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All In The Family…W[We]AW

Hey Friends!

I thought this week that I would not only share my own eats but also my parents just because I’m that kind of daughter who asks her parents to stop before they dig into their food to take a picture of it first…

Or instagram…

Or blog…

The wise words of my father

BUT

He thoughtfully followed my request and even went one step further and tried to make them look pretty and put togetherexcept the breakfast and well…the blurriness, but please excuse his photography skills as he works shift work and no one should be up at 4am in the morning. You understand.

Also, much to my amazement, my Mom even remembered to take a picture of all but one of her food items of the day. The one she missed I was prepared for because I happened to make it for her and so I snapped it. 😉

#WhenYourDaughterKnowsYouThatWell.

So lets get to it. This was done last Thursday as I not only wanted to give you a rest day for myself, but also a day where all three of us were working! I hope you enjoy.

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I was going to say thanks to Jen for hosting but again this week I’m not really sure where the link-up is :-O.

Oh wait, found it…

Thanks Laura!

Phew that was a close call! I actually snapped this week!

Dad Breaky

Again sorry for the blur. Dad crawls out of bed at just before 4am and noms on some plain toast, egg whites, fruit (probably with greek yogurt) and his orange pekoe tea with some 2% milk

I have a lot people asking if my parents eat like I do and the answer is no. My Dad says that no one eats like me because I’m an extremist LOL! Overexaggeration much.

Mom's breaky eaten around 9:30am. Loads of Raisins (Loblaws brand of Raisin Bran. My Mom insists it has more raisins then the brand name) + All Bran + tbsp of flax meal + frozen strawberries and 2% milk

Mom’s breaky eaten around 9:30am. Loads of Raisins (Loblaws brand of Raisin Bran. My Mom insists it has more raisins then the brand name) + All Bran + tbsp of flax meal + frozen strawberries and 2% milk

But for serious, no. I’m very particular when it comes to my food and I like to eat pretty much everything (very few exceptions) completely from scratch. It’s just what I like (yes I do actually love and crave whole foods, crazy eh?). They opt to eat out more and keep things mostly simple (where I would find that boring) when they are cooking for themselves. For this summer though, I have been home so I have literally cooked 90% of their dinners for them and some of their lunches when I’m around during the day. Therefore, veggies have appeared on their plates much more then their bellies are used to.

Chelsea breaky

My breaky of zoats eaten around 7:45am. Because it was a rest day, my fats go up and my carbs go down a bit. It’s just how I do things. So some of the typical add-ins such as peanut flour, zucchini, chia seeds and egg whites are still there, but my fruit (banana normally gets swapped for berries but I was really feeling nanner so I beat ED down and had a small piece of that) and fat choices (coconut oil rather then nut butter) change and I add a protein icing (Diesel whey in salted caramel + US cashew milk) like I do with my post-workout zoat bowls. Finally, my new addiction is cracking pink Himalayan sea salt all over the top. OMG so good and I’m normally not a salt person at all!

Sometimes I feel like their parents when a conversation like this happens…

Chelsea has to work…

Me: What are you planning on having for dinner?

Pizza…

Me: Sigh. What veggies are you having -> remember it was my goal to have them have a veggie on their plate for every dinner this summer!

We are having a veggie pizza…

Me: A mushroom and tomato doesn’t count as a serving of vegetables!

You’re not supposed to have vegetables with your pizza. Pizza is meant to be eaten so that you don’t have to cook!

Me: I prepped you a salad. Eat the damn salad.

Dad obeys bitterly, Mom doesn’t so she gets the long green finger (Grinch anyone?) and the evil eye from her orange green thumb child.

Story of my life.

Dad's 'lunch' happens on his first break around 9:30. He normally has a packed lunch that is often leftovers or something I put together but I happened to be in whole foods the day before and made him a special box of goodies. Potato wedges, Moroccan chicken (which I snuck a bite or 5 of and was delish) and some veggies. + Red delicious apple. Do you notice how he made the photo all pretty even at work? No shame. Dawww.

