Author: arthurized

Real Food Menu for Week of 9.21.2020

As the temperature shifts to cooler days and nights (40° yesterday morning! Do we live at the Artic Circle now?!), we’re transitioning from all the salads of summer to warm comfort-food dinners.

Here’s what’s heating up the kitchen this week:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – An old favorite. Use your favorite berries or whatever you have on hand. You really can’t go wrong with this one. Frozen berries work just as well as fresh.
https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

Mark’s Lunch:
Greek Meatball Mezze Bowls – New Recipe! Reminiscent of my favorite dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen, this dish is a little time consuming, but so very tasty. If not using packaged quinoa, cook it while the meatballs are baking. Meal prep once, and have lunch all week long.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/274587/greek-meatball-mezze-bowls/

Dinner:

Middle Eastern Chicken and Chickpea Stew – New Recipe! This savory and hearty stew is delicious as is, or serve over brown or cauliflower rice.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252878/middle-eastern-chicken-chickpea-stew/

Baked Garlic Parmesan Salmon – Not the prettiest dish, but so tasty! I bought several packs of parmesan for making pesto. When I went to harvest the basil, I discovered it covered with black spots. Maybe from our recent rains? This dish is another good way to use up some of that excess parm.
https://healthstartsinthekitchen.com/baked-garlic-parmesan-salmon-primal-low-carb-keto/

Forty-Clove Chicken Filice – Take some help from the grocery store on this one, and buy a package of peeled garlic cloves. Ain’t nobody got time for peeling forty cloves of garlic! Don’t be afraid of all that garlic; baking just makes them sweeter. You won’t repel vampires.
https://www.cooks.com/recipe/u81yk046/40-clove-chicken-filice.html

Southwestern Squash Casserole – Delish, with just a little kick! We use Bob’s Red Mill g-free 1 to 1 baking flour to thicken.
https://food.12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Snack:
Fig and Ricotta Toast – New Recipe! I found fresh figs at Earth Fare about the same time I stumbled across this recipe. This hearty snack would make a simple breakfast or lunch. Look for ricotta with just three ingredients: milk, vinegar and salt. I use Rio Briati brand. Try it without that extra sprinkle of salt on top.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/256575/fig-ricotta-toast/

Keto No Bake Cookies – These little goodies are similar in flavor to preacher cookies, minus that wallop of sugar. I use monkfruit to sweeten.
https://thesoccermomblog.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 9.14.2020

Boy, this weekend flew by! Too bad I don’t have much to show for it. We hung out with Pa Kettle Friday night, ran ten miles on Saturday, plus a pilgrimage to Hobby Lobby (y’all crazy for that fall decor!), a bit of meal prep yesterday and we’re back to the grind today. Oh well, it was a fun weekend.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding – I’ve got a load of chia seeds to use up, and that’s as good a reason as any to make this delicious breakfast. These keep for several days in the refrigerator. Prep ’em on Sunday night and have breakfast all week long.
https://kirbiecravings.com/blueberry-coconut-chia-pudding/

Mark’s Lunch:
Quick and Easy Chicken Salad – Prep the salad ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a few days. Are you seeing a theme here? We like to serve this on a bed of fresh spinach.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/quick-easy-chicken-salad-recipe/

Dinners:
Supreme Pizza Inspired Salad – All the flavors of pizza, none of the regret. Use a quality pepperoni; we like Hormel Natural. To keep the pepperoni fresh, add it just before serving.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/supreme-pizza-salad/

Marinated Salmon with Garlic and Herbs – We love this simple supper and serve it over garlic and herb cauliflower rice, which Aldi carries in their freezer section.
https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/marinated-salmon/

Summer Squash Oregano – This hasn’t been a bountiful year for summer squash, but I need to make this goodie at least once more before summer ends.

