- Forcing (gently!) my family to try new foods. We've made HUGE strides in the past year, but there are areas for more improving. Especially with the four year old, who's pretty picky and generally angry about new foods. October may prove to be a rough month.
- Forcing me to not take the easy route. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place for the easy route. But I'm wondering more and more if we should be taking said easy route when it comes to our food choices.
- Budget wise, unprocessed generally equals cheaper. But it's cheaper over the long run. For instance, buying all the ingredients to make tortilla shells instead of buying tortilla shells doesn't equal out. But those same ingredients will stretch over multiple batches of tortilla shells (and other stuff!) and prove to be nicer to the bank account.
- Monday = Free night. We eat at church and I don't have control over the menu. But it's always super good, so I'm ok with it.
- Tuesday = Tacos (a Tuesday constant). Tacos at our house are pretty unprocessed as it is, but there are two things that will change. I'm going to make my own seasoning and shells. I've never made my own seasoning, but it can't be that hard, right? I have made my own shells and look forward to repeating that recipe. I think instead of frying them though, I'll bake them. We'll see how that goes. Our beef is from a local farmer as well as our produce. I missed getting cheese from the market this weekend, but will rectify that situation next week.
- Wednesday = Brinner. Mmm. Again, pretty unprocessed anyway, but I am going to make our pancakes from scratch. Yes I usually use a mix. Don't judge me. Other than that, we'll have bacon (from a local farmer) and eggs (from our backyard). Oh, and the maple syrup that we use is actual maple syrup. None of this artificial butter flavor crapola.
- Thursday = Burgers and pasta. Again, our beef is from a local farmer. I'm planning on making our own buns next burger night, but for this one, we have buns left over from last week. And since I loathe wasting food, I refuse to waste these. The pasta, however, will be homemade by our house mate, which is awesome.
- Friday = Frittata (a Friday constant). With hens in our backyard, this has been a fun way to use up some eggs. I make it different every week, but usually add some onion, spinach, and potato. Sometimes some leftover bacon from Brinner. Always yummy and always unprocessed.
- Saturday = Pizza. This is another staple that's pretty unprocessed. We have sausage from a pig the husband helped butcher. I make my own pizza crust and sauce. And we just add whatever veggies we have left over from the week.
This whole unprocessed shindig has got me into a baking mode, too. So also on the schedule this week is Apple and Cheddar Scones and Brownies (both from the Smitten Kitchen). Oh, and lactation cookies, of course. And I started brewing my own Kombucha last night, so I'm pretty stoaked about that as well!
Happy October Unprocessed!!