Archive for February, 2012

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Day 10, #30daysofGOODFOOD – brown rice pilaf w/ mushrooms and apricots

2012/02/28

I didn’t have a plan for dinner and as we were driving to the grocery store at 4pm, I was frantically searching my whole foods app in the car and found this. And it.is.delicious!!! Total score ;)

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Brown Rice Pilaf w/ Mushrooms and Apricots

Grocery List
1 TBS EVOO *i added more than recipe called for
1/4 lb sliced button mushrooms
2 portobello mushrooms, chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
1 pkg archer farms whole grain medley *recipe calls for 1C long-grain brown rice ~ the medley is a mix of: brown rice, bulgur, wheat, red quinoa + wild rice seasoned w/ garlic and herbs [sorry, couldn’t find a link online, buy it at target ;) ha]
2 TBS water (if using the medley) – if using long-grain brown rice use 2C water
S+P
1/2C chopped non-sulfite dried apricots
1/2C chopped toasted walnuts
1/4C total chopped fresh parsley and thyme
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

In a medium saucepan or chef pan, saute the mushrooms and onion in warmed oil over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 6 minutes. *if using medley – stir in w/ 2 TBS water, S+P – turn up to high heat, cover and let sit until moisture is absorbed completely, about 4 minutes. *if using rice: stir in rice, 2C water, S+P, bring to a boil, cover and simmer over medium-low until liquid is absorbed, about 45 mins. Meanwhile, toast your walnut pieces, if you bought untoasted…in a small skillet over medium-high heat until just browned. In a large bowl, transfer cooked rice/mushroom/onion mix and toss w/ walnuts, apricot pieces, herbs + vinegar. Serve w/ a green salad…mmmm

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Day 9, #30daysofGOODFOOD – carrot ginger dip/dressing GOOP stylee

2012/02/27

I signed up for GOOP a few years back and the newsletter she sent out her detox was my favorite. It’s a easy cleanse that’s totally attainable for pretty much anyone. Anyway one of my favs was her carrot ginger dressing for salads…we’ve since adopted using it for dips for cut up veggies as well. yum. Enjoy

photo from GOOP e-newsletter

Carrot Ginger Dressing/Dip

Grocery List
1 large carrot, peeled + roughly chopped
1 large shallot, peeled + roughly chopped
2 TBS ginger (freshly chopped or ginger juice)
1 TBS sweet white miso
2 TBS rice wine vinegar
1 TBS roasted sesame seed oil
1/4 C grapeseed oil
2 TBS water

Pulse the carrots, shallots + ginger pieces in a food processor (or blender) until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides + add miso, vinegar and sesame seed oil. Whiz together and while it’s blending, slowly add grapeseed oil + water.

Drizzle on any salad and eat as a dip for fresh veggies. Easy peasy.

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Day 8, #30daysofGOODFOOD – homemade almond milk

2012/02/26

So I was going to double down yesterday, but alas ended up doing so today to make up for Fridays skip…
So I just made some homemade almond milk. Mmmmm and srsly- so easy!
The only downfall is that since almond milk is so readily available and it’s not a huge cost savings to make on your own, there may not appear to be much motivation to do so-but the homemade stuff is soooo creamy and delicious and since it happens to be easy and not require a lot I have a feeling we will be making our own often in the future.

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Grocery List
1 lb raw almonds (costs roughly $3.99)
4.5 C water
Flour Sack
if you like it sweetened like we do
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 swirls agave

Soak your almonds over night or 8-12 hrs-drain

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Put in blender with water (if doing a full pound I’d recommend doing in two batches to make a bit easier).
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Blend on high or liquify for about 20 seconds.

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Put a strainer over a bowl (this photo from after my first blending batch)

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Top with a flour sack and pour blender contents. You’ll hear the liquid start to drain through. The strainer isn’t a fully necessary step just gives your contents something to sit on…

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Pick up the flour sack and squeeze all the milk out. This takes roughly 30 seconds to a minute…not long.

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If sweetening-add 2 tsp vanilla extract and 3 swirls the size of the bowl of agave (or just play around with it to taste) stir up or quickly reblend. Pour into container and it’ll last about 2 wks in the fridge.

