Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fun in the Potato State (we call it that so the tourists won't come and ruin our spectacular places).

We spent last week in Idaho with my family and saw a lot of old friends too. It's always nice to go home, it's changed a lot since I left a decade ago, but it always feels comfortable and well, like home. The week was filled with cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents all of whom Maddie and Josiah enjoyed immensely. The weather was indeterminable as it always is in Boise this time of year, but we still managed to find a couple of nice afternoons for the zoo and park. Enjoy the pics.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Maddie is in a big girl bed

We purchased a twin bed for Maddie and she is ecstatic about her "big girl bed"! Our little girl is growing up and it is so much fun to watch.

30 Day Challenge, Day 24

Breakfast was inspired, once again, by Pinterest. The inspiration showed an avocado cut in half with an egg baked inside of it but our avocados are huge right now and I did not want that much. I cut up about a quarter of an avocado into a ramekin, seasoned it with a little salt and pepper, cracked an egg on top and baked it at 425 until the egg was cooked but the yoke was still runny. I added a little salsa and also ate half a grapefruit. Lunch was just random things, a Larabar, a handful of nuts, the last meatball leftover from a few days ago... and I do not even remember what else :)

Dinner was Ina Garten's Chicken Chili. This is a recipe that I have been making for years and is great just the way it is written but this time I used braised chicken thighs instead of breast meat. We garnished with chopped avocado, it was delicious. Also, I just make half of the recipe for my family and we still have some left over.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

30 Day Challenge, Day 23

We ate these Fast Coconut Flour Pancakes for breakfast. I added a sliced banana to the batter and topped them off with leftover mango pineapple sauce from our buffalo wings. Maddie had a little bit of maple syrup on hers, she ate every bite including seconds. These were really good, there is still a little bit of an off texture but over all a great pancake!

The concept of cucumber being the bread for mini sandwiches was on Pinterest so I made these for lunch with tomato, bacon and mashed avocado which I seasoned with lemon juice, salt and garlic powder. I will make these again!

Dinner needed to be quick because the kids and I had to pick up Jeff from work. I just sauteed onions and bell peppers with leftover pork from Sunday and made it into an egg scramble. Sorry, no picture of dinner.

Another day done, only 7 to go. I am not anxiously counting down to day 30, Jeff and I are feeling good but there are a couple of small things we are really looking forward to, such as cream in our coffee. For the most part we are really enjoying eating this way!

Monday, February 6, 2012

30 Day Challenge, Day 19-22

I know I have been absent from sharing our 30 day challenge for a few days, I apologize. We have kept up the challenge but only have photos of a few meals. I have spent some of my blogging time on pinterest and some as a few extra minutes of quality time with my family but today I will catch up on the highlights of what we have been eating.

The supreme egg loaf lasted 3 mornings which I really enjoyed. Outside of that our breakfasts have been pretty simple, scrambles and a little bit of fruit. Lunches have mostly been leftovers, I do not think I have any epiphanies to share in that area right now :)

This was crock pot meatballs along with a chunky tomato sauce and spaghetti squash. I enjoyed this but I think the texture of the meatballs would have been better if I had seared them off and let them cook in some of the tomato sauce on the stovetop instead of using the crock pot. Here is the meatball recipe. I love all the veggies that went into the meat but be warned that this recipe leaves out good old salt and pepper. I seasoned the eggs before adding the veggies and I seasoned the meat before combining it all together.

I do not have a picture of our next dinner but the website's picture looks almost exactly like ours, I am sure you would rather see my sweet babies anyway ;) I made breakfast for dinner. Coconut flour biscuits, recipe found here, along with homemade turkey sausage and eggs over easy. I also rehydrated some preservative free prunes so that we could have "jam" with our biscuits. I have to say these biscuits were much better with the sweet than the savory. I look forward to trying them again when we can add honey into the batter.

One of the meals I planned was "fish with veggies"... I ended up buying Dover Sole, not a fish I am familiar with but it was caught wild instead of farmed so that is what I bought. It is a mild flavored white fish, I seasoned it with salt and pepper, pan-fried it in a little olive oil and finished it with lemon juice. I served it with blanched asparagus and oven roasted cauliflower. By the way, oven roasted cauliflower is AMAZING!!

Shopping off list is what brought this meal about. I try not to shop off list but the pork sirloin was buy one get one free so I decided not to pass it up. Jeff grilled off the steaks and cut up a salad of tomato, avocado and cucumber. I made another round of chipotle dressing, I am going to post this recipe because it is so so so good! I used a couple tablespoons of homemade mayo, but I am sure store bought would be good as well, to that I add lemon juice, adobo (from a can of chipotle peppers), salt and oil (salad oil of your choice, I used grapeseed). One of the things that has made it easy for Jeff to eat so much salad!

For our dinner on Super Bowl Sunday I chose to make "super bowl" food. These are chicken wings, recipe found here. I served them with sliced veggies and baked sweet potato fries. I think this meal gave us our "fix" of finger foods without breaking any rules.

Finally caught up! Hoping to keep up with it from here on out. Only 8 days to go!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

30 Day Challenge, Day 18

We ate our supreme egg loaf again for breakfast. I made another batch of mayonaise and used it in some tuna salad that I ate with cucumber and tomato for lunch. Dinner was another batch of crock pot curry but this time I used shrimp instead of chicken. I did the veggies just like they were done the first day and I added the shrimp for the last 20 minutes leaving the lid off so that they would not over cook and get rubbery. It was just as good with the shrimp! Sorry I do not have one picture from our food, it was a super busy day and all of this is already on this blog somewhere so I did not want to be too repetitive. Hope to have something to show you for day 19, we are having meatballs out of the crock pot.

30 Day Challenge, Day 17

I am always looking for recipes that help Jeff be able to eat quickly before leaving for work at 4:45 a.m. and this looked like a good one.It is a supreme egg loaf, recipe found here, and it is meant to be like eating a supreme pizza. I made sausage out of a pound of ground turkey and left out the mushrooms this time, but other than that I added everything that they have on the recipe. You really can taylor this any way you want and dipping it in the marinara makes it feel a lot like eating pizza. Lunch was chicken vegetable soup that I made last week out of the freezer.

Dinner was rosemary garlic roasted chicken breasts drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar, pureed cauliflower (so much like mashed potatoes!) and sauteed spinach.