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Have you ever looked at what is in foods these days? Have you ever wondered why life has gotten so crazy that we all rely on processed "quick" foods and fast foods? Well I have had my eyes opened recently when we started to realize our oldest child could be ADD. I decided to clean up our diets and turn out lives around. I am a woman, married to a wonderful man who supports everything I do. We have 3 wonderful children who keep us on our toes and every day when I pick them up from school the first things out of their mouths is "mommy what's for dinner" so here it is...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What's for dinner 9/11/2010: meatloaf

Today I decided to make a meatloaf...it smelled so good.  I served it with roasted fingerling potatoes & corn on the cob.  I don't have a recipe, I just eyeball it but this is what I put in my meatloaf.

1 1/2 lb ground beef (I got the stuff from Trader Joe's)
1 egg
fresh bread crumbs

mix all your ingredients, shape in a loaf and bake at 350 for about 60 minutes.

For my potatoes I wash them, quarter them, add some olive oil & spices and roast with my meatloaf!

There you have it..meatloaf the Feingold way!  Nothing fancy but YUMMY and it made my house smell so good.

What's for dinner 9/10/2010: Chicken broccoli cheese casserole

So last night's Feingold friendly dinner was yummy, filling and a family favorite.  Chicken, broccoli & cheese casserole with cute baby artichokes.

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole (this can be made GF)
Serves 6-8

1lb cooked chicken, shredded
1 cup cooked brown rice
1lb fresh broccoli, chopped
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp flour (or brown rice flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried mustard
1 1/2 cups milk of choice
squeeze of lemon 
1 tbsp of mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup bread crumbs (or GF bread crumbs)
1/4 cup slivered almonds (only if FG ST2)

Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add the flour, salt, pepper and mustard, cook 2-3 minutes until bubbly and foamy.

 Slowly whisk in the milk, mayo and lemon and cook until thickened.

Stir in the shredded cheese.

Place the rice, chicken and broccoli in a casserole dish and pour the sauce over sauce over the top.

Spread the breadcrumbs and almonds (only if ST2) on top.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350

Now I usually add more rice than what is called for since i have a family of 5 and hubby likes leftovers (has been rare lately) and I served this with cauliflower for dinner.

The results...even my 5 year old ate it all up...this is an easy and inexpensive meal...ENJOY!

Friday, September 10, 2010

MMMMM fresh bread!

     Okay so I am making 3-4 loaves of bread a week (3 sandwiches a day = 6 slices of bread = half a loaf of bread, gone).  Most nights I am up till 11 waiting for it to get finished so I can pull it out, if i leave it in the holder it gets soggy on the bottom and who likes soggy bottom bread, not me.
     Well I finally found my user manual, figured out how to use the timer and when I walked in from work yesterday I got hit by a wonderful smell of fresh baked whole wheat bread...can you say YUMMY!!!

     Well dinner last night was simple (I did plan to go to the gym but didn't make it), Annie's organic mac & cheese with fresh green trees (that's what my 5 year old calls broccoli) and I decided a warm slice of fresh bread would go nicely with it and bulk up the meal a bit...little did I know my family LOVES fresh bread out of the "oven" and half of my new loaf was gone, just like that.  Oh and I still had to make 1 more box of mac & cheese for the kids to eat...growing kids = more food!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

1st post...the Feingold way to a healthier family

     Why do people blog?  Is it to get their thoughts out in the open?  Is it because their are bored? Is it because they think people care about what they have to say, who knows.  Why am I doing this, well it will be because I want to, because people always think I am a gourmet cook (far from it) because I am trying to make a difference in my child's life and how they look at food and feel good about themselves. It's because I want a place people can go and get good healthy recipes the Feingold way for their family.  My kids ALWAYS ask me every day "mom what's for dinner" and when I say we are having penne pasta with salmon and asparagus people who hear look at me and sometimes say that's so gourmet, it's not it's just sounds that way...who needs hamburger helper when you can follow directions to a good fast meal that is good for you with none of the bad "fake" stuff and fillers.
     We follow The Feingold Diet , he was an allergy dr. in the 70's who created a diet to keep people off of drugs for ADHD. 

     This diet takes out all synthetic foods, synthetic dyes, salicylates and artificial sweeteners.  Basically if you just cook fresh, cook like you are June Cleaver and stay away from bad foods and ingredients you can't pronounce you will be okay. 
     I was sceptical but when my oldest child came to me and said "mommy I can focus in school and have more energy" you know you are doing something right.