Dad’s ‘lunch’ happens on his first break around 9:30am. He normally has a packed lunch that is often leftovers or something I put together but I happened to be in whole foods the day before and made him a special box of goodies. Potato wedges, Moroccan chicken (which I snuck a bite or 5 of and was delish) and some veggies. + Red delicious apple. Do you notice how he made the photo all pretty even at work? No shame. Dawww.

Other readers ask how I eat the way I do at home. They often tell me that their parents cook things that they don’t really want to eat and don’t really know what to do about it.

In my mind it’s quite simple. Cook your own food.

My lunch eaten around 12:30 before I had to head into work. Salad + pizza omlete that contained all the grilled veggies, grilled squash, lobster (spoiled yes ;-)) and dat runny yolk! Seasoned with Mrs. Dash chipotle seasoning and chili flakes.

My lunch eaten around 12:30 before I had to head into work. Salad + ‘pizza’ omelet that contained all the grilled veggies, grilled squash, lobster (spoiled yes ;-)), sprouts, spinach, avocado and dat runny yolk! Seasoned with Mrs. Dash chipotle seasoning and chili flakes.

I then get one of two replies back.

1. My parents get mad if I cook something else.

2. My parents get offended if I don’t eat their food.

For one, you are an adult and I feel as if your parents should be perfectly content with you making your own food. The only reason why they should get angry is if you refuse their food and want them to go out of their way to cook you something else.

If you offer to cook your own meals, there shouldn’t be a problem in my opinion.

My Mom's lunch that I made for her as I ran out the door for work. Eaten around 1:30pm. I made her a toasted lil wrap with chicken, lettuce, spinach, yum yum pickles, sprouts and mustard. Side of a donut peach that she had never tried before.

My Mom’s lunch that I made for her as I ran out the door for work. Eaten around 1:30pm. I made her a toasted lil wrap with chicken, lettuce, spinach, yum yum pickles, sprouts and mustard. Side of a donut peach that she had never tried before.

The second one is a bit trickier, however, should still be completely manageable. You need to sit down with them and have a discussion as to why you want to have your own food rather then what the family is eating. Explain to them that it’s not that you don’t like their cooking, but instead, frame it in a way that you have goals you want to obtain so you have different needs OR you could frame it in a way that you want to learn to cook for yourself, as once again, you’re an adult and being able to cook is a life skill that needs to be learned.

Don’t over think it. Who knows, they might not even bat an eye if you choose to start cooking. Even better, offer to cook the family dinner one time instead and share your new skills and foods with them.

Dad's second break snackie which I believe is early afternoon (he works 10 hour shifts). Another piece of fruit (nectarine in this case) and a bought muffin. Normally he has melba toast with cheese but we didn't have any of his toasties. Damnit who did groceries this week...oh wait that's me... Also take note how he is showing you how much water he drinks!

Dad’s second break snackie which I believe is early afternoon (he works 10 hour shifts). Another piece of fruit (apple in this case, but nectarines/peaches are common) and a cranberry muffin he bought. Normally he has melba toast with cheese but we didn’t have any of his toasties. Damnit who did groceries this week?…oh wait that’s me…
Also take note how he is showing you how much water he drinks!

I never get why some feel the need to eat food they don’t want just because that is what everyone else is eating. Maybe I’m just annoying that way, but I have no qualms about making and/or bringing my own food because I need to ensure I meet my nutritional needs.

Your parents, housemates, boyfriends, whoever wants pizza…

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Dad and his blurry pictures again. You guessed it, pizza night with their ‘veggie’ pizza. Mom had 3 pieces with no veggies (shame on you Mom!) and Dad had his salad that I forced him to eat with shaker cheese along with his zzzaaa.

…doesn’t automatically mean that you have to then eat pizza if you don’t want to. Take that opportunity to make whatever your are craving.

My Dinner at work. Grilled acorn squash and arctic char with my homemade pesto. Side of salad in an insert made at work (because who preps a salad when they work in a kitchen?) and a lil throw together dressing.

My dinner at work. Grilled acorn squash and arctic char with my homemade pesto. Side of salad in an insert made at work (because who preps a salad when they work in a kitchen?) and a lil throw together dressing.

