Since welcoming my daughter in October, I’ve been on a bit of a mini-maternity leave from the blog, focusing mostly on Good Food Reads each week while Lane (bless!) has really taken over the cooking posts. As many of you know, having a newborn really limits the time for cooking and kitchen shenanigans. Well, I’m starting to slowly dip my toes back into the land of the cooking! As I think about things that I’m excited to make (and combine that with the constant hunger associated with nursing a baby – wow! I could eat ALL THE TIME), I continually get excited about Good Food Reads and have found so many things I want to share. …
So, I’ve been told that I can’t eat Edible Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough every day.
I know, right? Who are these haters? Now although I’m still not sure that is completely true, I will admit that sometimes a really good hearty dinner sounds good too (maybe followed by cookie dough?). And I guess if I’m going to be binging on cookie dough (and I am) then I better try to balance things with some vegetables. Enter Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Ragu. (And if you don’t have a slow cooker, don’t worry, I’ve got that covered too!)
As meals go, this one checks all of the boxes. Easy to make. Kid friendly. Hearty. Adaptable. And as the days and evenings get busier (anyone else feel like they are on a constant Merry-Go-Round?) this Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Ragu is a good one to come home to.
I’m not going to lie. Eleven days into this New Year thing and I’m struggling. I know I made some resolutions and they may or not have been about getting more healthy. But really, I’m hungry. And not for salad. Adulting makes me want to eat, and I feel like I’ve done my share of adulting lately. I may have solved my hunger problem with this Edible Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Well, one problem’s been solved anyway!…
I woke up early this morning to the most beautiful of winter snowfalls. Big, fluffy flakes falling softly and covering the still dark streets in a blanket of white. Days like this make me crave comfort foods like soups and stews and rich desserts even more than I usually do and have certainly inspired my picks for this week’s Good Food Reads.
Herby Lentil and Sausage Soup from Cooking Light is on the menu for tomorrow night. I’m hopeful that this one will even get the thumbs up from my preschooler! I’m also looking to try out this other recipe from CL for Hearty Tortellini Soup.
Speaking of my preschooler…are you guys familiar with Weelicious? It’s a great website for anyone with kids who loves food and wants to feed their kids real food that adults will love as well. This week, I’m loving their 15 Hacks for Store Bought Rotisserie Chicken and can’t wait to try out the California Style Cauliflower Rice and Beans as well.
Like many others this time of year, I’m trying to reset a little in my diet after a season of pure indulgence. I’ve always found that when I eat a hearty, healthy breakfast, I tend to snack less throughout the day and generally make better choices. These Fruit, Nut, and Brown Sugar Freezer Oatmeal Cups will be perfect for days when I want a great breakfast but don’t really want to cook! (via Better Homes and Gardens)
And for those days when I want a really comforting breakfast but don’t care about calories (i.e. just about every Sunday!), I give you: Blood Orange and Cardamom French Toast (Spoon Fork Bacon).
I bought a large chunk of feta cheese last week for an appetizer I was making and have quite a bit left that needs to be put to use ASAP! I think these Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts should do the trick (via Better Homes and Gardens).
And finally, an easy dessert sure to please just about everyone from Kelsey Nixon of Cooking Channel fame: Caramelitas.
Friends, those are your Good Food Reads for the week. If you have recommendations for recipes, helpful cooking websites, or cookbooks to feature on GFR, let us know! We’d love to share the love.
Until next week…
You guys. Because my fabulous husband went to the store just ONE MORE TIME, I get to bring you this delicious Creamy Onion Soup. I also get a delicious lunch tomorrow on my day off. My husband-he is a saint. A true saint. …
I have a confession to make. I have never tried Chipotle’s Beef Barbacoa. Oh sure, I’ve been to Chipotle a million times. But I’m a more of a carnitas kind of a girl. So my family all thought it was a little odd when I came home with a chuck roast and announced I was going to make Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa. Oh ye of little faith! All three of them actually got off of the couch to come and check it out as I pulled it out of the crock pot…the house smelled delicious!…
Here we are: 2017. After a crazy end to 2016 in so many ways, I am enjoying the mental reset that a new year brings. I’m not generally one for a whole list of resolutions, but I do tend to enjoy the common January focus on health, organization, and goal setting. This week’s Good Food Reads definitely reflect my current need for light, cleaner foods, and ways to get myself a little more put together – especially in the kitchen!
