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Feeding Your Family While on Call

January 11th, 2009 (11:46 pm)

One of the great joys of my life is growing our food. I translate this into meals as I bring it in from the garden. It is ever so handy to have meals already prepared after working all day. When I was doing births I would just call my daughter and have her get, for instance, spaghetti sauce out of the freezer, make noodles and a salad and dinner was done while I was off helping motherbaby in their birth journey.

Even if you don't grow your own food you can get a head start on meals, so your birth practice makes less of an impact on your family. You can take advantage of getting produce at a farmers' market or buy in bulk at farm stands and then turn it into your favorite meals. Also, when you make dinner you can triple the recipe and freeze the extra.

This year as I harvested a basket of vegetables, I would decide what I would spice it with. It almost didn't matter what veggies I brought in--just a wide variety. Then I made a soup with Mexican spice, then one with Italian, then a Thai soup, adding coconut milk and Thai spices to the soup. Mostly I made soups, but also our other favorites.

I just finished a delicious Indian soup with the turkey carcass from Christmas. The flavor was in the coconut milk and loads of Indian spices. The only problem is that I can't repeat it because I don't follow a recipe unless I am making bread. Bon Appetit!

Jan Tritten
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