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Portobello Mushroom Burgers, and Updates

Thanks to Emily for suggesting portobello mushrooms as an entree. I saw some at the store today and took a  shot at this recipe for Portobello Mushroom Burgers with herbed mayo, spinach and cheese. They were pretty good — maybe a B+. They would have been better on the suggested hard rolls — I had regular hamburger buns on hand.

Have freezer meal, on-the-go breakfasts, or granola bar recipes to share? I’d love to hear about them.

Some updates:

  • Took a stab at microwaving yesterday’s frozen Breakfast Casserole Bites. They reheated reasonably well — removing the foil liners was kind of annoying, though.
  • The lasagna never made it to the freezer…
  • On last week’s goals:
  • 1. Take the baby on at least two walks.

    2. Try out our cloth diapers, starting Monday afternoon after our newborn class.

    3. Serve a veggie with every supper this week.

    4. Make a batch of twice-baked potatoes to freeze.

    5. Clean out the fridge.

    6. Order a smaller garbage bin.

    7. Only two trips to the coffee shop this week!

    8. Research laundry detergent recipes.

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The Intrigue of ‘Real Food’

A friend who saw my request for vegetable recipes (thanks!) recommended the blog 100 Days Of Real Food.

I have to confess that I haven’t even looked at the recipes yet — the concept of the blog as a whole has me too distracted.

The blogger and her family are committed, to perhaps oversimplify it, to eliminating processed foods from their diet. Their personal rules throw out refined grains, refined sweeteners (including sugar), deep-fried and fast foods, and any packaged item with more than five ingredients listed. The goal is to focus on “whole” foods.

I haven’t read too much about their reasoning, assuming health would trump anything else. What could be better for our bodies than foods the way they’re (pesticide-free) grown naturally? There’s always another chemical being determined to cause cancer; I’m certain there are things we eat every day we don’t yet know about that contain chemicals or are processed in a way that is a serious hazard to our health. Take the recent pink slime controversy, for example. I’m pretty sure eating ammonia can’t be good for you.

They point out that “real” or “whole” foods are not the same as “natural” or “organic” foods. “Natural” and “organic” foods can still be processed and refined. Also, “real”/”whole” foods are not necessarily low-fat or low-cal. I like that. It makes sense. It lines up with what people have done for millenia. (That’s kind of my gold-standard as I learn to care for a baby —  a mom in the Middle Ages didn’t have a watch telling her to feed her baby every three hours, but civilization kept going. For my husband, “If it’s so serious, why don’t they call it meningitis?”)

The idea sounds great, but of course it is totally foreign to my eating and buying habits. And, as the friend who recommended the blog pointed out, “real” food is not as budget-friendly as processed food. If I really believe it’s so wise, though, shouldn’t it be worth the overhaul? Or at least a partial overhaul? Especially with a brand-new little life in my hands?

(Sip of Diet Coke.)

I’m kind of at a standstill.

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Lasagna: A Great Freezer Meal, and Other Updates

Lasagna was on the schedule for dinner tonight. (I’ve started making a Google calendar for my meal plans. That way I can not only look ahead to my plans, but I can look back at what we’ve had recently.)

When the afternoon got busy, I started to worry that there wouldn’t be time to make it. But I remembered, once I got started, how easy it is to make. The time it took to go from meat-browning to slipping it in the oven was exactly the amount of time the baby was happy to sit in her bouncy chair. I use the recipe on the sides of many Creamette lasagna noodle boxes, though I usually find it here. You don’t have to buy oven-ready or otherwise-special noodles. You don’t have to boil them in advance, either. (I use hamburger instead of sausage, unless I happen to think to buy sausage.)

And best of all, lasagna works great for me in the freezer! I like to cut it up into individual pieces and wrap them in foil, then you can slip them in the oven just as they are when you want to eat them. (And you can re-use the foil you baked it in originally for the wrapping.)

What are your go-to freezer meals?

OTHER UPDATES:

Still not thrilled with the homemade dishwasher detergent. I don’t want to throw it out, though, either. Anyone have a recipe to recommend?

A friend sent a laundry detergent recipe that I hope to try in the next few days!

Baby wore her first two cloth diapers yesterday afternoon. I think they’re still a little big for her — looked like they were pushing her little thighs uncomfortably away from each other. Also, I think I’d like to try the flushable liners and get a wet bag before we go whole-hog. Recommendations for either? Have heard about the Planetwise bags quite a bit so far.

We had salads last night and I still hope to get one down this evening, child-willing!

And one last thing: A blog recommendation. Maria had a great post about “Saving Green by Going Green.”

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