Finding Inspiration: The Six Ingredient Challenge

For the last two years I have made a huge effort to eliminate processed foods from our families diet.  No more boxed meals or heavily processed snacks.  Mac and cheese, chips, and most canned goods were no longer welcome in our home, much to the dismay of my children.  I began making homemade alternatives to the processed foods that we loved and often craved.  I learned how to make homemade velveeta cheese, homemade cream of broccoli soup, and many homemade spice mixes.  My bread machine actually got used instead of simply collecting dust.

We did really good for quite a while but I found myself slipping around the holidays, I started caving to convenience.  I bought goldfish for Audrey when she asked.  Ava pleaded for the Honey Nut Cheerios and I caved.  My lowest point was buying three frozen pizzas because they were on sale AND I had a coupon for buy 2 get 1 free.   I knew that I needed to make a change and reignite my desire to feed my family the foods that I knew were the best for all of us.

One night while browsing online, after serving my family a frozen pizza of course, I came across the six ingredient  challenge.   Amy from Anktangle and Lauren from HoboMama were taking a six ingredient challenge and asking people to join them.   The six ingredient challenge is guided by one rule:  to buy foods with six ingredients or less.  I realized that this challenge was just what our family needed.  I am happy to join them on this challenge, it is the inspiration that I need to get our family back on track to eating healthier foods (again)!

If you would like the details of this challenge please click on the image above.  I am excited to join this challenge, here we go!

9 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration: The Six Ingredient Challenge

  1. I’m trying to mentally search my kitchen for anything that might have more than 6 ingredients. Bread (Ezekiel sprouted bread) maybe…perhaps that super yummy wasabi ginger dressing…I can’t think of much. That makes me happy! I think this is a fantastic challenge (then again, I don’t have kids who beg for snacks…okay, the dog treats might have more than 6 ingredients).

      • I remembered some veggie-bacon in the freezer. I KNOW that has more than 6! I just went to the store: string cheese has 4 ingredients, the bakery croissants don’t have a label so let’s just go with less than 6! Nothing in comes in a package to count ingredients 🙂 Fingers crossed for your corn chips!!

        • Angela says:

          I knew you already had this down Jessica!! Corn chips hit 7…could I count the two oils as one and just call it oil? 😉 Veggie-bacon, how is that? My kids miss bacon!

    • Angela says:

      Thank you Amy! I am excited about the challenge 🙂 Convenience foods are very tempting and easy….it takes time, dedication, and work to eat & feed a family in a healthy manner.

  2. So glad you’re along for the journey! My son keeps begging for Honey Nut Cheerios, too, after eating some at his grandmother’s. What’s up with that obsession? I find with kids, especially, it can be hard not to fall back on convenience and packaged foods, especially since that’s what they find most special. We’re trying, though!

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