As we begin the new year, we are also looking to bring some changes to the bl0g. We’d love to know what you want to see more of in this space. We always love to hear from you and would be so grateful if you took a minute or two to drop us a line via email, Facebook, or Instagram and share your thoughts.
Good Food Reads for January 4, 2017
I’ve been keeping my eye out for new smoothie recipes that I can use for a quick snack or breakfast with my little guy. To be honest, I’m a bit over the green smoothie and I think this Carrot-Orange Smoothie might be just the thing to change up my routine a bit.
When it comes to breakfast, there’s very little my son loves more than pancakes. In an attempt to get a little more nutrition into those glorious carb filled breakfasts, I’m going to try these Cottage Cheese Pancakes from Weelicious.
The end of my maternity leave is fast approaching and I’m looking for some go to recipes to bring for lunches and dinners when I’m at work. The nature of my job means that I need something nutritious, easy to eat, and that doesn’t really require heating. I think these Lentil Protein Bowls from Heartbeet Kitchen will be a great option!
You guys know I’m a huge sucker for a one-pot recipe. I love to cook. I do not love to do dishes. My latest find is this recipe for Garlic Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes (Cafe Delites).
Mini Salmon Cakes with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta from Andie Mitchell. These little beauties are on my menu for later this week. Can’t wait to try them!
I will never stop loving brussels sprouts. I know, I know. But pair them with some salty bacon or prosciutto and they really are a thing to behold. Here, they are placed in a salad with pomegranate seeds, prosciutto and feta cheese. So many of my favorites all in one dish! Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Prosciutto (Happy Foods)
Simple Carrot Ginger Soup from Love and Lemons. This is one of those recipes that makes me feel all virtuous in my food choices. It’s also just really darn good!
And…because I’m really not that virtuous in my food choices: Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce from Let’s Eat Cake. It’s all about balance, right?!?!
First and Foremost HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are so looking forward to 2017! Secondly, if you are looking for a salad you can eat with a spoon, look no further. Roasted Squash and Quinoa Salad will fill you up while keeping your New Year’s resolutions intact! Read on for the recipe and for my resolutions…maybe you can help hold me to them!…
New Year’s Eve is tomorrow can you believe it? I think we would all agree that 2016 has done it’s damage (spectacularly I would add) and it is time for it to go. I personally, am quite excited for 2017 for a whole host of reasons, but especially because I have a lot of ideas for things to bring you on the blog. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s start with these Thai Meatballs, the perfect appetizer to help ring in the New Year!…
A slight hiatus from our normal Wednesday Good Food Reads, which I promise will be back next week.
Recently my 14-year-old daughter came to me about a science project she was going to do for her 8th grade science class. She had chosen to look at basic substitutions you could use while baking, as she is an avid baker. In fact I buy her a baking oriented cookbook every year for Christmas. (Clearly I’m winning at parenting as I’m definitely reaping those rewards!).
She worked diligently on this project one fall afternoon at the cabin. There was a lot of measuring, weighing, and even testing of resistance (it’s good to have a dad who is an electrical engineer and loves to teach scientific principle!). I had promised she could post her results on the blog when she had them written up, and now I am going to deliver. My only other contribution was to buy four different colored cupcake liners so we wouldn’t confuse the four groups. Read on for my daughter’s science project in her own words. Baking Substitutions: A Fun Science Project is below. Proud mom moment…hope you enjoy it as much as I did! …