If you recall, last week, Terra’s Kitchen sent me this wonderful steak recipe (along with almost all of the food items) to cook a couple of meals for my family.
I have to admit, I was fully shocked when I finished my first meal and it came out looking EXACTLY like the recipe card they’d sent!
And, DudeDad LOVED it.
If I recall, his exact words were, “You haven’t made anything this good in at least a year. Maybe more!”
I’m sure he thought that was a compliment.
He’s lucky I went ahead and let him finish.
I do what I can, you guys.
This mothering thing is tough sometimes, and meeting all of the needs of all of the people is challenging. Some nights my brain/body just won’t let me pull off next level kitchen awesome.
But when it does.
People better recognize.
Since visiting The White House and listening to Mrs. Obama passionately talk about how she learned to create more healthful meals for her family (this was pre leader of the free world life) and how she is working tirelessly to make that something all parents can do, I have begun to look more closely at what I provide for my family.
I’m as guilty of falling into the easy meal trap as the next busy mom and I get it, eating processed convenience foods is, for lack of a better word, convenient. And, as I sit here with this bag of chocolate covered pretzels staring me down, I can say that it’s also a hard habit to break.
But, I want to.
For my kids and also for myself.
And that’s why I have recommitted myself to a better meal regimen. I am really just trying to cook at home more. And, in the last month, I have cooked at home more than I have maybe in a lot of the previous months combined!
On a budget no less!
For me, it’s a lot about education –learning more about which foods are healthiest, which foods are fueling, which foods will allow me to stave off the hunger of a growing teen boy.
And then it’s about priority and creativity.
I need to commit to planning my mealtimes ahead so I’m not dealing with hungry zombies who can’t wait for me to prep something nutritious at meal time. I need to prioritize healthy, fresh food in my budget. And, I need to be inspired!
Terra’s Kitchen helped with that last one a lot!
The meals they sent were easy to cook, super nutritious and filling, and they provided me with something I can make for my family time and time again.
Or course they make eating healthy convenient by taking care of the shopping and food prep for you, but they showed me that even if I can’t afford to have someone go to the store and and then come over and prep everything for me, I can still afford to provide my family with a great meal and it doesn’t even have to be all that hard.
And, hopefully, so can you!
Tons of people shared what they budget for food on my Facebook page this past week and it inspired me to test my own budget to see what I can really buy if I put my mind to it. I plan to report back on my findings so hopefully some of you can learn and grow along with me as I try to overhaul our edibles.
In the meantime, how about a recipe?!
Southwestern Steak Bowl courtesy of Terra’s Kitchen
- 1 T sunflower oil
- salt and pepper
- ¼ t cumin
- 1lb chopped sweet potatoes
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 t minced garlic
- 1lb skirt steak
- ¼ cup chopped scallions
- 1 avocado
- For Sweet Potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 450.
- In a medium sized bowl toss chopped sweet potatoes with oil, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Place on baking sheet and put in oven to cook until tender.
- Last 5 minutes of cooking, combine ½ garlic, ½ jalapeno & all scallions and stir into potatoes.
- For Steak:
- Chop the remaining jalapeno slices and combine with the remaining garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to create a rub.
- Rub mixture into steaks.
- Oil a pan and grill steaks over high heat. We like a little pink inside, but rarer is okay too. Just don't make them crispy, that makes them ew.
- Remove from heat and slice into strips, reserving the juices for future use.
- Dice the avocados.
- Divide sweet potatoes among your bowls (we need 5 at our house), give each bowl a little steak juice, top with actual steak and avocados. You don't have to eat the steak juice if you don't want to, but lemme just tell you, it is um, um, good.