Paleo Naan

Tonight I planned a low key dinner- leftover slow cooker Brunswick stew and salad. The kids ate their dinner early and then ran outside to play on the trampoline, so I took advantage of the few peaceful minutes and decided to try a new recipe that I’d stumbled across online: 3-ingredient paleo naan. It really is just three ingredients: canned coconut milk, tapioca flour and almond flour. Oh and I added a pinch of salt too.

Just whisk everything together. I had to whisk my coconut milk first because it came out of the can separated. Annoying.

Heat a skillet over medium heat, then once it’s hot drop batter by 1/4 cups onto the skillet. Cook for a few minutes per side. It’s a *little* tricky to gauge the time. I undercooked my first naan, and while the outside was crispy the inside was really raw and gooey. After the first one I got the hang of it. My batch made 6 pieces of naan.

SO GOOD. Seriously I’m so excited about this recipe. Isla was sitting on the counter while I cooked and asked if she could try one… and she ate the entire thing! For those of you who know her, you realize this is HUGE. The girl eats nothing. I just ate mine plain alongside my soup, but they would be awesome with butter or even Nutella. I love that it has a hint of coconut flavor.

I had to fast this morning because I had my 2 month fitness test at the gym at 9:00, then stayed for a class at 10, so by 11 I was starving and desperate for caffeine. I feel like I’ve been dragging all day- mama needs her morning coffee!! Ok that’s all I’ve got. Is it Friday yet?

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Spring Stew

Oh Monday. Not only was it the first day back after spring break, but it was soccer practice day too- meaning we didn’t get home until almost 7:30. Luckily I had a pork tenderloin in the fridge and all the makings of this slow cooker Brunswick stew, so I threw that together when I got home from the gym this morning = dinner on the table right after practice.

(I should mention that I bought all of the ingredients before Brian reminded me that he gave up red meat for Lent. Sigh. You could easily make this with chicken instead of pork, but I already had the tenderloin… and I really like the way it turned out.)

Ingredients:

I put everything except for the frozen veggies in the crock pot and cooked on high for 6 hours. Right before we left for practice, I shredded the pork and then added in the frozen vegetables. I ended up using an entire steam bag of corn/pea/carrot mix and about 3/4 of a bag of lima beans.

Also I think the BBQ sauce gives this stew most of its flavor, so pick a good one. You can’t go wrong with Stubb’s.

So good! I’ll definitely make this one again. It’s probably already too hot here for soup (TEXAS) but I don’t care. This is a very kid-friendly recipe, too- as long as your sauce isn’t too spicy.

Catch y’all tomorrow!

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Weekend Recap

Well spring break 2017 is officially over and I’m a little sad. We had such a fun week just hanging out and relaxing- I don’t think any of us are super excited to get back into the school routine tomorrow.

Busy weekend! On Friday night Isla had soccer practice and then we grabbed dinner at Mariano’s (which for once wasn’t packed- thank you St. Patrick’s Day!). I set my alarm for 6:30 Saturday morning because our first soccer game of the day was at 8. For some reason my alarm didn’t go off, but thank goodness Jack woke us up at 7:15… AND he was fully dressed in his uniform. That was unexpected. First game of the season and they won 4-1! After that we dropped Isla off at her friend’s cute tea party birthday party, grabbed breakfast with my parents, picked Isla up from the party (and changed her into her soccer uniform in the back of the car) and raced to her noon game.

The cutest little Lollipop!

It was REALLY hot and she *may* have asked to leave and go to the snack bar more than once during the game, but I do think she had fun…. though I think her favorite part was handing out lollipops to the opposing team after the game.

I’ve been watching The Fitness Marshall videos for probably a year now (look him up on YouTube!), so when I heard he was coming to Dallas I had to buy tickets. I don’t even really know how to explain it- his name is Caleb and he choreographs dances to popular songs, and they are HILARIOUS. And also a good workout. Anyway, he did a show at Gilley’s on Saturday and I went with a few friends. It was so much fun!! Apparently I’m not hardcore enough because I didn’t know a lot of the dances (and looked like a total spaz, I’m sure), but oh well… thankfully it was dark and crowded.

We bought meet and greet tickets so we were able to take pics with him after too.

I was drenched in sweat and looking pretty rough at that point. But again, so fun!

Today was low key- Costco run, another soccer game for Jack and then met friends for dinner at Shady’s.

Ok guess I better go get everything ready for school tomorrow. Womp womp. But at least there’s a new Big Little Lies!

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Spring Break 2017

On Monday I loaded the kids (& Chloe) up and headed down to our lake house. I initially planned on coming home Wednesday, but we were having so much fun that we ended up spending another night. There’s just something about not having to grocery shop, meal plan, do laundry… and the kids are SO happy just to run around outside. Plus all of our friends were out of town, so it was pretty much a win-win.

