Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 2 & 3 Convenience

Starting the GAPS diet at stage 1 means a lot of kitchen time. It's best to not use the microwave as it damages the nutritional value of foods, pots and pans stack up quickly. The kitchen is a mess and our of clean dishes. Paper plates makes the first few weeks a huge time saver. I still hand wash the pots and pans right away but now I don't have the run the dishwasher 3 times a day.

Some other conveniences are having grass fed hamburgers frozen. They are easy to pull out for a quick snack or easy breakfast. Chicken parts preferably with skin and bones on and pre chopped vegetables.

I am not much of a breakfast person and don't want to make much in the morning so I try to keep it simple.

Today we started with putting broth in a skillet just enough to cover the bottom of the pan and placed the hamburger patties in. I added some chopped cauliflower on top and put the lid on. I additionally heated 2 cups of broth so everyone could have 1/2 cup each with their meal.
 I often will pull out a few peices of frozen chicken place it in a pot of water and make a quick pot of soup.  It is easy to reheat for snack and easy to throw in extra vegetables. 

A few tips:

*Make soup each morning.  It is an easy way to have the broth and the vegetables can be pulled out to eat easily.  That way my kids can decide on soup or just the meat and vegetables with broth on the side.
*Have frozen meats in small portions easy to grab.  One child might be hungry and no one else is.  I can grab one hamburger or chicken piece and heat with broth and chopped vegetables.
*Make broth from the bones.  After you either cook or boil the whole chicken, remove the meat and boil the bones.  This can be done 2 or 3 times.  Clean off the remaining soft meat parts for soups. 

*Pre chop vegatables for the day.  Having the vegetables ready to grab, it is much easier to throw in with water and meat or already made broth. 

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