here's the menu for my summer vacation

The bags are (almost) packed, and the grocery list is nearly complete as we head out of town for our annual summer vacation up north.  My husband and I look forward to this low-key time together every year.  We'll tap out of nearly all electronic devices – the computers stay home and the phones go on airplane mode - and we'll bring food for every meal so we don't have to drive anywhere.  All this to soak in family time, sun, water, nature and down time.  

 

Our boys will spend their days digging holes in the sand, fishing, jumping off the dock, playing catch, running about with their imaginations and soaking up unplugged family time.  

 

My husband and I will enjoy the restoration and recharging from our daily work with swimming in the lake, kayaking, walks, a good book, daily naps, beach time and late night campfires...and really really good food.  

 

We'll soak in the quiet, uninterrupted space with our boys.

We'll soak in their sweet silly laughter.  

The slow lingering breakfast & conversation over morning tea.

Space.

Wind.

Waves.

Water.

Sunshine.

The wonder around us.  

The beaver dam.  

The sound of the loons.  

The campfire crackle.  

The crickets.

And 50 games of Uno.

Breathing in a SLOWER pace….

 

And there you have it; the menu for my summer vacation.  

 

If you are curious about our actual food menu, let me just say it's amazing.  We'll wake up to morning green drinks, Paleo blueberry pancakes or veggie sauté with eggs and lunch on chicken curry lettuce wraps, salads and gobs of organic blueberries from our local farm and feast on mussels, wild salmon, tuna burgers and farm-to-table chicken, beef and veggies for dinner. Delicious!!

 

All this great cooking has me thinking about the menu for our upcoming NtF Fall 14-day Cleanse...I'll be bringing a few new recipes to test on my fam.  But for now, let me leave you with one of our favorite summer meals: Chicken Curry Lettuce Wraps. My boys dig these. They're easy to make ahead of time + I double the recipe and we eat them for days.

 

And from both Angelle & myself, we want to encourage you to incorporate the focus from Week 2’s Summer Lovin’ Challenge,

 

BREATHE

 

Take some deep breaths before you dive into your meal. Step away from the hectic, from “the list”, from the noise and just breathe, darlin’.

 

Start your morning and end your day with some restorative breaths, and when life hands you some crazy, or the schedule is too full or the mind is in overdrive..take some slow deep breaths. 

 

And while you're at it, enjoy the chicken curry lettuce wraps!

Chicken Curry Lettuce Wraps

Recipe by Jill Tanis

Makes 10 wraps

 

3 cups cooked chicken, cut into chunks

½ cup celery, chopped

4 scallions, white and pale green parts sliced thinly

2 cups cherries, pitted and halved*

1/3 cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted in dry skilled until fragrant

Combine ingredients into a large glass bowl.  Make dressing.

Dressing:

¾ cup primal mayo

2 TBS mango chutney

3 tsp curry powder

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.  Fold dressing into chicken mixture and mix well. 

1-2 heads of butter head lettuce

Remove leaves and gently rinse without damaging or tearing leaves.  Pat leaves dry with a paper towel.  In the palm of your hand, hold one lettuce leaf like a cup and add 2 heaping spoonfuls of curried chicken salad.  Set on a platter.  Continue this process until you have used up all the curried salad. 

YUM!

*you can also use fresh seasonal blueberries or grapes or 1 cup dried cherries in place of cherries