I feel like I should be behind in my posting, (and I am a bit, but only by one post.) I guess because it is summer and I'm a little lazy, or maybe because I'm actually using my blog the way I originally intended (looking for recipes our family has rated 5 stars) to plan my meals, but probably a combination of the both. Sure has been nice not to post nearly as often. (After finishing this post I have decided it comes down to simplifying - which I ended up using to title the post.) Below are 2 of my favorite new ways to simplify. I'm still trying new things all the time, but sticking with a simple base of something.
The first thing I have been truly enjoying -that I don't post always is the waffle/muffin mix. I love that for breakfast. I can make waffles, pancakes, or muffins of any flavor. Most have been good. (Although I tried some with lime yesterday that were too tangy for me.) Anyway, I love that. It has accomplished 2 of my latest food goals - eat more healthy, and simplify.
The second thing that I have really liked this week has been salad in a jar. I made a super simple dinner last night of ham, salad and mashed potatoes. Since there was nothing to do for the ham, I chopped various salad toppings to go on the lettuce that I had chopped and put in the jar. I don't consider myself a real big salad person. In fact they often don't seem to appeal to me (except at a restaurant. -could have something to do with the prep work involved.) So last night I chopped sweet peppers, shredded carrots (3 jars worth - 2 for muffins, 1 for salads.) Point being, I had a great salad with lettuce, spinach, sweet pepper, sliced almonds, shredded carrot, and freeze dried strawberries. I couldn't believe how yummy it was. The best thing about it - if I want to do it again, everything is already ready in the fridge. Maybe one day if I get better at this salad business, I'll do a post of my favorite salad toppings, but for now, I'm very happy with that way to simplify. My new goal for the week - use all of the salad I put in jars by replacing cooked veggie side dish with a fresh salad. Baby steps for us at our house. We may end up eating healthier yet.
I will actually be doing a give away on this blog either later this week or next week, so stay tuned.