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What are YOU eating?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

I'm curious to know what's cooking in everyone's kitchens! What are your favorite recipes lately, especially as we transition into fall/winter? What do you make for an easy/quick lunch/dinner? What do you spend a little more time on? Share here!


We favor a "nourishing traditions" approach, though I used to be vegan so I naturally tend towards vegetarian foods without realizing it. Haha.


We normally eat soaked baked oatmeal in the morning with a bit of fresh plain yogurt and fruit (lately I've been eating it with slow cooker apple butter though. mmmm) 


2-1/2 c. organic oats (steel cut or old fashioned)

1 T. whole grain flour

1-3/4 c. buttermilk (OR use equivalent amount of water/milk with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or whey. OR use plain yogurt.)

½ c. organic coconut oil or pastured butter

2-4 pastured eggs (I use what's on hand- more eggs creates a more custard-y texture, which my husband can't stand)

½ c. sweetener (maple syrup, honey, or sucanat all work)

1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder

½ tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. organic vanilla

optional: 2 c. raisins

optional: 2 c. chopped fruit

optional: 2 c. chopped nuts

Soak your oats and whole grain flour in buttermilk overnight in a warm place.... I like to mix it all up in a mason jar, but whatever works. Just make sure you use glass to avoid toxins leeching in. 

The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees and add a bit of the butter to a 9x13 pan. Beat remaining butter (or oil) with eggs and sugar until glossy. Add in spices, salt, and baking powder and beat well. Mix in soaked oat mixture.

Pour into prepared pan, smooth top, and bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Top with anything you can imagine! This is a good snack or breakfast, and quick, too.


We like snacking on stove popped popcorn, cookies (I know, not the healthiest) and smoothies.


Dinners are hit or miss. I have a good sourdough pizza crust recipe I need to dig up to share, and we love pizza so we have it often. 


I need ideas, though! Vegan, vegetarian, paleo, I'm not picky. 



post #2 of 34

I start with a raw smoothie every morning. Usually some almonds, chia seeds, banana, dates and whatever else I throw in. Sometimes some cacao. I try to do a cooked breakfast during A's first nap. Sometimes I do my hollandaise-free benedict with a gluten free muffin, smoked salmon, avocado and a poached egg. (Keep in mind I have to gain weight here, this is pretty caloric stuff.)


In the afternoon I try to do a sandwich or leftovers and then I do a late afternoon smoothie with greens. I like Spinach, pineapple, avocado etc with spirulina and probiotics. For treats I do corn chips or that totally addictive Whole Foods kettle corn.


I refuse to cook dinners. 5:30-7:00 my little guy tends to not play very independently so my hands are full. With hubby getting home at 7:30 we often go for a walk right away which takes us right by the epic taco stand and the organic cafe that's all awesome and kid friendly. :) If hubby cooks we often do fish with grilled veggies or a lentil salad, kale salad stuff like that. 

Edited by typebug - 10/21/13 at 3:49pm
post #3 of 34

Good thread idea! These days I feel like I'm struggling to keep my body well-nourished. If I was completely free to cook whatever I wanted at any time, I'd have a nice hash for breakfast, a delicious stirfry with tons of protein and greens for lunch, and a rib-sticking dinner. But as I'm sure we all know, that can't happen every day! Lunch is usually my best meal and that's when I fill-up because I time it for when Lou's napping. Dinners can be all over the place... mostly due to DH getting home at 7 or later each night and that coincides with Lou's grumpy time. And even when he's not grumpy (like now, as I'm posting!) I'd rather have some *me* time than make an elaborate dinner! I'd say half of the week we have a good family dinner and the other half I feed the kids something and wait to cook for me and DH once the kids are asleep. We used to do family dinners every night pre-baby and that's something I think is important and I want to get back to! Part of the issue is that I have a really picky eater (DS1) and now DS2 is going through a phase of that as well. So when I cook for all of us they don't even eat it most of the time and just go off to make themselves pbjs, which is our compromise. But someday we'll all be eating and enjoying spicy coconut curry over quinoa, right? A girl can dream.

