I’m all for rain, but what’s with the threatening skies every time I have a day off!? Not being able to hang laundry outside really throws a wrench into the rest of my week.
Oh well. It’s good for the garden, right? Besides, a rainy day is the perfect time to take care of some things on the To-Do list and spend some playtime in the kitchen!
To-Do for Today? Baby food!
Back when I was prego, I got a lot of cr*p from people when I said I wanted to make my own baby food (among other things…) I never said I wanted to make every single bite of it, but I did want my baby to eat homemade food whenever possible. You should have heard all the comments I got…“You just wait…you won’t have time”…”Must be nice to have that much free time on your hands”…”Ha ha…I said that, too, and then I woke up to reality.” I heard ‘em all. Some people just laughed at me and rolled their eyes.
For those people, this is for you.
I timed it, and it took me all of 20 minutes during my son’s midday nap to turn one organic mango and 3 organic peaches into 7 servings of fresh, healthy, beautiful baby food. I mean, come on…it’s not rocket science.
Only the nice fleshy parts are included.
One for the next day at Grammie’s house, and the rest for the freezer. He’s not eating a whole lot at once right now, so I’m still making small batches. Once we graduate up to big batches, it will be even more efficient.
I paid a total of $5 for the lot, and I don’t have to worry about all these scary recalls. Priceless, in my opinion.
It’s that easy, and believe me, I don’t have ANY spare time on my hands these days.
Note to self: People will always tell you YOU CAN’T. Always know that YOU CAN. (especially when little eyes are watching your example and taking notes…)
Once that was done, the sun came out so grilling came to mind. I have vowed not to shop for a few days because I want to use up some of the masses of random groceries taking over my kitchen, so I started rummaging…
Hmmm….a few yellow summer squash from the garden. Those are fresh and perishable, so they definitely need to be involved here…
Quinoa needs to be used up….have a can of black beans….some tomato sauce…garlic, sea salt….hmmm….
Squash boats! Sort of. They were too small to dig out the middles and stuff, but they were happy to be topped with a yummy quinoa something-or-other.
Olive oil, salt and pepper.
Oh, too dark. Nope! Turns out they were just right.
Pot full o’stuff. More than enough for 2 dinners and 2 lunches!
I feel like this was missing something green, but my kale was buggy. Eek! A good dousing of hot sauce kicked it up a little.
In the end, I feel like I accomplished a few things: I spent very little, I used up some neglected pantry items, and I fed my family the way I want to without much time in the kitchen.
Feeling like a pretty good mommy today…
A lot of people say that they can’t eat a healthy made-from-scratch diet because they don’t have time. What’s your response to that excuse?
The zucchini/squash onslaught has begun! What’s your best recipe?
Reminder: don’t forget to enter to win free products from Turtle Mountain! I’ll be picking a 2 winners on Saturday, 6.26…