Having a little kinetic sand fun on the porch:

My mom and I took them to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler on Tuesday. I didn’t even know that Tyler, TX had a zoo! And it’s a really good one, too! It’s the perfect size for little kids. Not so huge that they’re exhausted walking around it, and it has all of the animals you want to see- lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhino, monkeys, lots of creepy snakes. Honestly though the kids favorite part was the parakeet exhibit. There are hundreds of little birds flying around this enclosure and you can walk inside and feed them. Both kids managed to get birds perched on their seed sticks (and Jack had one on his hand):

I don’t even like birds, but these were really cute.

The East TX azaleas are GORGEOUS right now:

On the way home we stopped at Miranda Lambert’s store, Pink Pistol, in Lindale (her home town). I honestly couldn’t tell you ONE Miranda Lambert song, but Isla was thrilled with the all-pink store.

Yesterday was pretty low-key. The kids played outside a lot, we took them on a golf cart ride, colored, went for a walk and just hung out. My dad and Brian came down after work and my dad grilled steaks while the kids watched Moana for the 50th time. Then today my mom and I took the kids on a quick trip to Canton and then headed home.

I’m really sad that spring break is almost over! It’s been so nice not having a schedule and I can tell the kids love having more time to play together. It seems like we have so little free time during the school week. But at least summer is coming soon…

We have a busy weekend ahead- 2 soccer games, birthday party, and I’m going to see The Fitness Marshall on Saturday afternoon (obsessed). Happy almost Friday!

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Spring Breakers

Hey! Well we’re officially on spring break here! And by “here” I mean at our house, not Disneyworld or some fab ski vacation. But I mean we did go to IKEA last night, so there’s that…

We’ve had a fun, low-key weekend. Isla had soccer practice on Friday night and we grabbed dinner at La Calle Doce after. Perfect for our meat-free Fridays- I’ve said it before but they have the best ceviche in town. Then on Saturday we took the kids to brunch at Breadwinner’s and let the kids run around in the Northpark courtyard while we enjoyed our beverages- mimosa for me and this cinnamon toast milk punch (omg) for Brian:

He swore it tasted good, but I couldn’t deal with the idea of soggy cereal in my cocktail. Anyway, I’m so glad we took advantage of the patio weather because it the temps dropped like crazy on Saturday afternoon. It must have been close to 80 when we were eating brunch, and by Saturday night it was in the 40′s. Texas be crazy.

Tonight we had a little pizza picnic in the living room at watched The BFG. Jack just finished the book and has been dying to see the movie. We still have about 40 minutes left but so far they both seem to like it! I’m just excited that he’s into Roald Dahl books. They were always my favorite.

I’m planning to take the kids to the lake tomorrow and probably won’t be posting. The internet there is pretty spotty. But I’ll be back in a couple of days- hope everyone is having a fun spring break!!

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Pork Ragu and Happy Early St. Patty’s Day

So tonight I finally got around to making the dinner I intended for Monday… and then Tuesday…

Skinnytaste Instant Pot pork ragu! It was really easy to throw together BUT it cooks for 45 minutes in the pressure cooker (longer for stove top or crock pot), and that doesn’t count the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure. And then at the end the recipe suggests a natural pressure release rather than a quick release, so that’s another 30-ish minutes. So in total I would say this “cooks” for an hour and a half, give or take. It’s a good one to start in the afternoon and then just let it hang out in the IP until dinner.

Ingredients:

Pork tenderloin, crushed tomatoes, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, roasted red peppers and parsley.

You saute crushed garlic cloves in oil for a minute, then remove the garlic from the pot and brown both sides of the pork (I cut mine in half so it would fit better). Then add all of the ingredients- garlic included- to the pot and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes.

Brian gave up red meat for Lent and this wasn’t done in time to feed to Jack (I know better than to attempt to feed it to Isla), so I was the only one having this for dinner. I had it over butternut squash noodles:

So good!! The sauce is nice and thick. The roasted red pepper flavor is pretty strong, so keep that in mind if you make this. The taste actually reminds me a lot of chicken cacciatore, but with pulled pork instead of chicken. Next time I might throw in some mushrooms.

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, I’ll leave you with this. Jack brought home a St. Patrick’s Day craft from school, and it’s a little disturbing. MORE disturbing is how Brian stuck it to my closet mirror at some point and scared the bejeezus out of me this morning.

I have so many questions. Why are his eyes red? And how did Jack know to draw those squiggly lines around them to make him look extra cracked out? I think our whole family is scarred by this guy. Isla keeps asking Alexa if leprechauns are real, haha.

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Easy Breakfast Bake

I scrapped our dinner plans yet again tonight. Brian had a late conference call, so when one of my friends asked us to meet them at our school’s Spirit Night at Burger House (which I’d completely forgotten about), I threw the kids in the car and off we went. Any excuse to not have to cook TWO dinners okay by me.

I’m on the hunt for a good breakfast option. I’ve been eating Greek yogurt with fruit and almonds, but for some reason it makes me feel gross when I work out afterwards. I should probably just get up earlier rather than wolfing something down 30 minutes before my class… buuuuuut sleep? I like it.