I take probiotics, an iron pill and vitamin D everyday to keep myself level. I've also tried to keep more snack food in the house for myself. Often I'll go grocery shopping and not even think of my own needs! So I'm trying to be better about that. So yeah, I've been trying to keep raw almonds, baked tofu, mary's gone crackers, hummus, and dried fruit around the house for myself. Some days those things are my lunch. 

I hope this thread becomes a recipe sharing space! I have a few I'll add later. They're all vegetarian and dairy-free if anyone is interested :).

post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 

@ loveandgarbage - exactly! I hope it can be kind of like our recipe book. I think it's awesome that it'll cover such a diverse spread of dietary needs, too. 


I've been really digging Fall produce. So I basically now subsist on MOSTLY tablespoonfuls of sunflower seed butter, apples, almond milk, the odd slice of bread/baked oatmeal, and squash. Haha. So nutritious. 


For bread, to make it more easily digestable, I use a soaked recipe for whole wheat bread... but I'm lazy, so I do it in a bread machine. And the bonus is that the house smells like homemade bread! mm. it can easily be vegan without the honey.


Soaked Whole Wheat Bread (in Bread Machine)


1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar plus enough water to make 1 cup
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup 
3 Tbsp oil or melted butter
1/2 cup oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp add ins (like nine grain cereal, millet, quinoa, oatmeal, etc.)

2 Tbsp warm water
1/4 tsp honey or maple syrup
2 tsp yeast
1 1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour


toss the the water/ACV, honey, coconut oil, oats, whole wheat flour, and add ins to the your bread machine in order recommended. I usually do it in exactly the order it's listed here. turn the machine onto a dough cycle for a few minutes, just until everything's incorporated. unplug and let soak for 8 - 24 hours. you could also just mix it in a large bowl if you don't want to use a bread machine. cover the mixture well with a tea towel or plate.


the next morning/whenever you're baking bread, combine the warm water and honey, and add the yeast in (this allows it to activate properly). add the yeast mixture, salt, vital wheat gluten, and APF into the bread machine in order recommended. (I usually do flour, vital wheat gluten, salt, then the yeast). 


start a whole wheat bread cycle for a 1.5 lb loaf. I like to do it at medium darkness. if not using a bread machine, make sure to knead well and let rise until doubled the first time, then forty or so minutes for a second rise. roll out and shape into a loaf. bake at 350 for forty minutes or until bread is golden and sounds hollow when thumped.


whamo! homemade bread to slather yummy jams and jellies on as an afternoon snack! 



Here's a recipe I found and love for an "Autumn Gratin" (casserole, basically). It's not vegan friendly but maybe it could be by omitting the cheese, cream, and chicken broth and subbing nutritional yeast, cashew cream, and veggie broth? 


Autumn Casserole


1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced thin
1 small or half a large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and sliced thin
2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 onion, peeled and sliced thin
1 1/2 – 2 cups heavy cream
1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
3 tbl. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. thyme
salt and pepper

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan.
2. Put the olive oil in a large skillet and heat over med-high heat.  Add sliced onions and cook slowly over MED heat (don’t let onions burn or get too brown!) for about 15 minutes.  You will know they are done when they are a deep golden-brown color.
3. Meanwhile, slice sweet potato, squash and apples.  You can use a mandolin or do it by hand, but try not to make them very thick.
4. Put a layer of sweet potato on bottom of the pan, using about half the sweet potato.  Next put a layer of squash, using about half the prepared squash.  Next add all the sliced apples.  Then add the caramelized onions.   Layer the rest of the sweet potato, then the last of the squash.
5. Heat the cream with the thyme and salt and pepper until it just comes to a boil.  Quickly remove from heat and pour over the vegetables.  Add the chicken broth and cover the top with Parmesan cheese.  Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 45 minutes, or until cream and cheese are bubbly and the vegetables can be pierced easily with a knife.  Let cool for about 5 minutes then serve.

post #5 of 34

oh i love this thread!


typing one-handed right now so i'll post some vegan gf trusty recipes later.


i eat seasonally, so right now a lot of root veggies and hardy greens. 

spaghetti squash with olive oil, thyme and pepper.

acorn squash with molasses.

roasted potatoes, onions and peppers with rosemary, sumac, himalayan celery salt and whatever else i feel like throwing in; potato soup.

