What’s your “conversion” story? How did you come to eat real, traditional food, and how long ago did that happen?
What are some of your nutrition or health goals you have for this year, or the future in general?
This year I want to continue to move towards more healthy food. I want to have a fermented food with every meal. I want to begin cooking GAPS friendly food so that I can eventually do the GAPS diet without too much of a horrible transition. I also want to get a good amount of produce grown this year in my parent’s garden. I also want to learn to make gluten free sourdough bread so that I can begin weaning my husband off of gluten (and so I can have bread again!)
Do you have any tips to share for cooking real food, meal planning, or for making life easier in the kitchen?
What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets or cookbooks?
Do you have any questions you’d like our readers to help answer?
Ki’s Weekly Meal Plan
I only plan the dinners, as my husband works and eats the same thing every day for lunch and breakfast (which is not real food! But our dinners are.) I normally eat leftovers or smoothies during the day.(BB: Hey, a week of real food dinners is leaps and bounds ahead of what most of the rest of the country is doing! And that’s true that a lot of times leftovers is what’s for lunch, or breakfast. I’d say having dinner planned is the most important!)
Monday:Hamburgers using this bread recipe made into buns: http://gnowfglins.com/2009/09/10/spelt-sourdough-bread/ with homemade lacto-fermented ketchup and homemade lacto-fermented mayo. I also use raw cheddar cheese and some fresh veggies. I make myself a salad with homemade kefir ranch dressing (http://www.culturesforhealth.com/kefir-ranch-dip-recipe) and I have a glass of raw milk.
Tuesday:Hot dogs with the same bread as above, only made into hot dog buns. I top mine with homemade lacto-fermented sauerkraut (NT recipe) and homemade lacto-fermented ketchup. I make a box of gluten free mac and cheese also. It’s not great, but at least my husband will eat it. I try to get the least unhealthy box, but it’s still a work in progress. A salad will be my side again.
Wednesday:BBQ pork ribs, with organic BBQ sauce. I don’t make my own BBQ sauce yet, still looking for a recipe my husband will eat. But I buy organic so there’s not HFCS. I have a side salad, my husband has corn. It’s the only veggie he’ll eat (I know it’s not a veggie, but what can you do?)
Thursday:Chicken Fried Steak and Mashed Potatoes. I use a gluten free breading for this, and make my own white gravy with spelt flour. The mashed potatoes have lots of butter and grassfed cream.
Friday:Pork Chops and Apple Sauce. I use a gluten free breading on these too, and then fry them in pastured lard. The apple sauce is lacto-fermented (one of the only lacto-ferments my husband will eat!)
Saturday:Nacho night! I use organic tortilla chips, grassfed ground beef, homemade refried beans (I soaked the beans for 48 hours to remove all the phytic acid, and then cook them with grassfed beef stock bones for at least 6 hours, until very tender. Then they get mashed and fried in either lard or bacon grease.) raw cheddar cheese, and kefir sour cream. So good!That’s how my week will look next week. It’s not perfect, and there are compromises, but it’s where we’re at on our journey.
Now, it’s your turn!
To be featured in this series, submit a week’s worth of meal planning from your meal calendar — preferably with links to recipes if they can be found online, or names of cookbooks they were found in — to me by email: emily @ butterbeliever . com (minus the anti-spammy spaces.) Of course since we’re all about real, traditional food around here, your meals have got to be legit. So obviously, no toxic, fake, or super processed ingredients. If you’re not sure what counts as real food and what doesn’t, dig around here a little or just ask me.
Your weekly meal plan could be as simple as just a list with days of the week and what you’re feeding your household for each day — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hopefully even a few snacks or dessert thrown in there. Or you could get fancy, and submit an image from your meal calendar, or a spreadsheet, or whatever. We just wanna know what you eat! Oh and pictures are great too, if you have any you’d like to share.
(What’s in it for me?)
If your submission is chosen to be featured, you’ll get some goodies!
- A free e-book. My very first e-book to be sold on the site is coming shortly, and each featured Meal Plan Monday submitter will be getting a free copy. (as soon as it’s ready!) It’ll be worth like, lots of money of course.
- 10 bonus entries into the next giveaway. Whatever the next prize giveaway is here at BB, you’ll get 10 bonus entries for free!
- Promotion of your blog or website. You’ll of course get a link and I’ll write you a little blurb, but you could also include links to your own recipes in your weekly meal plan!
So, if you’d like to participate, send in your submissions for a chance to be featured! See you all back here next week!