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3 Day Clean Eating Plan for Busy Families

3 DAY CLEAN EATING FOR BUSY FAMILIES

“The parents’ chief care is, that that which they supply shall be wholesome and nourishing, whether in the way of picture-books, lessons, playmates, bread and milk, or mother’s love.”  — Charlotte Mason Home Education pg. 5

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3 Day Clean Eating Plan for Busy Families

BUSY MAMAS

When I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy to put into clean eating and feeding my family nutritious foods, I find myself returning to the same foods and meals. Its nice to run on auto-pilot in this area of my life. TO NOT THINK, AND JUST DO … I love having a simple meal plan to fall back on when I need it. Enter the 3 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan for Busy Families!

bamboo storage 2
bamboo storage 2

 

3 DAY CLEAN EATING MEAL PLAN

When you subscribe to this blog, you will receive a 3 Day Clean Eating Plan. I have curated the foods and meals specifically for their nourishing qualities (think balanced meals), and also meals that are enjoyed by my whole family. I wanted to make sure to include familiar foods,  nourishing foods,  and foods that my children don’t grumble about. These meals are ones that we have had so often, they have become “muscle memory” for me. Therefore, I don’t have to have to put forth much mental effort in preparing these meals for my family!

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?

The 3 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan comes with a suggested meal plan for 3 days (I have Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday written on the template but you can insert any days you wanted to try it!). You will receive the meal recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks for each day.

SNACKS

When my boys eat a snack in between meals, I snack with them too! Its a great way to keep energy up throughout your day, and you don’t get so hangry that you choose unhealthy meals later. The 3 Day Clean Eating Plan also includes Cooking Notes on some of my favorite cooking methods. Its essentially a “how to” prepare some of the food items.

wood cutting board
wood cutting board

 

CLEAN EATING TOOLS

Next, I have carefully put together my favorite and most used clean eating kitchen tools. I use these items daily and could always use an extra set around the house! These are my truly favorite and must have items. I previously wrote an article here about my favorite tools to use in the kitchen if you are looking for more!

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3 DAY CLEAN EATING PLAN FOR BUSY FAMILIES
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  1. Kitchen Aid Blender – We have had this blender for probably 8 or 9 years and its still going strong! I use it to make my daily superfoods protein smoothies! Its truly a workhorse in our kitchen!
  2. Organic Bamboo Cutting Board – I love my wooden cutting boards, especially the ones made from bamboo. I don’t have an organic one, but I would sure love to, and you can’t beat this price!
  3. Pyrex Glass Storage Containers – I prefer using glass storage containers to minimize the amount of plastic touching my food. I have heard for many years plastic contributes to hormone disruption so I try to avoid it when I have the choice!
  4. Oxo Vegetable Peeler – With clean eating, we tend to eat A LOT of vegetables. We use this veggie peeler everyday and I’m always looking for another one (we have three!!!)
  5. Waterdrop Water Filter – I’m always looking to add beauty to my day. I have this Brita water filter now, and it works super great! However, I love this one on my list for its beauty and function.
  6. Wusthof Chef’s Knife – we have had two different sizes of chef’s knife since we were married…about 11 years now! They are SO GOOD…we use them daily and they are holding up just fine! Highly worth the investment.
  7. Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer – I have a silicone vegetable steamer and we use it daily. Its such a quick way to prepare vegetables. Its easier on digestion, and so quick! Steaming food helps preserve the nutrients too!
  8. Glass Storage Container – I’m re-organizing my pantry in the next couple of days. I have many mason jars that I’m repurposing to store food. I love these because they allow you to clearly see the food item to quickly grab and cook!
  9. Stainless Steel Pan – for my birthday, all three of my boys surprised me with a stainless steel cooking pan. I love using stainless steel to cook because it cleans up very well (super sanitary), and you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into your foods while they cook!

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Favorite Tools To Use in the Kitchen

Favorite Tools To Use in the Kitchen

We rely on some essential kitchen tools to cook meals at home. My five favorite tools are below. I hope this list inspires and helps you in your home cooking!

Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen

COOKING AT HOME

I began cooking in college. I started off very simple – hearty breakfasts with bacon, eggs, grits and fruit and canned spaghetti sauce with spaghetti noodles. When my husband and I dated in college, we often cooked simple meals together. He was interested in cooking to save money and loved being creative with inventing meals. I loved cooking to nourish our bodies with healthy foods.

We meet many goals when we make meals at home: budget, creativity, and health.

Helping hands in the kitchen. Peeling vegetables.
Helping hands peeling vegetables in the kitchen.

DESIRE FOR HEALTHY FOODS

I earned a 500 Hour Yoga certification shortly after we were married. This education charged my desire to dive deeper into the concept of food as fuel. My desire to consume healthy foods was renewed once again when I was pregnant with my two children. Now that they are preschoolers, I’m even more passionate about providing strong nutrients to their developing bodies.

Kids Peeling and Cutting Banana
Kids Peeling and Cutting Banana

We make the majority of our meals at home. Therefore, its important to us to make cooking easy, fun, and healthy.  The following kitchen tools below are the most important ones to me. In fact, if we were going on a long, extended vacation, I would take these with me if I could!

MY ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOLS

  • CHEF’S KNIFEA good quality chef’s knife, such as the Wusthof Classic 6-Inch Chef’s Knife, is probably the item I use and love the most in the kitchen. I use it to chop and slice through anything! Sometimes I remove it from the dishwasher and hand wash it to use it, because its that good. They will last a lifetime and are totally worth it, in my opinion.
  • FOOD PROCESSORMy husband surprised me with a Cuisinart Food 8 Cup Food Processor for Christmas one year. We use this versatile machine to make hummus, pesto sauce, salsa, cole slaw, and cauliflower rice among many other tasty meals.
  • CAST IRON SKILLETI purchased a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet from Target on sale for about $9. Did you know the iron from the pan actually is absorbed by the food you are cooking? So when you cook with cast iron, its a great natural way to assimilate iron into your body. This is especially helpful if you are like me, and can be more at risk for becoming anemic. The cast iron skillet will last you a life time if you season it properly. You can move the cast iron pan directly from the stove top to the oven for dishes such as hashes or quiche, which is convenient.
  • DUTCH OVENMy husband knows me well. One Christmas, he gave me a Staub Dutch Oven. This is my other well-used cooking work horse. We use it to make delicious soups, stews, roast, homemade tomato sauce, and chilis. The dutch oven is made of enamel on the interior of the pot. So, if absorbing too much iron in your body is a concern, than enamel coated cookware is a great option for you. This dutch oven can transfer easily from cooktop to oven and it holds heat very well.
  • VEGETABLE PEELERWe use vegetable peelers for peeling lots and lots of vegetables. We are part of a CSA and each week, we bring home a box of fresh, local farm, organic vegetables. The Oxo brand peelers are great. My boys use the ones with the long handles when they help in the kitchen.

I hope this inspires you to get in the kitchen with good tools since they make cooking easier. What are your favorite kitchen tools?

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