It’s already the middle of April and summer is approaching. How many people made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or who realize that bikini season is almost here and you probably need to lose a few pounds? Continue reading
Quick, can you guess which is store bought and which is elk?
Yes, the darker meat is elk that has been hand processed by me and a friend with 20% fat included. As you can see, the natural color of the elk meat still dominates.
I love the ease of being able to buy food at the grocery store, including hamburger, but given my druthers I would choose wild game for every meal that called for meat in the recipe.
As the AM Colorado nutrition challenge with the University of Colorado Health-Northern Colorado comes to a close I have realized a couple of things about my food choices; the challenge was given to us to see who could make healthy and colorful meals. I liked the challenge of trying to use new foods but was frustrated that my kiddos were not always open to colors beyond green, yellow and brown. I also realized we eat very little red meat, other than hamburgers, because we simply are not a red meat family and prefer chicken, fish and pasta dishes.
The biggest thing I learned is that I am a good cook but to give a meal 100% every night actually requires more time than I have. My time in the spring and fall revolves around getting my kids from school and to and from all their after school activities. By the time my chauffeur duties are finished everyone is starving and I’m too tired to care about making or eating dinner.
Though not all the side dishes were a hit with my kids they did seem to like the new variety of dinners this month and they thought the process of watching me plate my dinner so I could get a good photo was hilarious (just like dinner and a movie entertainment). I know that I will continue to try new foods, especially after recently joining a food co-op, and hopefully will teach my kids that foods are worth trying and you might actually like a wide variety of vegetables. The food co-op does not give me a choice of what fruits and veggies I receive but it has helped our budget a little bit, made me look up new recipes for preparing foods I would not normally buy and has provided us with great tasting fresh foods.
Here are some of my dishes to add to the nutrition challenge:
- Chicken marinated in chocolate fig balsamic dressing, roasted sweet potatoes with thyme & rosemary, edamame, corn & wine
- Grilled white fish, marinated cucumbers, steamed carrots, bruschetta with sun dried tomato spread
- Grilled steak, red & white carrots and mango-habanero spread (this was perfect on the steak!)
- Mixed green salad with salmon, apples, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese, walnuts & raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Now that we’re almost finished with the cooking challenge thanks to our friends at the University of Colorado Health, it is time to share some lessons.
- Devon likes to talk trash!!! Regardless of how much she says I am competitive she is a trash-talking machine, and deep down wants to win as badly as I do.
- When you start photographing the foods you’re eating, you’re more conscious of what you’re eating.
Thanks to a successful hunting season this winter, I am able to cook with a lot of wild game, and that means lower bills at the grocery store since I don’t have to buy meat. Unfortunately we are getting to the end of our wild game meat supply, therefore I have started paying a little more attention to the price of meat while shopping – OUCH!
I don’t have to tell you that the price of food has been increasing, but it would appear since the last time I purchased beef the price has increased by 33 percent.
What is interesting when looking at the increase in beef prices is that the government tells me prices are not going up dramatically. In fact, according to the government, inflation has been hovering around 1.5% the last year and a half. If that is the case, then the price of meat should have only increased by 3-5 percent, but it hasn’t.
Did you know that when the government calculates inflation they do not include the increase costs for food and energy? Seems odd that two of our most basic expenses every week are not factored when calculating inflation.
Do you feel like your dollar is buying as much as it did last year? Is it harder to eat healthier if food prices are increasing?
Core inflation is a measure of inflation for a subset of consumer prices that excludes food and energy prices, which rise and fall more than other prices in the short term. The Federal Reserve Board pays particular attention to the core inflation rate to get a better estimate of long-term future inflation trends overall.
Tom finally posted a picture of food that won’t make you sick to your stomach!
I took a different view of our nutrition challenge with AM Colorado and University of Colorado Health-NoCo on Facebook and posted a photo of breakfast. It may not win the nutrition challenge but the Red Velvet Pancakes were made with whole wheat flour and with the fresh fruit, sprinkling of powered sugar they were the perfect sweetness. Of course if you ask my son bacon makes everything better! I had never made Red Velvet Pancakes before and they cook differently than good ol’ fashioned buttermilk pancakes but worth the effort. I was aiming for color (which I think I achieved) and flavor (I know I achieved).
If you want to see Devon win the challenge feel free to send your nutrition/colorful suggestions!!
Blurry Egg and Salsa Snack
One of the challenges of not being a professional photographer is that sometimes you snap a photo and you think it looks good but it doesn’t, aren’t we all just human?
Tom makes breakfast burritos in batches of 12-15 at the beginning of every week; anyone in the house who would like one can grab one in the morning or whenever. Occasionally there’s a little left at the end which becomes a perfect snack.
Eggs, potatoes, turkey sausage – if they become a burrito, then they’re made with a tortilla, but in this instance they were eaten with fresh homemade salsa.