Summer Squash Oregano

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This old Southern Living magazine recipe is a favorite. It’s so old that I can’t find the recipe online! I’ve searched. This dish is fantastic for using oregano and summer squash fresh from the garden.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • ¾ lb. yellow squash, sliced
  • ¾ lb. zucchini, sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet; add onion, garlic and bell pepper and saute until tender.
  2. Stir in oregano, yellow squash and zucchini. Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato, salt and pepper; cook, uncovered, until squash is tender. Spoon into a serving dish, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs – Sprinkle a little za’atar on these babies if ya like! Serve with the easy-peasy tahini sauce below for dipping.
https://mythreeseasons.com/middle-eastern-chicken-kebabs/

Snack:
In addition to our usual snacks of fruit, nut and popcorn, we’ll enjoy dipping fresh veggies in this Tahini Sauce with Lemon and Garlic – New Recipe! Add all three tablespoons of water for dressing, start with one tablespoon for a dip or spread, then add more until reaching the desired consistency.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/266455/tahini-sauce-with-lemon-garlic/

Treat:
Cardamom Plum Buckle – New Recipe! We think this is delicious, albeit a little too sweet. Okay, a lot too sweet. Use a honey that’s light in color, but decrease it by half. Don’t want to steal the plum’s thunder. If your buckle is getting a little brown (like mine!), wrap a collar of foil around the edges toward the end of the bake time.
https://againstallgrain.com/2020/07/27/cardamom-plum-buckle/

I hope your week is *just* sweet enough!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 9.7.2020

Well, I think I’ll go ahead and turn fifty today. Yikes. My mother-in-law used to say that “having another birthday sure beats the alternative” and I agree! Because I party like a baller, I’m planning to spend the day working in my happy place: the garden and yard. We’ve got a new compost tumbler to fill, Japanese stiltgrass to kill and a bat house to stain and figure out where/how to install.

Here is our weekly menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies – New Recipe! So good! To make these gluten-free, substitute almond flour for the oat or wheat flour. I add a little extra cinnamon to the dry mix. While these are great for breakfast on the go, if you enjoyed them as a not-too-sweet treat later in the day, I wouldn’t judge. 🙂
https://kristineskitchenblog.com/carrot-cake-breakfast-cookies/

Mark’s Lunch:
Taco Salad Bowls – Thoroughly brown the ground meat of your choice (beef, chicken, turkey) with a diced onion and a couple tablespoons of taco seasoning. To assemble the bowls add toppings of cheese, salsa or fresh tomatoes, guac, etc. to a bed of lettuce or cooked brown rice. I used this taco seasoning recipe:
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/

Dinners:
Cauliflower Pizza – We love this one! This savory crust doesn’t crumble and reheats well as leftovers. I substitute ground flaxseed for the psyillium husks.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Garlic Butter Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Zucchini Noodles – An old favorite!
https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-meatballs-with-lemon-zucchini-noodles

Thai-Style Cucumber Salad – New Recipe! If you’re from the American South, you know all about ‘cucumbers and onions’. It’s a favorite with Pa Kettle; and on his dinner table while the cukes are rolling in from the garden. This recipe adds a Thai twist to that refreshing summer side dish.

Thai-Style Cucumber Salad

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Crisp, light and full of summer-time flavors, this side salad pairs nicely with grilled salmon or chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large English cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup carrot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced finely
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, crushed

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk honey and water until the honey is fully dissolved. Add vinegar; cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  2. Combine cucumber and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour chilled dressing over cucumber mixture and toss gently.

Perfect Roast Chicken – You just can’t go wrong with this recipe. It really is perfection, every time.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe-1940592

Snack:
Superhero Muffins – A long overdue return of these meals-in-a-muffin. These incredibly versatile muffins work for breakfast, snacks, treats, pre or post workout. Because these freeze well, we usually make a double batch.
https://runfasteatslow.com/blogs/news/superhero-muffins

Treat:
Grilled Pineapple with Ricotta and Honey – Yum! The pineapple is so sweet, I don’t think this needs the drizzle of honey.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-pineapple-ricotta-honey-clean-eating/

Have a great week everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Packing Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child – Girls 10-14

A friend gave me the book Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts, and y’all, it’s wonderful. It’s amazing to read the history of this ministry and have a glimpse into the personal stories of some of the recipients. I have dogeared the entire book because it’s just that good. My favorite quote is by seventy-three year old Doris Goodair who said “I stayed so busy with shoeboxes, I didn’t realize I was growing old.” I wanna be Doris when I grow up.

Here is a peek into the boxes we’re packing for 10 – 14 year old girls this year:

School Supplies: Composition book (college ruled for the older kiddos), colored pencils, pencils, pencils sharpener, scissors and erasers. In the interest of not shipping air, we stuff the pencil sharpener full of pencil-top erasers. Don’t you think a colorful or glittered pencil would make school work just *a little* more fun?

