Last night, I watched the first hour of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution online. I think the full episode airs on Friday night, but I couldn't wait! I could feel myself nodding my head 'yes' during the entire show. His whole notion of not putting up with mediocre, numbing food anymore is exactly what motivated me to start writing this blog. I love many things, but I feel most passionate about food. So much of who we are and how healthy and full our lives can be is determined on the day-to-day meals that we choose. I am so pleased that Jamie Oliver is getting the momentum going!
Jamie stressed the use of whole, raw ingredients, which seems basic. It is basic. But, when he showed a group of first-graders a variety of vegetables and none of them identified them correctly! I've tried to use whole foods in my cooking and I'd say dinnertime is pretty solid this way. I still struggle with breakfast and lunch--especially when Peter has to take his lunch to preschool. I've been perusing a few cookbooks today and wrote down some ideas for great, healthful breakfasts and lunches. (Honestly, I wrote this mainly as a reference to plan meals in the future.)
Oatmeal with mix-ins:
*a little vanilla and cinnamon
*Bananas, Peaches, Strawberries, Blueberries
*Brown sugar or real maple syrup
Boiled Egg, Toast, and Orange Juice
Muesli, Dried Apricots and cherries, Yogurt
Bagel Sandwich with Scrambled Eggs, Ham, and Cheddar Cheese
Crepes or Pancakes with berries and whipped cream or lemon curd
French Toast Kebabs
Banana-Walnut Muffins and Smoothies
Lunch Box Lunches:
Part of the problem with our lunches at school comes with our current lunch bag situation--cloth lunch bag and ziplock baggies. I'm planning on upgrading to this system soon.
Food that comes in a pocket:
*Individual Pot Pies in a pastry
*Potstickers or spring rolls
*Lentil Vegetable Soup
*Spaghetti and Meatballs
*Sticky Barbecue Drumsticks
*Whole Grain Crakers, Celery, Apples and natural Peanut Butter for dipping
*Pinwheel Sandwiches: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Turkey and Cheese
*Homemade Breaded Shrimp (baked!)
Farfalle Pasta Salad
Tuna or Chicken Salad
White Bean or Chickpea Salad
*Fresh Fruit slices
Lunches at Home:
Sweet and Sour Vegetable Stir-Fry
Chicken Caterpillar Kebabs
English Muffin Pizzas
Hamburgers and Oven-Baked Fries
Penne with Zucchini, Peppers, and Sausages
So, there may be those who say that my child won't eat any of this, but I've found Pete to be open-minded if it's presented in a fun way. I think kids will eat it (especially if they know that it is the only food available!). One tip I got from my very favorite, favorite new cookbook Mad Hungry, is to cut up a plate of fruits and veggies and put it on the table while preparing the rest of the meal. I've done this, and Pete really chows down on the good stuff, since he's usually hungry.
I guess it really comes down to planning and doing, doesn't it? If I haven't thought through my life, we end up eating stuff that has no heart and does nothing for us but fill our bellies (and clog our arteries). When I do spend that hour on Sunday evening getting the meals planned, an hour or two cooking and filling our freezer, and 20 minutes the night before to do some meal prep, we eat great food all week.
So, friends, what do you think? Do you have some breakfast/lunch faves that you can share? What does your meal-planning look like?