ONE » This udon noodle soup with tempeh from Blue Apron was delicious. The only thing I’d do different next time is not put so much tempeh in it and possibly leave it out altogether.
TWO » My friend Julie makes the most beautiful handmade jewelry. She’s running an awesome 30% off special until December 8th. The prices are incredible for the quality jewelry she makes. I have the amor necklace (pic of me wearing it) and absolutely love it. She does custom orders too so if you’re looking for a special gift this year get in touch with her!
THREE » This is a nice little yoga routine to do in the mornings. It’s only 18 minutes long, but even 10 minutes of moving and stretching feels really nice first thing in the morning.
FOUR » (never)homemaker has created a wonderful guide on vegetarian food prep, meal planning, and recipes. There’s a ton of great info and meal ideas to be found there.
FIVE » I’m not really one to get into these types of images, but this one really resonated with me for some reason. Ever since having a baby, time goes by so fast it can be a little overwhelming and terrifying, too. I’ve thought about these words a lot lately and have been thinking about what matters the most in life and what will make me and my family happy. There’s a lot of junk in life that doesn’t need to be there and I’m working on getting rid of it.
I’ve just started up with Twitter again, so please add me on there if you’d like. Thanks!
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Today I’m linking up over at A Healthy Slice of Life to show you what Waves has been eating lately. She usually just eats whatever we do at dinner, but will have her own meal for lunch. The couscous above is one of her favorites. She loved this! As I said on the Facebook page when I shared it: this stuff is worse than glitter. It will get everywhere. Like, it was amazing some of the places I found it after lunch haha. Here’s the recipe:
bring a cup of veggie broth, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp of butter to a boil. add one cup of couscous, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in whatever veggies you have on hand and heat through. I used peas, corn, green beans, and grated carrots.
Black beans drizzled with olive oil and nutritional yeast, green beans, and a mixed berry muffin
Annie’s mac n’ cheese, strawberries coated in coconut oil, and frozen peas, red bell pepper, and cucumbers. I got the frozen pea idea from Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life and Waves LOVES them! I even taught her the sign for peas and she uses it daily. They’re great to put on her high chair tray while I’m finishing cooking.
We went out to eat with family at Mooyah! last month (best black bean burger ever) and I ordered her a grilled cheese which she loved. Also, let me say that clip-on high chair (affiliate link) is awesome! I love being able to have her in the booth with me and it came in handy while traveling over Thanksgiving.
Some of her other favorites:
· frozen peas – I mean, seriously. Look at her little hand in that picture up there going straight for them out of all those groceries haha!
· mozzarella string cheese
· Italian wonderpot (one of those I introduced a couple of times before she liked it)
· this whole wheat macaroni coated in olive oil and covered with Trader Joe’s low-sodium marinara
· oatmeal with mashed banana, molasses, and full-fat plain Greek yogurt
· smoothies (whole or hemp milk, kale/spinach, mixed berries, whole milk yogurt)
· Indian spiced roasted vegetables over lentils
· baked potato with Greek yogurt
· cheese toast
· Trader Joe’s butternut squash ravioli covered in melted butter
· pumpkin pie (homegirl was so not interested in Thanksgiving dinner, but the pie? She was all about it.)
· applesauce and apple slices
I took a little break over the holiday weekend so that I could visit my grandma who lives in Kentucky. We didn’t get to see her on Thanksgiving day since we had a couple of dinners to go to, but we were able to celebrate with her the day after. Two Thanksgiving’s in a row ain’t bad at all.
When we got back into town, we went to Fantasy of Trees since we had never been before. It was super crowded which Waves loved. She got to ride a carousel, make a Christmas ornament, and eat a giant pretzel so she was stoked.
Last night I made a huge batch of black beans and rice for dinner. It was so, so good!
After I put Waves to bed, I did this zumba playlist I made on YouTube. I swear Zumba is no joke. It is so much fun! I miss the class I used to go to and wish the times worked better for us so I could go again. It was nice being able to do a few of my favorite songs at home though.
Today Waves helped me make some chocolate chip cookies. This is the best recipe ever, by the way. I always take mine out of the oven after 8 minutes and they look like they are so not finished, but they firm up a lot after they sit out for a few minutes.
I have to tell you all about that baking sheet for a second. I got it at Home Goods since our other cookie sheet was getting pretty grody and I’m glad I did because it’s the best I’ve ever used. It’s by Nordic Ware, is aluminum, made is the US, and they have pretty great business practices. Nothing has stuck to this pan and everything washes off so easily. I definitely recommend checking them out if you need some new bakeware.
This was my lunch today. I bought a few of the Zevia sodas to try out since I got a little crazy with regular soda at the holiday dinners and my grandma’s. The Dr. Zevia flavor is pretty good and goes well with sweet potato fries.
Now we’re back to our routine over here. I always intend to write more about my days, but they’re always so similar. Although, Waves has learned to climb onto the couch and over the ottoman I had blocking the bottom of the stairs, so she’s changing things up a bit haha.
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday!
It’s that time of year where it’s sometimes hard to get a workout in since you’re busy with all kinds of things and maybe even traveling a lot. I’m a big fan of workouts that require no equipment since I can do them anywhere. I came up with a list of five of my favorite workout videos that I have done and loved. Most of these are short but that doesn’t mean they’re not effective! Usually those are the ones that’ll get you the most.
1. Detox Flow with Clara Roberts-Oss
This is my go-to yoga video because it’s short, a good stretch, and I love this instructor.
2. Keaira LaShae
Love all of her videos that I’ve done, but these are my favorites: HipHop Cardio Kickboxing, Booty Pop and Body Roll Dance Workout, and Hip Hop Tabata Dance Workout.
3. Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown Level 1
This is a challenging workout while still being relaxing after a busy day.
4. POP! Pilates Total Body Bangin’ Workout
This video is tough! It is fun, challenging, and only half an hour long.
I love dancing because it doesn’t feel like a workout. I’m horrible at it but I don’t even care because it’s so much fun. I put together a playlist of a few of my favorite zumba routines.
What are some of your favorite no equipment workouts?
Since it’s Thanksgiving week and we have a few dinners to go to, I held off on grocery shopping to work with what we already have. There are very random things in the pantry so it was a little tough coming up with a meal plan. We had breakfast for dinner tonight and the home fries recipe was super good!
Monday: eggs and home fries
Tuesday: kung “pow” tofu – except I will be using whatever veggies we have on hand and no tofu
Wednesday: golden rice bowls
I’m going to make either these chai spiced snickerdoodles or these chocolate chip cookie bars to bring along for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve made both many times before and they are great. If you’re looking for a dessert to take to a dinner this week, try one of these!
I was checking Bloglovin’ earlier and saw a few recipe posts I wanted to share with you guys:
a vegan thanksgiving guide
sweet & savory veggies
vegan sausage & sourdough stuffing
gluten-free pumpkin waffles
banana berry chia pancakes
I’ve got this huge bowl of popcorn and the new Walking Dead episode to watch so I am out of here! Take care :]