Shift in thinking

This has been an interesting 3 weeks for me in terms of food and cooking.  Ever since I joined in on Wardeh’s Tuesday Twister blog carnival, I have been focusing on the real food my family eats.  If you had asked me a month ago if we eat a lot of real food, my answer would have been YES.  BUT I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the net.  If you haven’t checked out foodrenegade, I recommend it.  The responses are as interesting as the articles themselves.  I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box but it’s slowly being absorbed.  I’ve come to the realization that we do not eat as well as I thought.

~I’ve become painfully aware of the processed foods in my house~

We are all feeling the effects of those foods, though I was not aware of it until now.  I’m talking to my family, letting them know the things I am reading and hopefully getting them on the same page, and on the road to change.

It’s not easy!  How do you change something so ingrained?  I’ve been cooking this way for 23 years.  The answer: Little by little.

Keeping that in mind, onto what was cooking in my kitchen this week:

My tomatoes have finally started ripening! This week’s meals have been full of tomatoes and green beans from the garden.

I’m really proud of my tossed salad this week!  Everything came from my garden, all grown organically.  Lettuce, green onion, carrots, tomatoes, and dill.

We really like salmon filets.  I seasoned them with a (prepackaged-sorry) mixture of sea salt, black pepper, chili, onion, garlic, rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage.  Yes, I read the label.  I like cooking salmon because it’s so fast!  We had beef liver this week too (not pictured) which I also love making because it’s so quick ~ real fast food.

The sandwich, granted wasn’t completely real but it could have been. 😀  Toasted whole wheat bread, salmon with chopped onion and mayo, fresh sliced tomato from the garden.

The change isn’t going to be overnight and it’s not going to be easy.  When life gets stressful, I tend to revert back to my old ways.  I need to do this for my health and the health of my family!

Real. Simple.

I’m going to bore you with this week’s real food.  We’ve been eating from the garden.  As far as I’m concerned there is no better way to enjoy fresh garden produce except cooked simply or served raw.  Simple. This is how we generally eat.

Green Beans: The green beans are ready which means we’ve been enjoying them fresh as much as possible… baked, boil and fried!  I mean that literally.  Baked on the BBQ in tinfoil, boil on the stovetop, and fried with cream.  I might also include steamed and simmered in soup.

Cabbage: My most favourite way of having cabbage is creamed!!  All the better if I had Mrs. Penner’s cream (a lovely Mennonite woman that lives near my mom and has grass-fed dairy cows.).  It’s so good, I was wishing for more!  Slowly simmer chopped cabbage in a skillet until tender, then add cream and salt and pepper to taste.  Heat and serve.

Carrots: The carrots are just maturing so we’re enjoying steamed baby carrots.

Lettuce: we’re still enjoying lots of tossed salads with green onions, dill and some of those baby carrots.

Still to come: Tomatoes are starting to ripen. Cucumbers are blooming profusely!

This post is part of Tuesday Twister hosted by GNOWFGLINS

Green beans!

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I have green beans!  I noticed the plants blooming so thought it wouldn’t be long. Today looked to see how they were doing.  I thought I might see little ones starting, but I was so surprised to see beans big enough for picking!  Right away I picked enough for supper.  They were so good!  One of our favourites!  Just one of the reasons I love summer!