For our first two kids we waited to find out the gender. After all we had gone through to get pregnant with our first, we truly didn’t care or even think about, whether we would have a boy or a girl, we were just over the moon that we were lucky enough to have a baby at all! It killed everyone else, but waiting for us was easy. When we miraculously got pregnant with our second only 5 months after I had the first, we once again felt beyond blessed because although we were content with one child, we felt relieved that we would be able to give him a sibling. Waiting again was easy, especially because our first was too young to have any idea about what was going on. The delivery room surprise was so amazing and we loved every minute, both times. But when this third little surprise came along, it was something we weren’t expecting or even trying for. We decided since we were blessed enough to be able to do this one last time, why not do things different? We also wanted our boys to know whether they were having a brother or sister since they are old enough to understand what was going on.
From the time I found out I was pregnant, the stress of having to worry about feeding another child began. Being so sick and not eating like I usually do brings on another set of worries. Everything I put in my mouth is transferred to my baby, and they miss out on all the healthy stuff I can’t handle eating right now too. This has been tough on me, going from such a healthy veggie filled diet, to basically living on fruit, bread and beans. I know I just need to do what I have to to get through this time, but it’s still stressful.
My only saving grace is that when it comes to feeding my non womb living family, I am pretty relaxed. Today’s world is filled with more information than we can process, with new “bad” things in our food coming out each day. So how do I stay relaxed in this crazy information overloaded world? I READ INGREDIENTS. Sure, you can spend time learning all the lingo and keeping up with the latest and greatest in the food industry…but I prefer to spend that time with my family. So I read my labels, make sure I know what each ingredient is, stick to fresh, organic and local ingredients when possible, and let the rest go. I can live with that and my life is pretty stress free when it comes to food.
It took every ounce of effort I have right now to get these up, it’s been a rough couple of days with my morning sickness (except its an all day thing!). The heat isn’t helping but our AC is getting installed next week so there’s some reprieve coming. I wanted to post these yesterday, but I just couldn’t get to it, so it was a goal to get them up today.
These treats are one of my all time favorite random creations. I was craving a quick and easy raw treat one night, and literally threw whatever I had in a bowl, mixed and out came this delicious snack that my friends and family went nuts for! The best thing about these is that you can add or take out whatever you feel like, they are so versatile. I made them into both balls and bars, but the balls are my favorite. I keep them in the fridge but they don’t last longer than a few days! Give them a try, you won’t regret it, especially to help fuel those little ones running around!
The past few weeks have been pretty quiet on the blog, as compared to my usual activity. I have been feeling terrible about not being able to keep up, but I have a very good reason, our family is growing! We are expecting our third child in March 2015! As exciting as it is, I have been having a rough time…
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new recipe, at least for my usual schedule, but hopefully this quick and easy dish will make up for it! I have made this a few times for friend’s BBQ’s and as a refreshing summer meal for the family, and every time it’s been a big hit. The flavors are light and go together well to make a perfect complement as a side dish to a main meal, or even as a light refreshing main dish on its own. It’s really quick and simple to throw together and lasts great as leftovers for a few days in the fridge.
Since we try and stick to gluten free as much as possible, I was hesitant to do a pasta salad because most gluten free pasta we use is best when served fresh. But recently we tried the Ancient Grain Pasta by TruRoots, and the elbows lasted really well even the next day. I was so excited to finally find a gluten free pasta that lasts in taste and texture! It’s a little pricier than the other stuff, but definitely worth it for a recipe like this. Hope you enjoy!
These little treats came about last minute when I was throwing together a side of oven fries to go with my latest veggie burger trial. As I was washing the potatoes, I decided I wanted something different. An Italian twist to your typical fry is what I was craving all of a sudden. Almond parmesan quickly came to mind, but I decided to put my own spin on it, so Hemp Almond Parmesan was born! I used my Eggplant Fries and Asparagus Fries as a guide, and out came these colorful, delicious little goodies that hit the spot just right! To say my boys loved them is the understatement of the year. I now keep a mix of my new parm handy at all times so I can sprinkle it on many of our meals…enjoy and let me know other ways you use this new parmesan!
