Broccoli Cheese Bites

Today’s a new day, and I’m starting it with breakfast. And coffee. Always coffee. I know I shared the week’s meal plan yesterday, but that only covered dinner.

Want to see what I whipped up for a couple other meals?

Come on.

They have cheese…

See, now that’s the spirit.

broccoli egg

I made broccoli cheese bites for Ethan, which he’ll be having for lunch a few days since I froze most of them. And I also made broccoli egg bites for me, which I’ll pair with some fruit for breakfast.

broccoli

I’ve gotta’ tell ya – the kid loves these things. I stole one, and I love them too. Since he’s still figuring out his finger foods, I crumbled it for him. Older kids would do great just eating them as-is… if your husband doesn’t steal them all first.

rollingBroccoli Cheese Bites for Baby (or any cheese-loving kiddo) Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz package of frozen chopped broccoli, boiled and drained
  • 1 cup crushed Cheerios (I use a baggie and rolling pin.)
  • 1.5 cups shredded full-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs (if your pediatrician is cool with whole eggs)
  • 1 tsp spices of choice (optional – I went plain on the first batch)
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Make sure to use cooked broccoli, and further chop any pieces that may be too large for baby. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Mix all ingredients with your hands in a mixing bowl. Plop onto a greased baking sheet in cookie-like shape. I used olive oil for mine.
  3. Bake 25 minutes. You could flip halfway, but mine turned out fine without flipping. Allow to cool slightly before serving, and crumble for baby.

 baby    ethan

Broccoli Egg Cups for Mama Adapted from this recipe <– has nutrition info too!

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz package frozen chopped broccoli, boiled and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, reserve a little (I used Swiss, but cheddar would be good too.)
  • 1/5 tsp olive oil plus olive oil to grease the pan (or cooking spray for the pan)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Make sure your broccoli is cooked.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour egg mixture into muffin cups until 3/4 full. I got 10 cups.
  4. Bake 30-40 minutes.

egg cups

See, there’s lots of eggy, cheesy, broccoli goodness for the entire family. Enjoy!

cheese

  • Bro, do you even food prep? ;)
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Dreams n’ Plans

Oh hi Monday, back already? It was a good and bad weekend here. I did some good stuff but also had some realizations. Before I dive into it, I want to share a brief bit about the “dreams” part of this post.

**Post is decorated with pics from the weekend

If you haven’t seen this movie, go do it. What Dreams May Come is one of my favorite Robin Williams flicks.

dreams

As for my dreams… ya know that big project I mentioned? Yeah, well I’ve thrown in the towel. Luckily I only invested about $200 in it so far, so from a business perspective, not much was lost. But it’s still sad when a dream dies.

salmon

Friday Date Night @ Napa on Providence (bacon wrapped salmon wrapped around scallop puree)

I’ve had a couple interviews since E’s birth, and I was angered that the opportunities expected me to work so many hours without what is in my opinion, adequate compensation. So I was excited to be starting something on my own where I make the rules. Eh… maybe I’ll revisit it in a couple years, but there are a couple issues with the plan that make it unfeasible at the current moment, with my current mommy constraints, and with my current budget.

meck

Wrapping Up Date Night at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

That’s okay – it’s going to leave time and energy for other things. So enough about that, let’s move onto the “plan” part of the post.

Here’s the weekly meal plan.

  • Sunday: braised chicken with leeks and tarragon, along with baked potato
  • Monday: beef picadillo
  • Tuesday: chicken sausage, sweet potato, and summer squash gratin
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash
  • Friday: leftovers (can you tell we dig leftovers?)
  • Saturday: out for my birthday!
pedicure

Pedicure n’ Pinot Grigio

Yes, as you can tell by Saturday’s plan, it’s my birthday week. Uh huh, I’m one of those people who celebrates all week. I’m celebrating Friday with friends and Saturday with family. In an early celebration, my mom took me to get a mani/pedi (my first since before E was born!) while my dad babysat Ethan. ‘Twas lovely.

run

Sunday’s 5 Miler (pre-run pb&j and Diet Coke worked well)

  • What’s your plan for the week?

 

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Friday Five

Oh Hi, long time no see, eh? Okay, it hasn’t really been that long, but it kinda’ sorta feels like it. In order to catch myself up to speed, I’m opting for another “Friday Five” post to share recent thoughts and happenings.

1. Coffee. Seriously. Just hook me up to an IV drip of the stuff. E was up due to teething last night and only wanted to sleep in mom’s arms. Though I would have liked some sleep myself, I have to admit that it feels pretty darn good to be wanted.

2. Beer. Some of you may remember me posting this on Instagram last week. I’ve only had two thus far, though I’m not really in any hurry to finish my mix-six pack.

beerThe first I tried was Stone Saison. Wow – that’s a punch of lemon, and I didn’t like it. Next up with Samuel Smith’s Porter. Mmmmm, now that’s how beer oughtta’ taste.

porter

3. Date Night! Kevin and I are having our second date night since E was born. What should I wear????

4. Walking. Nope, we’re not there yet. Two weeks ago he got better at cruising around furniture.

walking

Now he’s walking on walls. I wonder when he’ll be moving on his own; it’s so fun to watch his progress.

walking

5. The Bear Books. I know, it seems like a silly thing to end on, but I love these things. I’ve purchased two big hardcover bear books, and I checked out one board book from the library. They’re just so darn cute! If you’re looking to get a little kid or baby something sweet, I recommend a couple from this series.

