We survived our first week of the Real Food Adventure. Last week went pretty smooth but there were several ingredients that needed to be swapped out or homemade in order to achieve real food. Also a few events that threw us off included the fulfillment of my robust order of girl scout cookies and my lack of preparation for our family movie night. Soooo yeaaah…then there was that…Anyways...
Starting from day one I’ll share what we did.
Chicken Chips- See here for the recipe and swaps.
Veggie Lasagna-Nothing needed to be swapped out. Except for the meal itself… I had a good time using my new kitchen tool, the mandoline. It makes slicing veggies easy peasy. Sadly, that was a lot more fun than choking down eating the dinner. Apparently we’re a hard core meat “n” potatoes family. My family was so sweet though. They all smiled and told me it was great. My son even exclaimed, "yummm momma! This is good!" When I looked up in shock he had this look of disgust and was telling his sister not to eat it.
I thought about playing into it a while longer… I bet if I waited long enough one of them would have ran to the bathroom. Instead, I admitted it was a bust, poured myself a glass of wine and tossed the lasagna into the trash. Thank goodness I had leftovers to reheat from the dinner before! Now we know veggies are good. Lasagna is good. Just not together for this family.
I wanted to love it. The ingredients are so whole and REAL!
Cream of Celery Pork Chops- Oy, what a mess. The main ingredients that make up this recipe were the biggest issues. You’ve got your pork chops, and then I sprinkle an onion soup mix packet over the chops and top with cream of celery soup. In order to eat real food that evening I had to make the onion soup mix and cream of celery soup from scratch.
I used this recipe from the Honey and Birch blog for the onion soup mix and this recipe from The Daring Gourmet blog for the cream of celery soup. Honestly, now that I know how this recipe tastes with real food, I could never go back! I've been making this recipe for over 10 years....to think, I could have been eating real food all that time! This my friends, is why we took on this adventure!
- See the recipe at the bottom of this page.
From processed to real in a few extra steps.
Beef N Noodles- I sometimes make this with cream of mushroom soup and always add onion soup mix. Instead I didn’t use cream of anything soup since last night was cream of celery. I tossed in the homemade onion soup mix that I had prepped for the meal before. Not too bad.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup- Oh I cheated, big time, I closed my eyes and made dinner because it was Saturday, movie night, and I was tired. Oh and we ate really bad for you popcorn that night too. I’m not even ashamed. Muahaha.. However, I have since picked up the "old fashioned" popcorn that comes in a bottle and you prep it on the stove top. One step at a time.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup- I made this for the family on a cold gloomy day. Very easy and no adjustments needed. Just be sure that when you grab for your chicken stock at the store, you don't settle for bouillon cubes. They are hardly broth or stock at all. (more on that in the next post)
Stuffed Shells- I make ricotta cheese and spinach stuffed shells and add beef, I told ya, we’re meat "n" potato people. Be sure your dairy is full fat since anything less than full fat will have additives to keep consistency and flavor.
That's it! Our first week under our belt! I’m learning every day. No day is perfect and meal prep takes longer. I’m working on ways to shorten prep time and will be sure to share those tips with you. You may wonder what we're eating for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Look for that in the coming weeks as I'm compiling the list! Please share with me any changes you are making!
Crock Pot Cream of Celery Pork Chops
- Double your onion soup mix and store extra in an air tight container for quick prep next time.
- To have Cream of Celery Soup on hand prepare recipe as directed but, leave out the milk. Freeze the soup and add the milk when you're ready to use it.