My husband is Jewish from Brooklyn, so needless to say, his love of Asian food is real.
We eat at hibachi places, sushi places and get Chinese take-out.
And after being pregnant twice in two years and not being able to have sushi, my love for sushi has come back full force.
Sushi is expensive, y’all! So, I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make it for our family!
We had most of the ingredients already: rice vinegar, sesame oil, avocado, cucumber, carrots, Sriracha, mayo, soy sauce
Like I said, my husband likes Asian
What I didn’t know how to make was sushi rice.
Oh, Publix Ethnic Food Aisle, you never disappoint.
I got two of these. They just need to be microwaved for 1 minute each! ONE minute!
This recipe has proved tried-and-true for our house.
I first made it TWO YEARS AGO in 2015. It was a HelloFresh recipe.
I had ordered a box when I knew my husband was going to be out of town.
This recipe was 30 minutes to make.
As a bonus, it was also meat free for Meatless Monday!
I still keep most of these ingredients in my house today (and when I have extra zucchini, I make either this or zucchini bread):
We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.
The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…
Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…
Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…
Fed the tortoise…
And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.
On a cutting board.
Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.
And just let everyone eat what they wanted.
Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.
We are *STILL* waiting for cold weather here in Florida, but something about fall/ winter makes me ant to eat. all. the. soups.
I have made three different soups in the last two months (which doesn’t seem like a lot, but still)
First, in October, I made a Crock Pot French Onion Soup. We took this one to Disney with us and made it in coffee mugs there. It was a little strong on the thyme for me, so next time I will dial it down to 1 teaspoon.
Anywho, here’s that recipe:
Crock Pot French Onion Soup
1 HUGE onion
1 tsp thyme
1 container Beef Broth
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 loaf French Baguette
Thick sliced cheddar cheese
Cook onion with EVOO and thyme until tender. Add to Crock Pot. Add beef broth and spices. Cook on low for 8 hours.
Place soup in coffee mug, place French baguette and cheese on top and broil for 5 mins or until cheese is nice and melty and brown.
With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.
I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!
I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!
So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.
I wanted to use whole wheat flour.
I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.
So this is what ended up being my recipe:
Who does’t love a good granola bar?
My oldest daughter recently took a liking to them, which I was thrilled about!
They’re a healthy snack and one more thing she’ll actually eat! SCORE!
Except, I was paying $5 for 5 granola bars. Yikes.
And she would eat like one a day.
So pretty much every week, I was buying another box of granola bars.
I decided I wanted to try to make my own. How bad could it be? I had made granola before, so why not granola bars?
I scoured the Interwebs for recipes.
I wanted something with chocolate chips.
But still chewy.
Must be toddler approved.
I ended up using parts and pieces of a few different recipes. Here’s what I came up with:
Back in May, we went peach picking at our neighbor’s orchard.
I spent a week cutting and pitting and freezing and cooking and baking peaches.
Last month, I decided I wanted to attempt to make Peach Jam. Usually, I make my strawberry jam in a bread maker, but it always comes out a little to runny for our family’s tastes.
So, this time, I decided to make it on the stove.
I attempted to make a no-pectin recipe, but it was looking too liquid to me, so I added pectin to it (following the directions on the pectin)
Here’s what my recipe ended up being:
One gallon-size Ziplock bag of frozen peaches (when I bagged them, it was probably 3-4 peaches)
2 1/2 cups sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons fruit pectin
Cook down the frozen peaches, add sugar and lemon juice. Once all ingredients are melded in the pot, I poured into a mason jar and have been enjoying it on toast, PBJ and more!
I have been dreaming about food since I was on the 3-Day Refresh.
I took out a whole chicken to cook on Sunday night and we didn’t eat it until Thursday night! LOL
For our chicken, I cooked it on a roasting pan with a rack (so it didn’t sit in the juices and got all soggy)
I wanted it to be crispy!
After the girls are in bed, Eric and I like to watch TV (or blog!) on the couch and have dessert (isn’t this what ALL parents do after the kids are asleep?!)
Eric is partial to chocolate chip cookies from Publix and a glass of milk, but that’s not exactly on the 21-Day Fix or any of my other clean eating plans.
Enter the Shakeo Mug Cake! It has been a lifesaver!
This is one of my favorite Shakeology recipes!
I use this on days I haven’t yet gotten my shake in yet (I know, crazy!)
And it feels like a cheat/ dessert, because it’s chocolate but it’s NOT!
I found this recipe on Pinterest and it has pretty much been my favorite. I tweaked it a bit (no salt, etc.) and have been enjoying it ever since!
Now that the Fourth of July craziness is all over, I’m back on my normal clean eating regime, which includes yummy recipes like this one!
When I used to eat oatmeal, it was full of brown sugar and maple syrup and it was mostly instant and from a packet.
I wish I knew how to make oatmeal like this back when I was breastfeeding!
Now, I make it with tons of fresh fruit, nuts and other yumminess and I don’t even miss that sugary sweet instant nonsense from before!