Weekend Reflections

A reflection of things that have happened during the week.

Weekend Reflection: Chocolate Milk or Green Tea?

Chocolate Milk and Green Tea

Chocolate Milk and Green Tea

2014 is certainly a year of change. We are experiencing lots of changes both in our lives in our external environment. In the papers there has been freak weather in many places. The polar vortex and massive contamination of seafood due to the radiation leak during the explosion of the nuclear facility in Japan have seriously wreaked havoc on our earth.

Massive storms, pollution and change in weather has resulted in food shortage and increase in food price. Now more then ever I need to pay special attention to what we eat and to get the best deal for the dollar.

It is like choosing between chocolate milk and green tea to drink when one is thirsty. Which one will help quench your thirst? Which one is lesser in calories and healthier to drink?  Decisions have to be made and choices and options are to be carefully weighed against one another.

The only way that one is able to make an informed decision is to gather all the relevant information and facts that are available for consideration. With the prevalence of the internet it has been easier to gather data on whatever subject one is interested in. This month I have been doing a lot of research on healthy eating and looking at  different  meal recipes which we can incorporate into my meal planning.

Besides having a balanced meal with the adequate amount of fruits, vegetables and meats I have been looking at which dishes to put together for dinner so that I can efficiently make use of the one hour for meal preparation which I have allocated myself. I do have a fully equipped kitchen with all the latest kitchen gadgets – food processor, blender, steamer, microwave, oven , slow cooker , mixer and stove at my disposable.  Running two or three of these equipment simultaneously really cuts down the time needed to whip out 3 dishes and a soup for dinner.

So far I have been able to churn out 3 dishes and a soup 4 days this week. I’m sure this is something which I will be able to do on a weekly basis once I fine tune my meal planning. I intend to try out two to four new dishes each month and tweak them to our family’s taste buds.

So will it Chocolate Milk or Green Tea for you?

 

 

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Weekend Reflection: Focusing on Healthy Eating

Tiger girl having a drink

Tiger girl having a drink

This whole week has been quite a frenzy for me. I’ve decided on creating a weekly/monthly dinner menu for our family and have been compiling all the recipes which I will be using in meal preparation from the stash of cookbooks that I have accumulated over the years.

I’ve decided that we should eat more healthy at home and cut down on processed food and if possible eliminate them totally. I’m introducing more fresh vegetables and fruits to the kids and paying special attention to minimize their exposure to the items that were listed in the ‘Dirty Dozen” list.

 

My Food File

My Food File

It can be very cumbersome to flip through many different cookbooks just to look for a certain recipe. It is really time consuming especially if you are preparing a 3 or 4 course dinner and have to write out your grocery list for the week.  I feel that it would certainly be more efficient if I do have all the recipes of the dishes that I often make/ wish to make on hand in one place.

It would certainly cut down the time needed per week for menu planning and free up more time to do other projects around the house.

A Food File would be the best way  to allow me to compile the menus which I wish to work with. I’ve decided that we will be eating a fusion of Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes.  Dinner would be a soup, one or two different types of vegetables and one meat. If there was extra time I would also add on desserts for both the kids and adults making it a 4-6 course meal for the night.

How is meal preparation being done in your household?

 

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