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This is the first week of menu planning during no spend months. I am already enjoying the challenge of trying to come up with a variety in our diet with the rationing of food groups that I am doing. I also am trying to get lots of protein into my diet due to blood sugar issues. On Friday I received my order of coconut flour and have begun experimenting with making baked goods with a lower carb count. I hope to post some recipes and results at a later date. Lots of beans & grains and a few new recipes this week…

Sunday
Breakfast: Leftover porridge, yogurt.
Dinner: Beans & rice with the fixings.
To do: grind & soak flour for bread.

Monday
Breakfast: Millet Porridge with sunflower seeds.
Dinner: Cheddar Broccoli Soup, Soaked whole grain bread.
To do: make bread, prepare baked eggs, start porridge soaking before bed.

Tuesday
Breakfast: Baked eggs, bread.
Dinner: Fried beans, stir fried cabbage, bread.
To do: soak granola in morning, start crock pot porridge before bed

Wednesday
Breakfast: Overnight crock pot porridge
Dinner: Crock Pot fried rice, roasted butternut squash.
To do: bake granola, roast squash, prep eggs before bed

Thursday:
Breakfast: leftover porridge
Dinner: Eggs, blender batter pancakes, butternut squash pudding.
To do: blend pancake batter in morning, make pudding, soak beans for soup, make yogurt

Friday:
Breakfast: granola + yogurt
Dinner: Minestrone soup, blender batter bread.
To do: blend batter for bread in morning, cook beans, prep roast in crock pot for Saturday

Saturday:
Breakfast: granola + yogurt
Dinner: Crock Pot beef roast, carrots, green beans, bread.

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What is more lovely than a warm drink in your hands as the weather turns cool? I am starting to enjoy warm drinks all day long. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it is a great replacement for cool water because it leaves you feeling warmer. Which means you can turn that thermostat down.

I really enjoy coffee. Really. I don’t drink it all that often, however, for two reasons:

1: My husband doesn’t drink it, therefore we have no coffee maker or French press.

2: It’s not all that great for me since I am working on healing my thyroid.

So I enjoy it every once in a while, but certainly not daily or even weekly. A great coffee substitute is freeze-dried dandelion coffee. Sounds crazy, but it is good and really does taste like coffee. I enjoy Dandy Blend.

The drinks I am enjoying right now include:

  • Mornings: Trader Joe’s blueberry green tea sweetened with stevia.
  • Noon: A big mug full of dandy blend coffee, sweetened with stevia and raw cream or milk stirred in.
  • Evening: Trader Joe’s blackberry herbal tea. So delicious with some stevia.

Our toddler also enjoys tea. Whenever I make some he asks for his “own” tea. He drinks herbal teas with me and even enjoys sips of my dandy blend coffee.

This is a fantastic way to get healing herbs into your toddlers body. Our son will drink pretty much any tea as long as their is a little peppermint added for flavor. We just brew a half mug of tea with the herbs, strain the herbs, and then fill the rest of the mug with cool water. He will seriously down an entire mug in just a few minutes.

If you do allow your toddler to drink a whole mug of tea, do not then take him out for errands leaving the diaper bag at home. He will completely soak his pants before you even get to the grocery store. Ask me how I know.