Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chef's Tasting Table Day 14 // Passion Fruit






What an incredible finish to the 2017-2018 school year! To the most fabulous school nurse & fellow wellness committee member, Sue Kruckman, I am so happy and honored to be your partner in crime in running these fabulous Chef's Tasting Table events!!

Dare I say it was one of my most favorite school lunch room tastings yet? I think this video tells it all! And thank you so much to the Jewel Produce Manager Jeff for helping me source these passion fruit beauties! Learn more about this fantastic fruit here.


Enormous thank you's to the District 76 administration and staff for supporting such fun food education for the students!

I cannot WAIT to be back in the lunchroom next year with all of YOU! Our 3rd year running!

To the Mullies we go...
xoxoL

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Set the Table 2018 | Week 10



I am going to set the table with this Cucumber Pesto all Spring and Summer long!

Click back to Friday's Carrot Top Pesto recipe and simply add as much diced cucumber as you'd like. 

So ridiculously easy.

You'll have yourself one heck of a dip, side dish or topping for just about anything (salads, meat, fish, vegetables, chips... YUM). 

Here's what I did today (for a late lunch) after a fire ballin day of pitching lessons:


I diced up a few leftover grilled shrimp and mixed in a heaping tablespoon of Cucumber Pesto + a heaping tablespoon of plain greek yogurt +  squeeze of lemon juice.


I'm not even sure what to call this...



It's my kind of open faced, shrimp and cucumber pesto, egg-asmic food heaven! 

I savored every bite, without distraction, nice and sloooooooooooooow.

Just like the perfect change up.

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  • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe(s) to inspire your meal planning for the week.  
  • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
  • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer

Clearly, the kids and Chris are still leery of the green stuff :-|

Keep practicing - It all starts at home plate!

To the Mullies we go... 
xoxoL



ps

My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
  1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
  2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
  3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
  4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
  5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
  6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
  7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
  8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
  9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
  10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
  11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).

Friday, March 16, 2018

Chef’s Tasting Table Day 14 // St. Patrick's Day Carrot Top Pesto


Need a fun green food idea for St. Patty's day tomorrow (or really any day)? I've got just the pesto recipe for YOU. I love that you can swap in cilantro or mint or even arugula to make it the perfect accompaniment for any dish. The majority of students had never tried pesto before and it was really exciting to talk to the students about this new taste! As for the kids who had tried pesto before, they couldn't believe it had carrot tops inside! I definitely had more staff than ever before come say hello for a taste, "What's that incredible smell in the cafeteria today?"

It was also perfect timing to wear my new Big Green hat and introduce the students and staff to a food ed organization that is making a BIG impact in helping school districts across the country grow school gardens. The kids were really surprised and inspired to hear about the brotherly connection between Kimbal and Elon Musk. WUT?! Tesla and real food vrooms together!? 

Talk about green energy... Let's mix up some pesto!!!!







St Patrick’s Day Carrot Top Pesto
(all ingredients found at my local Jewel Osco)
Paired with a brown rice cracker, cucumber and carrot

1 small bunch organic carrot tops removed from carrots (approx 1 packed cup + bottom of stems removed)
2 boxes of Gotham Green Basil (approx 2 packed cups tough stems removed. Also, you can sub in mint, cilantro or arugula!)
1 small bunch fresh parsley (approx 1 packed cup + bottom of stems removed)
1/4 c raw or salted sunflower seeds (just watch the added sea salt as you won’t need as much if you use salted seeds)
1-2 garlic cloves (just depends on how garlicky you want it!)
1/2 large lemon (zest + juice to taste. If lemon is small, use the entire thang)
2/3 c extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (if using raw sunflower seeds, start with a few pinches to taste)
1/2-2/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

Pulse together all ingredients (except for the olive oil) until rough chopped. Stream in about 1/2 of the olive oil amount into food processor (while running). Turn off and scrape sides. Stream in the rest or until desired consistency is reached. See above pictures for the play by play.


