Doing the Whole30 sure has been eye-opening. I’m eleven days in and super happy with the changes (non scale victories) and most of all, the food. Especially my favorite meal of the day, breakfast! I’m all about quick wins for the morning, so I spent some time today prepping this sweet potato breakfast casserole to eat throughout the week.
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Oh, Back to School. How is it less than a week away? We’ve gone through Kindergarten Orientation, started earlier bedtimes, bought new clothes / shoes, and did our back to school food shop at our local Giant Eagle. Grabbing everything we needed for lunches, snacks, and a special first day of school treat (see the Perfect Pudding Pops, below!) was easy and convenient at Giant Eagle. (Bonus? I got to add some fun, healthy snacks to my lunches, too!) We set out to grab quick win items, and the Bigs had control over what went in the shopping cart. Everything on our list was checked off in one quick and easy stop.
Back in October, just after I announced I was pregnant, we were sitting in the pool at Disney and my cousins left me with all the kids and hopped over to the bar for a drink. Admittedly, I was a little sad – not because I was left with 6 screaming and splashing kids (one who was repeatedly kicking me in the stomach) plus the two in utereo, but because I would have given anything to have a sweet, fun [non-alcoholic] drink along with them. If only I had taken my copy of MOMOSAS along as a guide to come up with a fun drink I could have asked them to bring me back.
When we went camping, I wanted to be sure that I stayed true to my meal plans as best as possible. Sure, I let myself enjoy a s’more and a mountain pie, but I didn’t get out of control. One of the reasons was that I planned a few good meals throughout the weekend, including campfire quesadillas.
The other day, I got a fun e-mail from Tuttorosso Tomatoes (remember when they sent me yummy tomato products and I shared the goodness with you?). Hopefully you’ll be interested and share this opportunity with your networks.
First, there is a giveaway going on from January 14 (tomorrow) to February 8. The first 1,000 people to ‘like’ their page AND provide an original (no copying!) Italian recipe will be sent a FREE apron. So, tomorrow, submit your entry at https://www.facebook.com/
I can’t help but take a moment and share with you part of tonight’s supper (I promise to share more later). It was a basic meal for after a long day, yet one that was delicious and tasty. The Italian in me (which there is none, but some of my favorite dishes are) was quite excited to give Tuttorosso Tomatoes a chance to star in tonight’s supper.
Growing up, I remember my mom making homemade “bread” from frozen dough. One day, her life was transformed when she bought a bread machine. Pizza dough, fun breads…it was quite a find for our family. When I got my first house, one of my first yard sale finds was a bread machine–I just knew I had to have one in my kitchen!
This fall, I introduced my family to a few new foods from Frieda’s Produce. Most of them were brand new to us, so you have to imagine that I had to do some research after opening the box and seeing this beautiful fall bounty of produce.
Frieda’s Produce offers “some really interesting non-traditional fruits and vegetables that can turn one’s holiday table into a conversation piece.” I have to say, that sure was try with the produce we
sampled enjoyed. 😉
In my pursuit to lose weight, there have been a few things I’ve had to put aside in exchange for deliciously natural foods. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t crave delicious foods (like while writing this blog about a recipe, I really want some ice cream, a bad previous-life nighttime habit). One of my favorite homemade recipes was my buffalo mac n’ cheese. Even with using whole wheat pasta, I couldn’t bring myself to sacrifice those precious calories. So, enter my brilliant idea … Buffalo Chicken Couscous and Cheese