Summertime…and the living is hectic. Kids are hungry & the dirty dish pile is high. Oh, it’s about nutrition rich when I’m cooking. So Wildtree I’m going to give you a try.
Summertime Meal Planning
I feel torn much of the time. On the one hand, I love hunting through NYT’s Cooking, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Fit Girl Treats, The Paleo Running Momma, and Pinterest for recipes to try. On the other, I’ve been feeling time-crunched and my schedule is only going to get more intense. I’ve shifted from treating my blog like a creative outlet to working it like a business. Soon, if all goes as planned, I’ll add chasing a two-year-old around to my daily routine.
My fiance and I strive to eat right. We have been eating at home more, because it’s budget-friendly. Another important benefit is that we know what ingredients are going into our food. Also, we make pretty darn good food in our house. Our food choices are far from perfect, but they could be a heck-of-a-lot worse.
The 2 Terribles: Food Ruts & Time Shortages
Sometimes, I want to make what has been a success again and again. Then, we all get bored with it. There are only so many ways that I’ve considered cooking chicken breasts. I could eat them every day, but I can’t handle the looks I get when I announce we’re having chicken. You know the AGAIN! look don’t you? It’s almost more painful when it’s given politely.
Hunting for recipes is fun. It is. I do love scratch baking and cooking when I have time. Being the executive chef of our home can morph into a full-time job if I let it.
My executive chef of Casa de ChriMel job description:
- Find recipes that inspire me and that I think others will enjoy.
- Write down ingredients from recipes.
- Double-check our kitchen supplies.
- Write grocery list in order of the store sections I shop: 1. Produce 2. Bakery 3. Meats 4. Dairy 5. Frozen 6. Health Market 7. Center Aisles: baking supplies, soda, boxed and canned items, household supplies.
- Shop for groceries.
- Bring them home.
- Unpack and put them away. We have a lot of mouths and a small fridge, so putting away groceries can be an ordeal depending on the day.
- Make the recipes.
- Clean the kitchen to make sure it is ready for the next round. Assistance is often given on this task.
Ever been in tears, because you can’t see a way to do it all and do it all up to your standards? I have. It was yesterday.
Enter Wildtree Workshops
Wildtree Workshops include blends and some of the necessary ingredients for making 10 recipes that serve four to six people. They are designed by a chef and a dietitian. A grocery and prep list is provided that covers all 10 meals. I love that the list is organized into protein, produce, and miscellaneous. Meals can be prepped and put in the freezer until it’s time to cook them.
Amy Beeman is my Wildtree Representative. She introduced me to their Basil Pesto Grapeseed Oil just before Thanksgiving last year. My fiance and I became hooked on it. Once, when I ran out, she delivered a bottle of it to my door. To help her customers out, Amy has partnered with Hy-Vee to create bundles that can be ordered and picked up. If grocery shopping is not your thing, she can save you some time.
The meals in the workshops are nutritious. “They taste so much different, because they don’t have those preservatives,” said Amy. “When you take the sodium away and all you have is the flavors, everything tastes fresher.”
Nutrition Difference: In Kraft Mac N’ Cheese there are 6 grams of sugar in every serving and 570mg of sodium. In Wildtree’s Kids Cheez Blend there are 0 grams of sugar and 200mg of sodium.
Sharing is Caring
I’d prefer that I and those I love consume the latter, so I’m hosting a Wildtree Tasting. We will have tacos, guacamole, salsa, and chipotle ranch (and some tasty beverages). Today, I created a mini-version of the tasting with supplies that Amy gave me and it turned out fantastic. Everything was so simple to make and delish to eat.
You can shop Wildtree’s yummy and good-for-you ingredients here. My meal-planning from now on will be a mix of Wildtree Workshop meals and fun recipes that I find. That should keep everyone in our house from getting BORED with food.