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I LOVE brunch!  I love it so much that when my husband and I got married, we had a morning wedding so we could serve brunch for our meal at an afternoon reception.  Yeah, yeah, there were other contributing factors, but it does not diminish my love of brunch!  I think it’s the flexibility of it that I like.

This Sunday we invited a couple over.  It was my friend’s birthday a few weeks ago and I didn’t get to see her so this is her celebration brunch.  I had a tough time coming up with something to make though.  She doesn’t like eggs. Or tomatoes.  So, eggs cooked in tomato cups was off the menu – but just as an fyi, they are delish.  I needed to come up with something easy and not too heavy since I baked her a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake for dessert – and it is rich!  Stuffed French Toast was a serious contender, since that’s one of her favorites, but the meal had to be uber easy since mornings can be pretty crazy around here at the best of times, let alone when we have to prepare for company too.

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Mmmm …yum!  So yummy, in fact, that I started eating before I snapped a picture!

What a great way to start Sunday – a pancake breakfast and I didn’t have to cook!  I made up the recipe, inspired by a couple recipes from Food Magazine’s recent ‘50 Pancakes & Waffles‘ insert, as my husband frantically searched for ingredients and threw it all together.  Does it get any better?  He even made a delish fruit smoothie that my son gobbled up so quickly that he got brain freeze!  Poor kid, he had no idea what hit him!

Banana Oat & Bran Pancakes

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I got this recipe from the March/April issue of Clean Eating.  It is so easy to prepare!  Since I decided to prepare them at the last minute, there was no time for me to go to the grocery store so as per my usual lately, I had to make some substitutions, which I’ve noted below, and I did let my husband check to see if they were done while I was feeding my daughter.  The problem with this is that his version of done is quite different from mine – so they were a little over cooked.

I served it with simple roasted potatoes, green beans, broccoli and grilled red pepper.

The picture below is what it was supposed to look like – the picture from the magazine.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cups whole-wheat panko
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 flank steak about a pound, trimmed of visible fat
  • 3 oz spinach leaves
  • kitchen string

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It has been rainy for days and I decided we needed a little colour! I got this idea from the Jujubee Preschool blog.  Anyway, you just add a little food colouring to a little bit of milk, paint it on the bread and grill it or pop it in the toaster.  I’m sure it would look very cool on white bread!

Now, the grilled cheese sandwich may not have added anything to his Rainbow for the day but the yummy vegetable soup he had with it did!  My son loved it, my husband, on the other hand, was not so sure.

So, in my goal of getting my family to engage in a healthier lifestyle I have begun to implement a few strategies in addition to using the Today I Ate A Rainbow nutritional chart.

I actually take the kids grocery shopping!  Seriously.  And 98% of the time, it actually goes well!  My daughter still hasn’t got much choice in the matter but she still does me a huge service just by sitting in her bucket and quietly chatting to herself.  My son on the other hand, well, he HAS a choice.  We went through a phase where I had to stop taking him, it was just far too frustrating for everyone concerned.

That all changed when I began to include him in the shopping.  I let him walk beside the cart now, or he even, sometimes, gets to step on the lower rack of the cart and ride on it.  I let him pick out our usual fruits & veggies and put them ‘carefully’ in the cart.

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So, after a tiny glitch the site is up and running.  To learn more about the “Today I Ate A Rainbow” nutritional charts, check out http://christine.tiaar.ca.  Thanks for your patience!

So, today is my ‘launch’ of Today I Ate A Rainbow as the Momstown Monthly Contest and I had planned on spending this past weekend in hardcore planning mode. Funnily enough, life had other plans for me! I came down with a case of Strep Throat that knocked me off my feet for the whole weekend! What does this mean for you? Well, it means that you have been redirected here to get information on the fun and interactive Today I Ate A Rainbow nutritional charts instead of to my information page (which should be up and running by late tomorrow). So check out the ‘About TIAAR’ link for more details on this great tool for the whole family and by Wednesday you’ll have access to the proper site. Thanks so much for your patience! Go ahead, check out the About TIAAR link!

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A mom. A wife. A sister. A friend. An Aunt. A chauffeur. A referee. As any mom out there knows, you become what you need to be. The trick is to not lose yourself in the process. Today, we choose to lead our families back to a healthier state. Physically. Mentally. Together.
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