Mark and the kids have taken to saying “There is nothing in this house to eat!” But that’s not completely the truth.
The truth is that there is plenty of food but very little of it is prepared. Like much of America we have typically eaten a Standard American Diet or SAD. We’ve always been a bit smug about how we ate better than others but really, that wasn’t the case. There were more fruits and veggies in our house and our meals, but still a lot of processed stuff.
And since I went vegan we’ve been moving in the right direction though we’re not quite there yet. But I’ve learned to stop pushing, at least verbally. For the most part I’ve stopped telling the kids and Mark that they must not eat something or that they must eat something else. Slowly I’m seeing some changes. Like the fact that Mark gave up his 4+ diet sodas a day habit cold turkey. Or the fact that the kids are making healthier choices. Most of the time.
But the truth is that when you give up pre-made food you must prepare it yourself, and that’s not always the easiest thing for a person with an auto-immune disorder. Lately my pain and swelling is very under control but the fatigue has been a little rough. So at the end of the day when people want to eat but there’s nothing prepared and mom is too tired to do it then, yes, it does feel like there’s no food in the house.
I’m trying to show them that there is food here and that it’s not that hard to prepare. Without coming out and shouting “There is food!! You just have to MAKE it!” Well, without shouting it too many times.
So when I wanted a snack and there were nothing prepared I figured I ought to make something. (If you follow me on facebook you know that I have had a reaction to citrus recently so even though the oranges were calling my name I abstained.)
This is super easy, gluten free, and vegan. It takes about 5 minutes and satisfies both my sweet & salty cravings.
Peanutty Maple Popcorn
8-10 cups air popped popcorn
2-3 heaping tablespoons natural peanut butter
2-3 flat tablespoons maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons salt
Put the popcorn in a large bowl with lots of room. Melt the peanut butter and maple syrup together until it is warm enough that you are able to comfortably glop it in the bowl. Mine never got thin. Using a spatula to stir the popcorn put spoonfuls of the peanut butter mix onto the popcorn, stirring well. About halfway through add the salt. Then add the rest of the peanut butter mix, stirring well. You will not coat every piece but you’re going for most pieces to have some of the mix. Serve right away.
This one is being entered into Fit and Fabulous Fridays at Amee’s Savory Dish!
If you formerly ate a SAD did things go smoothly on your transition to a less processed diet? What things do you make quickly that are easy and tasty while still healthy?