2 In food/ Recipes

2 tried and true recipes to get your family to eat more plants

easy plant based recipes

This post is sponsored by Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Anyone who knows me knows that carbs are my love language! Give me a nice warm bowl of pasta and I am one happy girl. However, what I don’t love is the way carbs make me feel tired and pack on those pounds. I recently discovered Barilla’s new chickpea pasta and suddenly I don’t feel so bad about eating all that pasta.  Made with one ingredient, (chick peas), it’s a nice low-carb pasta alternative and offers up some plant-based protein too.  Plus, it’s a great way to sneak those veggies in for your kids.

Here are two easy recipes your whole family (including the picky little ones) will be sure to love.

Pesto pasta with peppers, artichokes and pine nuts

plant based

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsps of chopped garlic
  • 2 peppers diced
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • 2 tbsps of pine nuts
  • 4 tbsps of basil pesto

Directions:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • Add 1 box of Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a saucepan, warm some EVOO over medium heat
  • When the EVOO and pan is warm, add 2 tsps of chopped garlic and lightly brown.
  • Once the garlic is brown, add the peppers and artichoke hearts to the pan and lightly roast on both sides then reduce heat.
  • When the pasta is al dente (about 7-8 minutes), drain in a colander.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pasta, roasted garlic, peppers, artichokes and pine nuts. Stir in basil pesto. (I used about 4 tbsps but you can use as much or as little as you want to taste).
  • Optional: Add some fresh grated cheese (I love parmesan) and some chopped parsley.

plant based pasta

 

 

Lemon oregano rotini

plant based

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • chopped oregano (about 2 1tbsp)
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  • Bring a  pot of water to a boil.
  • Add 1 box of Barilla chickpea pasta.
  • Cook pasta until al dente (about 7-8 minutes).
  • Drain pasta in a colander.
  • While the pasta is cooking, dice up the cherry tomatoes (about 1 cup) and cucumber.
  • In a separate small bowl, take the juice of 2 lemons and mix with about 2 tbsps of EVOO. Add some chopped oregano, salt and pepper, stirring together.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pasta, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add the lemon juice/EVOO mixture, combine well.
  • Optional: top with some chopped oregano, grate lemon peel and shredded mozzerella cheese.

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What are some ways you get your family to eat more veggies?

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easy plant based recipes

1 In home

I tried the KonMari method – here’s what I learned

living room

I recently watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up”.  The series features this pint sized Japanese woman Marie Kondo who is an organizational guru and believes in the KonMari method of tidying your home.  The first episode was about a young couple, their two toddlers and their household clutter and how it has impacted their lives.  Honestly, they were so relatable. When you have children, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in toys and baby gear.

Throughout the episode, Kondo went through their closets, their drawers, their garage, etc. and encouraged them to only keep the things that “spark joy”.  Messy closets and cabinets with haphazardly strewn tupperware were soon transformed in an orderly fashion and it made me swoon. The episode spoke to me and I was hooked. It was the kick in the rear I needed to set off and tidy up my own home.

I didn’t totally KonMari my whole house, but I did adopt little bits and pieces here and there.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Instead of waiting for nap time to fold and put away the laundry, do it in front of the kids.  Children model our behaviors and what better way to get them in the habit of folding and putting away their clothes.  This was huge for me!
  • If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it – I didn’t have alot of stuff to get rid of since we had just moved less than 6 months ago and I had downsized some stuff before then. But there was still some stuff that I purged and it felt so good. For instance, I don’t like top sheets on the bed. I despise the way you get tangled in them in your sleep and they seem useless to me. Yet I had a whole shelf of them in my linen closet. I didn’t toss all of them. I kept a few for our guest bed but chucked the rest.

kon mari closet

  • You can make more room by stacking – Our dresser drawers and my tupperware cabinet were the biggest culprits here. Kondo believes that by stacking things in an orderly fashion, not only can you fit more, but you can clearly see what you have. While I am not in love with Kondo’s method of folding clothes, I truly can fit more in my drawers.

