Lentil Bowls

Today was our usual crazy Monday. I went to the gym this morning, then to Costco/Trader Joe’s/Target (wouldn’t it be great to be able to get everything at ONE store??), home to unload groceries and clean out the fridge, picked up the kids at school, fed them dinner and helped with homework, took Jack to soccer, then home to eat MY dinner. And now it’s nine o’clock. And notice no mention of a shower in there, so that’s nice. I just don’t have it in me to do the whole hair and makeup thing when I’m going to be sweating it out at soccer for an hour and a half… and it’s still 90+ degrees here in Dallas. C’mon fall…

I bookmark a ton of recipes on my iPad via Bloglovin. I think I have close to 600 stored on there now, soooo things tend to get buried. I was flipping through them today and stumbled across this Skinnytaste “recipe” (it’s so simple I can barely call it that!) for lentil bowls with avocado, eggs and Cholula. We always have hard boiled eggs from Costco in our fridge, and I usually have tomatoes, avocados and hot sauce on hand too. I grabbed a package of pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s and had lunch ready in less than 5 minutes!

We didn’t have Cholula, so I used Frank’s Red Hot instead. I sprinkled on some red wine vinegar and extra lime juice as well. SO easy and filling, thanks to all of the protein and fiber. And it’s pretty, too. Obviously very important.

So I think I have lunch covered for the rest of the week! Catch y’all tomorrow!

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Fake Friday

Today really felt like a Friday, probably because it started out with brunch and mimosas at Dream Cafe with some of my favorite people. Happy Birthday Allison!!

The rest of the day was much less exciting. I did a bunch of chores, picked the kids up from school, headed back to the school for an auction meeting, then met up with Brian and the kids for dinner.

I’ve rekindled my love for Trader Joe’s carrot noodles. Yesterday I was craving pasta for lunch and pulled a box out of the freezer. Sauteed them for a few minutes in a skillet, then added marinara and a spoonful of pesto (I buy the big vat of pesto at Costco and inevitably throw a 3/4 full jar away when it expires 2 months later… womp womp). We had some leftover rotisserie chicken so I threw that on top too. Perfect lunch!!

I’m hosting book club next month and chose The Couple Next Door. HOLY MOLY. I started it two nights ago and will probably finish tonight. It’s a short read but I can’t put it down! Like, I really want to get these dang lunches fixed NOW so I can go finish it. Hopefully the ending holds up to the rest of the book!

Have a great weekend!

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Pizza Pie and Everything Sprouts

Today Isla went home from school with a friend, so I got a little mommy-son time with Chocolateface McGee here:

We hit up the new Andy’s Frozen Custard near our house. He had the Texas Two Step (vanilla custard with strawberries and hot fudge) and I had the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer (peanut butter, brownies and maybe something else…?). We really should have split one because even the small is pretty huge. Anyway, it was fun to have some one on one time with Jack. He and Isla are super close, which makes me SO happy and thankful, but 99% of the time those two are talking and playing together and Mommy basically doesn’t exist, lol. They’re way more interested in talking to each other than to me. So it’s nice to get them alone every once in a while!

I prepped dinner after I got home from the gym this morning: PaleOMG’s 5 ingredient pizza spaghetti pie, one of my faves. It’s not difficult to make, but it is kind of a process and the prep takes a while. You have to roast and shred a spaghetti squash, brown Italian sausage and onions, then wait for all of that to cool so you can mix it together with the sauce and eggs (I also added mushrooms and 2 Tbs of nutritional yeast to make it “cheesy”). And then it bakes for a full hour… so a 10 minute meal this is NOT.

Totally worth it, though, because it is so, so good. And the leftovers are great too.

On the side we had roasted brussels sprouts, and I think I’ve discovered my new favorite method: everything bagel-spiced brussels sprouts. I followed the recipe but used Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning instead of making my own. You just have to keep an eye on it to make sure the dried garlic doesn’t burn in the oven (I did 12 minutes, sprinkled with seasoning, then 12 more minutes). I’m already obsessed with this spice but would never have thought of putting it on roasted vegetables! Avocado toast? Yes. Also hard boiled eggs. It’s just the best.


Not a bad dinner!

Good thing, too, because I have a meeting tomorrow night so we’ll probably be eating it again…

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Weekend Recap

Hey hey! Hope everyone had a fun weekend. Ours was FULL. We spent Friday night at our school’s back to school picnic. They had a food truck (grilled cheese!) and shaved ice truck, and then once it got dark they showed a movie on the sports field. The kids had a blast running around with their friends, though next year I’ll remember to dress them up in glow-sticks or something so they’re easier to keep track of.

Saturday was spent at Isla’s soccer game, then a bday party, then another soccer game for Jack. My parents met us at Jack’s game and then took the kids for the night so we could attend our friends’ gender reveal party (it’s a boy!). So fun.

Isla had a super cute baking birthday party to attend on Sunday. They baked cookies, decorated cupcakes then finished off the party with a little karaoke in the backyard.

OMG keep that child FAR AWAY from a microphone. The other little girls were belting out Taylor Swift and Moana, but Isla treated it like open mic night at the Improv. I’m pretty sure I heard the words “My mommy” and “boobies” come out of her mouth at least twice. So that’s awesome. Feel free to ask me for parenting advice because I’m obviously killing it.

Tonight Jack had soccer practice until 7. I stocked up at Costco today and was fully prepared to throw something together for dinner, but once 7:00 hit I lost all motivation and we went to Modern Market instead. Hey, kids eat free on Mondays!! I had the wintergreen salad (baby kale, apples, dates, goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic) and the margarita pizza:

(Aaaaaand $2 prosecco #win)

ALSO- new favorite snack! These Perfect Bars are so good. The dark chocolate chip with peanut butter is my fave, but the coconut peanut butter is great too. They’re pretty high-cal so I usually cut them in half. The chocolate-pb tastes like a no bake cookie. I get them at Trader Joe’s and Super Target, but I’ve seen them at Sprouts too.

Ok that’s all I’ve got- off to make lunches!

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Taco Thursday

Happy almost Friday! Despite the short week, I am READY for the weekend. Soccer starts back up for both kids on Saturday, so we’re looking at 2 games… plus 2 kid birthday parties, 1 adult party, 1 back to school picnic and 1 Cowboy game (for Brian, not me). Busy weekend!

I had a package of ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be cooked, so for dinner tonight I made turkey-black bean taco salad. For seasoning I used one of those Frontera sauce packets. They’re definitely a fave. You just brown the turkey with a chopped onion, then dump in the packet and heat through. I also added a can of black beans to the turkey mixture:

Butter lettuce topped with taco meat, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, greek yogurt, salsa and jalapenos. I also crumbled some blue corn chips on top.

Sorry for the short post, but it’s almost 10 and I still need to figure out how to set up the kids’ lunch accounts online. Three weeks into school and they’re both coming home with mostly uneaten lunches (ugh whyyyyyyyy) so we’re going to give cafeteria pizza day a try.

Hope everyone has a fun weekend!

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And It Begins…

Today was GORGEOUS here in Dallas. I took Chloe outside this morning and it was in the low 60′s! Perfect timing, given that I loaded up on pumpkin spice coffee at Target yesterday. Also there may or may not be pumpkins lined up on our mantle. FALL!

It was around 80 by the time the kids got out of school, so we took advantage and played in the front yard for a while. Isla decided that her baby needed some fresh air, too (poor Jack):

Tonight is book club night. I took stock of what ingredients we had on hand and decided to try these pumpkin-oat chocolate chip cookies. Because pumpkin, obviously.

The ingredient list is a *little* lengthy for cookies, but that’s mostly due to the spices. Also it makes a TON. I used my usual cookie scoop and got 55 cookies from one batch!! I think they’re awesome. You can’t beat oatmeal, chocolate chips and pumpkin, and the texture is super soft but not overly cake-y. Isla loves them too. Jack took one bite, realized that they contained walnuts and immediately declared that he had an allergy (he doesn’t).

Fingers crossed that this fall-ish weather sticks around!

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Holiday Weekend Recap

Can we just tack an extra day onto that three day weekend? That would be greeeeeat. We took the kids to the lake this weekend and didn’t get home until dinnertime Monday night- probably not the best idea, because at 8pm I realized that we had no food in the house for lunches, no clean uniforms, and Jack had homework (on a holiday weekend?!?!). Also Isla fell asleep on the hour drive home, meaning that last night at 10:30 she was still coming downstairs to tell me that there were “ants” in her room (there weren’t).

WHEW. Needless to say I played catch-up most of today. Groceries and lots of laundry. Also Isla had her 5 year checkup this afternoon. I had asked my mom to pick Jack up from school, not realizing that the pediatrician’s office would be administering flu shots this early in the season. SO Isla got hers at her 4:30 appointment… and then I had to bring Jack back at 6:20 for his. Whoops. But at least we can check that one off the list!! And unlike last year there was no 20 minute wrestling match over who had to go first.

Despite all that chaos, we had a really fun, relaxing weekend! I feel like we all just breathe a sigh of relief when we get to the lake. I was feeling a little under the weather this weekend (sore throat/cough- love those back to school germs), and I think every night I was in bed by 10. So nice. The kids played outside a ton, went swimming, played with friends, watched movies. Just a really good send-off to summer.

Even Chloe was relaxed:

She LOVES that little bed. Every time we go to the lake, she curls up in her race car.

On Monday morning we made a big clean-out-the-fridge breakfast, and I’m officially a fan of these uncooked tortillas:

You just heat them up in a pan- 30 seconds per side- and they make the BEST breakfast tacos. We stuffed them with scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon, cheese and salsa.

