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  • 5 years 26 weeks ago by: lee in reply to: Beware of the Soccer Snack Shrew!

    We have the same issue in our house every day when the bus drops off our boy at 4:30. Any snack he eats can potentially affect his appetite for dinner, but waiting until 6 to feed him is not a viable option. On good days, we opt for fruit and carrots - if he spoils his appetite on those, we don't mind at all. Cheese and crackers can also be okay. But what he often WANTS is treats.

  • 5 years 26 weeks ago by: Unplanned Cooking in reply to: Beware of the Soccer Snack Shrew!

    Wow! I do understand giving a snack after a sport; for us, at least, it puts everybody in a pleasant mood (my kids are under 5). But by snacks I'm with you -- apples, carrots, grapes. At least then if they don't eat as much dinner I don't worry -- I know I got the right stuff in them.

  • 5 years 26 weeks ago by: Crystal - Cafe Cyan in reply to: Beware of the Soccer Snack Shrew!

    Times have changed! I remember getting a can of pop after the game (usually Shasta). Considering my family didn't have pop in our house, it was truly a treat. Now a drink and a snack? Wow.

    When I babysit my nephews, my sister will pack fruit snacks (but Crystal, they have fruit juice IN them!), instant oatmeal with dinosaur eggs (oatmeal is good, right?) and juice boxes (it says there is real fruit juice). To this day, all the snacks are sitting in my closest while I feed them real whole fruit and veggies, "Crystal pop" (sparkling water with some REAL cranberry juice) and thick cut oats mixed with dried fruit and a teensy bit of real maple syrup.

    If my sister is any example, I can see how today's parents can get sucked into the marketing techniques. If only they read a bit further into nutritional info instead of just the advertising.

  • 5 years 26 weeks ago by: alissa in reply to: A Case for Eating Raw Food

    cool!

  • 5 years 26 weeks ago by: Alex in reply to: Too Busy to Eat Good Food? Blame the Kids!

    They invented chest freezers for situations like that. 2 hours of roasting pig parts can equal sandwiches for weeks. Steaming veggies in the microwave takes about 60 seconds, so there's a whole meal right there.

    Feeding yourself and your family is tough if you're going to use real food, but it's doable. Think of Joel Salatin and his farm - it's management intensive, but in the end he gets his chickens to clean up after his cows who mow his lawn for him. It's easy to be a 'factory farmer' who pours chemicals all over his/her land, but once you go Salatin's way one can't imagine going back. It's the same with feeding your family. If you manage your resources and economize your time, you can produce good meals quickly (and if you like puzzles, think of it as a really big and on-going puzzle).

    Granted, I'm at an age where I won't be having kids for a while (and I probably would steer them away from American football), but I usually have 5 bratty children (called professors) who I have to keep happy too!

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago by: lee in reply to: How Can I Possibly Eat More Leeks?

    Good one, Jim, that sounds fantastic. Thanks for the link and suggestion.

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago by: James Norton in reply to: How Can I Possibly Eat More Leeks?

    I just made this savory bread pudding for brunch today -- it was totally outstanding. We subbed out the green pepper and celery, and subbed in a couple cups of leeks. They were perfect!

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Savory-Bread-Pudding-with-M...

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago by: lee in reply to: How Can I Possibly Eat More Leeks?

    Thanks to both of you.Those sound like great ideas.

    Kathy, I knew you'd come through! We've done squash risotto, I dunno why I never thought to add leeks. Will do.

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago by: Kathy in reply to: How Can I Possibly Eat More Leeks?

    Check out the October 23, 2008 Twin Cities newsletter from Harmony Valley Farm - our favorite Risotto with Squash and Leeks. We made it several times last year, and already once this year.
    http://www.harmonyvalleyfarm.com/NLTR/TWC/csatwc081023.pdf

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago by: Anonymous in reply to: How Can I Possibly Eat More Leeks?

    for the leeks:
    trim them (all five), put them in a pan, coat with a little bit of olive oil, plop a (pastured) chicken on top, roast that sucker. The best.