Here are some of my 2015 go-to recipes as we’ve been living back and forth between Charlotte & Clemson this January. Thomas has taken a job at Clemson and we are in the process of getting our Charlotte house ready to go up for rent. So I’ve needed quick, easy, and as always, healthy meals. Let’s be real, I don’ t have the brain capacity or sanity for anything complicated right now!
Broccoli-Quinoa Casserole: If you’d like a video of Isaiah gobbling this up, text me. He was yelling for more & I simply couldn’t shovel it in fast enough! Recipe note: I boiled the chicken breast with seasonings and shredded the chicken because I used some of the chicken for chicken salad. I made this ahead of time and baked it right before we were ready to eat.
Green Smoothie Muffins: I threw in a handful of chocolate chips and my boys loved these for breakfast! I PROMISE you can’t taste the greens. I used a blend of spinach+kale and cut the sugar in half.
Chili with Kale: I’m making this recipe again this week because it was such a hit around here and it was very easy. I use 93% lean ground beef. And instead of chicken broth I use beer. Because beer makes everything better.
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes: These are great pancakes! Of course I threw in some chocolate chips for Adam. (Like mother, like son?)
And I’m obsessed with this 100 Days of Real Food blog because she is so practical, easy to follow and has a holistic approach that I like. It all feels do-able and not cutting out any food groups that are near and dear to my heart. So sue me. I love gluten and sugar and dairy and legumes and I WILL EAT THEM IF I FEEL LIKE IT. I also love that she did this series called 100 Days of Real Food on a Budget to “prove” that you CAN still eat healthy on food stamps. I’ve been trying out a lot of her recipes and reading meal plans for ideas and I’ve found it practical and refreshing.
Last but not least, here is a pic of Isaiah after a recent food extravaganza. This kid eats. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve loosely done Baby Led Weaning this go-round with introducing him to food. We’ve all loved it and honestly, I’m kind of shocked that the book was right. Now, I didn’t really do BLW with Adam, so maybe it is just that this approach fits Isaiah’s personality better, who knows. But I didn’t feed Isaiah a drop of real food until 6 months, and then I slowly started introducing him to some roasted veggies that he just chewed on. During the first month, I thought this whole thing was crazy and he would never learn to eat. One month in, it started to click. He started learning his pincher grasp and shoveling food into his mouth. Now, the kid will eat anything that we eat. He ate half of a piece of my salmon the other day! He eats more than Adam does! I know he will have his day when he becomes a picky 2 year old, but for now I’m riding the train and feeding him whatever it is that we are eating. I highly recommend buying the book but I don’t think it is necessary to buy the cookbook. Basically, feed your kid off of your own plate. Don’t feel like you have to make or buy a bunch of baby food. I’ve only made him purees once or twice, which I’m thankful for because the whole making your own baby food thing stressed me OUT with Adam. I’d end up angry when he didn’t eat the food that I’d labored over.