With summer being my favorite season, but it being hot here in sunny San Diego, I try to create dishes that are quick and easy but also filled with the delicious vegetables that the season brings. This recipe was a result of a fridge full of these fresh veggies and no plan in mind. I pretty much threw it all together, added some herbs, and hoped that it would work. The good news is that I turned out great! However, now I wanted more of these flavors and continue to work at more summer creations.
Lucky for me, I found a few recipe contests out there looking for just that. I decided to submit this recipe into one of them (wish me luck!) and continue to work hard coming up with more summer flavors for your dinner table! Maybe one of them will give me some recognition in the food contest world!
Speaking of contests, I was a winner in the Round Pond contest a few weeks back, and my prize was an awesome set of infused olive oils. So I ended up using one of them in this recipe, and it was the perfect addition! It can of course be omitted if you are avoiding oil, but for those that don’t mind a little bit in their food, I highly recommend it. Hope you enjoy!
I love it when you throw together a random dinner because you have nothing planned and it turns out awesome. This recipe was exactly that! I had no idea what to serve for dinner and was feeling lazy, so I looked in my refrigerator and freezer to find some leftover Spicy “Refried” Lentil Dip, tortillas, and a bunch of fresh veggies. Next thing we knew, we were eating a new favorite quick meal! We call it Mexican Pizza because of it’s crispy tortilla crust layered with creamy lentil filling and topped flavorful ingredients. It was tasty and hit the spot. The kids loved it too, especially building their own.
I love that you can make each person their own pizza, and customize it for their preferences! These are the kind of meals that make everyone happy, even the feisty 2 year old. You can add as many or as little toppings as you want, spice it up or make it mild. There is so much versatility in this recipe, you can’t go wrong! So gather your beans and fresh veggies and give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed!
With the warmth of summer enveloping us like a wool blanket, there are many days that the thought of turning on an oven makes me shudder. These are the days we turn to take out, picnic lunches and especially those creations I’ve made that scream fresh and cool…these summer rolls are exactly that.
Creating these were really fun because I had the help of my 3 year old son. After I had washed and chopped all the filling ingredients, he loved helping me put them together and watching me roll them up. Being able to create his own rolls, gave him some control over what he was eating, which is a big deal for toddlers. Let’s just say, he ate more than his fair share, win win for mom! Although the rice paper gets a little tricky to roll up, you get better with practice. Once I folded in the sides, my son was even able to help me roll it up. Having a variety of dipping sauces also makes this meal more exciting for everyone in the family because it gives choice and variety, and this keeps them coming back for more! Even a simple Tamari/Soy/Bragg Liquid Aminos dip would work if you are pinched for time. Whatever it takes, get some of these babies rolled up and enjoy the freedom from the oven and stove top for at least a day!
I’ve been wanting to put together this recipe for a while now, but I kept pushing it aside and dealing with all the other recipe ideas that spring into my head at all hours of the day. I swear when it comes to cooking, I am the anti to my normal type A. I jump from idea to idea, without any clear path in mind, driving myself crazy, but the need to try all these creations must be done or my brain won’t rest. The good news is that a lot of my test trials result in something delicious to share with all of you! It almost feels freeing to be able to ditch my normal organized personality and transform into the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show (Remember him? Loved him!).
So finally, here I am getting this amazing sandwich on the blog. This will rock the socks off meatless Mondays! My whole family devoured it, even the little one who we usually expect to throw his dinner on the floor and proclaim the normal nightly starvation diet. Hallelujah, a meal we all will eat! This is going to be making it’s rounds quite often around here.
The greatest thing is that you can make all the beanballs and freeze for later use, it only calls for half in the recipe. You can also make the sauce and freeze that too, but to make it really easy you can simply use your favorite jarred red sauce. All you have to do the day of, is bake the bean balls (which can be done at any time) and sauté the kale. Easy! Another idea for a kid version, is to cut the beanballs in half and make a panini out of it. You’ve got to love an easy meal that even the little ones will eat! Serve this up with my Eggplant Fries and you’ve get a veggie filled awesome meal.