Saturday, November 20, 2010

Food Revolution Friday: Recipe Round Up

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who sent me beautiful words of condolences after Roger passed away. This week has been hard; but I know that he would never want me to sit around moping.

"You know I kid lots. My philosophy has always been centered on that. There's never anything that can be taken too seriously. I mean, really. We're just lumps of stuff with issues. And there's always someone who's really having a worse time of it than you are, so what's the use in complaining?" (~Roger, via Facebook)

Ah, so true.

This weekend I'm back in my kitchen-baking and cooking are like therapy to me, and I think Roger would've liked that. Last week I guest posted these amazing cinnamon buns over at Work It, Mom!, which are from an old time family recipe.

Cinnamon Buns!

The great thing about this recipe is you can make sticky, indulgent cinnamon buns, or a really great dinner roll!

Mom's sweet rolls

They are a bit time consuming, but totally worth it. Over at Everything Mom last week, I posted a really great curried potato chick pea patty recipe that you might want to check out as well. They are delicious hot, cold, in lunchboxes, and so inexpensive to make! We loved them.

Chickpea Curry Potato Cakes

And, an update on the pop that suddenly appeared in the vending machines at my son's school! It's just as suddenly disappeared, which I admit, made me a very happy Mom. A reader commented that the diet pop for diabetics is akin to the juice for my lactose intolerant son. I do understand, maybe more than you know, about being diabetic (my husband has type 2).

However, here's the thing; I provide Kevin with the juice I'd rather he drink, even though juice is available at school. Why? Well, they are 398 ml cans of juice, which have almost 40 grams of sugar. It's too much. Instead I send unsweetened, 100% juice that is in a 250 ml serving and he has water. The juice is okay in a desperate situation, but otherwise he doesn't even drink it. The pop, in my opinion, may be great for diabetics but for the rest of the school community, I don't think it's healthy and it encourages the kids who would otherwise walk to the store to get a can of pop to buy one at school instead.

Making kids walk to get pop actually deters consumption-most tell me that they won't walk to the store if it's raining or cold, and if they do walk, they then get some exercise they wouldn't have otherwise!

My personal view of kid's lunches is that while I hope the school provides reasonably healthy foods, I don't count on it. If I want Kevin to have a healthy lunch, it's up to me to provide it-lactose free products and all.

Have a great weekend!

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