See you next month for our last Chef's Tasting table for the school year!! 

To the Mullies we go...
xoxoL

ps That there cutie pah-tootie carrot bag is hand stamped! Found here.

pps YES that's a tasty pesto pepper flake between my big teeth. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Set the Table 2018 | Week 8



Mung Beans.
Such a weird name.

I had never heard of them before diving into my studies in Dynamic Eating Psychology + Ayurvedic Nutrition. I bought them in bulk early this week and thought I'd experiment with them to kick off my 5th module of education at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I am so excited to begin cooking with them and to learn more about how Mung Beans can make you feel great.

I serendipitously found Sarah Britton's blog about Kichadi, a super comforting, warm "one pot wonder" that our digestive system simply adores. Renewal in a bowl.


This "Realistic Reset" is just what I am looking for to kick off March (when it really still feels like Winter) for my best.Spring.YET.



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  • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe(s) to inspire your meal planning for the week.  
  • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
  • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer!  




I wonder if Mr Chris would do a kichadi reset with me (maybe if it's just for a day)?

To the Mullies we go... 
xoxoL



ps

My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
  1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
  2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
  3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
  4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
  5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
  6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
  7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
  8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
  9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
  10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
  11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Set the Table 2018 | Week 7



I used to hate peas. Something about the texture gave me the willie-gag's as a kid. 

I try to remember this when my kids have an issue with texture... Thank heavens I turned the corner (when I was pregnant) and can eat peas now. I just can't get enough of these cute little green balls.

Here is a beautiful way to usher in one of my favorite Spring vegetables. How did the recipe come together? I opened the fridge for a quick bite; An avocado sat next to a small glass container of leftover Italian peas from dinner the night before. So, I decided to combine them for some major hOMe plate snack happiness.

Guacamole and Peas Please

1 avocado
1/2 cup of Italian Peas (see recipe below)
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl. Add the peas. Using a fork, mash together the peas and avocado. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pair it with these Off the Beaten Path Rice, Peas and Black Bean Veggie Chips or pile it on your favorite toast for a fabulous snack or breakfast.

Italian Peas
(Follow the same recipe for Italian green beans!)

3 cups frozen peas
2 Tbsp grass fed, organic butter
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground pepper
zest of half lemon + juice

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice. Once butter is melted remove from heat. Here is the best way to cook peas (I whole heartedly agree). Pour the melted butter into your serving bowl of cooked peas, mix gently to coat, and enjoy.


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  • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe(s) to inspire your meal planning for the week.  
  • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
  • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer!  


It all starts at hOMe plate.


To the Mullies we go... 
xoxoL



ps

My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
  1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
  2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
  3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
  4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
  5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
  6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
  7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
  8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
  9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
  10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
  11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Set the Table 2018 | Week 6


    Love Yourself First = A Valentine's Day week recap!


    The following meals were created over three nights. The first night began with a side dish batch of lentils and rice.

    Here is how the "planned-overs" went down. 

    ...So much better than "left-overs" don't you think?"

    Thanks for the awesome rewording Mark! (Must give props to my super cool friend from Slow Food Canada.)

    Lentils and Brown Rice

    2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or ghee
    2 large yellow onion
    1 cup red lentils
    1 cup brown rice
    3 1/2 cups water/vegetable stock/chicken stock
    (if using water add 1 tsp sea salt)
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1/2 black pepper

    In a medium saucepan or dutch oven, saute the onion in the oil low and slow, stirring occasionally until beginning to brown and caramelize. Remove half of the onions and set aside on a plate. Pour in the water/stock and to the saucepan with 1/2 of the onions. Bring to a boil. Add the lentils, reduce heat and cover, simmering for 15 minutes. 
    1. In the meantime, bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add the lentils, reduce heat, and cover, simmering for 15 minutes. Then add the rice, salt (if only using water), pepper and thyme. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat and stir in the caramelized onions. Place a paper towel over the pot, Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
    Lentil n Rice Meat Balls

    Cold leftover lentils and rice (at least 1.5 cups)
    1 lb grass fed, organic ground beef
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 pasture raised, organic egg
    a handful of parmesan shavings

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. With clean hands, mix up the ingredients until well incorporated (all squishy-wishy in the fingers). *If you make the lentils and rice the same day, do NOT mix the cold meat with the warm rice, this will begin cooking the meat and encourage bacteria to form. To cool the rice down quickly, spread on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until cool). 

