My Week in Food

How to feed your vegetarian child

Mini eggplants

Started the week by picking up these mini eggplants at the farmers’ market, each of which was about the size of an apple. I almost didn’t want to cook them, they were so cute.

Roasted eggplant and tomato saladAlas, I did anyway, by cutting them in half and roasting them in a 375 degree oven until nearly done. I then turned the oven off and left the eggplant for several more hours. Tossed with mint, basil, and sliced tomatoes? They were as delicious as they were darling.

Healthy creamy tomato soup

Continued on the tomato theme with this creamy soup paired up with grilled cheese sandwiches. The recipe is a good one, from Amanda Haas‘  Real Family Food cookbook. You can find the it over on Cooking Light. 

Pumpkin bread

Seeing how we’re well into October, cooking with all those summery vegetables made me feel like I was “cheating” on our  beloved fall pumpkins. And so, I baked a loaf of pumpkin bread using a recipe that isn’t quite ready for prime time. You will get an excellent loaf, however, using this recipe for pumpkin bread that you make in the slow cooker.

After school snack: petite pears and pumpkin bread

The bread came in handy for an after school snack one day, with pretty little pears on the side.

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Because I use whole grain flour in the bread, it’s a good source of fiber, as are these raspberries. Unfortunately, very few of us get enough daily fiber, which is why I appreciated this article from NourishRds about why and how to boost the fiber in your diet. There’s a terrific chart to help you find fiber-rich foods you love.

homemade Lunchables

Not so terrific was the enormous case they have at my local TARGET, devoted entirely  to Lunchables. While clearly there’s a market for these nutritionally empty meals, here’s proof that homemade Lunchables aren’t so hard. The only “work” involved here was cutting an orange and boiling an egg.

IMG_6843Frustrated as I can get with the junk food industry, I do notice the positives when I see them., such as  these M&Ms spied at the airport. I give the Mars company points for calling the bags a “Sharing Size.” Half a bag is a step in the right direction.  

Chocolate grahams

As for my own chocolate fix of choice? Bittersweet melted onto graham crackers (with a wine chaser, if the mood strikes).

Veggies and fruits for juicing

I realized our juicer hadn’t been getting much play lately, so I stocked up heavily on juicing-friendly fruits and veggies. Our favorite this week was a tart apple, kale, cucumber, and lemon elixer. The jury is still out as to how juicer-friendly those radishes are going to be.

Summer rolls
The kids made this supper of summer rolls one night, during which they spent more energy bickering over how to make summer roll sthan actually making them. Sigh.

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Lastly this week, as someone who has worked to embrace the changes in my physique that motherhood has brought, I appreciated this quote from actress Jennifer Garner about her postpartum body.

How was your Week in Food?

Comments

10.10.2014 at9:17 AM #

Cynthia Jones

Katie – did you brush the halved eggplants w/olive oil or any seasonings before roasting?

Also wanted to add that although I can’t seem to find a previous blog re: the 15 minute spicy shrimp & corn salad recipe, that one was a big hit. For those of us much less proficient in the kitchen than are you :), it worked well for me as someone who can feel harried after work to prep the corn salad part the night before, minus the greens. The next eve after work I only had to heat up the corn salad, toss in the greens and quick cook the shrimp – it was super easy that way and delicious.
Thanks,
Cynthia

10.10.2014 at9:17 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Cynthia. Yes, I brushed the eggplant with olive oil and then sprinkled on salt and pepper. By the way, found those little ones at the Glen Park Farmers’ Market. As for the Paprika Shrimp and Corn…good suggestion about doing the cutting a day ahead. You can find that recipe if you click on “Recipes” at the top of the blog and then scroll down to Fish and Seafood. Thanks for the comment!

10.10.2014 at9:24 AM #

Pam R

I love the fiber chart. And the Jennifer Garner quote!

10.10.2014 at10:54 AM #

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom

Great roundup of the week, Katie. I love your homemade “Lunchable,” and I agree w/ you that Mars is taking a step in the right direction. At least the graphic is front and center!

10.10.2014 at10:54 AM #

katiemorford

I know, front of the package labeling! Hope to see more of it.

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