FOOD…on a long passage

Warning: This is the most boring blog post ever written if you: (a) aren’t interested in how a family provisioned for a three week passage out to sea, or (b) have no interest in the food habits of a semi-normal/semi-abnormal family out to sea most likely getting crazier and crazier by the day (well, maybe that was just me because I had to cook so much. Where is pizza delivery when you really need it?)

This is what we ate for three weeks. I wrote it down to help me keep track of what I already had used up and what I still had available to feed my family.   You’ll see that my kids ate very unconventionally for breakfast some days, but that was what they wanted to eat so why not? I also baked additional goodies for snacks (cake, coffee cake, etc.)   And in hindsight, I realized I ate a heck of a lot of grilled cheese and grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches–many more than I would ever eat normally.  I guess that’s what tastes good to me now when I am out to sea…

Day 1

Breakfast: Croissants with jam

Lunch: Turkey ham (they have that in Latin American Countries—“ham” made from turkey), avocado, tomato and chips

Dinner: pasta with vodka sauce and veggies (broccoli, zucchini, eggplant), bread

Day 2

Breakfast: Dan: hard boiled eggs and toast, kids: cereal, me: breakfast scone

Lunch: Tuna salad sandwiches (adults) with lettuce and avocado, and turkey ham sandwiches (kids)

Dinner: Chicken with risotto (adults), kids ate leftover pasta with vodka sauce

Day 3

Breakfast: Dan: hard boiled eggs, Ariana: chicken with risotto, Ryan: “breakfast chili” (canned turkey chili), me: breakfast scone

Lunch: Pasta salad with vegetables and vinaigrette

Dinner: Rice and beans, (Dan and the kids also had turkey hot dogs)

Day 4

Breakfast: Dan: Fried eggs and turkey bacon, kids: Pasta Salad, me: cereal and turkey bacon

Lunch: Dan: Pasta Salad, Ariana: Broccoli cheddar soup, Ryan: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, me: Thai soup

Dinner: Ground turkey tacos with carrot, with guacamole, refried beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato

Day 5

Breakfast: French toast and soy sausage (All of us)

Lunch: Knorr Parmesan and Butter Noodles (All of us)

Dinner: homemade turkey chili, rice, green beans

Day 6

Breakfast: Spinach, cheddar, bell pepper omelets, and home fries (All of us)

Lunch: Kids: chicken rice soup, Dan: nothing, Me: cheese and crackers

Dinner: Green curry shrimp with broccoli, zucchini, and green onion (adults); chicken burgers, rice and beans, broccoli (Kids)

Day 7

Breakfast: Cereal and homemade banana muffins (All)

Lunch: Dan: turkey ham and cheese sandwich; Ryan: peanut butter and jelly sandwich; Ari and me: (chicken vermicelli soup with carrot)

Dinner: Pasta with veggies and feta cheese in a white wine, caper, butter sauce (adults); kids: same thing with ground turkey and minus the wine and capers

Day 8

Breakfast: Egg, turkey bacon and cheese croissant breakfast sandwiches (all)

Lunch: Ari: leftover pasta, Dan: leftover curry shrimp, Ryan: leftover homemade turkey chili, me: cheese and crackers

Dinner: Chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, creamed corn, peas

Day 9

Breakfast: Dan: Breakfast sandwich, kids: waffles, me: small bowl of Rice Krispies

Lunch: Ryan: grilled cheese sandwich, Paula, grilled turkey ham and cheese sandwich, Ari: leftover chicken, mashed potato, stuffing and gravy, Dan: sandwich

Dinner: Chicken, beans, bell pepper and cheese quesadillas

Day 10

Breakfast: Ariana: Bagel, Dan: cereal, Ryan and me: nothing

Lunch: Dan: turkey sandwich, Paula: Cup-O-Noodles, Ryan: peanut butter sandwich, Ari: leftovers

Dinner: Homemade southwestern bean burgers with chipotle mayo and seasoned French fries (and cake for dessert!)

Day 11

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, home fries

Lunch: Pasta Salad—a new batch with the veggies that are still good to go

Dinner: Falafel, tzaziki sauce, couscous with feta and tomato, homemade Naan bread, Ryan –substitute falafel for a hot dog

Day 12

Breakfast: Croissants with honey (kids), plain yogurt with vanilla and granola (the kids and me)

Lunch: Pasta salad (all but me); grilled turkey and cheese (me)

Dinner: Pasta Puttanesca (Dan and me); Kids: Pasta Alfredo with carrot.

Day 13

Breakfast: Pancakes, turkey sausage links

Lunch: Kids: grilled cheese; Dan: grilled turkey ham and cheese; me: leftover pasta puttanesca

Dinner: Pressure cooked chicken, black beans, corn and salsa over white rice with avocado

Day 14

Breakfast: Quesadillas with scrambled egg, black beans, turkey sausage and cheddar (all but me); me: Cheerios

Lunch: All of us had either leftover falafel meal or chicken/black bean/corn/salsa meal

Dinner: Lasagna made with penne pasta (on the grill) and garlic bread

Day 15

Breakfast: Cereal (Dan and Ari); Ryan and me: peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Lunch: Chicken noodle soup (kids and Dan); me: potato chips and onion dip

Dinner: Pork fried rice with frozen peas, carrots, corn and green beans, and rolls

Day 16

Breakfast: Ryan: cereal; everyone else did not eat

Lunch: Grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches, but Ryan had a wrap

Dinner: Pasta pesto with ground turkey; salad that consisted of cucumber, tomato, green pepper and feta with Italian dressing (basically the last of the fresh vegetables!)

Day 17

Breakfast: Dan: ham, eggs, toast; Kids and me: eggs, black bean and turkey bacon taco

Lunch: ? I did not eat lunch. I am not sure what others ate.

Dinner: Homemade chicken stew with biscuits

Day 18

Breakfast: Dan and the kids: turkey sausage, egg, and potato tortilla, me: a biscuit

Lunch: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Dinner: Salmon, Wasabi mashed potatoes, sautéed cabbage and carrots with soy (adults); kids: hot dog and pasta with butter

Day 19

Breakfast: Dan: toast and cereal; kids: toast, me: nothing—maybe just extra sleep for breakfast! (My favorite breakfast)

Lunch: Leftover chicken stew and fruit

Dinner: homemade tomato and jalapeno pizza on the grill (cheese for the kids)

Day 20

Breakfast: Eggs, turkey bacon, and potato pancakes

Lunch: tuna and carrot wrap (me); kids: grilled cheese sandwiches; Dan: leftover pasta

Dinner: Chicken with raspberry glaze, chicken rice and snake beans (long green beans)

Day 21

Breakfast: ?

Lunch: ? (I didn’t log this—I just want to get into port!!!!!

Dinner: Chicken, bean, rice, cheese burritos. We arrive at 2 am after this. Yippee!

By the time we arrived into the French Marquesas, the thought of almost all food sort of sickened me. I have no idea why. So it was sad that my first meal there was the most terrible, fatty, dark meat, (and fried) chicken sandwich I have ever ordered. I say ordered because I didn’t actually eat it. The French Fries were VERY much appreciated though! J