We had a great start to our cooking journey. Sean was off work today, so he held down the fort while I went to four grocery stores. As I mentioned earlier, we received the test results two days before our vacation, and we just returned yesterday. We agreed before we left to start the new cooking plan once we returned, so I was scrambling a bit today to plan some meals, buy groceries, and get started. Of course, I complicated the day by being determined to find all of the ingredients for some gluten free, milk free, nut free chocolate chip cookies….more on that later.
We pretty much stuck to my initial meal plan. I just tweaked it a little.
Breakfast – Boiled eggs, bacon, diced skillet potatoes, and juice
Lunch – Lentil Soup
Snack – Oranges and sunflower seeds
Dinner – Baked Tilapia, zucchini/squash/carrots stir-fry, and rice
Dessert – Chocolate chip cookies
Everyone enjoyed the meals today, and it was nice that we were all pretty much eating the same thing, for a change. My youngest did not eat everything, but she at least tried almost everything, which is new. For lunch, she just had the broth from the soup, and for dinner, she had the rice with cashews and sliced bananas. The boys both tried and ate everything, and this momma was smiling both inside and out.
As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to bake the kids some cookies today for being so good, patient, encouraging, and understanding with this new journey and phase of our lives. Since they are only 4, 6, and 8, I want them to understand that meal time is not something to dread. I will still prepare meals that they like; we will just simply be omitting some things. This is a lifestyle change for the good of all of us. The oldest and youngest have both been very sweet and kind about the fact that we are doing this as a family because “it would not be fair to Ethan if we ate something that he could not eat”.
So, back to the cookies…I am not going to post the recipe for that yet….because it did not turn out as well as I would have liked. The kids gobbled them up. And, Sean said that they were really good. We all liked the taste. The cookies just did not present well, and they were very, very soft. We love soft cookies, but these were hard to even hold the shape of a cookie. I got the recipe out of a cookbook, and I still think that the cookbook is going to be great. Once I perfect them (and make some tweaks, if necessary), I will post the recipe. This is our new cooking challenge and adventure, and I am excited to cook healthy food and also bake treats, as well.