So yeah. My parents and I don’t eat alike at all. In fact, these pictures may look like we are polar opposites, but despite our differences, there are no fights and such over food and what people are having because we eat what we all like and that should be all that really matters right?

To conclude, here’s the photos that didn’t make the commentary. Ie snackage.

Not snackage. I have gotten my Mom into the ACV shot habit firs thing in the morning (despite her still gaggin on it). She says that it has really helped her sinuses clear up more which then leads to less pressure on her migraine-prone head! Win for vinegar :-D

Not snackage. I have gotten my Mom into the ACV shot habit firs thing in the morning (despite her still gaggin on it). She says that it has really helped her sinuses clear up more which then leads to less pressure on her migraine-prone head! Win for vinegar 😀

The daily Tim's run. Yes I still have to have it even on work days.

The daily Tim’s run. Yes I still have to have it even on work days.

My nightly pudding + Questie. You have seen enough of those eh? If you must know, Questbar flavour of the evening was peanut butter supreme…toasted. Mental image of hot, nutty goodness with a slight toasty exterior is implanted into your minds…

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The before dinner drinks. My Dad’s beer and my Mom has her cooler drink things.

With their drinks, when I’m at home I usually start my dinner (aka eat my salad) during their drink time. No, I don’t drink, but I can still enjoy their company. See you can be around alcohol and not feel the need to have it (once again, this is if you don’t want it but feel bad about being the one not drinking). No feelings are hurt in the process and no judgements are made.

My Mom's before dinner drink of choice

My Mom’s before dinner drink of choice

My unpictured fish oils and random chicken I chomped on at work between rushes

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Mom showing you that she drinks her water too!

So that’s that. Eat what you want and don’t be so concerned about how others will feel about you eating differently. Most often they are simply curious as to what’s in your bowl/container/plate.

So that was a full day of eating for the whole workin famjam. I hope you enjoyed this style of post and commentary and have a great humpday my friends!

Do you eat similar things to those who live with you?

-Chelsea

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Cooking For Parents Round Up #2

Hey Friends!

I never managed to get this one up for Recipe Friday due to…ya know…Christmas-y things and all but here were last weeks meals. You will notice the change in ‘quality’ per say, or maybe thought or effort would be a better word for it, as we were busy and also out a lot more so you will see what my parents eat vs myself when we go out to malls and such.

Saturday December 20

My Dad requested a stirfry as we were out and about buying last minute things so a stirfry it was.

Mom's Dish

Mom’s Dish

 I cheated and bought a store bought teriyaki sauce because we were rushed. Personally, I don’t use store bought sauces because even the low sodium is still loaded with the stuff PLUS they also have a list of 1000 ingredients, where many are sugars and weird chemicals. That being said, I’m not trying to kill my parents by using it.  They would have done the exact same thing as they ain’t about making their own stirfry sauce.

IMG_6923I got my Mom some shrimp as she loves the lil guys and it’s another thing she rarely has at home, while my Dad had some leftover chicken. The whole veggie-licious saute was thrown on top of Uncle Ben’s 20 minute rice and topped with sprouts for the presentation…not that it was anything professional there. 😛

My Mom is kinda weird (well my Dad and I think so) and has a deconstructed stirfry. She likes to keep her rice separate so she can add more sodium soy sauce on it. To each her own I suppose. She is also pickier about here veggies which is why hers looks a wee bit sparse there. She doesn’t do broccoli (upsets her tummy like me), onions or peppers. Soo I gave her more carrots and snow peas PLUS I added some cauliflower to hers to compensate.

Benefits of stirfries:

  • Healthy. Depending on your sauce I suppose (try this one for a homemade, whole food teriyaki sauce). Otherwise, most stirfries are full of vegetables, colours and leaner proteins. Add some nuts (cashews and peanuts are the best!) for some healthy fats and crunch if you’re feelin fancy.
  • Customizable. Once again, you can throw in your favourites and make a meal that you know you will enjoy.
  • Fast.
  • Handy for clearing out produce and left over proteins.

