As I get my groove back with fitness and have more energy to work out and set new goals (including getting my kids moving and to their fit activities), I've lost a little mojo for the other piece of the equation: fueling up with healthy food. I'm not going on junk food benders (with any regularity), I just feel beaten down by the predictable comments every time I prepare a healthy meal, which I aim to do every day, which means I am getting pummeled with, "Yuck!" and "Disgusting!" and "Ewoooooo!" on a regular basis.
You give the children mac and cheese out of the big blue box just once--just once!--and poor Annie is screwed.
I need not be so hard on myself. My children not only know the name of every fruit and vegetable in the house (OK, they didn't know Bok Choy, but when I held it up Mc said: "Oh, I love that stuff") they are pretty decent veggie eaters.
The challenge is trying to please all four at the same time. Someone is always dissenting. I just want one night where everyone says, "Yum!"
So I turned to Casey Weaver, an athlete and chef (who wears his swim goggles to cut onions) for some inspiration and found this recipe for Lemon Chicken Soup with Whole Wheat Penne.
The clouds parted, the doves flew down, the chorus sang, a resounding "Yum!"
Besides the fact I'm always looking for a new way to use fennel, this soup has sweet potatoes in it. Sweet potatoes, as an ingredient, is like bacon. It makes any recipe a winner.
Because I've gotta little Casey worship going, I quizzed him on his kitchen essentials--basically how to stock the kitchen and pantry to make most any recipe at a moment’s notice (what that means for me is how to avoid an unplanned trip to the grocery store with four children).
Following are Casey’s Culinary Competitor Kitchen Essentials. I’ll add my own take on essentials for the athletic family.
Here’s the food Casey recommends keeping on hand:
In addition, Casey says, with fresh, seasonal produce, lean proteins, and whole grains, you can make anything taste good.
As for the kitchen tools, Casey’s list includes:
That list looks good to me, but with an active family that includes small children from 1 to 6 years, I have a few additions.
Per the grocery items:
I can’t improve on Casey’s kitchen tool box. The only items I believe are necessities aren’t required for cooking, but definitely keep the cook happy:
Anything to add to the fit family kitchen?
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