Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#EatMooreDinner, Vol. 2


It's a new week with a new menu and I'm already planning the next time I make some of the dinners we had last week. I cannot stop thinking about these meals!! 

The Paleo Moroccan Chicken Bowls were by far my favorite dish from last week. I'm so obsessed with the flavors and everything was so fresh and good. The leftovers just as tasty!! I passed this recipe along to so many friends! Thursday night was another new dish and I actually never got to photograph it OR taste it since I was eating fried chicken before the Zac Brown concert! I'm going to recreate it again soon. 

My Asian Beef Lettuce wraps are a staple around here. I've tossed the recipe aside really and just saute up ground beef or turkey with whatever veggies I have on hand and season it with Tamari and freshly ground ginger...and a heavy drizzle of Sriracha! When I crave these things, I really think it's that crazy spice I want. My original recipe is linked below! 

Here's what we ate last week:


Lemon Garlic Salmon with Sauteed Broccoli Rabe






Mexican Quinoa Bowls with Chorizo and Pico de Gallo 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friday Faves {on Sunday}


I had the opportunity to go to the Zac Brown Band concert here in Charlotte on Thursday night and it was AMAAAAZING!!! It was such a spontaneous and spur of the moment thing and I'm so glad I went with my friends. Live music is one of my favorite things in life and ZBB was nothing short of fantastic. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about his live shows and he definitely lived up to it! The entire night was so much fun, and was topped off by running into my favorite person on TV- HODA KOTB! Seriously. Hoda!! I gave her a giant hug like we were best friends (but really, we are!) A chance meeting for sure and I still can't believe it. She's just the best!


I'm still riding the concert high and let ZBB be the soundtrack for my Sunday run. I don't think I have been on a real run in probably all of 2016 and man, it felt GOOD. Kickboxing at our gym has become my routine workout and I really think those hour long classes have given me more power to push through any workout I do. Combined with long walks with my kids in the stroller and my Kayla BBG, I'm excited to add running back into my routine now that the weather is cooler. 

Keeping it short and sweet today...and mostly football related. GO PANTHERS!!

On Self Confidence in Your 30s. By far the best thing I've read all week.


I ordered these little Penguin Ice Packs for Will's lunch box and they are the perfect size and keep his lunches nice and cool. 

For all of my Panther fans...this Etsy shop has tons of cute designs for the whole fam! I ordered from them last season and will definitely be placing another soon. They are local and the service and quality is excellent!

A little feel good video from... SUPER CAM

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lemon Garlic Salmon


This is the easssiesttttt and also my favorite way to make Salmon. It takes literally no time at all and comes out of the oven perfectly every single time. There's something so satisfying to me about only using a few ingredients. Gourmet cooking at home doesn't need to be complicated! Salmon is a food that my body craves and I start to go a little crazy if we haven't had it in a couple of weeks. It's one of those things that just makes me feel healthy and good after I eat it. Bonus points because, call me crazy, but I always swear it gives my skin a little extra glow. 

I kept it simple on Monday night and paired our salmon with sauteed broccoli rabe. Broccoli rabe has become one of our favorite greens. The bitterness isn't for everyone, but we honestly love it. You can blanche it in water for a minute or two prior to sauteing, as this takes out a little bit of the bitter taste. I have done this before but I usually just wash, chop and cook! 

And as pesky as that salmon skin is...I find that the skin on salmon has better flavor.

Enjoy!

Lemon Garlic Salmon

1 lb. wild salmon
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, sliced
a few thin slices of unsalted butter
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.

Top Salmon fillet evenly with garlic. Season with salt and pepper and place a few thin slices of butter on top. Finish with lemon slices lined up on the fillet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily. You will need more or less time, depending on how thick your fish is. 



Monday, September 12, 2016

#EatMooreDinner


My menu has been made and our fridge is fully stocked! I'll call that a successful Monday! This makes me soooooooo happy. I'm making two new recipes this week, one of which I am totally winging because I saw it on an Instagram feed and am using it as inspiration. 

I'm going to try something a little different this week, and make an effort to take a photo of our dinners this week to post next week! If you follow me on Instagram, #eatmooredinner is nothing new. My creative, hashtag savvy friend Rachel came up with it, and I use this tag for all of our dinner posts. I'm carrying it over to the blog and will hopefully have some tasty photos and recipes to share next week! 

When I meal plan, I typically plan for 4-5 specific meals. We almost always go out for dinner at least one night during the weekend and one of our at home dinners is usually something I quickly throw together with whatever we have on hand or have to use up! On my meal plan list, I also have a section for Will, a section for Kate and a section for us. Here are my extras that I'm making this week.

For Will:
- Hummus + veggie whole wheat wraps (for school lunches)
- No Bake Energy Bites
- Baked Parmesan Zucchini

For Kate:
- Mango + Kale with Ginger
- Superhero Greens with Chicken (from the Little Foodie cookbook)
- Pump Some Iron Beef puree (also from the Little Foodie Cookbook)

For Us:
- Lentil Salad with Mustard and Tomatoes
- Mini Fritattas with Sausage and Veggies (recipe adapted from Skinnytaste)

If you are in need of more meal planning inspo, Real Simple has a daily e-mail that you can sign up for with a recipe of the day. It's a great way to try out new recipes or get out of a rut. Sign up HERE. (#notsponsored- just sharing a good resource because I love it!)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Kate: 10 Months Old!


