What a journey eating well can be! I was an adult, a mother wanting to feed her children well, when I began to find my way into cooking whole foods. Cooking from scratch, which is way more simple than I ever thought, is how our family has been able to eat well on a tight budget. Over the years, we've replaced many packaged things with staple, whole ingredients. When we can, which thankfully is often, we buy our meat, dairy, eggs, veggies, and fruit local. To help with costs and keep our focus on nutrition, we eat locally too. Asparagus in spring. Strawberries in summer, and so on. It means we love what's in season and when the seasons change, say goodbye (unless preserved) until we meet again.
That's not to say you won't see bananas and tortilla chips in my cart or that my children won't tell you their favorite foods are mac and cheese, hot dogs, and pizza. They will! I'm a big believer in moderation- like something sweet everyday moderation. But they can also tell you all about the farms we frequent, the food they grow, the vegetables they like.
Below are some of our favorite recipes and moments in the kitchen. Cooking and learning with them has proven to be the best part of our food journey.
Bread- our weekly loaves
Greens- An Assortment
Roasted Red Peppers
I've found that so many products I thought I had to buy, so much of what I assumed I had to rely others (often big box companies) to provide me with, can be made simply, with better ingredients, and for a lot less.
A couple drops of essential oil in a spray bottle with water
Baking soda and/or white vinegar- apply to spot, let sit, scrub or vacuum
Ant Repellent/Remover, Fertilizer, and Soft Belly Pest Remover for Garden
Lotion (for everything- face, extreme dry skin, dry hair, sun burn)
Unrefined coconut oil- I keep a little mason jar of it in each bathroom
I used Kimberlilly's recipe except I added peppermint oil instead of lavender. It took me two minutes to make it. Once you do, stick it in the fridge to harden.
It stores well in a little glass bowl with lid.
First off, search Goodwill or Target and find some nice big glass jars. The ones pictured above were under $10 at Target.
Then go here and follow the recipe. I use plain vinegar for my laundry softener (in washer).
Almost the same ingredients as in the laundry soap, go here for recipe. Scroll down through page to get to dishwasher soap. I keep mine in a class jar (the one in the back of the picture above)
I also love plain vinegar as a rinse aid.
The recipe is simple- 1 tsp each of citronella, lemongrass, and eucalyptus essential oils, and 7 oz of witch hazel, all go into a spray bottle. I put it in a big one for the house and a small one for travel. It's safe and you smell delightful! The recipe can be found in one of my most favorite books.http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1590307771/soul01-20