Thursday, February 21, 2013

Diaper Free Cesilee Update- EC at 13 months

Sheesh its been too long since I updated. I apologize, parenting two kids can make you behind on everything. Well Cesilee is now almost 14 months. She is in that wannabe independent stage where she must try things on her own or she freaks out. Its been fun. Due to her mobility and independence her pottying has some challenges. We are both frustrated. Now dont get me wrong, we take a laid back take it as it comes approach and are careful to not put any pressure on EC. I am just trying to figure out how to help her go in the best place possible. She is resisting sitting on her potty half the time and seems to prefer standing on laying flat on her stomach while she goes. I understand sitting is not the most instinctual way to eliminate but I wonder how I can effectively catch without her sitting on it? I think that because she is learning walking and other major things right now she is less focused on communicating her needs. Also I will admit that I got too laid back and wasn't noticing her signs. I am going to be better about it. Its hard to try to take her to the big potty and she seems to not like that she has nowhere to rest her feet. Despite these challenges I still prefer having a diaper free baby and she prefers that as well. Maybe I should actually read a book on natural infant hygiene to get some tips on how to move froward from here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Gluten-Free Vegan Meal Plan/Shopping List

 I decided that I would start meal planning again in order to save money and so that Chris doesn't have to venture out to the store every day after work. We are vegan and gluten free. Well my hubs is vegan when at home but does eat cows milk products and eggs out of the home. And I am gluten free because it makes me sick, so the kids and the hubs do eat gluten on occasion. Confused yet? I like to post pictures of our meals on my Instagram (MandeeTheGreat) and occasionally I get a comment from a friend or stranger about how "unhealthy" our meals are. Here is the thing...we don't eat vegan for the "Health Benefits." We eat vegan because of  the we don't believe in animals being murdered and tortured reasons. So yes, some of our choices are not the healthiest options..but they taste great and are convenient  We need convenient because with two toddlers life can be chaotic. And I would rather spend my time playing with the kids than preparing all my meals from scratch for hours and hours!
This is a week of our meals for 2 adults, a 3 1/2 year old and a 1 year old. We practice baby self feeding so our 1 year old Cesilee eats whatever we eat at dinner. Our son Ceaghan can be picky sometimes about eating certain textures. I included my shopping list so you could get some gluten free vegan ideas. Gluten free vegan doesnt have to mean taste free or boring!

Meal Plan:

Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers w potato wedges
Maitake Fettucchine in Cream Sauce
White Pasta with Asparagus 
Hotdog Chili Tots
Chik'n Fajitas
Thai Tofu Packet w/Brown Rice

High Omega Ranch Quinoa Burger/baco Salad
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Quinoa Burger Wrap or Quesadilla
Peanut butter banana dog bites
Deconstructed Corn Dogs

Fruit & Yogurt
Waffles/Toast Sticks with Berries
Trail/nut mix
Fresh Fruit

Chocolate Banana "Ice Cream"
Raw chocolate coconut macaroons

Shopping List:

6 large garlic cloves
2 jalapeno
1 red onion
4 carrots
fresh parsley
1 ginger
8 bell peppers
3 onions
1.5 cups sliced mushrooms
6-8 Pitted Dates
10 ounces maitake mushrooms (Hen of the Woods)
2 leeks
fresh thyme
Salad greens
(4) Bananas

Meat Alternatives: 
4 14 oz. packet extra firm tofu
1 package (about 350g) firm silken tofu, drained
Chik'n Strips
(2) Veggie dogs

GF Tortillas
GF breadcrumbs
1 box (16oz) of GF Shell Pasta
16 ounces, brown rice fettuccine style pasta
GF Chibatta Rolls
Bread (GF and Reg)

Coconut Milk
Sour Cream
Earth Balance vegan margarine
Galaxy foods Mexican "cheese"
Mozarella Daiya

Fajita Seasoning
fish sauce
rice vinegar
Sesame oil
Coconut Oil
Olive oil
Vegtable broth

Amy's Chili
1 can full fat coconut milk

1 cup dry/uncooked chickpeas
4 bags of quick cook rice
3 tbsp sunflower seeds + 1 tbsp pepita seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons superfine brown rice flour

1 Cup Shredded Coconut
1 heaping Tbsp  Raw Cacao Powder
Parchment Paper

Frozen Berries
Potato Wedges
Tater Tots
Waffles/French Toast sticks gf/v
Qrunch Burgers

Trail/nut mix
Glutino breakfast bars

Items already here:
High Omega Vegan Ranch
BBQ sauce
Powdered Peanut Butter
Sea Salt
Chia Seeds
Cacao Nibs