People often assume when viewing my blog or IG posts that I cook and eat separate meals from the rest of my family. Not so! However, we don’t eat exactly the same meal either. Confused? We actually eat similar meals with variations. Let me explain…

Take the Sausage & White Bean Ragout I made November 20th for example (see IG post). I’ve made this recipe a bunch of times. I like it for it’s simplicity and heartiness. You can use any sausage type you prefer. If I have some sweet italian pork sausage from a recent meat delivery from Walden Local Meat, I use that. If I don’t, I purchase sweet italian chicken sausage from Whole Foods. When I serve this recipe I eat it on it’s own like a chili or stew. My family likes to add some brown rice. Due to the beans having a high carb content on their own (20 grams in my 10oz serving), I exclude the rice.

Other good examples are:

Taco salad bowls (see IG posts 9/24, 9/5 and 8/20): I enjoy the meat and salsa mix over shredded cabbage while the rest of the family wraps it up in a tortilla and adds cheese and sour cream.

Thursday night Shrimp & Rao’s (see IG posts 11/1, 10/4 and 6/5): I have enjoyed this over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles or wilted spinach while the girls like it over pasta.

There are many, many ways to modify a meal for everyone without making completely separate meals. I’m all about keeping it simple and not spending hours in the kitchen. Where there’s a will, there’s ALWAYS a way!

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