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10/2/11 9:06 P

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Okay, so this challenge was so challenging that we just couldn't do it. We are all parents, lets keep in mind so we have to be realistic!!!

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9/18/11 2:13 P

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I am right there with you! I have become aware (from this challenge) that most of our recipes involve something canned in order to speed the cooking process. The only exception for us is soups and rice and beans since I make my own beans in the crock pot each week.

I think it totally counts that you try to go as healthy as possible. That you are even aware of it is leagues better than most parents!

This week, my non-processed meals will include:
fish tacos (my husband makes these and they are to die for)
black bean cakes (found the recipe on Sparkrecipes and they sound delish)
breakfast for dinner (cheese omelets, waffles made from scratch by my daughters, and fruit of some sort, whatever looks good at the store)

Breakfast for dinner may include turkey bacon, which is processed. Ah, well, we will do as well as we can.

I say you should list the meals that involve the least amounts of processed foods. I would be very interested to hear menu ideas from other families!

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9/18/11 9:45 A

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I never realized how difficult this challenge would be. Because I work full-time, I've decided that none of my dinners can take more than 30 mintues to prepare each night. That means that most of my meals involve at least some processed food. When we have whole-wheat spaghetti and turkey meatballs, I don't have time to make my own spaghetti sauce and meatballs. When I make turkey chili, the crushed tomatoes in tomato puree come from the can. Does it count that I try to buy the healthiest processed foods I can!

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9/13/11 8:56 P

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I made gallo pinto on Sunday. For those not familiar, it is basically rice and beans mixed together and spiced up. We had that with corn tortillas (store bought) and avocado.

Tonight was chicken breast and salad with garlic foccacia. (it was from the bakery and had a simple ingredients list...is that processed?)

Tomorrow will be veggie stew in the crock pot with butternut squash.

What are some other menus?

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9/11/11 10:08 A

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Okay, better late than never, right? We are already 1/3 of the way in to September, but let's have a challenge anyway!

Inspired by SPWHITESTONE, our challenge this month will be:

3 meals per week made with no processed food!

You can define what "processed" means to you. I, for one, do not plan to bake my own bread, but plan to serve meals made from real, not frozen, foods.

Please post here the meals that you prepare and maybe even some recipes if you want to share! I am always looking for new healthy recipes.

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