    Form mixture into balls as large or as small as you'd like. Place meatballs in a cast iron pan and cook for 40 minutes. They should be browned and cooked through. We made meatball sandwiches!


    Tomato and Meatball Goulash (Memories from my Grandma Dorothy's family table)

    2 small carrots diced
    1 onion diced 
    2 celery ribs diced
    2 garlic cloves minced
    2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or grass fed butter or ghee
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
    1 tsp sea salt
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1 14-17 oz can of diced tomatoes 
    2x's the amount of diced tomatoes inVegetable, Beef or Chicken Stock (Use the tomato can/box and fill it twice with water and a heaping Tbsp of Organic Better than Boullion Stock.)
    1/2-3/4 cup dry small shaped pasta (think macaroni, orzo, ditalini or bow tie shaped pasta - Try it gluten free!)
    Parmesan cheese shavings or any type you have on hand!

    In a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium/low heat, add the oil and saute the carrots, onion, celery, and garlic (soffritto). Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and beginning to brown. Add the stock and and can of tomatoes. Cover and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook to package instructions (Pasta should be soft in 10 minutes or so). Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with your cheese of choice! Add more water if needed.




    ********************************************************************************
    • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe(s) to inspire your meal planning for the week.  
    • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
    • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer!  

    And yes that heart necklace made it through a burnin hot Valentine's Day Pure Barre workout!

    It all starts at hOMe plate.


    To the Mullies we go... 
    xoxoL



    ps

    My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
    1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
    2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
    3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
    4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
    5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
    6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
    7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
    8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
    9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
    10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
    11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).

      Sunday, February 11, 2018

      Set the Table 2018 | Week 5


      A Warm Chickpea and Brussel Sprout Slaw

      1 14 oz can of chickpeas (drained, rinsed and dried in a towel) or Cauliflower (cause my friend Christina just reminded me that chickpeas aren't Whole 30... Boy I'm excited not to have to do this next week... lol)
      1 tsp cumin
      1 tsp chili powder
      Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
      1/2 tsp sea salt
      Freshly ground black pepper

      1 8 oz package of brussel sprouts (ends trimmed and discarded)

      Equal parts (about 1-2 Tbsp each) of:
      Organic (Whole 30 approved) Dijon mustard
      Organic (Whole 30 approved) Spicy brown mustard
      White vinegar
      Extra virgin olive oil
      Dried parsley (fresh would have been even better but I didn't have any on hand!)

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Gently dry chickpeas in a tea towel (lay chickpeas on one half of the towel and fold the other half over the tops of the peas to remove moisture. This will help toast them up in the oven.) Place the chickpeas in an even layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, sea salt pepper and olive oil. Toss to evenly coat. If using Cauliflower, toss in the same mixture. Roast either the cauliflower or the chickpeas for 10 minutes, toss and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crispy. Remove from pan. Using the slicing mechanism on a food processor, shred up the brussel sprouts. Using the same pan as the chickpeas/cauliflower, evenly spread out the sprouts. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and toss with a drizzle of olive oil. Roast for 10-15 or until the sliced edges begin to brown a little bit. In a large serving bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add the roasted chickpeas/cauliflower and brussel sprouts. If needed, season to taste with additional sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.



      ********************************************************************************
      • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe to inspire your meal planning for the week. This year, I am kicking it off with Whole30 friendly recipes that will either be one of my own creations or a handy link to someone else's that has inspired me. 
      • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
      • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer!  

