Saturday work day. Today is my last Saturday for the year…that is just weird to say. The New Year is that close. Close enough that with the holiday season, my next several weekends are BOOKED! It's going to be a whirlwind. It always is this time of year.
I slept in this morning. The entire house slept in. After last nights super heavy dinner, I wanted something light, but was also unmotivated to actually make much. I contemplated making a breakfast smoothie, but that just seemed like too much work and clean up. I actually not a huge fan of smoothies for breakfast. It's just too cold for starting your day. Your digestion has been resting and the first thing you through in there is harsh and cold. This is actually one of the worst things you can do for your first meal. According to TCM nutrition, the stomach does best with warmed and room temperature foods. I see so many people who are very proud of their morning smoothes and shakes, and how they make them with their greens (kale, spinach, etc.). Most people are unaware that many greens contain a chemical called oxalic acid. This compound binds to minerals in the plants and keep them from being absorbed. This bond needs to be broken down in order to digest and absorb the minerals of those foods. So, really they are getting a big dose of fiber, and other vitamins, but not the minerals in those plants. One way to get around this is to blanch the veggies and then freeze them. The blanching (boiling) process helps to break the oxalic acid bonds. Freezing it lets you save the plants for a later date. Although this doesn't help with the cold aspect of smoothies. An occasional cold breakfast is not detrimental, but if this becomes a routine it can cause the stomach muscles to become overworked and weak. It also disrupts the proper production of digestive juices, and limits the amount of digestion that occurs.
So, I made a couple slices of Sprouted Wheat Cinnamon Raison toast with Grass-Fed Butter and a cup of coffee.
DONUT DAY! Not too proud of this move, but the Hubby and Girls went for donuts after Jiu Jitsu practice while I was working and surprised me with a donut when I got home. Who am I to say no to a donut gift from my kids.
I felt pretty cruddy after my donut lunch, and tried to balance it out a small salad. Hopefully the rich greens will help clear out the bad choices.
Super simple salad of Arugula, Spring Greens, Avocado, Green Onions, and Sesame Vinaigrette.
We had a wonderful family afternoon. We had tickets to Shrek the Musical. My kids LOVE plays and theatre, and M1 has been a fan of the Shrek movies since she was 1. It was the only movie she would watch for YEARS.
What a blast! We met some friends and had a great time.
We got home a little later than I thought we would. I pulled out some sausages, Nitrate Free of course. Our garden greens have gotten pretty beat up with the weather lately and sadly it was time to clear out the Swiss Chard, and some of the Kale. This did go well with the sausages, and a pot of Mashed Potatoes pulled it all together.
I made the greens like this...
2 Slices of Nitrate Free Bacon
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/8 cup Chicken Broth
2 Cups chopped Kale, packed
2 Cups chopped Swiss Card, packed
In a dutch oven brown bacon, deglaze with vinegar. Add kale, cover and cook until wilting and soft. Add chicken broth and Swiss Chard. Cover and steam. Mix and taste. Texture should be soft, but not mushy.
Planning for tomorrow. Big day of food prep and house cleaning…woo hoo!! Pumpkin will be big! Pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins… and maybe a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. All with our halloween pumpkins. Should be a fun activity for the girls. They love cooking and even more so enjoy using food that we have grown, or is homemade. It makes me happy to know that I am at least instilling a passion of home harvest.