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I cheated and tasted mine with some frozen girl scout thin mints ;)

Then as a bonus- take the left-over almond meal from the flour sack and lay out on a baking sheet. Bake for an hr at 350–it’ll start to clump up, drizzle with agave and eat with almond milk as a cereal or add to your favorite granola. I’m also going to look into a face/body scrub DIY – if I find a good one. I’ll post that too ;)

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Day 7, #30daysofGOODFOOD – the standard smoothie

2012/02/26

Everyone should have at least one good smoothie (or smeezy peezy as we called them in ’02 at our ha well smeezy peezy par-tays) concoction in their quiver. This one has been the damiano crew’s for the past few years…

Smeezy Peezy/Morning Standard Smoothie

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Grocery List
Sambazon – original smoothie packs (1 per persons worth)
Fresh strawberries
Banana
Frozen mango + blueberries
Three handfuls spinach
1 TBS hemp seeds
1 TBS flax seeds
2 tsp bee pollen (we buy local pollen from whole foods)
1 TBS vanilla protein powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Splash OJ
And almond milk until its the consistency you want-roughly 1C per person’s worth

Mix all together in a blender and blend away-any frozen or fresh fruits work, play with your portions to figure out how many of which fruits works well for your tastes and however many smoothies you’re making. Enjoy!

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1/2 a day in the life of yours truly

2012/02/25

So we have this mama blog – trumamas, but have inevitably grown too busy to keep up on it [sort of like this blog] and are waiting for it to have the right look, feel, etc…I dabble in coming up with headers but just haven’t dedicated any time to it. Anyway, back in Jan I decided I wanted to do “a day in the life” post, since sometimes I look at my strange new stay-at-home life and wonder what the crap consumes the full day or how do I keep my kid entertained…so I took some notes on my iCal and some photos, and figured may as well post it here instead :)

It’s only a half day because my part-time nanny was able to come over last minute that afternoon and I had a ton of prep work I had to do, so I jumped on her offer… Well here goes:

7am – I wake up, our lil man usually wakes between 6:30-7:15am, but Johnny always takes the first shift. He goes and gets him, changes him, gets him morning milk and then brings him up to our bed…so at 7- [again, this day in the life was back from Jan 2nd – so we were still nursing at that point] I bf him and lounge in bed, while trying to catch up on the kindle on my phone. We cuddle and play monster in the sheets + pillows (thus why my kid has such a good “monster” impersonation now…)

8am – we head downstairs for some bfast, [I decided to do this post post-bfast so I wasn’t able to catch any bed cuddles or him actually eating] RWD had a waffle w/ almond butter, some home-made sausage, a handful of cheerios and some craisins. I sneak in a chai and quick bfast for myself while he feeds himself…

8:20 – after bfast, he lounges and plays with toys while I do the am vacuum session (crazy the amount of hair you have with two berners-so we’re on a twice a day vacuum schedule). He’s in the “I LOVE THE VAC” stage so he usually just giggles and chases me around.

8:40 – we climb the stairs, he’s adamant about being able to do it himself at this point, to head up and start some laundry.

8:45 – he also happens to LOVE laundry. And he’s actually quite a good helper, so he hands me everything out of the washer so I don’t have to bend over ;)

it’s weird because I guess back in Jan he wasn’t walking yet either – so :) lil man crawls everywhere after me

8:50 – we head into his room to brush our teeth and get undressed and ready to shower – luckily he actually enjoys brushing his own teeth and is pretty good at it.

9 – the key to a successful shower is having everything prepped, so prior to actually getting in, we set out towels + his clothes so it’ll be an easy transition afterwards…

which includes setting out my own stuff as well – gotta be prepared + efficient w/ a lil person in your life

9:15 – we shower and he does well at just playing on the floor so I can actually get my own shower in…this is the aftermath (not too bad right?)

9:30 – I like giving him a bit of ‘naked time’ so he can air out, this usually is my time to get dressed, brush my teeth, comb my hair – which he uses to explore our room and closet.

9:35 – I realize he’s being way too quiet which means something must be up, so I peak around the corner and yup you guessed it…he’s pissed and taken a shit on the floor. The funny thing about this- I literally do this every morning with him, and of course on the day I decide to document we have our first “accident/s”. Figures right? ..yeh, remember how I prepped his towel + clothes prior thus making the transition easier? Guess the naked time in-between wasn’t so bright – so he hops back in the shower for a quick rinse off…

[sorry, totally gross I know]

9:45 – This time, we go straight to the bed and put on his diaper – I, lucky me, get to clean up his poop and pee on the floor, then head down to his room for lotion + hair combing. He has other plans – which include throwing all this shoes (which don’t even fit his feet) in his hamper

10 – we play a mean game of chase (playing hard hopefully equals tired babe which equals good nap), start a load of his diapers and eventually settle down to read good night moon – his current favorite.