Our little bitty princess is TEN MONTHS OLD! Double digit months and only two more months until she's a year. It's just all going too fast and I don't care how many times I say that. She has grown so much but is still such a little baby at the same time. Each month gets sweeter with this girl and we love her more everyday. 



She weighs around 17 pounds and is now 27 inches long! She has graduated to size 2 diapers finally. She is wearing mostly 6 month clothes and some 6-12. And it's almost time to spice up the Fall wardrobe! I'm going to miss those sweet summer rompers though. 




Kate is officially crawling and moving all over the place. She's a wild little thing and doesn't like to sit still much these days. She's getting fast and especially loves it when Will chases her around the house. It took her no time at all to figure out how to crawl everywhere. About two weeks ago, she figure out how to stand in her crib and was so proud of herself she couldn't stand it. It's so much fun to watch them learn new things and show so much pride while doing so. 




Miss Kate is full of tricks! She claps, still shakes her head and smacks her little lips in the cutest way possible. Her wave most of the time is her hand opening and closing and it's my favorite thing ever. She has started pointing to things lately which is so cute. Her tiny voice is starting to develop and she's making more and more sounds each day. She especially loves to blow through her mouth and make the littlest whistling sounds! She says "da-da" when she sees Mark so we are claiming that as her first word. 




Mealtime has gotten messier these days as we have started her on more soft finger foods. She usually gets a puree with each meal but she's dong so well chewing on small pieces of roasted vegetables, fruits and even some meat! She loves meatballs and roasted chicken and has honestly eaten everything she's ever tried. 





Kate is loving books more now than she ever has. She sits in our laps and looks at the pictures and takes it all in while making happy noises and laughing. Her favorite book right now is a board book called Little Fish with an orange fish puppet that pokes through a hole on each page. She laughs so hard when you make the fish move. She doesn't discriminate when it comes to books though because when Will gets his daily morning story with Daddy, she is crawling up to them on the couch scooting in to join. 








Also...when you show up at the playground in the same romper as one of your baby BFFs!? All the heart eyes. 


My mom recently brought over my American Girl Doll and Bitty Baby to store for Kate to enjoy someday. I was curious how Kate would react to the baby doll and she went NUTS! I ask her where her baby is and she starts kicking and laughing and immediately kisses the baby's face. 



Aside from her own toys, her favorite toys are anything that Will is playing with! She's become especially fond of the Paw Patroller.



I never want to forget all of these little things. Like the way she buries her head in my chest when she gets embarassed. Or the way she goes crazy when Mark walks through the door. She looks at her big brother with the most loving look I have ever seen in my life, next to the way she gazes at me as she dozes off to sleep as I rock her each night. She has the same little nose as Will that scrunches up when she over-smiles or knows that she just did something cute. She has a big personality in a tiny package and it's so much fun to watch her turn into this amazing person. 



We love you so much, baby Kate and we can't believe how fast your first year is happening. This time last year we were weeks away from meeting you yet it's hard to believe how we ever lived without you.



Happy 10 months, Princess Kate! 



Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Faves: Preschool Lunches!



Labor day always seems to mark the last hurrahs of Summer but I foresee a few more weeks of sunshine and pool time in our future as Fall never really arrives here in Charlotte until sometime in October. I'm not complaining one bit- I'm all for making Summer last as long as possible. #nopumpkinsuntilOctoberplease

I can't believe my little boy is off to his first year of preschool next week! I'm feeling all the emotions right now, but mostly am so excited for the things he will learn, the confidence he'll build and the friends he'll make. It's going to be a wonderful experience for him. 

Will's school is 9am-1pm which means he needs to pack a lunch! Sometimes I feel like at home we get stuck in a lunch rut and I'm thinking packing his school lunches will be a good way to add in some variety. Our beloved lunch staples include hummus with veggie dippers, roll ups on whole wheat tortillas, peanut butter Ezekial toast, Greek yogurt with honey and mostly any fruit! I'm going to make sure his lunch game is strong this year! (and healthy!!) I've rounded up some posts from all over with lunchtime inspiration for all the little toddlers starting school next week! 






I am loving these bento boxes by Yumbox. These Easy Lunch Boxes are also a steal on Amazon and come 4 in a pack! 

Wishing you all a Happy Labor Day weekend! 


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Oven Fajita Quinoa Bowls



My love for Mexican food and margaritas runs deep. When we go out for Mexican I want to go ALL OUT. But add in lots of chips, queso, tortillas and a few drinks and it quickly turns into the biggest splurge meal of life. I make a lot of Mexican inspired things during the week and have found I can still satisfy that craving with the same flavors yet a lot less of the bad stuff. 

These fajitas are a favorite around here. I've been making them for years and they do not disappoint. This is truly an express meal because it takes all of 10-15 minutes to prep and can be cooked and on the table in under an hour. Quinoa is a great base for this as it soaks up all of the tasty cooking juices, but cauliflower rice is another healthy option! Add some chopped avocado and cilantro for a little something extra. 

Go ahead. You can't mess this meal up.




Oven Fajita Quinoa Bowls
recipe adapted from Budget Bytes

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (about 2 large), cut into small strips
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
lime for garnish
1 cup quinoa, cooked

Seasoning:
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large baking dish, combine chicken, peppers and onions. Toss with olive oil and seasoning, making sure everything is evenly coated. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring once about halfway through. 

Serve on top of quinoa with a wedge of lime.