Oh, and by the way, since I mentioned Instagram above, I have to note on a photo I posted yesterday. A couple folks complimented my kitchen, so I took a followup shot to show the entire thing. Not so glamorous is with a pack n’ play in the middle, eh?  haha #momproblems

kitchenK, time to run! Well, not literally, E and I had a great stroller run yesterday, so today is yoga.

  • What are you up to this weekend? Do you make time for date nights?
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Runnin’

There’s been quite a bit of running going on in these parts. I completed my 10-miler on Saturday, which went pretty well. I had an average of 9 min/mile, which included a run into a grocery store for a water fountain pit stop. Only 1 more long training run!!

runAfter my run, we headed to a kiddo birthday party where Ethan got to run too. They had a walker there, and the kid just took off. Future track star?

runSadly, there wasn’t any running yesterday. I put on my new workout top, but the run didn’t happen. (Matt from The I Am Brand let me pick out one of the company’s funny t-shirts to try. It’s hilarious and fits well. I worked out in it yesterday but haven’t run in it just yet. It’s great for gym wear and adequate for short runs, but it wouldn’t work well for longer distances or races.)

shirtAs soon as E and I headed out, it started to sprinkle. Dangit. I completed a 30-minute circuit later during his second nap. After he wakes here in a bit, we’re going to try again today. It’s our first run without the car seat attachment; wish us luck!

runAs for that long run, here’s a little mental recap of what was going on in this crazy head of mine.

  • Mile 1: “Rain rain rain. Rain is okay. I feel like such a bad arse for getting out and running in the rain. But please, please don’t thunderstorm…”
  • Mile 2: “Wow, it didn’t take long to settle into my pace. Actually, I need to slow it down a bit. A lot, really.”
  • Mile 3: Thinking about the big project I’m currently starting
  • Mile 4.5: “Time for a water stop! All these people think I’m crazy running in this grocery store like this. I don’t care. Does management mind me doing this? Nah, I don’t care about that either.”
  • Mile 5.5: “Wish I had more water.”
  • Mile 6: “Woohoo! Time to switch Pandora stations and eat some Gu… well, maybe I’ll save it a bit longer.”
  • Mile 6.6: “Ugh, big hill, I think I’ll take my Gu now.”
  • Mile 7: More thinking about that big project
  • Mile 8: “I feel fantastic! I could keep going past 10 miles, but I shouldn’t to prevent injury. This is definitely what a runner’s high feels like.”
  • Mile 9: “Runners high is depleted. I feel like death.”
  • Mile 9.2: “Ugh… I’ve only gone 0.2. Must.Quit.Looking.At.Garmin.”
  • Mile 9.4: More Garmin looking on and on until mile 10
  • Mile 10: “I’m pretty amazing.”
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Meal Planning for Three

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was good. Busy. But good. Rather than recap everything, though I can’t NOT post this awesome sushi…

sushiI’m posting our meal plan for the week. Drafting a store list has been a little more intense now that I’m trying to cook meals that Ethan can eat. (Ethan at Cowfish sushi and burger restaurant, our night out on Saturday. It’s one of my fav Charlotte restaurants!)

babyI want to cook meals we’d normally eat to get him used to our grown-up food, but I still have to modify a bit. (ie: We often eat a bit of spicy stuff and saucy one-pot meals that aren’t great for finger-food.)

So here’s the plan for the week:

  • Sunday – baked salmon, roast red potatoes, green beans**
  • Monday – pulled chicken burritos with side salad (pulled chicken prepped Sunday from the chicken salad I made for Kevin and I.)
  • Tuesday – red beans n’ rice (with veg)
  • Wednesday – leftover beans n’ rice
  • Thursday – sliced spicy chicken sausage, pasta, peas, spinach (E can have pasta and peas.)
  • Friday – out? frozen pizza? pasta leftovers?

**The salmon baked at 375F for 45 minutes while the potatoes roasted. They had roughly the same cook time, which makes things easy. I also baked Ethan an acorn squash at that same time and temp that I pureed and froze in an ice-cube tray after dinner. He’s working on finger food but still gets a bit of puree.

pancakesOn Sunday morning, I made pancakes for the family. They turned out really well (except the burned batch that I ate), so here’s the recipe. Leftovers were frozen for Ethan to have throughout the next week or two.

Simple n’ Scrumptious Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 TBS white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS butter, melted
  • cooking spray, olive oil, or butter for pan
  1. Mix milk and vinegar, and allow it to sit 5 minutes (or use buttermilk).
  2. Stir together dry ingredients. Add egg and butter to milk.
  3. Stir wet into dry with a whisk, but don’t over-mix.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup batter in greased pan. Wait until you see a little bubble or two before flipping.

pancakesEthan loved them, just as he loved the salmon later that night. What a good little eater… most of the time.

  • What are you making this week?
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