Personal Care Items: Included are a washcloth, soap, toothbrush and cover, Chap-stick, nail care set, hair elastics and shower comb. We sometimes use the hair elastics to secure rolled clothing items; it’s more useful to the recipient than sending a rubber band.

If you’ve wondered why we send a toothbrush but no toothpaste, this makes it easier to get the boxes through customs and because the kids were eating the toothpaste. I read of one boy who downed an entire tube of bubblegum favored toothpaste in one sitting! Yum. Yum.

Something to wear: Hat, socks, fun leopard print tights, tee shirt, panties, and soft cup bras. My sister had several fabric bags from new pillowcases, so we tucked the underthings in those. Because opening underwear in front of your friends is still not a fun party game.

Since we don’t know the girl’s sizes, we send 14-16 size clothing for this age group. I figure it’s better to send things she can grow into, rather than smaller clothes.

Fun Stuff: Paint brushes, watercolors, art paper, zippered wallet, travel sewing kit, beaded bracelet, water bottle and tiny trinkets.

I rolled the washcloth and socks and stuffed them into the water bottle. The Chap-stick, googly-eyes ring and tiny, new friends were jammed into the crevices.

We removed the foam packaging sheets from inside the wallet, and tucked these small items into the pockets.

Here’s how it all fits into the box:

For more shoe box inspiration:

Packing a shoe box for OCC
What fits inside the box?
Boys 5-9
Boys 10-14

Happy shoe box packing!

This post is not sponsored. I only endorse charities that I personally support, and I hope you will consider supporting them too.

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 8.31.2020

Does it weird you out when food bloggers post pictures of food with bites taken out of it? It does me. Like, I don’t need to see your dental imprint right now. This isn’t Criminal Minds.

I cut the Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites below with a knife, not my teeth. Mostly because I love you, but also to show you the texture inside. (Some of you have said that you’re weird about food textures.) We’ve all got our quirks, right?

This week’s quirky menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Rainbow Frittata – New Recipe! This would make a nice brunch dish; wait just before serving to top with tomatoes, avocado and your favorite hot sauce.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/266247/rainbow-frittata/

Mark’s Lunch:
Chicken Pineapple Curry – Here’s an old fav. This mild curry is great for meal prep because it keeps for a few days in the fridge, freezes well and reheats beautifully.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/chicken-pineapple-curry/

Dinner:
Vegan Macaroni Salad – New Recipe! I’ve made the traditional southern macaroni salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions a million times, but I have to say I rather like the different mix of veggies here! This makes a massive bowl of salad, perfect for parties. Or, make it on Sunday and eat off of it all week long. If you have the time, use Southern Living’s pasta salad pro tip.
https://simple-veganista.com/vegan-macaroni-salad/#tasty-recipes-26692

Greek Chicken Soup – Another favorite. The lemon juice adds a nice brightness to this dish.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/budget-friendly-greek-chicken-soup/

Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds – Lightly sweet with just a little crunch from the almonds, this version is second only to our favorite Convert Kale Salad.
https://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2012/04/kale-salad-with-apricots-and-almonds/

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – Because sometimes you just want a light, refreshing salad for dinner. I was skeptical of the amount of vinegar in the dressing, but it’s balanced by the sweetness of the berries.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cucumber-strawberry-salad/

Snacks: Jicama Sticks with Chili-Lime Dip – We’re serving cucumber slices with this as well. If you like a little extra kick, add a touch of cayenne or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
https://www.marthastewart.com/317906/jicama-sticks-with-chili-lime-dip

Treat:
Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites – These fun-sized alternatives to a Larabar (which we love!) need just a touch of salt, so I added 1/4 tsp to my batch. Total yield = 18 bites.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/chocolate-almond-coconut-bites/

I hope your week is quirky AND fun-sized!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Packing Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child – Boys 10 – 14

Last year I learned that Operation Christmas Child receives the fewest number of boxes for boys 2-4 and 10-14. It’s got to be pretty upsetting for both the recipient and the distribution team to run out of boxes for a specific group. We’ve decided to focus our future efforts on the 10-14 year old boys category. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever pack for other groups, we just want to improve the collection stats for older boys. Here’s what we’re packing this year:

School Supplies: Composition book, pencils, double pencil sharpener, large eraser and full sized scissors. I like the scissors because they work for a lefty or righty and are practical for other uses in addition to school work. See the tiny fishing kit below.

