Seasonal Eats: Summer Produce

standard June 19, 2017 Leave a response

One of the things I have LOVED about Hello Fresh meals is the reminder of how delicious simple, seasonal meals can be. 10 ingredients or less is all it takes to make a hearty and filling, yet light and flavorful meal. Summer time brings out ALL the ripe, juicy fruits and vegetables that make mealtime even more simple and delicious.  Here are a few of my summer favorites and easy recipes to enjoy them. Some meals don’t even require turning on the oven!

Blueberries

Peaches

Greens

Peas and Beans

Squash

Have a delicious week of sweet, simple, summertime meals!

Weekly Menu: A New Flow

standard June 12, 2017 Leave a response

I love cooking. Creating. Serving. Eating. Stirring a big pot of risotto is calming to me, and having a prepped and stocked fridge makes me insanely happy. However, some seasons are just not easy for finding time to mix and stir and simmer and bake. My child’s bedtime routine takes up most of the time I used to use to make dinner. And we now eat at 9 pm after she is in bed. Cooking at that point is out of the question. This mama is hungry! So how to make meals easy without getting takeout all the time?

1. Stock that freezer!

As we started depleting the freezer reserves once we got home from the hospital, I started taking a few hours one day a month to make 3-4 more meals to restock for the coming weeks. Having an ever stocked freezer makes last-minute meals super easy, and any dinner can be freshened up with a quick side salad.

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2. Get a meal delivery service.

We get a vegetarian Hello Fresh box almost every week. I can easily add an extra protein for the husband and omit any cheese for me. Meals are simple enough they can be made in 30 minutes or less, and if I’ve prepped everything before bedtime, dinner takes even less time to get on the table after baby is asleep.

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3. Use prepared grocery items.

The best time saver for easy, healthy lunches? Bagged salad kits from the grocery store. I usually ditch the dressing and make my own simple vinaigrette with oil and vinegar or swap in salsa or tahini. Toss some precooked lentils or beans in, and a hearty, filling, and fresh meal is ready in 5 minutes. Most grocery stores have a ton of prepared convenience foods in the produce section that can be taken advantage of. Yes, it costs a little more for someone else to chop and season and assemble, but sometimes the time savings may weigh out the winner.

 

Be Present: June

standard June 9, 2017 Leave a response

Hello friends! Happy summertime! The past three months have been so full of adventures into the world of motherhood, and it’s been a hard, wonderful, sleepless, joy-filled time.  As I had every intention of being back to this space in May, I’ve spent a bit of time considering how I want to make the most of this space while still enjoying what I do, without pressure of being pulled in a million directions. So for now, fewer recipes, some weekly menus, more running and minimalist living, a sprinkle of life and food with a baby. And most definitely still goals! Even though I have not shared April or May goals, I did set some. A little progress, a lot of grace. But most of all, plenty of motivation and direction setting in this new season. Let’s jump right in!

March in Review:

1. Allow help. Say YES to offers and ASK when needed. (This is hard for me!)

I’ve definitely gotten better at saying yes to offers of helping, but asking is still so hard. Even with the husband. I sometimes just do it all without even thinking I don’t have to. But we’ve slowly worked out a rhythm that makes life with a baby much easier. Patience and time and lots of communication is key!

2. Go one ONE date with the husband. Even if it’s just a walk outside.

Thanks to Nana being in town each month, we’ve managed to actually go on a real date every single month, not just in March. Thanks, Mom!

3. Practice positive self talk and self-care every day.

After finally being cleared to workout after 8 weeks, being able to run and do yoga/core work has really helped with the positive self talk. The scale may not budge for a while due to the combination of breastfeeding and running hunger (pretty much starving 24/7!), but I feel 10 times better being able to get out and move more than walking around the block.

June Goals:

  1. Enjoy the Summer.
  2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.
  3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.
  4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. (loving Jasyoga right now!)