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What I Ate Wednesday Was What He Cooked!

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I had a great day today! The kids had off school for Yom Kippur and we took full advantage.

Once I got back from the gym I had some leftover salmon and rice.  I almost forgot it was Wednesday so I didn’t snap a photo. I do, however, have this fun shot of the dinner the leftovers came from.

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I defrosted and marinated salmon and made some fried rice. The family loved it and I had just enough leftover for a meal.

After breakfast my friend picked us up and we headed to Climbzone.


We had a blast! Evan was a little young to climb but they had bouncy slides and such to keep him busy.  We had a blast! We then headed to Chick-fil-A for lunch.

Again, I forgot to take a picture! But I had my usual, a cobb salad with grilled nuggets and a few nibbles of the kids’ nuggets and fries.

Once we got home the kids amused themselves while I got some work done and I snacked on a Kashi Bar — these things are a new family favorite of ours.

Before dinner Ryan and I hit the grocery store for some supplies and we nibbled on these pretzels while putting away the groceries.


Once everything was put away we started dinner. I’m trying to restart our tradition of him being responsible once a week. We took a break from it mostly because I didn’t have the energy to keep it up. Sometimes it’s exhausting just being a parent, isn’t it?

I’ve decided it was time to bite the bullet because how does a kid learn to cook if no one teaches him? Or at the very least, how will he learn to appreciate the work it takes to feed a family?

So I asked him yesterday what he wanted to make. His response was a lot of whining and groaning with no excitement. That’s when it hit me to ask what his favorite lunch is at school.

The way I see it, I have to get him excited to cook things he WANTS to cook. So taco salad it was, and he did an amazing job!


We got his brother involved, too!


It was really a perfect meal to have him make. All we did was brown some ground beef with onion and spices and served it over lettuce with salsa, avocado, peppers, cheese and baked corn tortilla chips on the side.

Everyone loved it!

After dinner we all cleaned up, I cut the boys hair and now we’re watching Survivor and nibbling on some toasted coconut chips.

Great day, right? I mean, there were a few pull-my-hair-out parenting moments but you’ll have those.

Oh! and an update on the ads and my layout here on the site. First, thank you to everyone who let me know about the ads and sent screenshots. It was a great help! Over the next few days you’ll see my site return to its original layout and all the weight-loss related ads should be disappearing. I removed my secondary network because it didn’t allow me to block categories.

Ok, got to go. Tribal council. :)

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    September 24, 2015

    Oh my gosh, I’m so proud of your kids! Seeing them in the kitchen working together is so awesome. I love your strategy of asking Ryan what his favorite school lunch is and then going with that for dinner. So smart! We watched Survivor tonight, too. My 19 yo (almost 20!) has been watching it since he was a little kid and one of his goals in life is to be on that show.

    Sherri D

    September 24, 2015

    Good for you to have the young man learn how to fix things! My 30-something son can’t hardly boil water and thinks pizza and Subway are two food groups he can eat from most every day. :(
    I am working with my 14 year old to be able to make healthy choices and to be able to cook for himself too. I hope that makes him more self sufficient in his adult years.
    btw, not one single food/diet/saggy skin ad was on this posting! Maybe yesterday’s posting was the last hurrah for those ads!


    September 24, 2015

    If you ever see the Kashi Berry Lemonade granola bars – get them! They taste like Fruit Loops! :)


    September 24, 2015

    How cool that the kids had no school on Yom Kippur! I celebrate and throughout elementary and High School never had that day off. The dinner sounds delicious! I imagine when your boys are older they’ll be inviting you for home-cooked meals at their place. How awesome is that!


    September 24, 2015

    How great that the kids had no school on Yom Kippur! I celebrate and throughout elementary and High School never had that day off. The dinner sounds delicious! I imagine when your boys are older they’ll be inviting you for home-cooked meals at their place. How awesome is that!


    September 24, 2015

    What a cool place to climb! I wish we had one around here…

    Sheri J

    September 24, 2015

    So, will Ryan post his meal on greenlitebites?


      September 28, 2015

      Yes! I will be sharing more details there soon. We just need to find out groove. :)

    Arden Spark

    September 25, 2015

    I’ve been reading for a bit now but don’t think I’ve posted. I love your blog and I’m really happy that you’re reverting back to your old format. It’s really hard to slog through the ads as it is now. I know it’s a way to generate revenue but your blog brought me to buy your book. Your blog has also made taking my supplements a habit so thank you! And thanks for listening to your outspoken (not me) readers! Keep it up…there are readers out there that you don’t even know about!!


      September 28, 2015

      Thanks! The site should be back to normal now. :) I like it better this way too!