Friday, January 27, 2017

Food, Food and Food

If I had to sum up my current life in three words it would be: babies (Lars is still a baby, right?), Bob (because I love him and couldn't do this without him) and food (because someone is always hungry and sometimes I feel like we work to pay our grocery bill).

I've said before that we cook every. single. night. and it still holds true. Some nights I wish we didn't have to cook but we live so far out that 'picking something up' is like an hour ordeal or going out to dinner is a 2+ hour ordeal...with a 4 year old and a 9 month old (no thank you).  Our little town has some great food but nothing quick that's for sure. So we cook and we cook a lot. We cook breakfast, lunch for the kids and dinner, so there's a lot (A LOT) of food and cooking going on in the Authement-Keates household.

Our food bill is our second highest bill for the month next to our mortgage and Bob swears sometimes our mortgage comes in second.....I won't divulge what we spend a month on food but buying organic, healthy and when available local is important to us so it's a big expense.

We obviously don't buy meat, except for when Lars thinks he wants to try halibut, crab, shrimp, turkey hot dogs or some other ridiculously expensive meat item that I cave into buying for him because I want him to try food and be adventurous even though I know the cat will end up eating it or we'll give it we don't have (usually) have that expense. But don't worry....I tend to make up for the cost.

I've found that we do best and spend less when I make a weekly menu that includes dinner, lunches for Lars, snacks, any treats we may want to make and food for Townes and then make my list according to the menu.  Otherwise, we're at the grocery store a few times a week and we end up spending way more money than necessary. When I'm on track and get this done, the total when we get up to the register is a hard pill to swallow but I know if we don't plan we end up spending more.

When I'm scrounging the interwebs and cookbooks for recipes I generally look for vegan recipes.  We're not 100% vegan but I find vegan recipes to be more plant based and nutritional than a lot of vegetarian recipes. I would guess that roughly 4 out of the 7 meals we have a week are vegan.

Also, sorry for the crappy phone pictures of all the food.  There's just no time after dinner's made to take pretty pictures....maybe one day :)

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Oat Crust (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free)

Spicy Pesto Pasta with Roasted Veggie and Goat Cheese  (it's a spin off of this recipe)

Chili Cheese Nachos (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

my lunch one random day. garlic quinoa, spinach, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes and avocado with a spicy tahini sauce. no recipe. 

Creamy Vegetable Curry (vegan, gluten free) I would make this every single night because I love curry but Bob hates curry. So I make it when we have company that also enjoys it. 

Thai coconut curry sweet potato soup with roasted tamari almonds (vegan, gluten free)  (curry for the win!! bob was cool with this soup for all you curry haters)

Nachos Supreme. (gluten free) chips, topped with cheese, roasted veggies, Spanish rice, homemade refried black beans, veggies and chipolte cream sauce. 

banana nut bread (vegan, easily made gluten free...this one isn't, refined sugar free)

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