Sunday December 21

This was the day we went to my Grandparents house for brunch, which was a tad bit late at roughly 2:30pm that afternoon. Although I didn’t snap pictures of my parents plates…my family might have mocked me and, to be completely honest, I was ready to eat my arm at that point so I was just interested in inhaling my own food….I did take a quicksie of my own lunch.

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4 egg white omelette stuffed with leftover baked rainbow trout and sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, kale, onions and garlic. Seasoned with more garlic powder, Mrs. Dash tomato basil, pepper and chili flakes.

Yes, I brought my food to my grandparents house. Yes my family is used to this. For me, I don’t know what they are serving and I’m always doubtful that I will be able to find enough to eat due to my allergies so it’s best to be safe then not eat. This omelette was enjoyed with some steamed peas and a salad with balsamic vinegar that my Auntie Candy brought.

That night for dinner, my parents felt that it was too late to really cook anything so they stopped into Subway for their dinner. My Mom always gets a wrap with honey mustard, chicken breast, bacon and lettuce. Yes, so doesn’t go crazy with toppings (did I mention she’s weird in comparison to me? 😛 Love you Mom). My Dad got a foot long of something that I don’t remember. Chicken of some kind I believe.

Monday December 22

This was my date night with my Nana and Papa at Swiss Chalet, so my parents had to fend for themselves this night. This date is a yearly tradition and I look forward to it every year because it’s our special night.

Tuesday December 23

IMG_6954You can’t win them all. See, I don’t control everything my parents eat. This night I was told that Dad was taking care of dinner and this is what he showed up with. Guess someone had a craving.

“I love your homemade pizza bun, but sometimes I really want a dirty pizza…”

In other news, my ostrich steak was awesome.

IMG_6956My Dad liked it, but my Mom was a lil less impressed. She’s more sensitive to gaminess…whatever that means.

Wednesday December 24

I wanted to make them something special for Christmas Eve and, surprisingly, despite it being all top quality a la Keg …Ha I can tell myself that…it didn’t take that long to prepare at all. This is a prime example of letting real, amazing ingredients speak for themselves.

IMG_6961My Dad had a filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms, roasted peppers and onions and an foil wrapped, oven roasted potato (it was massive! If I had my way it would have been smaller) stuffed with onions. For the steak, I seasoned both sides with pepper and garlic powder and gave it a nice sear on both sides in some coconut oil before baking it at 350 to finish it off to the medium doneness that my Dad likes. He left the table feeling quite content.

My Mom got her own prize of something I had promised her sometime over the break.

IMG_6965Lobster. Drool. I topped my swordfish with a piece or two so I got a lil taste. ;-). She also had a potato (which she only could eat half) but no onions for her, just butter…and more butter post picture…and those sauteed mushrooms. She also got roasted asparagus.

I was happy I could give them something fancier for the holiday evening and they quite enjoyed it.

Thursday December 25

Christmas day! You will have to wait until WIAW for this one. 😀

Friday December 26

Leftovers. Doesn’t everyone do that on Boxing Day? I has myself something different (fish of course) as I cannot do turkey multiple days in a row or it upsets my tummy, but my parents had Christmas dinner take 2

Saturday December 27

 Shoppin time! We headed to the Eaton Centre to get our shop on that day and so dinner was in the food court. One thing I love about that mall is always getting my massive gourmet #SaladBeast at Fast and Fresh.

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Customized salad. House blend, roasted portabello mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, beets, celery, peppers, grilled chicken breast, cucumber and 1/2 a scoop of their house made balsamic vinaigrette.dressing.

I’m pretty sure there was an entire massive portabello cap in my one salad. They were so big that I had to stop and pull some of them apart to eat them. So good and so worth the 13 dollars…although my Dad may not think so. 😉

Sunday December 28

Sorry no picture, but more leftovers concoction style. The recipe is basically the same as the one I linked except my parents use regular soy sauce (as opposed to the soy free, coconut seasoning I use), no sprouts and no spinach.

Well that was our week. Although there weren’t as many recipes as the last one, I wanted to show you how my parents and I ate when things get a lil busier or we are out. I hope it still is useful for ya!

What do you eat when you are in a mall?

What was the last thing you craved?

 -Chelsea