Saturday, April 10, 2010

Going fresh continued

Well my going fresh is well on it's way in fact I am going back to the store today to buy more fresh items to use. The response by the kids has been well beyond expectations. The other night we had grilled chicken breasts with rice and I made FRESH green beans the kids loved the green beans and even came back for seconds!!!!

I also invented my version of kids meals. For starters I bought the tyson honey chicken tenders. I made those used ranch to dip in and added apple slices and yogurt to dip the apples in.

Now myself and the kids like those chicken wraps at mc donalds. SO I bought the tyson premade chicken strips you can find those in a bag in the salad area some stores have them other places. They also have chunks. I buy a bag of salad mix you're typical lettuce, carrots purple cabbage etc and some shredded cheese.
This is how I make them

Take a tortilla (make sure their the larger tortillas or a burrito one works too) lay down the lettuce mix. Put a few chicken strips or chunks you can also pregrill some chicken tenders I use a george foreman grill for that. Sprinkle cheese on top and add a line of dressing like subway does. I bought the kraft ranch and the kraft honey mustard dressing. Then roll it up!

I add baby carrots and ranch for the kids and for me I use cottage cheese or a yougurt.

I am telling you what the kids are loving the apple slices and yogurt they also used grapes to dip the yougurt in. I bought one box of yogurt tubes and two packages of yogurt cups and the kids responses have been so amazing I am so proud.

I have come to the conclusion that this whole going fresh thing may not be only a good idea for me but for my family. Even my friend has been using my ideas to feed her picky three year old.

I also have been doing this for years. ....take those yogurt tubes and put them in the freezer and make frozen yogurt tubes the kids will love it mine do!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Going fresh

Well I have been sort of off track the past few weeks. But I am back up and running. Life got a bit chaotic and it seemed the kids needed everything under the sun done. We had to go to doc appts and then need referrals for vision & hearing tests. Also they both neeeded immunizations.

While we were there the doctor asked me a question...Do they eat fresh vegetables? I stopped for a second and thought to my self ...does bagged salad count as fresh? I looked at the doctor and said not as much as they should. He went on about how great they are and they should eat more and the honest truth is I could not argue with the guy. So I had a mission we are going fresh!

So today I went grocery shopping and I thought fresh. And as I wandered the produce aisles of my local supermarket I missed the warm weather and those wonderful farmer markets and side road produce vendors. There is something so pure about things grown in a town I have actually heard of. Where I dare to say I can still smell the soil on them. It won't be long before I can enjoy these wonderful places again. But for now I have to settle for the supermarket's idea of fresh vegetables shipped via plane , train and semi trucks. So after two stores I was able to gather fresh fruits and vegetables and here is what I decided to bring on to my go fresh mission...

Bagged it fresh?
green red and yellow pepper
egg plant
baby carrots
green onions
ginger snap peas
green beans
pint of strawberries.

I also bought three bags of frozen veggies that are steam bags including corn, green peas and a veggie mix. I guess they are as close as you can get to fresh without being fresh but certainly better than a can!

So okay now I have all these "fresh" veggies but now I needed to figure out what to make with them so here are my menu ideas....

Petite steaks with grilled zuchini and squash and then I will add in a starch of choice

Apple bourbon pork chops with steamed fresh green beans

Then we will have pasta night with a fresh salad ... out of a bag...topped with cucumber slices, green peppers etc etc etc

I haven't gotten to the red and yellow peppers yet. But I am contemplating adding it to my steak meal. Perhaps with a chicken dish? I guess I will have to google what to do with these things. I feel like a fish out of water. HMMMM fish now those are fresh! LOL

That is where I am so far. It will be a challenge for me as I am not use to cooking with fresh veggies. I usually use can or frozen so this will be different. The kids did however seem excited over my selections. That is one great thing about my kids they eat just about anything. If i had to think of any items they may stick their nose up at it be the eggplant and green beans. My rule is taste it before you decide you don't like it.....

Going be continued....