I feel like there have been so many things I’ve discovered lately that I’ve been recommending to everyone I encounter. Things that have made mom-ing easier and more delicious mostly. Here they are:
This veggie spiralizer. I’ve only had it a couple weeks but it’s already changed my life. I LOOOOVE making zucchini into spaghetti and also I’ve done sweet potato curly fires and sweet potato chips. I can’t wait to do more with this bad boy. I love the WonderEsque company that manufactures this spiralizer, they’ve sent me a handful of emails with recipes pdfs and helpful tips. Plus some spare parts were included with it!
These sandwich cutters. Lucille used to leave so much crust when she ate sandwiches. With these cutters it just removes a tiny bit of crust and she eats the rest. And she gets excited to eat sandwiches because she gets to pick the shape, she usually picks hearts. This company also sent me an email with a downloadable guide of cooking tips. I didn’t make it all the way through the guide yet, but there was some great stuff in there.
This chicken recipe. I did a double batch so we could have leftovers for lunch all week. Other than the chicken I only did 150% of all the other ingredients. There was lots of leftover chicken stock and I cooked that up with kluski noodles, ham and peppers, which was another favorite meal!
This set of children’s books. It’s 16 books, most are familiar characters from my childhood (Little Critter, Amelia Bedelia) while the others are new characters for this generation (Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy) and some are even books originally printed when my mom was young (Sammy the Seal, Danny and the Dinosaur). Even 2 super hero books (which seem to be my kid’s least favorite, but I bet that will change.) These books make bed time easy, I just grab the box and let them each choose a book. It’s a lot less options than looking at their whole bookcase, and at the end of the day, we tend to get overwhelmed quickly.2 of these books are the perfect length for bedtime.
This wagon. Lennon got it for his birthday last summer and we loved it. And now that the weather is clearing up we’re back to using it on a daily basis. I find this easier to maneuver than my double stroller, and the kids find it a lot more fun! Plus when we have baby #3 I can buy a 3rd seat to attach. If you have 3 kids already, buy this one with 3 seats from the start!
Picky pants Lucille has been on a muffin kick lately, so though I’ve never been a baker, I’ve been brave and tried a few recipes. We’ve loved them, so I thought I’d share.
In addition to the massive amounts of leftover baby oatmeal I have from my struggles of trying to get Lennon to eat solids, I have some pureed baby food stashed away too. I don’t think they’ll save until baby #3 is ready for solids, and even if they did, I’m planning to do 100% baby led weaning next time around, so… my first attempt at muffins were these baby food muffins. It says to use pureed fruit but I do fruits and veggies. One of the only ways I can get Lucille to eat veggies. These have been her favorite muffins so far! Which is great because I’m sure they’re the healthiest. Though I’m now out of baby food… but I’m sure I can just puree my own stuff up and substitute it.
For Easter I made these SUPER delicious Maple Mixed Berry Muffins!! I loved them. One tip: When she says to coat the muffin pan with non stick spray, do it! Don’t do what I did and just stick in some paper liners. you’ll loose a lot of good muffin that way!
Peter’s favorite of my muffin attempts has been these Berry-Smash Muffins that I made when I bought too many strawberries.
Also, not muffins, but we baked these Oatmeal cookies about a month ago and they were super good too! And easy. And per usual I substituted some of the oats with baby oatmeal.
In case you read this post about my glaze I made for ham steak and thought my cooking couldn’t get lazier… here I am to prove you wrong. I included veggies in this recipe so I didn’t have to cook them separately. All I used was:
- Lemon Rosemary Seasoning
- Ham Steak
- Bag of Cauliflower and Broccoli
I preheated the oven to 350, and dumped the veggies into a casserole dish, sprinkling them with lemon rosemary seasoning. Then I put the ham on top and squirted a bit of honey on the ham, spreading it evenly on the top of the steak. Sprinkled the ham with the same seasoning and baked it for 15-20 minutes. Then I stirred the veggies, flipped the ham, and covered the other side with honey and lemon rosemary seasoning. Baked another 15-20 minutes. All done.
1st of all, I never want to have salad as a main course. If I’m being honest, I usually don’t even want salad as an appetizer. But that’s largely because of my hatred for iceberg lettuce… still, even with romaine or spinach, it’s unlike me to make salad into a meal. But I went a little crazy buying veggies so I thought I’d try it one night. Peter didn’t seem excited and I wasn’t either. But surprisingly both of us loved it and Peter agreed I need to make this dinner more often. I used:
8 oz fresh romaine lettuce
1 peeled and cubed cucumber
1 cubed red pepper
1 cubed tomato
4 oz cubed mozzarella cheese
3/4 pound of cubed chicken
a couple squirts of Sweet Baby Ray’s Creamy Buffalo Dipping Sauce
I squirted the dipping sauce into a frying pan and cooked the chicken in it. Combined everything else in a bowl and then dumped the chicken and tiny bit of extra sauce right in. I thought about adding some dressing, but honestly, it was totally unnecessary. And this made SO MUCH salad. We had a lot leftover. So feel free to cut back the amounts I used… or just feed more people with it.
I think my next family function I’m going to volunteer to make this and people can eat it as an appetizer. Yum!
I have always been a big fan of seafood, but for a very long time I was scared of cooking it. But it’s not scary! In fact, here is one of the easiest dishes I’ve made. And besides 2 tilapia filets, you likely have all the ingredients in your house already. All you need is:
2 tilapia filets
16 oz bag of frozen cauliflower and broccoli
1/2 tablespoon of butter
Pepper, garlic salt and old bay seasoning
And here’s all you do:
- Preheat oven at 425
- Spray a baking dish with non stick and put 2 tilapia filets in it
- Put butter on top of fillets and then surround with veggies
- Season with pepper,garlic salt and old bay
- Cook for 25-30 minutes
So very easy, so very yummy. My favorite thing about it is it tastes so light! I was completely full when done with my meal, but didn’t have that yucky overly full feeling that I often get after meals that are heavy on the carbs.
My husband is a taco addict. We have tacos at least once every 2 weeks, but sometimes it’s more of a weekly thing. So that means I very often have a bunch of left over chopped up veggies in my fridge. And I refuse to let them go to waste. Often they get tossed to into some scrabbled eggs come the weekend. But recently I came up with another solution for these lonely veggies.
I took this recipe from Appetizer Girl and just added to it. All it took was:
- 3 cups of shredded chicken
- 16 oz bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower mixed together
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- Whatever leftovers you have from your tacos last night (for me this is usually peppers, onions and tomatoes.)
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (I use cheddar)
- garlic powder and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the first 4 ingredients together and pour into a baking dish. Then top with a cup of shredded cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes.