Hooray for sunshine!

Woo hoo!  Woke up this morning to sunshine, finally!  Which means it will be a great day for a photo shoot!

I decided to stay home this morning and let the love nugget get in a good nap so he would be well rested for his pictures.  So since we had some extra time I made him something yummy for breakfast.

Blueberry multigrain pancakes

1 cup of multigrain pancake mix

1/2 cup frozen blueberries defrosted

1/2 cup of water

Heat a non stick pan over and 1/4 cup of batter into pan.  Cook for about 1 minute or 2 on both sides.  Just like his dadda, the love nugget really likes pancakes!  Plus, they are super quick and easy!  Just make sure you get a mulitgrain mix that doesn’t call for an added egg.  The one I have just calls for water and oil but I skip the oil 🙂

For my breakfast I had a delicious peaches and cream green smoothie and an apple-cinnamon oat square. 

Peaches and cream green smoothie

1/2 frozen banana

about 5 frozen peach slices

1 tbsp flaxseed

squirt of agave nectar

handful of swiss chard

handful of spinach

1 cup of almond milk

Blend and enjoy!  Yummy! I didn’t get a chance to take a picture because the batteries were dead and I couldn’t wait to drink it 🙂

While the love nugget enjoyed his pancakes,  I made something I’ve been wanting to try for a few weeks.  One of the few processed things I buy for the love nugget are organic rice cereal puffs.  He loves them and they are a quick snack on the go or at home.  I would rather he have something that is homemade and all natural.  So I had seen this recipe on Food Doodles and thought I could modify it a little to make it love nugget friendly.

Whole Wheat crackers

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup of nutritional yeast (see picture below)

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, stir together dry ingredients.  Add in vegetable oil and water.  Mix until no flour remains in the bowl.

Remove from bowl and form into a ball.  Knead a few times then seperate into two balls.   Roll each ball out into 1/8 inch round.  Using a pizza cutter, cut into desired size squares.

Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes turning the baking sheet halfway through.  When finished, remove from oven and from baking sheet to allow cooling.

These might be more suitable for an older child who can eat crackers.   Although the love nugget really enjoyed them and used them sort of as a teething biscuit.  He gummed it and sucked on it without swallowing it for quite some time.

Nutritional Yeast can be purchased at most health food stores.  I bought mine when I was breastfeeding as it supposedly aids in milk production.  It has a nutty flavor and can be added to smoothies, soups, breads, etc.  Here is a link that lists some of its benefits. http://www.livestrong.com/article/263528-what-are-the-benefits-of-nutritional-yeast-flakes/

I’m off to take advantage of the love nugget’s nap time and hop on the elliptical before getting ready for the day.  Hope everyone has a great day!

Exciting day tomorrow!

Hey there!

I am sooo excited that the photo session we have had to postpone for the past few weeks is finally going to happen tomorrow!   Woo hoo!  So today I spent the afternoon doing laundry and ironing the love nugget’s outfits for this event.  It’s crazy how long it takes to iron his little shirts!  Luckily he took a nice long nap after our busy morning so I was able to get it all done without having to monitor him constantly.  I was also able to plan out and prep for dinner tonight which turned out to be delicious!

I wanted to make a ginger soy type salmon recipe and ended up adding oranges which created the perfect harmony of flavors.  I took a before picture but forgot to take an after picture and it was gone before I had a chance to snap one!

Ginger, Orange, Soy Salmon

1 tbsp orange zest

1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce

1 clove of garlic chopped

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp agave nectar

2 pieces of salmon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Whisk together all ingredients.   Place salmon in a baking dish and pour 1/4 of the mixture over the salmon and set aside to marinate for an hour or more.  Reserve remaining marinade.  Once salmon is placed in the oven to bake, pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally until slightly thickened and reduced.  Bake salmon for 20-25 minutes or opaque in color.   Top salmon with reduced marinade and enjoy over quinoa or brown rice.

The love nugget had a new meal tonight for dinner as well.  He wasn’t really loving the quinoa black bean nuggets I made for him the night before.  So I decided to make him a quesadilla using these, broccoli and some cheddar cheese.  He loved them!  I just threw the ingredients I had on hand on top of a whole wheat sprouted tortilla, added some cheese and heated in a non stick frying pan.  He loved it!  You can’t really tell by the serious look on his face.  He was so into eating his food that he didn’t want to look up and smile at me!

Off to bed to try to read a chapter or two of my book before catching some shut-eye.  Hope everyone has a great night!

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