Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Go Big or Go Home
The one thing we realized during the challenge is that in order for local eating to be sustainable, we HAD to stop buying small bags of everything. A small bag of oats was $3.49 and the 2 kg bag of flour was $7.99. That small bag of flour doesn't last long when we bake a lot, making our own breads, pasta and breakfast foods. Cluing in far too late, we only now ordered and just picked up 10 kg bags of Speerville's New Found Oats and an unbleached "white" flour. The prices make it hands-down the way to go and now I no longer have to worry about running out. If storage isn't an issue, it's actually quite easy to talk to stores and ask for products to be ordered in bulk.
I celebrated with another batch of Sneaky Mama Toddler Pancakes and an impromtu batch of Carrot Gingerbread Muffins from Canadian Living, omitting the dairy for rice beverage and margarine and adding pumpkin seeds. If you need an iron booster, these muffins are your new buddies.
I make a lot of breakfast items since it's the one meal of the day I know Honey Bear will get a good chunk of her nutrition. She needs more iron, protein, calcium and calories and since she can't eat dairy and soy and refuses meat and beans (have I mentioned she's fussy?!), I'm at a loss of how to fill in the nutritional gaps, without toiling for hours in the kitchen over food she won't eat. Pancakes and muffins are fun and sneaky ways to add vegetables and vegetarian sources of protein.
I'm open to any and all ideas of foods I'm missing that are protein and iron rich, but not slabs of meat.