ALSO- anyone else a fan of Nutpods? It’s an almond-coconut blend coffee creamer with only 10 calories per Tbs. I’ve been using it for several months and love, love, love it. In my experience it’s really hard to find a non-dairy creamer that still tastes creamy and isn’t loaded with oil or sugar. This stuff is good, and I’m really excited because LOOK WHAT POPPED UP ON AMAZON!!!!

You know that went right into my cart. I’ll keep you posted!

Off to make lunches…

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Crazy Town

Y’all, I felt like I was in crazy town today. Dallas went NUTS. Word started spreading that there was a gas shortage due to the hurricane, and by noon there were insane lines (like an hour+) at all gas stations. Also by mid-afternoon most stations had completely run out of gas, not due to supply issues but because everyone was rushing out to fill their cars.

And then there were people like this guy. I was behind him and his EIGHT GAS CANS at a light.

This giant line was literally blocking the entrance to Sonic. No one gets between me and my after-school Diet Coke with lime. They were waiting to fill up at that 7-11 way down there, and there was another equally long line stretched out on the other side of the gas station.

Crazy! Luckily I had filled up on Tuesday, thank goodness. The lines were causing all kinds of traffic problems, so the kids and I made a super quick trip to Target for our school’s hurricane relief drive, then hunkered down at home for the rest of the day. It was actually really nice to have an activity-free afternoon. Isla and I started watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix- she is all into cooking shows right now, AND Fixer Upper. Makes me tear up a little.

For dinner I made this turkey-black bean chili. It may be 90 degrees here but tomorrow is September, damn it! I’m making chili!

It’s so, so easy to make in the Instant Pot. I actually cooked it late last night and then just heated it up for dinner tonight, along with our fave BBQ ranch bagged salad from Target and some new cornbread crackers from Trader Joe’s (tasty, but a serving size is only 8 crackers?!).

Hope everyone has a fun holiday weekend!

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Old Lady

Y’all I went to bed at NINE THIRTY last night. Brian made fun of me and said that I was probably tired from my 4pm dinner at Luby’s… but this school routine is kicking my butt! I feel like it’s non-stop after school: carpool, snacks, rushing to activities, helping with homework (x2! Sister has homework this year!), cooking dinner, picking up the house, fixing lunches for the next day, laying out uniforms, folding laundry, then bed and start all over again with the morning rush. Less than three weeks in and I’m already excited about a holiday weekend.

Today was ballet day. Once we got home I threw together dinner: bourbon glazed pork tenderloins from Costco (seared 1 min/side in a skillet, then moved to a baking sheet and baked for 10-15 min at 350). On the side we had coconut-lime cauliflower rice. I used a little too much coconut milk, so let’s call it cauliflower risotto?? And finally roasted broccoli.

Last thing- my new obsession. Have any of y’all tried this?? Topo Chico LIME.

I got a big case of it at Costco, but I saw it at Whole Foods today too. I actually like it better than LaCroix. It has a more natural fruit flavor- like you actually squeezed a lime into it. SO GOOD.

Ok that’s all I’ve got! Catch y’all tomorrow.

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Make-Ahead Monday

It looks like this year Monday and Tuesday are going to be our crazy days. On Mondays Jack has soccer practice from 5:45-7, and on Tuesdays Isla has ballet until 5. We also have soccer practice on Friday evenings, but that’s less of an issue since we don’t have to worry about homework and can go straight from soccer to our weekly Tex-Mex date (Friday margarita is non-negotiable). Anyway, I guess it’s good that we’re getting the busy stuff out of the way at the beginning of the week…?

The Monday night practice is particularly tough because I either have to feed them at 5:00 or wait until 7:15. And they’re starving by that point, so dinner has to be READY when we get home. Looks like we’ll be doing a lot of Instant Pot/Slow Cooker on Mondays. Tonight I fell back on Skinnytaste’s Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls in the Instant Pot.

To make life easier, I chopped the onion, garlic and cabbage when I got home from the grocery store this morning. I didn’t have any marjoram so I substituted Italian seasoning and just dumped it in the bag with the onions and garlic.

Ingredients:

Before practice I browned the beef in the Instant Pot, then added the onions/garlic/seasoning, tomato sauce, broth and raisins. Set to manual for 15 minutes. Once the timer went off, I quick-released the pressure and then stirred in the chopped cabbage. I ended up leaving out the rice to save carbs. Cooked another 3 minutes on manual, then QR’d again and let it hang out on Warm until we were ready to eat.

Topped with a little Greek yogurt:

Such a healthy, easy meal. You could sub ground turkey for the beef, too, but I feel like the beef flavor adds a lot in this dish.

Any other good make-ahead crock pot or Instant Pot recipes for me??

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