kon mari

  • Going forward, be more mindful– After KonMari’ing my home, the cynical side in me came out. “Sure it’s all organized now, but give it to the end of the week and this house will soon be a mess again”.  But I refuse to let that happen.  It’s a work in progress, but I’m taking a few simple steps to make sure I don’t go back to my old ways. Instead of throwing my clothes on the floor when I get changed, I’m more mindful of either hanging them back up or putting them in the laundry basket. At the end of the day before going to bed, I pick everything up and make sure not to leave any dishes in the sink. And this may be the hardest, but before buying think “do I really need this?”.
  • Having a tidy, organized home can spark joy – When I was home on maternity leave I learned alot about myself, but one of the biggest lessons I learned was that clutter causes an overwhelming sense of anxiety for me.  Our homes should be our havens, a place that brings us calm and where we can relax and unwind with family and friends. When everything is in it’s place it truly brings me happiness and makes my home a place I never want to leave. And for that, I thank you Marie Kondo.
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what I learned from KonMari

 

 

 

 

 

3 In food/ kids/ Recipes

5 minute Snow Ice Cream

snow ice cream

When life gives you snow you make ice cream right? It’s a nice way to treat yourself after breaking a sweat struggling to stuff your kids into their snowpants and jackets and arguing with them why they need a hat and gloves. All that work only for them to run outside and play for 5 minutes, you deserve something sweet.  And I suppose the little ones like it too!

Using only 4 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, this is the easiest recipe to make your own snow ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh snow (I used about 6 cups)
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • dash of Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of your non-snow ingredients. Throw in the fridge while you go gather your snow.

making snow ice cream

making snow ice cream

  • Next, go outside and fill a large mixing bowl with snow. Your kids can help you with this part.

making snow ice cream

  • Bring your snow inside and immediately stir into your mixture you made earlier. Keep adding more snow until you get a scoopable ice cream consistency. I used about 6 cups. (You may need more snow depending on how light it is)

making snow ice cream

  • Scoop into dishes to serve or store in an air-tight container in your freezer for later. We prefer ours with sprinkles and in our PJs!

snow ice cream

snow ice cream

snow ice cream

2 In Baby/ pregnancy

Must haves for your second baby from a second time mom

must haves for your second baby

As we head into January and our second trimester, we’re starting to prepare for Baby #2. There’s something to be said for no longer being a first time mom.  There’s that feeling of self assurance. You know you will survive, you did it before.  You know what works for you, what doesn’t, and you know what items you need, and what you don’t need.

pregnancy announcement

When we made our registry for our first baby I remember being in Buy Buy Baby, with a huge list in my hand, feeling so overwhelmed with all of the baby gear. We literally registered for everything.  This time, being a more experienced mom, my motto is “efficiency”.

Here is a list of some of the “Must Haves” for your second baby.

Dockatot

dockatot

Ask me before becoming a mom if I was planning to cosleep and the answer was “Hellz no.”  But when it was the only way #1 would sleep, you do what you gotta do. Looking back, I wished I had a cosleeper.  When I learned I was pregnant with #2, Dockatot was super gracious and sent me one of their beautiful sleepers. What I love about Dockatot is that it is an easy, portable solution to make your little one feel snuggled while sleeping safely on their backs. It’s all natural, 100% cotton and tested for breathability. I love it so much that I am so excited to offer you all $10 off your purchase for your very own Dockatot.

Baby Jogger city select

double stroller

When we made our registry for our first baby, we registered for the Baby Jogger City Select because we knew we wanted at least two children and we wanted the option for a second seat. It’s very easy to steer and well built. However, it is on the heavier side.

Homemade burp cloths

One of the best gifts I received with our first baby was homemade burp cloths. They were made with cloth diapers – super absorbent and durable. Much better than anything you could buy in the store. Check out this super easy DIY to make your own from Chelsea at Life with my Littles.

Pack n Play with changing station and napper –

We got a pack and play with changing station and napper like this one. I stocked diapers, wipes, diaper cream and some onesies in a basket in the pack n play that way I could change babe’s diaper quick without having to go upstairs.

Halo sleep sacks –

halo sleep sack

These were a lifesaver with Maxwell. He was a little Houdini and could break out of the tightest swaddles, and I am a swaddling pro (that’s an L&D nurse for you). These kept him feeling snug as a bug.

Puj Tub –

Puj tub

I love sink baths! Not only is it super precious and magical, but it is way easier than having to lean over a tub to wash your babe. With our first baby we had a clunky, hard bathtub we would put in the bath for bathtime and then try to find somewhere to store it afterward. This time around, I’ve discovered the Puj tub (you can find it on Amazon here). It’s soft and foldable to cradle your baby, easy to clean and you can hang flat to dry.

 

What are some of your baby essentials? And be sure to get $10 off your next Dockatot!!!

 

must haves for your second baby