      My Mom recreated our favorite french onion pot roast, potatoes and carrots (Check out this great French Onion Soup Pot Roast Recipe) from my childhood and brought it over for dinner. It was a perfect pairing with this delicious, zingy salad.

      The funny part was she thought we were coming over to her house, and I thought I was hosting... So, we both set the table! In the end, they ended up coming over to my house and Chris did the dishes.

      We sure make a good family food team!


      We are SO LUCKY to live next door to each other!

      It all starts at hOMe plate.


      To the Mullies we go... 
      xoxoL



      ps

      My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
      1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
      2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
      3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
      4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
      5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
      6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
      7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
      8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
      9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
      10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
      11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).

      Friday, February 9, 2018

      Chef's Tasting Table Day 13 // Cherries + Cacao






      With the Winter Olympics opening ceremony tonight and Valentine's Day around the corner, our Chef's Tasting Table landed with perfect timing yesterday!

      I love how it all came together: Sue - my school nurse sidekick - inspired me a few weeks ago when she forwarded me a yogurt and cherry smoothie drink recipe. Then, I remembered how Northwestern Performance Nutrition posted about using tart cherry concentrate with their athletes and also how the Olympic athletes are using tart cherry (and beetroot) concentrate and their performance training (article). Here is a recent instagram post where a Mackenzie Wilson, an NU cross country student athlete topped yogurt and bananas with a drizzle of the tart cherry concentrate - YUM! 

      Want to learn more? Here is another great article about cherries and the science behind why tart cherry concentrate has risen to "super endurance food" status (article). We also talked about cherries natural melatonin levels and I was pleasantly surprised how a few students knew about melatonin and how it helps you to sleep! 

      In honor of Valentine's Day, I added a little raw cacao powder to the drink and garnished with some cacao nibs. Many students remembered the chocolate avocado pudding I made last year with the cacao powder and I knew I had to bring it back in a different taste context. I wanted them to experience the true bitter and pure dark chocolate taste along with the tart/sour and sweet taste of the cherries. 



      A Tart Cherry + Cacao Booster Drink

      2 cups milk of choice (I used organic rice milk) or water
      1 cup frozen black cherries
      1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
      1 Tbsp Tart Cherry Concentrate
      1-2 dried pitted dates
      1-2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)
      1 tsp white chia powder (optional - I did not use this in the school tasting but put it in my drink yesterday!)


      Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Garnish: Fresh Cherries + raw cacao nibs. 


      SO GOOD!!!

      I'll see you back in the lunchroom in March for a super fun, GREEN taste:)


      To the Mullies we go...
      xoxoL


      ps
      All ingredients were found at Jewel. Thank you Dan for your help sourcing the large amount of cherries!

      Sunday, February 4, 2018

      Set the Table 2018 | Week 4


      Baller[inas]:
      1. Don't take themselves too seriously in the kitchen.
      2. Keep balls as mascots on counters. His name is John y'all.
      3. Cook like an athlete. Keep practicing, you'll get better n better baby.

      Happy Super Bowl Sunday FUN DAY!!!!



      Coconut Cream of Soffritto and Mushroom Soup

      2 organic celery ribs diced
      2 large organic carrots diced
      1 yellow or red onion diced
      1 tsp dried thyme
      2 cloves black garlic (regular garlic is just fine too) minced
      1 package antibiotic free bacon (bake at 375 degrees on a baking sheet over parchment paper for 20 minutes) place on a paper towel, let cool and rough chop (Totally optional - Make it meat free!)
      8 oz package of cremini mushrooms sliced
      2/3 cup white or balsamic vinegar (or white wine) - I eyeballed this... 
      1 can full fat organic coconut milk 
      1 can water
      sea salt to taste (don't be shy - especially if you leave the bacon out)
      freshly ground pepper
      1 cup frozen peas (optional)