Anyway, seeking something high protein and fast and not just straight up eggs. I found this recipe on Carrots N Cake for a healthy broccoli and parmesan hash brown bake and decided to give it a shot. It’s actually in the oven right this minute. I plan to portion it out and then just zap it in the microwave in the morning.

Ingredients:

It comes together really quickly. You just beat 5 eggs, then stir in riced broccoli (or chopped broccoli), grated parmesan, milk (I used half and half because all we had was chocolate milk), and garlic powder/onion powder/salt/pepper. Then top with cut up hash brown patties. Um, so be careful if you’re cutting frozen hash browns, ‘kay?  I almost lost a finger.

Pour into a greased 8×8 dish:

Bake for 35 minutes:

I’ll let you know how it is tomorrow!

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Weekend Recap

I had dinner all planned out tonight, but then life got crazy. Jack had soccer practice from 5:45-7, and I spent the half hour before practice (when I intended to get dinner started in the Instant Pot) scrambling to find a pair of soccer socks and shin guards. Also I planned on making pork ragu and Brian reminded me that he gave up red meat for Lent… which is what I had planned for TWO of the three dinners I’m cooking this week.

Also AT&T is digging cables in my FRONT YARD and blocking the entire street in front of my house, so I had to park way down the block and make like 20 trips back and forth from the car to get my 400 bags of groceries into the house.

Can you tell it’s Monday??

On a lighter note, we actually had a really fun weekend! On Friday Isla had soccer practice and then we had dinner at the Knights of Columbus fish fry (wild night!). My parents kept the kids on Saturday night so we could go to the Exchange Club auction. It was at Gilley’s downtown and we had so much fun! I wish I had more pics but it was dark and they all came out grainy…

On Sunday my mom took Isla to the ballet, so Brian and I took Jack to see the Lego Batman Movie at Alamo Drafthouse. I’ll admit that I wasn’t super excited to see that one (and the first 10 minutes? Holy over-stimulation) but it was actually really cute and funny.

Ok random Trader Joe’s find! Anyone tried this tomato-feta soup? It’s in the refrigerated case near the hummus and dips. SO GOOD. It’s more tomato-y than creamy, which I actually like.

Ok Brian is waiting on me to watch Big Little Lies so I better run. Any other Trader Joe’s finds I should know about??

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Easy Lentil Dip

I think I need to do a whole series on food that “looks gross but I swear it tastes great!” Last night we had book club and I was thisclose to phoning it in and just bringing a bottle of wine. But then I was scanning Pinterest in the carpool line (shh… breaking the rules) and ran across the easiest recipe ever for lentil dip. Ready? Go to Trader Joe’s and buy:

  • 1 package of cooked lentils (the vacuum pack in the produce section)
  • 1 tub of bruschetta topping (refrigerated, near the hummus)
  • 1 tub of feta

Dump about 2 cups of the lentils in a bowl. Add the bruschetta mix (I used the entire tub) and as much feta as you like. Stir. Season with salt, pepper and maybe a splash of red wine vinegar to taste. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to let the flavors meld. Serve with pita chips.

SO. EASY. I feel like I’ve made this before but maybe just ate it by itself? It’s way better as a dip.

I’m so tired. I got home late last night after book club (and a glass or three of wine) and crashed, and at some point during the night Isla climbed in bed with me. Around 4:30 I hear this little voice whisper, “Mommy, I think I wet the bed.”

YUP. SURE DID. And of course not her bed with the waterproof mattress cover. So she got to go back to her clean, dry bed while I attempted to strip our sheets and clean pee out of the mattress at 4am. These are the days, right?

Busy weekend! Soccer practice, birthday party, auction, first soccer game of the season… catch y’all on Monday!

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Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras! Both kids ran out of school wearing beads and Isla refused to take this mask off while we shopped for groceries. Every time someone at Kroger smiled at her, she yelled, “STOP LAUGHING AT ME!”

Good times.

So tonight’s dinner was awesome but time consuming: paleo chicken pot pie soup. This would be a great recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon- lots of chopping and simmering. I actually enjoy recipes like that, but maybe not at 6:30 on a Tuesday night when I’ve been cooking for an hour and a half?

Ingredients:

(Not pictured: chicken breasts that I cooked in the Instant Pot on Sunday and shredded.)

The soup is REALLY good, thick, creamy and super filling. The creaminess comes from a cooked potato-coconut milk puree that is stirred into the soup. Also love all of the fresh herbs and veggies.

UGH this lighting.

With salad and fresh bread:

I’m STUFFED, but it was so good! Lots leftover, too- and I bet it’s better the second day.

I am so beat. This morning’s workout was super intense (so. many. burpees.) and then I spent the rest of the morning-afternoon cleaning the house. Seeing as there’s no This Is Us tonight, maybe I’ll actually make it to bed at a decent hour! Or maybe I’ll just go eat more king cake…

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