Something to wear: 2 pairs of socks, 2 boxer briefs, a shirt and sunglasses.
In early August, Walmart marks down summer clothing and we were able to find sporty tees and nice button up shirts for $3 each. The performance fabric shirts are great because they are practical for any climate and take up less room in the box.

Hygiene Items: Washcloth, bar of soap, shower comb and toothbrush with cover. I like the shower combs because they are very sturdy and work for any hair type.

Fun Stuff: Building kits, sticky catch game and a tic-tac-toe game made by our sweet nieces. The game board is a drawstring eyeglasses bag from the Dollar Tree with the grid drawn on using a Sharpie marker. The game pieces are decorator’s pebbles. We include an extra pebble of each color in case one gets lost. The wordless instructions were found online and we printed them four to a page.

Practical Gifts: Bungee cord, drawstring backpack, cup, bowl and utility spork, the little box holds a tiny fishing kit.

The fishing kit contains one bobber, four hooks, two sinkers and approximately twenty-five feet of fishing line. We included a sketch showing how to assemble the line on a wooden stick.

Nest as much as possible. In the interest of not shipping air, we like to pack those nooks and crannies full.

Once I’ve figured out how everything fits into the box, I snap pictures of each layer for reference. This is especially helpful when I have breaks between packing the boxes.

Tuck a Christmas card, your picture and a note of encouragement into your shoe box. Let the child know that you love them, and are praying for them. Include your address or email if you like; sometimes the recipient or their parents will write to you!

So that’s what we’re sending to big guys this year. I hope this post is helpful for shopping and packing inspiration.

Happy shoe box packing!

Links to other posts about OCC:
https://arthurizedhome.com/tag/shoe-box-gift/
https://arthurizedhome.com/2019/09/27/packing-a-shoe-box-for-operation-christmas-child-what-fits-inside-the-box/
https://arthurizedhome.com/2020/08/19/packing-a-shoe-box-for-operation-christmas-child-boys-5-9/

This post is not sponsored. I only share charities that I personally support, and I hope you will consider supporting them too.

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 8.24.2020

Well, here is the sum total of my weekend’s work. 😉 I ventured out into yesterday afternoon’s rain and harvested a metric crapton of basil, which turned into three batches of this pesto for the freezer. Mine is a little dark because I combined both genovese and purple basil. I ran out of walnuts so I threw a few pecans into the mix. It’s a tasty little number.

Here is our menu for the week:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice Quiche – We left the feta out and sprinkled black olives on half of the quiche. And seriously, how cute is this plate our nephew painted when he was four?!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/mediterranean-cauliflower-rice-quiche/

Mark’s Lunch:
Greek Chicken and Rice Bowls – One word: Yum! Great for meal prep, because all of the ingredients keep well in the fridge up to four days.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/greek-chicken-rice-bowls/

Lemony Cucumber and Tomato Tuna Salad – A perennial favorite. I still haven’t converted Mark to Team Avocado, so we sub English cucumbers for the avocado.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-lemony-avocado-tuna-salad/

Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs – New! Level up everyday chicken with this delicious marinade. We substituted low-sodium, gluten free tamari for the soy sauce.
https://cookinglsl.com/easy-grilled-chicken-thighs/

Thai Veggie Noodle Salad – Double or triple the recipe if serving a crowd. Don’t save it for leftovers, it’s best eaten fresh!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/thai-veggie-noodle-salad-clean-eating/

Baked Teriyaki Salmon – New! This preservative free sauce tastes just like restaurant teriyaki. We used low sodium tamari and Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour to thicken.
https://healthyfitnessmeals.com/baked-teriyaki-salmon/

Snack:
Along with the usual watermelon, popcorn, apples, bananas and oranges, we’re snacking on black bean hummus with cucumber slices. I love Ina’s hummus and sometimes substitute black beans for the chickpeas in this recipe. Cucumber slices make low-calorie, low-carb ‘crackers’ for dips and spreads.
https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/hummus

Treat:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – We’re keeping it simple this week with fresh strawberries dipped in melted Lily’s dark chocolate chips. I add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to 1/2 cup chocolate chips while melting them in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, simply boil about an inch of water in a saucepan underneath a tempered glass bowl. Make sure that the boiling water does not touch the bowl above. Dip the strawberries and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut if desired.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Packing a Shoe Box for Operation Christmas Child – Boys 5 – 9

With school supplies on sale in the stores, it’s time to ramp up packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Here’s a peek at what’s inside the boxes we’re packing for 5-9 year old boys.