      Cook the bacon. Drain most of the grease from the parchment paper into your small dutch oven/soup pot over medium/low heat. Add the diced celery, carrots and onion (soffritto). Season with sea salt, pepper and thyme. Cook low and slow, mixing everything up occasionally until the vege begins to caramelize. Add the minced garlic. Cook for another 10 minutes or so. Add the sliced mushrooms and season again with sea salt and pepper. Pour in the vinegar or wine. Cook low and slow, mixing everything up occasionally until mushrooms and completely cooked down and there is only a bit of liquid left. Pour in the can of coconut milk. Fill the empty can with water and add into the pot. Stir. Add the chopped bacon and frozen peas. Season to taste with sea salt. Option: You can also puree (with or without peas) before adding the bacon with an emersion blender; I would leave the bacon bits out and add them as a garnish.

      Smashed in the Pan Potatoes 

      3lb bag of organic red potatoes
      Ghee
      Freshly ground black pepper
      Smoked garlic seal salt (or sea salt + garlic powder)

      Wash the potatoes and add them to a large stock pot. Fill with water, add a good palmful of salt to the water and bring to a boil (Leave the lid lightly vented over the pot). Boil until the potatoes are soft when you pierce them with a fork or knife. Drain. After the above bacon has been cooked (and the grease drained into the soup pot to cook up the soffritto), smash the potatoes (with the back of your hand or with a meat mallet - Tommy's idea) until they are a 1/2 in thick or less into the parchment paper. Generously sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees for another 25 minutes or until they are nice and crispy on the top.




      Tommy and I started our kitchen game night here:














      Wholy Cow Good 
      (Yea yea, I know... I promise to put away my holiday plates soon...)

      ********************************************************************************
      • Each #SettheTable2018 post features a delicious family table recipe to inspire your meal planning for the week. This year, I am kicking it off with Whole30 friendly recipes that will either be one of my own creations or a handy link to someone else's that has inspired me. 
      • #CatchmyGrit on Instagram to follow the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad) leading up to each weekend post. C'est la vie, I selfy-ishly light it UP in pics, videos and Instastories to keep truckin! 
      • New to this series? Revisit my favorite #SettheTable2017 recipe links here. Cheers to another year of sharing my crazy food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer!  

      Tommy figured out that he liked the soup better when you dip your finger in the the ketchup first and then eat a spoonful of soup. I was equally horrified and proud of his food creativity. He still isn't a fan of potatoes ("They're too smooooooshy inside Mom.").

      I anticipated that both of the boys would be anti-soup,"It's too chunky Mom! And we hate mushrooms!" Mac is beginning to trust me more and he finished his entire bowl. I loved watching him eat the mushrooms with an eye brow raise. As for Tommy, I admit, I might have bribed him with a little shopping trip to get more cozy sweat pants (this kid loves his blankets).

      Tommy ate his entire bowl. I guess I just had to wait until he was eight.

      What else can a rhyming baller[ina] ask for!?


      Set, sit, sip, savor, and stay longer love bugs (say that as fast as you can lolololololol).

      It all starts at hOMe plate.


      To the Mullies we go... 
      xoxoL



      ps

      My Top 11 #SettheTable2018 Topics:
      1. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Gut Brain Connection
      2. Will the Gut-Brain Connection Revolutionize Wellness?
      3. Come to the table - Join Slow Food USA!
      4. Stay on top of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Campaign.
      5. Robyn O'Brien: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick.
      6. Kimbal Musk Wants to Reengineer the American Stomach | Why Food is the New Internet. 
      7. What is Organic Pasture Raised Chicken Good for?
      8. Shop with EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen" produce guidelines. Why? New research suggests pesticides/herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistance. Protect your gut microbiome + mycobiome.
      9. Avoid artificial colors and preservatives to keep your "second brain" happy + healthy.
      10. Why, When and How to Eat Wheat.
      11. Why do Some People do well as Vegans and Vegetarians (Clues from the Magical World of Genetics).