So in the quest to be healthier, of course I've had to cook:)
Last night I cooked spaghetti with ground chicken. When I cook things, I try and make the healthiest choices, whole grain pasta with added vegetables in it. Ground Chicken instead of beef and I always use the Perdue brand as it says no antibodics given to the chicken. The pasta sauce had no additives. Always check for added vegetable oils in things, most brands have that in them.
Tonight we are having a chicken/rice casserole that my mother in law used to make. She wasn't a big cook like my family was but it was one of her meals I really liked. I found the recipe in a book a few years ago and we are sure it is the same one she used. It's modified a bit to be more healthy but it is really good. With it we are having mashed potatoes and "healthy" brownies that I made from a mix that had no chemicals or additives in it. I add FLAX seed to the casseroles I make, it gives it a little health boost that is undetectable by my oldest child who is AWFUL to cook healthy for!
Finally I used my bread maker again and I have fresh bread cooking. It makes the house smell so good. I added Flax seeds to the bread also.
Yesterday I came across this article on FB
I checked our ice cream and it was in it! I threw the ice cream out....
carrageenan. I looked it up and it seems it's been banned in some countries, at least in foods marked organic and in baby foods. There seems to be some debate about its inflammatory process which is where the concern lies..... I decided to ban it in my house!
So when I go to the grocery store, I have a magnifying glass with me so I can read the ingredients of things. It's quite embarrassing BUT it is the only way to know exactly what is in the products I buy.
I'm not a nutso organic person but WHEN I know to do better, I feel obligated to do so. I really try to think of how my family cooked when I was a girl. Everything was made from scratch, and they all stayed healthy even tho they didn't eat the lowest fat or the lowest calorie. Nothing was processed..... that was only 40 something years ago.... I want to cook healthy good tasting food like that for my family. It takes more time but it is so much better. And I find with good satisfying food, I naturally eat less and feel fuller.
BTW, I use a BIG magnifying glass at home to read my books....yes I suffer ridicule BUT then I find people wanting to borrow it to be able to read little print!
Tomorrow I'm planning on working at Habiat for Humanity with Steve. As of today he has 87.5 hours in towards our 100 hours. By tomorrow we should have all the hours in. We still need about 80 volunteer hours so Steve can start working there as an employee. They've offered him a job, but per their rules, ALL the volunteer hours must be in. Tomorrow he is going to train on the cash register. The person who runs the register is the one who gives the volunteers assignments so he can't wait to tell me what to do! He's been waiting 18 long years for this moment:)
Thursdays are like our family's Friday as Jon is off on Friday and Saturday. We look forward to Thursday nights and take a deep breath!
Here are some funny Throw Back Thursday Pictures from the summer of 1986, I was doing my internship in Brooklyn NY, working in an inner city ministry called Metro Ministries.