Thursday, March 8, 2012

Whole Foods Reflection and Menu, Week Two

Admittedly this week in our 40-day Whole Food Challenge was tougher than the last.

The sheen of a new project had worn off, I'd tried all the recipes I was really excited about, and I stopped thinking about the next cool thing I was going to make all day long. The result? My planning was lacking and I found myself having to go to the grocery store a couple of times last week to pick up essentials- not something I like to do.

And I'll be honest: without any processed food I really miss salt. Really. Really. Really. Miss. Salt. I find I'm adding it to lots of dishes that I normally wouldn't because my palate is so conditioned for that taste. I imagine that will go away... please let that go away.

Still, progress is progress and no one in our family can deny the fact that we feel better eating this way. A lot better. We're loosing some weight, feeling more energetic, and our moods are more stable (particularly noticeable in the under-6 set). Plus we're feeling very positive about our carbon footprint thanks to so much focus on organic, local food.

Here's a look at what we've been eating this week:

Breakfasts: (served with at least one raw fruit)

Banana Split Baked Oatmeal

Fried Egg sandwiches

Plain yogurt with maple syrup and berries

Oatmeal with berries, honey and nuts

Spinach Fritatta

Scrambled eggs and farmer's market bacon (natural, uncured)

Hot quinoa with apples and cranberries cooked in


Caprisi salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and pepper

Nachos on baked tortillas with homemade refried beans and salsa

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Chicken salad sandwiches (leftover from a roast chicken)

Dinners: It was very cold and snowy here this week, so I went nuts with soups.

Roasted Chicken with carrots and parsnips

Chicken and Rice Soup

Eggplant Parmesan with spinach salad

Potato Leek Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup with homemade cornbread

Corn cakes with peanut butter (with star fruit like The Sneetches)
Herbed Popcorn 

Almonds and dried cherries


Hummus with veggies to dip

Homemade granola bars


  1. Hi Emily! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I came over to yours and was SO THRILLED to see the "gluten free" tab. I am supposed to be gluten free...and have been, well, NOT. And its catching up with me. I REALLY want to start going GF again but need inspiration and this post is HELPING! I love this 40 day challenge you are doing! :D And also....I LOVE the beer brewing and wine making! MMmmmmmm!

    Take care, I am going start following you!

  2. Oh, Katie, I sooooo know what it's like to need to be GF and just to, well, not be. :) Much better on the other side, I assure you. I'm following you as well, so maybe we can share some tips! *smile*

  3. I made for the first time a recipe for quinoa tabbouleh which was...quite delicious. It was very difficult not to scarf down the whole batch at one time. I've also found vegan Lent a valid excuse to consume large amounts of homemade not much weight loss going on here, I regret to say.

  4. That sounds awesome! I can't do tabbouleh but there must be a similar substitute... care to share the recipe? Are you doing a vegan Lent? Love it! (I won't be loosing weight this week, I assure you. I am eating two avocados a day for some reason...)

  5. Because avocados have been on sale and are delicious? I have the same issue. The tabbouleh recipe I have substitutes quinoa for the bulgur wheat, so it might work for you as is. Will definitely share it. Made more of it today, after finishing off a batch of hummus. I think maybe I'm actually eating MORE because all this homemade stuff is so yummy. Unfortunately I didn't write down the amounts of everything I threw in the food processor while making the hummus.

  6. You know, hummus is something that I have had to start making myself because of this challenge (the stuff at the store has seven ingredients pretty consistently), but I must confess that I'm not liking my own as much as the store-bought ones. Isn't that awful? I'm not sure why, so I keep experimenting with the recipe each time I make it. Hopefully I get it right soon. :)



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