School Supplies: Composition book, student scissors, double pencil sharpener, pencils, erasers and colored pencils
School supplies are key. In some areas, children can only attend school if they provide their own supplies; a price of admission too high for many.

Something new to wear: Shirt, shorts, two pairs of underwear and socks
For boys in this age category I buy size 8 pants and shirts. Bonus points for elastic waistbands.

Hygiene supplies: Washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush with cover and a comb
Can you imagine having to share your toothbrush or washcloth with several other people? I can’t either. This is a reality for many children in orphanages.

Toys/Wow Item: Jump rope, block type building kit and mesh bag, water bottle and Young Simba. Because even nine year old boys need a stuffed friend for sharing all their secrets.

So that tiny blocks don’t fall out of the mesh bag opening, I removed the manufacturer’s plastic bag and placed the pieces in a quart sized zipper bag.

A note about packaging: Many of the shoe box destinations do not have the infrastructure to handle trash. The packaging we ship becomes a burden for the receiver. Having said that, I did leave the colored pencils in the box for storage when they’re not in use.

I like to roll and rubber band soft goods to fit them into the box. Those rubber bands could be useful to the recipient, or just ammo for an epic rubber band battle!

When packing multiple like boxes, I snap pictures of each layer of the first box so that each box is not a new puzzle. I placed the package of colored pencils flat in the bottom of the box, then began the first full layer above. Sharpened pencils are positioned away from clothing, to avoid unwanted markings during shipment!

In the interest of not shipping air, I rolled and stuffed the socks and one pair of underwear into the water bottle.

Last layer! Position the notebook along the upper edge of the box and gently bend it over as you snap the lid on. My husband says the box is not full until you have to “Sit on it, to get the lid on it!” LOL! Rubber bands hold the lid in place until the box is inspected and taped shut at the processing center.

Tuck a Christmas card, your picture and a note of encouragement into your shoe box. Let the child know that you love them, and are praying for them. Include your address or email if you like; sometimes the recipient or their parents will write to you!

So that’s what we’re sending to little guys this year. I hope this post is helpful to you for shopping and packing inspiration.

Happy shoe box packing!

Links to other posts about OCC:
https://arthurizedhome.com/tag/shoe-box-gift/
https://arthurizedhome.com/2019/09/27/packing-a-shoe-box-for-operation-christmas-child-what-fits-inside-the-box/

This post is not sponsored. I only endorse charities that I personally support, and I hope you will consider supporting them too.

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 8.17.2020

Having to stay mostly indoors this cool and rainy weekend, gave me time to work on sorting supplies, packing shoe boxes and making a shopping list for filler items. I’m excited to share that with you over the next few weeks.

If you’re a new reader, welcome and thank you for taking time out of your day to read here! My menus are always gluten-free, mostly real food. We define that as ‘food made in nature and not in a factory’. We’re not perfectionists, so we shoot for an average of at least 90% real food with a few 10% foods thrown in there.

We’re still pounding through all the veggies from Pa Kettle’s garden, and I couldn’t be happier about that! Here is this week’s menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Chocolate Pecan Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies – Yum! These little fiber-packed goodies make the easiest grab-and-go breakfast.
https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/sweet-potato-breakfast-cookies/

Mark’s Lunch:
Mason Jar Spinach Salad – Even though he’s a fun guy (heh), Mark doesn’t love ‘shrooms. We’ll just leave those out. We use Sir Kensington’s mayo and substitute stevia sweetener for the sugar in the dressing. Instead of spooning the dressing into the bottom of the jar, I store each portion in a tiny container.
https://www.theseasonedmom.com/wprm_print/57058

Dinner:
Garlic Butter Pasta – New! We’re loving lentil and chickpea pastas. They seem to hold their shape well, and don’t get gummy like brown rice pastas. Sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top of this hearty dish, if you like.
https://elavegan.com/garlic-butter-pasta/

Layered Salad – Here’s a throwback salad for you. This is a once in a while dish due to that mayonnaise based dressing. For the dressing, we like Kroger natural sour cream with just three ingredients: cultured cream, skim milk and enzymes. When it’s just the two of us, we divide this recipe in half. Add the dressing just before serving.
https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/

