Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dinner is Served

Apparently I've been all kinds of productive lately. First crafting, now cooking. It's really quite miraculous, the feat you are about to witness. I have been reading and thinking a lot about healthy eating lately. And all that thinking motivated me to try out some new recipes--all healthy ones.

Now to any other joe this might seem like the norm. Prepare a well-balanced meal for your family every night? Of course! But things have gotten very laxed around this house. Generally I don't feed my family garbage, but I'm not the type to "watch what I eat" either. Most nights I consider it a success just to get food on the table, no matter if it's grilled cheese sandwiches or cold cereal. But for the past week or so I made a concerted effort to prepare only healthy dishes for my boys. And here is some evidence of those efforts.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Mango Slaw and Avocado Lime Dressing
(Yes, even the dressing was healthy)


Dijon Crusted Pork Tenderloin With Artichokes and Fresh Fruit


Gourmet Rotisserie Chicken and Potatoes, Roasted Corn and Fresh Cherries
(This dinner was compliments of our weekly farmer's market. I love the chicken and that corn is to die for!)


Grilled Steak with Quinoa Salad


Italian Chicken Vegetable Soup


Kashi Roasted Vegetable and Margharita Pizza with Fresh Fruit
(This one was a shortcut meal from the freezer, but it was delicious!)


Yes, preparing a good healthy meal each night is work. Especially when you've got a 10-month old suction-cupped to your leg at all times and a restless toddler in the background. But I think my efforts were fruitful. It felt good to be eating right. As in...it felt good to know I was feeding my family a well-balanced meal AND it felt good to eat well. I highly recommend it.

But tomorrow night I think it's cocoa puffs for dinner. You're welcome Owen.

8 comments:

Crafting is my Therapy said...

Glad to know that I am not the only one that has a hard time with the whole eat healthy. Some nights I am just glad to get them feed and to bed. Your dinners are truly an inspiration. You way out did yourself. I think the most rewarding thing would be if the kids ate all those yummy dinners!

Britanny said...

Are those fresh costco tortillas I see? I can't live without them! And artichokes? I have never cooked one in my life--I have, however, bought hearts in a can for dips. Impressive! Maybe you should post recipes too...just a thought!

Brenda said...

Yeah... we need the recipes!

Kimba said...

Looks fantastic, all of it! Super impressed, especially because of the suction cups. :) And I can't wait for the Farmer's Market this week, and we need to start our little tradition afterwards. :) Apparently I have an even more ginormous stack of magazines awaiting me...

justin said...

I think Owen is on the right track, I had cocoa puff twice for dinner this week. They are great!!

Jeana said...

yumm you have inspired me to want to cook better also. I would love some of those recepies to try! The question is how did you get yours boys to eat everything? Ben can be such a picky eater.... I am happy if I can get him to eat any type of fruit or vegetable...

It's us! The Powell's said...

When I make it down to San Jose I will put a request in for Grilled Steak with Quinoa Salad.

Abby said...

And you got these recipes from where?