sweet potatoes with coconut oil; sweet potato soup with chipotle peppers; sweet potato curry; sweet potato anything.

autumnal fruit salad.

roasted chickpeas with mango and wasabi. (dehydrate mango, grind it up)

coconut kale soup; coconut curry.

sprouted lentil soup with walnuts. sprouted lentil burgers with micro-greens. 

grain-free vegan pancakes; grain-free vegan cookies; gf vegan banana muffins; gf vegan cake & brownies.

homemade nut butters with a spoon! or with banana or celery.


i haven't gotten my pumpkin on yet but i will harvest this weekend! 

and i'm making my first butternut squash of the season today. food is so exciting to me when you eat seasonally. 

post #6 of 34
Love this thread! Of course, it's all I want to talk about.

last night was a harvesty soup with maitakes my husband foraged, plus shiitakes, cauliflower, tomato, spinach, onions, herbs, etc. I roasted some diced sweet potatoes with cumin and paprika and tossed them with lime juice and cilantro to eat on the side.

not every day has been so healthy. the other day my husband went to poker and I was feeling super depressed with myself & teethy baby so we went to bed at 730 with a FULL PINT of ginger cookie caramel coconut ice cream.

breakfasts seem to be my most successful meal. I almost always get in my mate/roobois, kombucha, vitamins, usually a green smoothie, often grawnola and coconut yogurt, always fruit, usually nut butters, sometimes avo toast, occasionally tofu scramble on tortillas or toast with avo and cilantro and hot sauce. I always pack leftovers from dinner for lunch at work, so most of my day is covered - it's the nighttime, like you ladies, where things crumble. I'm so impressed with the lentil-cooking husband, Typebug! Usually my husband's upstairs playing his video game while I'm trying to wear/entertain cranky baby and put something - anything - on the table. Often it gets to be 8 or 9 by the time we eat, which makes *me* cranky. My husband is all too quick to suggest frozen food (his favorite; I usually make a salad for myself when he does that) or takeout, even though he guilts me later because we can't afford it.

Bah! Food! Fun topic! I'm still grumpy pants. Sorry. greensad.gif

(P.S. Thanks for the kind responses in the October thread - I'll get there, I will! <3)
post #7 of 34

FOOD!!!  my favorite.


I also have been on the nourishing traditions route for many years now (since my first son was born) but have gone more paleo/GAPS diet b/c grains and I are not friends.  Sometimes i cheat, i have an awesome quinoa/almond cake recipe that is amazing, and if i'm gonna do sugar at that level, the grains are just another part of the equation.  wheat/gluten though, i cannot get near w/ a 10 foot pole.  i get sick from being around it sometimes!  ugh.


I never eat bananas, but have been craving them.  Hubby brought home some green ones one day and i almost cried.  He really had no idea that i was eating them b/c he's not around for breakfast, and was so confused!  then he proceeded to make lots of banana jokes and teasing me about my strange cravings..... then my son brought home a huge and impressive carrot from the farm and my husband about lost it when he saw it on the floor!


so breakfast is often a coconut cream concentrate/banana smoothie.  I love coconut.  and ordered some from Tropical Traditions when they had a 2 for one deal.  OMGoodness! t hat stuff is amazing.  i got off coffee again, so sometimes tea, sometimes mate, but i need a good bulk supply of something invigorating.  


we also have a farm share for our veggies, so we eat very very seasonally!  lately, i've been loving the winter squash, and these are my staples for bigger meals-


1. Spaghetti squash- w/ marinara sauce, w/ spinach and pastured butter and salt, w/ chicken and chipotle, w/ eggs and asian spices (sesame oil, wheat-free tamari)

2. Spinach in everything!  greens greens greens!!

3. Eggs are back on the menu- i cut them out for a while, but bacon/pastured pork sausage (we spice our own, sooooo amazing) w/ greens in an omelet w/ maybe a little cheese is so wonderful.

4. soups- i make my own beef bone stock and chicken stock from our organic meats (my farm gives me a lot of their older items when they can't store it anymore, so i get free bones and lard sometimes) and then i just spice, season and salt w/ my farm share veggies until i have something amazing.

5. did i mention i have a wing habit?  it's a doozy.  i LOVE wings. so once a week i get WINGS!

