Day 8!

July 30, 2012

We spent the weekend camping with friends in Dodgeville, WI. We had a great time! It was nice to catch up with everyone. We also went on a 3 mile hike, swam in the lake, and sat around the camp fire. The veggie burgers worked out perfectly! We even shared a few with friends. The banana bread was a hit, too. We had just enough food to get us through the trip, which is just how we wanted it. 

Today, we cut up the veggies for the ratatouille we’re going to make in the slow cooker on Wednesday. That way, while we are at work the ratatouille can be cooking and it will be ready when we get home for dinner. We also made one of our favorite recipes for dinner tonight, veggie tacos. 

Ingredient list: black beans, blue corn tortillas, cheese, onions, green peppers, avocado, tomatoes, spinach and some leftover zucchini and squash. You can also use plain yogurt in place of sour cream. 

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Chris got a little crazy with the cheese…

 

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Yummm! 🙂

 

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Day 4!

July 26, 2012

The last 4 days have been great. We’ve been cooking more (well, Nikki has been cooking more, Chris has just been reaping the benefits) and trying out new recipes. The biggest challenge so far has been the temptation of other food. Today at work Chris’ company bought Giordano’s pizza…hard to pass up! Last night they also took Chris out to dinner (I know, whata lucky guy) so he had to be careful when ordering. He ordered tuna which seems like a safe, yet delicious, choice. 

This weekend we’re going camping. We’re super excited, but it presents an interesting challenge as well. We want to make sure we stick with our diet and have enough food to get us through the weekend. We decided to make our own veggie burgers (using this delicious recipe). It was so simple! We also made banana bread to use for breakfast or maybe to quench our sweet tooth as everyone else eats s’mores (simple recipe from 100 Days of Real Food). Some other things we’re bringing include eggs (both regular and hardboiled) veggies, hummus, and some left over vegetable gumbo which we made on Monday. We’re also bringing beer… lots and lots of beer. 🙂

We’ll be sure to report back after camping to let you all know how everything turned out!!

Veggie burgers (pre-baked)

 

 

 

 

 

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banana bread…

 

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Eggs & Veggies 

 

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Hope you all have a good weekend!!

Day One!

July 24, 2012

We made it past day one!  It felt good to be eating so healthy and it was nice to whip up some healthy recipes. We made a whole wheat pizza for dinner last night. It was fun just to relax in the kitchen, enjoy a glass of wine and make a wonderful dinner. Now, obviously every night can’t be like this. So, we also made a vegetable gumbo that we plan to eat tonight (Day 2) and we’ll use the leftovers throughout the week. 

It is important to mention that one of our biggest resources during this challenge will be the site http://www.100daysofrealfood.com. It is a great blog that offers tips for quitting processed foods, recipes, and even meal plans. Everyone should check it out!

Below is the recipe for the pizza (from 100 Days of Real Food) along with some pictures!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast (active dry yeast)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur organic white whole-wheat flour)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking oil spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Drop the yeast into the 1-cup of warm water and let it go to work for a few minutes. It should foam up a little bit. Stir the salt and olive oil into the yeast mixture.
  2. Pour the flour and yeast mixture into a food processor with a dough blade or into a mixer with a dough hook and turn on the machine. (You can also mix up this dough by hand.)
  3. If the dough is too dry add warm water a teaspoon at a time and if it is too wet add flour 1 teaspoon at a time (ours was wayyy too dry, so we ended up adding a lot of water)
  4. Remove the ball from your food processor and knead into a smooth ball (if you are doing it by hand, like we did, kneading it will take some time). Put the dough into a large ziplock bag or bowl covered with plastic wrap (put a touch of olive oil in and coat the inside of the bag/bowl first) then leave it in fridge for as little as 1 hour or overnight depending on how much time you have. It will rise on it’s own in the fridge.
  5. When ready to make the pizza preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into the desired shape. Put the flat pizza dough on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Top the dough with homemade or organic tomato sauce, cheese and other toppings of your choice. Bake in a oven for about 10 min. or until crust and cheese are golden brown.

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Homemade whole wheat pizza dough and all the toppings!

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Rollin’ the dough.

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The finished product, yum!

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Enjoy! 🙂

We start tomorrow

July 22, 2012

Tomorrow is the official beginning of “100 Days of No Processed Food”. We’re looking forward to it!  We planned out our meals for the week and then yesterday we went to Whole Foods to pick up everything we needed. By planning out our meals it allows us to make some food ahead of time and it allows us to be sure that we will have all the ingredients we need (plus we don’t want to buy food and let it go to waste). Laying out our meals ahead of time also prepares us for any changes in our schedule (ie: Nikki works nights, Chris has school on Thursdays) so that we’ll still be able to stick with our plan.

Below is how we laid our our meals for this first week. We’ve already made the hard boiled eggs and our lunches for tomorrow. Tomorrow night we’ll make the whole wheat pizza (so excited!) and some of the other soups and salads for the week.

We’ll be sure to add some pictures later & let you know how our first day goes! 🙂

Week 1

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Monday

Hard boiled eggs

 homemade “lunchables”

popcorn

Whole wheat Pizza

Tuesday (W)

Yogurt & fruit

Yellow & cherry tomato salad

Hard boiled eggs

Vegetable gumbo & grilled cheese

Wednesday (B)

eggs

Eat @ Work

Yellow & cherry tomato leftovers

Dinner Date? ❤

Thursday ©

Yogurt

Veggie, Hummus Wrap

Vegetable gumbo leftover

Homemade Veggie Burger (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-black-bean-veggie-burgers/)

Friday (W)

Hard boiled egg, fruit

PB & J

Hardboiled eggs

(*CH Camping)

Saturday

Camping*

 Eggs/ omelets

PB & J, Sandwich, Veggie Wrap

Popcorn, fruit, trail mix

Grilled cheese, veggie burger leftovers

Sunday

Camping*

eggs

“lunchables”, sandwhich

Popcorn, fruit, trail mix

Leftovers

Edit: Here are a couple of photos…

We’reeee Baccckkkkk!

July 20, 2012

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We’ve decided to reestablish the Lettuce Blog, with a slightly different purpose. Starting Monday, July 23, Chris and I will begin our “100 Days of No Processed Foods” challenge. We’re going to blog about how we cut out the processed  foods, our healthy recipes, and we may even throw in some restaurant reviews. The blog is a way to keep us honest and it allows us to share what learn along the way.