You know how everyone ever always say to take time when you eat. To make sure you savor every bite. Digest. Relax. Etc.
You know that person didn’t have a toddler, right? Or has never met a toddler, either, for that matter.
Lately, eating has become a little bit of a challenge during the day, because Eli is all GO GO GO and he really likes it when he has an audience. Lest you think I’m raising some kind of voyeuristic mama’s boy, I am working at getting past this new awesomeness; however, that doesn’t change the fact that sitting down with a meal and enjoying just doesn’t work out when the baby is hanging on your leg and whining.
Also, because of the weird weather we are having (um, 70 degrees in December?!), it appears my body no long knows what it wants to eat.
So after all that blah blah, here’s my point: quick, delicious recipes are necessary.
This one is my favorite right now, and I’ll just apologize in advance for the imprecise measurements. You know how I roll. Can’t imagine this could get messed up anyway!
Delicious, nutritious, creamy and savory, these farm fresh fried eggs are the perfect contrast to the bitter baby arugula in its slightly acidic red wine dressing. It’s just a perfect mix. It tastes so decadent.
Eggs ‘n Greens
- 1 large handful of baby arugula (or two!)
- Red wine vinegar
- Olive oil
- 2 eggs (try your best to find cage free, naturally fed – no soy, etc)
- 2 tbsp pastured butter (like Kerrygold!)
- Pure maple syrup
- Salt n pepper
First, melt your butter in a skillet and once nice and hot, crack your eggs in and let them begin their fry.
In a small bowl, combine arugula with a quick pour of red wine vinegar, a dash or two of olive oil, a spill of maple syrup, and a pinch of salt (do you want to kill me yet?). Mix it up. Then plate it.
When your eggs are done to your liking, season with a little salt and pepper, and then place them on top of the greens.
It truly takes under 5 minutes from start to finish, and THAT is a wonderful thing.
What are your “in a hurry” meal ideas?
Confession time: I’m not in love with kale.
It’s not that I don’t believe it is a green flippin’ miracle. I love all the good stuff it does. I just don’t like the taste or the texture. It does nothing for me.
So I’ve resorted to simply juicing the heck out of it and calling it a day.
This is my bastardization of this recipe. Because I can’t follow a recipe to save my life these days.
Or just won’t.
It was good. Topped with avocado, sweet potatoes, pom, and a crackle of salt. Crisping the kale is brilliant, and gives it a lighter, crunchier, more easily masticated texture.
You know it was good, because I chose to eat it on my burfday.
But don’t worry, now I’m eating cookies.
Have a great one!
Today is the official halfway point of Whole30! Go us 🙂
I’m really just excited to get some wine and buttah back in my life. Everything else can probably stay as it is for the most part.
A few things:
Me: ??!! (And complementary hand gestures)
Hubs: Oh, I forgot to undo my handiwork.
Me: But… why?
Hubs: It’s an iPod dock and speakers.
Me: I know, but why? Don’t you have earphones?
Hubs: Not close to me at the time.
Me: You wanted Eli to listen to music too, huh.
And so, my husband and son apparently went for a jog with an iPod speaker snap-tagged to the stroller.
The remarkable thing about this photo is not my choice of socks. Eli and I went for a run! Well, OK, we went for a “jog” that’s probably closer to Hubs’ “fast walk” but the point is, I got my boogy on and that rarely happens. I even broke a sweat. I credit the lack of booze. It’s messing with my brain.
Could you just die over the cuteness that is the long sleeve, long pant romper? O M G. I probably took seventeen gazillion pictures of him yesterday. Sorry if you’re FB friends with me. More sorry if you’re Instagram friends with me.
This lunch was epic and so colorful. I think I have to share it with you!
- 1-2 C. lettuce of choice
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 1 Sweet red pepper, chopped
- handful of black seedless grapes, chopped (it’s a little weird to chop grapes, but do it anyway so you get a little piece of grape in every bite! Also tip: if you buy black grapes, choice the darkest you can find. Those are the sweetest)
- Citrus vinaigrette: 1 part citrus (fresh lemon, orange, mix of both, whatever!) to 2 parts olive oil. Whisk in a little dijon mustard. Add salt and pepper.
Toss it all together and enjoy!
You didn’t think you were getting away with just one picture, did you?
Plus, Eli wants you to see how his momma needs to stop pulling tags off and just use scissors already. HOW EMBARRASSING.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.
We are up and at ’em far too early this morning. Eli slept pretty poorly last night; I think I actually got out of bed and fed him/soothed him back to sleep at 8:30, 10, 2am, and somewhere between 5:30-6. However, in between then, he must have cried here and there, because hubs would tap me and say “Should I go check on him?” Bless him for offering, but I didn’t hear any crying and I was sleep-grooving. Suffice to say, when Eli trumpeted his serious awakeness this morning with a full out diaper catastrophe, I knew there was no going back. So I bit the bullet and…
Folded a load of laundry
Put clean clothes on myself
And headed downstairs to hit the kitchen while the boys stayed upstairs getting ready.
Today, we both started with lukewarm lemon water.
I sipped on that while making hubs some breakfast/feeding Eli a bottle. Then it was juice time.
This blend was two small apples, a lemon, romaine heart, and swiss chard. It was a horrible brown/green color, but the taste was very good, especially since I keep all the produce in the fridge, so it was nice and cool.
I’ve been trying to be more present when I feed myself these days, and really feel how different foods affect me. For example, yesterday I ate this amazing kale salad for lunch:
Almost immediately after eating, I felt very calm and satisfied. My mouth had a slightly sweet and pleasant taste in it, and my belly felt comfortable and not at all bloated. I believe I ate this salad around 12:30pm and I didn’t get hungry again until close to 6pm, which is unusual for me. I had no urge to snack at all.
This morning after my juice, I may have felt a little energy buzz, but it was Eli who got me outside for a walk. He was being really fussy, which means he needs a nap, and usually the only way to soothe him is to go for a walk. It’s been so insanely hot here though, that midday walks are not a good idea, so I decided to hit the pavement around 8:20. It was already well into 80s!
I felt pretty good though, and let the sun soak into my skin, enjoyed the light breeze, and had some thankful thoughts for my family and their health, my beautiful son who fell asleep halfway through the walk after some adorable cooing, and for the opportunity to be able to spend this day with him in our beautiful home. It’s very easy for me to be sarcastic, cynical, and critical – so rarely do I take a moment to reflect on how many things I am thankful for. I’m trying to be better about that and reflect daily.
Have a wonderful day!