6. winter squash w/ butter and salt.  mmmmmmmmm.

7. roasted root veggies!!!!  parsnips, beets, carrots, potatoes!

 yup- i think that's my major food sources right now.  


almond butter cookies sometimes arrive in my house, and i'm making a wedding cake on Thanksgiving for a friend's wedding the day after, so today i'm making a lemon cake to practice cooking in the 6inch pans (it's my own recipe, so i kinda gotta experiment to get it right!) and also to try some frosting designs.  


i've been completely avoiding sugar since the inflammation/fever of Wednesday, but might have to try the cake....

post #8 of 34

sgsnyder, if my husband was playing video games while I was dealing with a cranky baby AND making dinner, and then guilted me about ordering takeout... I'd... we'll do a lot of things. But for one, I'd have him make his own [expletive] dinner! I know that's not helpful... just couldn't not say that. Finding a partnership balance with a baby is a difficult thing, for sure. Just had to be "that voice" saying his behavior is 100% not cool, and hopefully I'm not stepping over a line!


So many delicious foods on this thread! I also try to eat seasonally but I have to say squashes and root veggies aren't my favorite. I'm loving the greens, though! 

post #9 of 34
Originally Posted by loveandgarbage View Post

sgsnyder, if my husband was playing video games while I was dealing with a cranky baby AND making dinner, and then guilted me about ordering takeout... I'd... we'll do a lot of things. But for one, I'd have him make his own [expletive] dinner! I know that's not helpful... just couldn't not say that. Finding a partnership balance with a baby is a difficult thing, for sure. Just had to be "that voice" saying his behavior is 100% not cool, and hopefully I'm not stepping over a line!


So many delicious foods on this thread! I also try to eat seasonally but I have to say squashes and root veggies aren't my favorite. I'm loving the greens, though! 

squash and root veggies so weren't my favorites for a while.   i'm still working on them, but love them a lot more this year!


second the hubby not helping though.  my hubby doesn't love my cooking, but his strategy is to make his own flippin' frittata every day.  
he takes the baby when he gets home (baby HATES baseball and we're Cardinals fans) but he does all the dishes and cooks for himself or eats before he comes home so he doesn't complain to me.....

it's tough.  we've been married since 2001, and each child is a new adjustment.  we dance around it.  but both of us are moving.  you have to be careful b/c if one isn't moving, they'll fall out of step!  it's hard and new each time, but we keep moving and talking and DANCING.  if he wants take-out- we agree to take out.  but if he doesn't, i cook for kids and he feeds himself. 

but something's gotta give, each and everytime things change.  and they change.  a lot.  

post #10 of 34

I am having such a hard time consuming anything remotely healthy.  I don't know what is going on.  I was grain and sugar free before DS was born, have gone back and forth being Gluten free and dairy free... the one consistent thing I have been eating is SUGAR, in huge amounts.  OMG, needing a change.


I craved meat from the moment I was pregnant with DD2 (was vegetarian for 10 years before that).  Now meat is so unappealing and I want to figure out healthy, soy free, gluten free vegetarian meals.  DH and DD2 are big meat eaters, so need to figure out things that can be both, without me having to make 2 meals.  Trying to do sugar and mostly grain free (going to do quinoa and maybe brown rice).  Send me some easy recipes that the girls will eat too.  Eggs are fine, but don't want to go through more than 2 dozen in a week.  Trying to limit dairy, other than butter.  


:)  Thanks ladies!

post #11 of 34

sgsnyder- I have to agree with the other ladies.  DH is either on baby duty or dinner duty.  Sometimes I go to the gym after he gets off work and he does BOTH.  There are days when I do both too, but if DH complained about anything on those days, boy, he would get it.  Parenting is a lot of work for both people. Sorry he is being like that.... I would be MAD.  

post #12 of 34
Thread Starter 
@chloe'smama, I used to be vegan (soy free but not grain free) and husband is a meat eater. I'll try to think of good stuff to whip up- I know how hard it can be to have to satisfy varied dietary needs in the same meal. For now, I guess my lame suggestion is to do stir fries or fried rice with added in meat for all meat eaters. Boring but yummy and healthy if crammed full of veggies smile.gif

I'm struggling with a sugar issue, too, it is no fun greensad.gif
post #13 of 34
Potato chips with vegan French onion dip, and tofu chocolate mousse with raspberries. For breakfast.

