That being said, I've also been able to reign things in over the last couple of days and get back on track. The meals that have been the most successful - both for healthy eating and family satisfaction - have come from The Feed Zone Cookbook. The book was written by a doctor and a chef who have created meals that both fuel athletes, but also taste delicious. I have to confess, I am spoiled by being married to a retired chef, so he is able to create just about anything we desire. But classically trained chefs usually prepare meals for taste first, dietary needs second, and Hubby's former methods of cooking contained plenty of deeeeeelicious butter and cream. These recipes have given him fresh ideas on more waistline friendly food and livened up our dinner table.
The proof of this became even more evident three nights ago. We had a relatively busy night in store with Big N attending karate class, Hubby at football practice, and me left to use my meager culinary skills to feed the family. The plan for the kids was hot dogs and chips. A total phone-it-in dinner. I was going to find something remotely good for me out of the leftovers in the fridge. Hot dogs have long been a kid favorite and usually they are met with cheers and requests for second and third helpings. This week, however, the boys choked them down and then asked if they could have something different. One asked for cottage cheese. Another asked for something I can't remember, but what was clear was the hot dog luster was lost. Taste buds can be trained. These kids don't want crap anymore after being exposed to yummy whole foods.
So what kinds of foods are in this book? Here are some samples that we've made along with photos that I take right before I devour my plate. You are lucky there are photos at all. In fact, in some instances I got the photo on the second try because the first time we ate it all too quickly.
Peach crisp I actually made myself!
Turkey lettuce wraps
Buffalo and Sweet Potato Tacos (we used ground beef)
Corn Cakes with Crisp Chicken
(this is hands down the overall favorite)
Our only complaint about this book: there are not always enough step by step directions for someone who does not already have some basic, if not advanced, culinary skills. Hubby has had to take his knowledge of the way things cook (like what happens to yogurt when it gets hot) and tweak the instructions a bit. I tried a recipe that called for cooked sweet potato and the recipe didn't work at all because I WAY overcooked the sweet potato. Unfortunately, I didn't know that was a thing and there was no mention of how or how long to cook the sweet potato before incorporating it into the recipe. That being said, we are big fans of the ingredients and the taste of these recipes and we will just keep making adjustments as necessary. I really hope they come out with a second book of dinner entrees.