Broccoli and Red Cabbage Salad with Tangy Peanut Butter Dressing – This salad is crunchy and flavorful, with just a bit of tartness from the cranberries. Dress this salad just before serving. Leftover dressing is delicious served over plain, shredded cabbage.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/broccoli-red-cabbage-salad-tangy-pb-dressing/

Kale Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette – New! Mark went just a little crazy for this blueberry dressing! The recipe does not specify what to massage into the kale. Do you just massage it dry? I drizzled a little olive oil, and then massaged the kale. Just before serving, I tossed the salad with half the dressing. Then I topped it with the pecans and feta along with the rest of the dressing.
http://veggingattheshore.com/2015/06/kale-salad-with-blueberry-vinaigrette/

Snacks:
Hummus and cucumber slices, watermelon, popcorn, dried fruit and nuts. Rinse, repeat.

Treat:
Vanilla Coconut Flour Paleo Cupcakes – A sweet treat for Mark; these are surprisingly light and fluffy! I use Simple Mills frosting to minimize sugar. The recipe says it yields eight cupcakes, but I get nine standard size cakes out of a single batch. I decrease the coconut oil to 1/4 cup as well. Store these in the fridge, because they contain no preservatives.
https://www.healthextremist.com/vanilla-paleo-cupcakes-recipe/

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 8.10.2020

We like to fix new recipes a time or two before recommending them on the blog. Often, they become instant favorites, or at least something we really enjoy and would make again. On the rare occasion we don’t care for one, we scrap it and move on. We hit on one recently and boy, is it a doozy! Like throw out the entire dish, bad. The combo of radish and garlic completely overwhelmed the apple and cucumber. Maybe I’ll try it again without the garlic? Nah. Sample if you’re brave:
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/crisp-creamy-cucumber-apple-salad/

Here are the keeper dishes that made the cut:

Breakfast for Mark:

Tomato and Cheese Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Adapted from the Supermarket Diet Cookbook. This dish could be called Tomato Basil Pie because the ricotta and parmesan take a back seat to the fresh flavors of the other basil and tomato. Served warm or at room temperature, this pie makes a nice breakfast or brunch side dish.

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1/8 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1/4 c. milk (I use almond or unsweetened coconut milk)
  • 1 T. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 lb. ripe tomatoes (3 medium) thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, with whisk or fork, beat ricotta, eggs, parmesan, salt and pepper until blended.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch or arrowroot powder with milk until blended; whisk into cheese mixture. Stir in basil. Pour mixture into 9 inch glass or ceramic pie plate.
  3. Arrange tomato slices on top, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake pie until lightly browned around edge and center is puffed, 30-35 minutes.
  5. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy! http://www.arthurizedhome.com

Mark’s Lunch:
Chop Chop Fresh Veggie Salad – Crunchy and delicious! Minus the olives and feta, because a certain someone still doesn’t care for them. *ahem*
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chop-chop/

Dinner:

Carb Buster Breakfast – We never tire of breakfast for dinner. Protein and veggie-packed, this simple dinner is savory and satisfying.
https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/food-cooking/recipes/a11666/carb-buster-breakfast/

Tuscan Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Creamy Garlic Sauce – Delish!
https://www.savorytooth.com/sun-dried-tomato-chicken/

Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad – New! Simple, light and refreshing; perfect for using up garden produce these hot, summer days. That combination of cucumber, mint and lime is amazing!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/watermelon-cucumber-feta-salad/

Mustard Glazed Baked Chicken Thighs – A favorite dinner; this one is kid-friendly (the mustard flavor is subtle) and quick to prepare.
https://unsophisticook.com/baked-chicken-thighs/

Snack:
Cannellini Lemon Dip – New! My thirteen year old niece pronounced this dip “really good” and then scolded my sister for taking “her” dip. Ha ha! I guess it’s a keeper too. I couldn’t find preserved lemon locally so I ordered it online. If possible, use a product with no preservatives or added sugars. Look for three ingredients: lemons, water and sea salt.
https://www.simplemills.com/Recipes/Cannellini-Lemon-Dip.aspx

Treat:
No Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip – This is one of those 10% treats. Minus the chocolate chips, this recipe is processed sugar-free. We use stevia sweetened chocolate chips. Hubs eats his with gluten free cookies, I’m having mine with apple slices. Gluten free pretzels are a tasty dipper as well.
https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/27/new-recipe-sugar-free-cookie-dough-dip/

Have a great new week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.