Lissa & menus...

Lissa @ Humble Pie says " Let's set up our kitchens in a way that they beg to be cooked in!"   Lissa I really want to borrow your kitchen.  Mine isn't near as pretty as yours;)

Finding the good in it...as my Grace says to me...is that I can " set up shop " and scrub it down and organize it and make it a fresh and clean place to cook healthy & wholesome food for my family.

We haven't ate out in 22 days which has  =

  • lots of dish washing
  • more food than your fridge can hold
  • TIME prepping, cooking & cleaning!  NO joke!

and I'm lovin it! I feel as if I am being connected back to my grandma " roots ".  She was a cook.  The house was always filled with the aroma of love...her heart was cooking to show us how much she loved us. I miss her. I think I associate cooking with love.

The problem - I can and will "set up shop " but I don't have the  kitchen equipment necessary to cook...and prep.  It is not stopping me from not cooking but I am going to have to invest in some kitchen things if I am going to pursue cooking everyday.  The benefits have been to great!

......:)Back to setting up shop

I need some advice. I have a hodge podge of pots, pans and cookware.  Since I am spending more time prepping and cooking I would like to start investing in my kitchen.

Starting with Pots & Pans for example.  What kind do you use?  Do I buy non-stick or what?  Any suggestions?

I saw Lissa had Le Creuset.  They come a a rainbow of colors...just heavenly!  Here are a couple.

cobalt Le Creuset Cookware Set , 20 Piece - Cookware Sets

or more budget friendly...Rachel Ray?

I have been using Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution cookbook. I am in 100% with changing the way America eats.  I am all in on the whole foods/minimally processed food movement.  Lovin Jamie!

Also loving Cooking with my Kid...couple of recipe's below.  I tweek a few things but it is SO doable!

Last week I cooked Jamie's Cilantro Lime Rice, Cracking Burger and a Chopped Salad

This is my basic format for my menu planning each week

2/3 nights I make a new recipe out of Jamie's Food Revolution Cookbook/or cookbook of choice

1 night crock pot

1 night soup & fruit

1 night sandwiches & fruit

1 night we eat leftovers or 2 if there is lots from the week

**I am making double batches so we have enough leftover for lunches the next day.  I am experimenting if it is cheaper than 6 dinners, 6 lunches and breakfasts.

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Jamie's Macaroni and Cauliflower Bake with a Salad

Jamie's Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce - I am used to making spaghetti with Ragu & Hamburger!

One Pot Meal: Cheater Italian Wedding Soup (this is SO good )

One Pot Meal: Cheater Italian Wedding Soup

Grilled Apple,Bacon,Cheese Sand on Sprouted Bread & Fruit  ( sandwich each week ) My own recipe.  I am trying a new turkey bacon with no nitrates or growth hormones that I got at the Whole Food Market yesterday.

Crock Pot Fajitas with homemade guacamole..yum yum

Crock Pot Fajitas

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is this sickening or what? Lissa's kitchen.... you know I'm not being serious right? It is splendid! We can love living vicariously through Lissa & others like her but in REALITY that doesn't work so well.  Let's roll up our sleeves this weekend and join in shall we?

Are you ready to join Lissa and spend a weekend scrubbing down your kitchen? I am so in love with her Le Creuset and I love the color!  Keep bringin it girl:) Cooking good, real, wholesome food that my kids/teenager WILL eat...that makes me happy!

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Get ready for Word Women Wednesday cause I have a breath of fresh air for you.  Linsey from LLH Designs is going to post for us!  So stay tuned and be praying:)

until tomorrow...T