For my first 25 years, I survived on a lot of processed food, diet coke, and cigarettes. S l o w l y, I found my way into cooking whole foods. Cooking from scratch, which is way easier than I ever thought (but can be hard to get used to), is how our family has been able to eat well on a tight budget. Over the years, we've replaced many packaged things with whole ingredients. Thanks to our farmer's market and co-op, we buy our meat, dairy, eggs, veggies, and fruit local. To help with costs and keep our focus on nutrition, we try to buy foods when they are in season. Asparagus in spring. Strawberries in summer, and so on. It means we love what's in season and when the season's change, say goodbye (unless preserved) until we meet again.
That's not to say you won't see bananas and tortilla chips in my cart. Ask them, and my children will tell you their favorite foods are mac and cheese, hot dogs, and pizza. I'm a big believer in moderation- like something sweet everyday moderation. But they will also tell you all about the farms we frequent, the food they grow and cook, and the vegetables they like.
Below are some of our favorite recipes and moments in the kitchen. Cooking and learning with them has proven to be the best part of my food journey, that and not being sick all the time, being light headed, feeling like I'm dying... All good, all around.
Bread- our weekly loaves
Greens- An Assortment
Roasted Red Peppers
I've found that so many products I thought I had to buy, so much of what I assumed I had to rely on others (often big box companies) to provide me with, can be made simply, with better ingredients, and for a lot less.
A couple of drops of essential oil in a spray bottle with water
Baking soda and/or white vinegar- apply to spot, let sit, scrub or vacuum
Ant Repellent/Remover, Fertilizer, and Soft Belly Pest Remover for Garden
Lotion (for everything- face, dry skin, dry hair, sunburn)-
I use unrefined coconut oil- I keep a little mason jar of it in each bathroom
I used Kimberlilly's recipe except I added peppermint oil instead of lavender. It took me two minutes to make it. Once you do, stick it in the fridge to harden.
It stores well in a little glass bowl with lid
You'll need a big glass jar or tub, then go here and follow the recipe. I use plain vinegar for my laundry softener (in the washer).
Almost the same ingredients as in the laundry soap, go here for a recipe. Scroll down through the page to get to dishwasher soap. I keep mine in a glass jar.
The recipe is simple- 1 tsp each of citronella, lemongrass, and eucalyptus essential oils, and 7 oz of witch hazel, all go into a spray bottle. I put it in a big one for the house and a small one for travel. It's safe, and you smell delightful! The recipe is found in one of my most favorite books.http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1590307771/soul01-20