10:10 – after reading it about 3 times, he finally snuggles in and is ready for his nap

10:12 – i lay him down and success!

10:17 – i head downstairs to do a brisk clean up, and sit down to search out good recipes, catch up on my blogs – i check the monitor because i heard noises and yup he’s pulling the blanket over his head playing peek-a-boo with himself…

10:30 – now he’s full on blabbing to himself and standing up – ugh, srsly being at home with your kid all day and not having them nap is pretty much the worst thing ever. 1. you don’t get your own downtime to do whatever and 2. you get to deal with an overly tired kid the rest of the day… so we wait it out and usually make him have at least ‘quiet’ time in his crib the duration of what his nap would usually be or wait until he’s freaking out crying so hard it’s obvious that he’s not going to ever be able to calm himself back down

11 – still not down. =/ but thankfully not crying…

11:45 – just as I’m about to give up (being able to have a distraction like blog surfing makes the time go by WAY too fast) I check the monitor one last time and finally he’s fallen asleep…from the sitting position to a fold over sleeping position.

12:35 – he wakes up :) feeling rested and in a good mood, plus mama got plenty of her own time and was able to eat a peaceful lunch. Not to mention get his lunch all ready to go (fish sticks, broc bites + a small agave/almond butter sandwich)

12:40 – after a diaper change, we pick out a couple stories

1 – after lunch we have a dance party and wait for the savior shelby (our nanny) to come over…in which she magically gets him to play all afternoon, take another great nap + stays sane while doing so ;)

-this is where I headed upstairs to pack up our whole 2nd floor in prep for our floors being torn out and re-done…it’s kind of insane to think how much has changed in the past 2 months, i’ll have to attempt another day in the life next week to see the differences.

*my hipsta camera does this annoying thing where when it shakes (aka goes from my pocket to my hand, or any movement whatsoever) it changes the settings…so sorry the photos are all weird

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Day 6, #30daysogGOODFOOD – Vegan French Toast

2012/02/25

So last night I had intentions of making “wish” tacos (tofu over fish) but pregnancy got the best of me and I was lazy so we ordered in Proto’s ;) so today will be a double down day–up first Vegan French Toast. This stuff was good-like couldn’t tell the difference between it and the real deal, our only downfall was that since it was last minute we couldn’t find a good thick vegan bread at Sunflower this morning but with some prep time I think that would be easily remedied. Again, finding vegan bread isn’t hard but in a pinch this morning thick cut was-so we just used a normal slice bread.

Vegan French Toast

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Grocery List
1/2 block firm tofu
1.5 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS agave
1/2 C almond milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS earth balance coconut spread
Chopped nuts (we used pecans) or sliced almonds

Vegan bread

Coconut spread or coconut oil for frying

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy, adding a touch more milk if needed. Dip both sides of bread in batter, dunking just until barely soaked through-remove excess batter and sprinkle with nuts, pressing gently so they stick to battered bread. Fry over medium heat until browned on both sides. Enjoy with earth balance butter, maple syrup or almond butter. [I ate mine w/ ginger syrupI must be on a ginger kick or something lately]

It srsly tasted exactly the same as “real” French toast and is such an easy quick breakfast. I’d love to try it with my orange/almond French toast recipe–because I like the cruelty free aspects, however am not a huge fan of the soy overload and using tofu…so sort of a toss-up. Do they make an almond based version of tofu?! Hmmm, I’ll search for a recipe and maybe attempt that…

Rwd enjoyed it ;)

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Day 5, #30daysofGOODFOOD – Ginger Zucchini Pasta

2012/02/23

So meant to make this two days ago, but got around to it tonight and it was good. I think because I didn’t rinse my noodles inbetween boiling and tossing, it gave them a semi-starchy texture/taste…but :) we all 3 ate it up.

Ginger Zucchini Pasta

Grocery List:
rice noodles (i used a white rice noodle – spaghetti style)
1/2 block firm tofu, drained and cubed into bite-sized pieces
2TBS coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 zucchinis, halved and sliced thinly
1 tsp minced garlic
shoyu to taste
4 tsp ginger [i use ginger people]
sesame oil to taste

Cook pasta, according to directions.
Meanwhile in a cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, saute onions until soft in coconut oil. Once soft, add zucchini w/ a pinch of salt and garlic, saute 2 more minutes. Dash w/ shoyu to taste. Toss w/ pasta, ginger juice, sesame oil and serve!

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[i forgot to get a photo of ours, but here’s rwd’s portion] ;) he gave me the ‘mmmmmmmmmm’and ate it all up!