots of veggies, eggs, salads, and meat.  If anyone else wants to try the whole 30, we are starting on March 8th in order to have a few days to plan/prepare, grocery shop, etc.  

I will try to update often, I am a bit busy with Let’s Play Music teaching, recruiting, and working on a committee to plan our annual convention/symposium, so I doubt it will be daily.

Comment or e mail me and let me know if you are in.  

Here is info on the Whole 30 and why we are not doing it forever.   I also have been following Jessica’s experience with this and want to thank her for inspiring me.  She has a great blog with lots of good recipes and whole 30 meal plans.  

November 21, 2012

Time for pumpkin pie and an experiment…

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So ready for pie! Can you tell which one is made with real pumpkin (as in a pumpkin the kids picked from the patch that I cooked,) and which is canned pumpkin? I am very interested to see if I can taste a difference tomorrow. Ok, who am I kidding, tonight at midnight…or maybe 11, or 10, I do have a race to run in the morning. Need to get to bed on time. Thanks to everyone who stuck with me on trying to cut out sweets, enjoy something yummy and
Happy Thanksgiving! Be blessed!


November 18, 2012

No dessert November continues…

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Well I did eat a cookie this week. I enjoyed it too. I have been pretty diligent with the rest of my food choices, but I found the best prevention is to have a full fruit bowl ( and if you have met my children this also means a full produce drawer and pantry cause those kids can eat !). I ran out of bananas and apples last week and really noticed the ease of making healthy choices declined with each missing fruit.
Thankfully after a Sprouts run yesterday and some serious grocery gaming last week, we are back in the game! Just in time to make some pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner this week! I am excited for pie and will enjoy my piece (ok, it is Thanksgiving, maybe 2 small pieces) ;) after I run a 5K.
Turkey Trot, here I come! Happy Thanksgiving week!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

November 7, 2012

No desserts yet…

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Well, I haven’t buckled yet!  How is everyone else doing?  My brother in law is cracking me up with his ideas about how to avoid desserts, his latest is Extra Dessert flavored sugar free gum.

I did make some granola bars tonight.  I don’t eliminate all sugar, so I use peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil and these are fairly healthy so I feel ok about eating a small one in moderation.  Here is the recipe Peanut Butter Honey Granola Bars

Tried a new recipe also, I will post if it turns out.

Give me a shout if your still in on “No Dessert November!”  And give yourself a pat on the back for making it 7 days!


November 4, 2012

Oops !

Filed under: no dessert november — by robinjoy @ 9:22 pm

I licked the lid to my daughter’s pudding cup and I’m not proud of it. I’m even more disgusted that I did it without thinking, and then I was like darn it! It wasn’t even something worthwhile like a good piece of chocolate. Oh well, I have moved on and am back on the wagon. The dessert free wagon that is. That sounds like the saddest
wagon ever.
In other news we have found a new favorite family snack. After the candy craze lately, my kids were asking for ” a bissert,” ( that’s dessert, for those of you not fluent in 2 year old.) after every meal! Yes, even breakfast! Now I am definitely from the ” everything in moderation ” camp, and goodness knows with my love of baking, my kids are allowed to eat cookies sometimes. Anywho, we have been trying to get back into healthy habits like snacking on mostly fruits and veggies, and our new autumn dessert treat is…
Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon! I know it sounds simple, but folks, call the cinnamon ” cinnamon sprinkles,” slice the apples nice and thin, and even toddlers will be clamoring over who gets the last slice. Tonight I did 1 Granny Smith and 1 Fuji and the combo of sour and sweet was great!
How us everyone else doing on no dessert November? Have you slipped up yet? Do you kind of want a cinnamon sprinkled apple now?

November 2, 2012

No Dessert November

How’s it going?  Anyone on board with cutting the sweets for 20 more days?  It is not too late to try to cut out desserts and treats till you have a piece of pie on Thanksgiving day and really enjoy it!

I have done ok for the first two days, I haven’t struggled too much with craving sweets and I did hide all my kids Halloween candy (hey, I can’t make my “money saving self” throw away all those chocolate bars when I could use them for Christmas baking!)

Tonight I had a sliced up pear for a snack and a cup of pumpkin spice chai tea which I honestly enjoyed.

I do miss baking so I think I might have to come up with a healthy version of pumpkin bread or muffins.  The kids and I roasted a couple of pie pumpkins yesterday so I have a whole bunch of pumpkin puree I need to use up.  I did roast the pumpkin seeds in the oven with some pumpkin pie spice, a teaspoon or so of coconut oil, and sprinkled them with a combination of sea salt, cinnamon, and xylitol.  They turned out good, I may have over baked them a tad, so they are extra crunchy, but I ate a few and thought they would be good in granola or trail mix.

Comment or FB to let me know if you are in, so excited to have some more friends/family on board!

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