White flag.
post #14 of 34
Oh, PS - thank you for the support re: hubs. I'm working on him. Some weeks he's superdad, sometimes not so much. Our depression comes in waves and feeds off of each other's, so he'll support me, then I'll support him... then we both just lose it and turn on each other. It's been rough. <3
post #15 of 34

Well hang in there, sgsnyder. I hope it gets easier for your family. DH and I also on and off struggle with depression/anxiety stuff. It's a hard road for sure. Something that's helped us is realizing we cannot for whatever reason go into a dark place when we're dealing with the kids. It's just not happening in this house. I have my sad thoughts at 2am but other than that I keep it together. Mostly!

post #16 of 34
Thread Starter 

yes, hang in there sgsnyder! I think loveandgarbage's advice is rock solid. remember that when kids are in the picture, they are the most important thing. it's ridiculously hard for me to control my anxiety sometimes, and the other day I was really stressed about my husband's insane work schedule. (I hadn't seen him in a really long time because he was up so early and home so late, plus he has a MONTH of away rotations next month and I'll be alone without any family/friends). I wanted to basically cry all day and eat a ton of sugar. I did eat a lot more sugar than I should have, but I got my crying under control. So... win?

I'm having a terrible time coming up with easy/healthy snacks. I am so hungry all the time and I'm overeating to compensate and thus I've gained back pregnancy weight that I lost before. (I think. I don't actually have a scale so I can't be sure. I just FEEL bigger.) I know I need to get more active, but it's so hard with the little one. All I really do is go on walks.
What do you all do to avoid being schlumpy?!



post #17 of 34
Thanks, guys. (Wish I had that group hug emoticon on mobile!) I'm so humbled by your compassion!

l&g, you're so right. I was raised with a lot of negativity and fighting and I'll do anything to prevent that for Olive. I grit my teeth when my husband starts something when one of us is holding the baby, and try so hard to delay or prevent it altogether, but we've had some raised-voice conversations with her in-arms, and that is so not okay. I need it to be a no-matter-what thing.

www, I feel you! That's so hard! My husband often works fewer hours than me, so he's home a lot, and I'm lucky that he's usually willing to help if I ask him. I shouldn't complain about him needing me more emotionally - at least he's around! I admire your efforts to limit sugar. I know it helps.

I struggle with the snack thing, too. I always carry fruit with me, and usually some fruit/seed/nut bars of some sort. If I have trail mix in the house, I pack some of that. Also, I treat leftovers as snacks, and just have bits during the day. (I spent too many years cooking for huge groups of people to cook two-person dinners. There are always leftovers!) If I've made a batch of hummus, I always take some with some raw veggies.

As for activity... *shrug* Enjoy the rest while you can? Soon, our babies will be moving so quickly it'll be impossible to keep weight on for all the chasing we'll do! (hahaha)
post #18 of 34
Www, I feel schlumpy too. I am so hungry, all the time. I've never been so hungry in my life. I'm still EBF ing, I guess that's why.

I eat only healthy, vegan food, never sugar, but I'm still hungry.

I think that my weight is exactly what it's supposed to be for a nursing -me.... But I don't like it and I feel schlumpy ::/
post #19 of 34

Oddly I'm less hungry this time while nursing than I was during my other nursing relationships. I HAVE to eat breakfast right when I get up, but that's the only time I'm overtaken by hunger. Lou isn't even eating that much in the way of solid food and def not every day, so who knows. Any other mamas of 1+ who are less hungry this time around? I more have to remind myself to snack/eat because I'll start to feel shaky or get a headache. I was the hungriest with my first (literally had to eat all day, so I've been there) and made sure to keep snacks around that actually filled up my belly. Almonds, hummus, baked tofu, etc.

post #20 of 34
I never feel super hungry while nursing. I do however binge when I eat. Mostly on sweets, so I am sure there is a problem with my blood sugar. I gave up simple sugars as of monday and I am finally feeling a bit better... was tired and dizzy. I have been doing tons of almonds too. I need to find some easy snacks I like. Lunch is a problem too.
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