I told my mom that I took on the Unprocessed October challenge, and she asked if that meant I was eating all raw foods for a month. No, it means I’m not eating foods that were processed by a manufacturer, a processing plant, or a restaurant. I can still eat cooked foods, but it has to be cooked by a person, not a company.
So, here’s day 2’s menu:
Breakfast: breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, homemade salsa, and mozzarella cheese (rule #2 applies to the tortillas here. After the store bought tortillas are gone, I plan to try to make tortillas for the first time. I wish I had one of those cute tortilla presses.)
Lunch: leftover minestrone soup and I added green beans
Snack: plain non-fat yogurt with homemade cherry plum jam
Dinner: Crock pot risotto with sweet potatoes, veggie sausage, and zucchini. (If you’ve never tried risotto in the crock pot, I highly recommend it- you don’t have to stir it over a hot stove. Just put it in and you only have to stir it once in the 1 1/2 that it cooks.)
Unprocessed October Rules (mostly from Eating Rules):
- “Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.” -e.r.
- If it’s processed, and already in the house (and could spoil), it can be included in the meals, so that I’m not being wasteful.
- “If you pick up something with a label (and if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably not processed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen, it’s processed.” -e.r.
- “Need an exception? Sure, no problem. Just make sure it’s a deliberate choice, not just because of a habit.” -e.r.