Oatmeal Baked Goodness 2.0

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So I know I already posted about my newest banana oatmeal loaf obsession, but these little oatmeal cookies are not only quicker and simpler to make, but require a few less ingredients. In fact, you really only need 3 ingredients, which I guarantee are already sitting in your kitchen. The rest, in terms of spices and fillings, you can just improvise. These are perfect for Char and I when we’re on the go to and from classes, especially around 3pm when I feel myself crashing. And again, they contain 0 added sugar or any other unhealthy items, which is always a win in my book. Continue reading “Oatmeal Baked Goodness 2.0”


Green Eggs and Ham…


In honor of Charlotte’s favorite book, which I probably read 100 times a day at least, I had a huge hankering for HAM this week. Usually Nick owns the big meat roasting category, but since he has been swamped at work, I decided to attempt my first ham solo, and it was a success! They are actually shockingly easy, and the best part is, you can prep it all ahead of time while the little one naps.  Continue reading “Green Eggs and Ham…”

Teriyaki Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps….


Happy Monday everyone! This little concoction was quickly made up today in my head while at the grocery store, but I must say it turned out great. I’ve been trying to crock pot once a week lately to ensure we have one easy cooking night, usually on Mondays when we are pretty beat. I’ve been really into pulled meats, so went with my usual chicken and sweet marinade route. This time I chose teriyaki sauce and honey as the base of the sauce, and topped the dish with fresh, crunchy veggies and chopped peanuts. The extra crunch was perfectly paired with fresh lettuce, which (because it’s lettuce),  you don’t even feel guilty while eating about 5 wraps 🙂 Continue reading “Teriyaki Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps….”

A Healthier Take On Eggplant Parm…


Usually I avoid more complex dishes during the week, and save them for the weekends, but man was I having an eggplant parm craving. And like most food cravings, once it’s in my mind, I just can’t let it go. So this was our first attempt of making a healthier/faster version of the dish, and I must say, it turned out amazing! I actually prefer this lighter style, vs the heavier baked dish you usually see smothered in cheese, leaving you super full at the end. The big secret here is lightly coating the eggplant with flour and breadcrumbs. We use panko to save on calories, and skip mozzarella all together. Instead we garnish at the end with grated parmesan and light red sauce.
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Breakfast Cake to Fuel the Baby…


I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. I know I have really dropped the ball on this blog lately, especially during the crazy holiday months; it was certainly put on the back burner. Hopefully this new year brings new recipe inspirations and plenty of  blogging before the craziness that will be surfacing in June, when we add one more babe to this circus!

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m totally not a sweets person, and crave mainly salty things. But dear lord, something has taken over me recently and I crave dessert nightly. I’ve been wanting to make some sort of sweeter breakfast loaf for months now, but never got around to it. However, with a big snowfall hitting NYC  yesterday, this was the perfect excuse to attempt baking. I still admit, I’m not a fan of baking. Who really likes to measure things? As you’ve probably noticed, most of my recipes are a “dash of this and that”. So I sort of winged this, but it turned out amazing, and the best thing is, you can make it as healthy or non healthy as you want. Now the goal will be to only have 1 slice a day (not the entire loaf).

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Holiday Detox….


Nick has definitely earned the title for best soup chef in our household. I always think mine are good, but then I taste his, and they just put mine to shame. Recently he has perfected our go to cauliflower soup recipe, making it a tad chunkier in texture, by incorporating more whole pieces into the dish and adding a touch of flour, which I think fills you up more. Continue reading “Holiday Detox….”

Pre Thanksgiving Carbo Load…

My apologies for the lack of posts this last month. Life kind of caught up to me, and I found myself not having a lot of computer time these last few weeks. I hope everyone is recovering from their Turkey Day food comas. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday and I enter serious sad mode once the day has past. Luckily, I have Black Friday sales to distract me 🙂

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Pumpkin Soup from Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard …



From last weeks post, you can see we took Char to her first pumpkin patch. It was so fun to get out of the city and let her play outside at Harvest Moon Orchards. We brought back only one pumpkin, and used it for dinner that night. In hindsight, we should have brought more, for future dishes. I was a big fan of pumpkin soup, as it’s probably the most similar to my #1 love, butternut squash. Happy Saturday Everyone!!! Continue reading “Pumpkin Soup from Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard …”

Sweet Toppings & Salty Sides…

pork-w-datesI’m pretty much obsessed with Figs & Dates…if they weren’t so expensive, I would buy a pound a week, but between that and my weekly intake of almonds, cashews, and berries, I have to cut my losses somewhere. Last night however, I decided to make fresh dates the focus (they were cheaper than the figs), while bringing back the usual seared pork chops (boneless this time), with a new twist on our usual roasted cauliflower. I tossed the cauliflower in a easy mustard mix beforehand, and I have to say, I don’t think I will ever look back; it’s mustard from here on out! This dish was great, because the entree was very sweet, but it was paired with a tangy salty vegetable, adding a nice zing! Overall, a fast dish to make, as Char was down by 7pm, and dinner was served by 7:20pm (we put the veggies in to roast around 6:40- and started the pork at 7-to help you plan). Continue reading “Sweet Toppings & Salty Sides…”

B-Squash is Back on the Shelves…


As if this cooler jacket weather isn’t already a reminder of the start of Fall, there are a few changes that take place in my super market that are a dead give away summer is over. One of the obvious, being the glorious over flow of beautiful butternut squashes taking over the produce department (insert lots of fist pumping here!!).  I had my first sighting yesterday, so OBVIOUSLY had to swoop one up immediately. Continue reading “B-Squash is Back on the Shelves…”