Day 15: 30 Days of Unprocessed Food

Exactly one week from today I will be starting summer school. I am dreading it like you would not believe! These past few weeks have been so relaxing for me. I have had so much extra time to devote to my husband and my daughter. Honestly, I enjoy being a housewife so much. Maybe in another life we will strike it rich and I will have the luxury of always being home with my sweet girl. Until then, I must face the reality of earning a college degree and finding a "grown up" job. Darn.

Visiting the petting zoo at a local farm. I love my sweet girl!

One of my favorite things about being home these past few weeks has been having more time in the kitchen. When I am in the middle of the semester, our meals tend to be very boring. Although we don't resort to fast food, we are very guilty of having quick and easy meals that usually don't taste very exciting. I love having the time to prepare flavorful, complex meals that we can all enjoy. Eating healthy is so much easier when the food doesn't taste like cardboard. Needless to say, I am becoming much better at making large batches of recipes and freezing them for later use. I think this will be my saving grace when I finish up school in the fall.

Speaking of meals that don't taste like cardboard, I made Grilled Vegetable Salad with Balsamic and Quinoa. for my sister and brother-in-law tonight and they both loved it. My brother-in-law cannot tolerate gluten so I was very happy to be able to make a dish that he could enjoy.  Like I stated previously, this meal might be a new staple in our household! The balsamic dressing soaks into the quinoa and veggies, offering so much flavor and density. It is such a satisfying vegetarian meal!

I cannot believe we are at the half way point in our challenge! In some ways it feels like we just started. But mostly, it feels like we have been doing it forever and there is no end in sight. I had a very random craving today for a good burger and fries.  When this challenge is over, I might be treating myself to a burger at Joe's Farm Grill. They use all local, natural meats, which I LOVE! All in all, I haven't had a lot of cravings thankfully! I know James is starting to have some cravings too. Although we love this way of eating, we will all be in need of a treat when this is over. Sophia misses her organic lollipops;)

Day 15
Breakfast: Vanilla Oatmeal Pancakes with Banana Slices
Lunch: Organic Hotdogs with Sauerkraut and carrots
Snack: Raw Almonds
Dinner: Grilled Vegetable Salad with Balsamic and Quinoa
Dessert: Popcorn with Olive Oil

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