We spend a lot of time sourcing the ingredients that go into our food. We try to buy organic and local if we can get it. We’ll grow it ourselves if we can find the time, even. We also source our meats – while we don’t eat meat at every meal, when we do eat it, so I make sure it’s the best quality I can afford. It’s important to me that the animals are humanely treated and they don’t use antibiotics or growth hormones. In an effort to streamline my shopping chores and meal planning, we signed up for a meat CSA. Each month we’ll receive a variety of farm-raised meats from a reputable, organic, family farm. It also feels good to support a family farm.
We just received our first CSA delivery that included a 2 pound boneless chuck roast. This can be a tough and dry hunk of meat if not treated right so I immediately thought of beef stew. My mom loves beef stew. We had it a lot growing up, but as a kid there were things I always never ate that were sometimes in her stew – lima beans, celery, or other weird green bits. Since my kids are still warming up to the idea of stews, it’s important that I only include ingredients they really like – carrots, potatoes, meat, and that the meat is super tender. As extra insurance, I had my son help me in the kitchen, because if he makes the food, I find he is more inclined to eat it.
This is a good tip when getting kids used to eating new kinds of foods – start off plain as possible. Leave out the extra spices that don’t need to be in there, cut back on the garlic and leave out any extra ingredients they will say no to. There will always be time to get more adventurous later, but for now, keep it simple as they warm up to it.
The result was they liked it! Two thumbs up and two happy full kids. Yay!
This meal is also great if you need to freeze some for a quick meal down the road. I put one helping of this away in the freezer for an upcoming week-long field trip my daughter will be taking. More on that later… I’m writing all about what to do when your allergic kid goes off to camp. (I’m so freaked out about it, but it’s happening.) We are providing all her food for a week. This meal will be one of her dinners at camp.
Until next time, xo, Lisa