{10 Days of Real Food Recap}

Just tuning in? I just finished the 10 Days of Real Food Pledge! It went from 9/19-9/28. Check out their website first for all the details like what the 10 day pledge is all about, what you can/can’t eat, and recipe/food ideas. (keep in mind that Lisa and her family are not gluten-free… so some of the recipes need to be converted)


I sailed through the last days of the challenge — on leftovers. Nothing too amazing to report.

Except this mothership of locally raised meats from our friendly farmer, down the road from the in-laws’ house.

Aren’t those chickens huge? This is what they look like when you roast them up…

We slooooow roasted the tomatoes at 250 degrees for over an hour — they were so tasty! Then quick roasted the broccoli at 425 for less than 20 minutes, just tossed with olive oil and salt & pepper, and a shake of Penzey’s Bangkok seasoning.


And I also canned tomatoes — which actually turned into freezing, instead of canning, but I like to call it canning, cool? I made stewed tomatoes from all of our remaining tomatoes, which will be perfect this winter to pull out and use for soups and sauces.

And I used the extras for a batch of bloody mary mix for Oktoberfest last weekend. (or some really tasty V8-like juice)

(minus the vodka… totally real food style) 🙂

Are you Oktoberfesting?

We brought Nephew Nick this year — a first timer… and he was big fun! (and for the record, he is a huge fan of my banana chocolate chip muffins… and so were the rest of our fest friends)

I’m going to keep on keepin’ on. Eating real foods (for the most part anyway — there will be moments of being flexible and having treats), and paying more attention to the sugar intake… as in, it needs to take a hiatus.

It is an absolute eye opener when you realize how much sugar is added to things. Shocking. And not only sugar, but keeping with the “if it’s packaged/boxed, there have to be five ingredients or less” rule, our packaged foods are full of extras. And I’m not talking the stuff we know we shouldn’t eat, I’m talking about things that are put out there as healthier food options: yogurt, deli meats, healthier versions of salad dressings.

Even if you’re not down for the 10 Days of Real Food pledge, just take an extra minute to look at those labels, you might be surprised!

And a shout out to my husband for joining me on the journey. We had some fun in the kitchen, cleaned out the pantry, got creative with leftovers. We’re 10 Days of Real Food champs!

And I will say, that after being more “flexible” over the weekend, with adding in some bread, a handful of pretzels, and of course more alcohol, (I didn’t really drink during the 10 days much) I paid for it this week. My stomach was off. I think it’s still recovering. Our bodies know what is best. I just have to be a better listener. 🙂

I did score a fabulous, real food approved, brunch on Sunday at Fayze’s in La Crosse. It was our go-to place when we were in college. Love me some Fayze’s. But I wasn’t sure how GF-friendly they would be, so I had kind of avoided them the last couple years of the fest. So happy we tried them out this year!

In the red cup? A beermosa: New Grist & OJ. (they also had Redbridge, double points for Fayze’s!)

So there you have it. Another 10 Days of Real Food pledge success story. Did you play along? How did it go for you?

Stop back soon for a Q&A with my Celiac Sista — you know, the one I talk about all the time, super-mom to four boys, real food advocate? Yep, her. She’ll be here to share kiddo friendly foods, packed lunches that little ones actually want to eat, and more!