Today was easier than yesterday. I knew it would be. The kids have more of a routine, are at school and not asking about the unsmiley faces. There’s been lots of talk and then stress at my house about what’s going to happen during the week in regards to food. I imagine in a house where food is lacking this would always be on a child’s (and parent’s) mind too. Wondering if you’ll be provided with enough to fill you up (physically and emotionally).
My husband ended up on a plane today for 24 hours, so we didn’t need to worry about him. No, it was work related. At least I don’t think he wasn’t trying to get out of the challenge.
Breakfast was the usual for me – oatmeal with a sprinkle of granola and a half of banana. The kids had yogurt with berries and granola and orange juice.
I made my son’s lunch for school. I had to remind him that we were not only on the challenge but it was Meatless Monday so no turkey sandwich. He settled for sunflower butter and fruit spread plus carrots, pretzels and grapes. My daughter and I had lunch at home after I picked her up from kindergarten. Her wrap was avocado, cheese, and spinach. Mine was the left-over roasted veggies from dinner with hummus, avocado and spinach.
Later was snack time between school and Tae Kwon Do. My daughter suggested smoothies which was perfect. I plopped in about a cup of frozen pineapple, a banana, about a cup of orange juice and about 3/4 cup yogurt. We all had some and put some in popsicle molds to freeze and eat tomorrow.
Dinner was very exciting. My kids love fondue. And this is a fun and easy recipe for pizza fondue (see recipe on previous blog here), which works great for Meatless Monday too. What’s not to like – tomaoes, cheese and spices? Plus they love to break out my fun orange fondue pot I found on Etsy. (We serve in it only. I don;t risk burners on the table with kids). Although my son questioned why I was opening a can of tomatoes saying “Aren’t canned food bad?” We usually use Pomi in a carton, but I explained about the price difference and they were still organic.
While my son was at Tae Kwon Do my daughter and I made a trip to Whole Foods for a baguette, some celery, a box of crackers, brown sugar (not my usual, but cheaper version) and a few plums ($8.46). There were a few discussions when my daughter said “Mommy can we get this?” or “Mom we’re out of this.” I had to remind her about the challenge, which she mistakenly (or freudian) calls “the hungry challenge”. She’s only 5, but she’s starting to catch on…if we buy the olive bread for $4 instead of the french for $2, then we can’t buy the crackers.
Since my husband is gone I removed a few big scoops of the tomato puree to reserve for pizza sauce later in the week, and then saved on cheese too. I also transformed the lentils from left-over Sunday night to a lentil salad (now cold with rosemary salt, vinegar and oil). I made japanese sweet potato chips for dipping. We also dipped the baguette, red pepper, broccoli, and celery. My son doubted that a family on food stamps could make this since it was so good. I said yes they could, as long as they had the time and energy and liked to cook (no orange fondue pot necessary).