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The weekly menu

Here’s the rest of the dinners I didn’t get around to sharing on the last post…

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For this bowl I made a tamari miso sauce (we don’t even have to use tamari anymore!) and roasted three blocks of firm pressed tofu.  We had a little extra tofu but two blocks doesn’t cut it for us any more.  Both P and V eat tofu raw with gusto.  I put a little of the sauce on it before roasting it as a marinade, but mostly saved it for adding to the completed dish.

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It’s so weird to suddenly realize all the things P can eat now without worrying about wheat!  He won’t have to drink sorghum beer in college.  He can play with play dough!  We can buy oats that aren’t certified gluten free.  There are so many other things, but needless to say, this wheat thing opens up a TON of new options and makes life so much easier.  For the first time, I’m realizing what it’s like for the rest of the world who can bring their kids places without pre-packing a bunch of food.  In Hawaii I wasn’t super care free since we were still miles (and an ocean) from home.  But now that we are back in town, I’m loosening the reigns big time.  BBQs and friends’ houses and farmer’s market are so different now!  I still find myself reading labels because it’s better to be safe than sorry, but it’s new territory that feels cool and exciting.

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So I basically just added everything to a bowl when it was dinner time…steamed broccoli, wild rice, tofu, cashews, and miso sauce (the sauce recipe was from Gwyneth’s book It’s All Good).

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All of us gave it two thumbs up.

Thursday’s dinner was a kale and quinoa dish I invented on the fly.  I wasn’t in the mood for the planned recipe (it was a salad with a miso dressing and I figured it was maybe overdoing the miso thing).  Instead, I made a sunbutter based sauce which I massaged into some kale before adding quinoa.

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I roasted walnuts to add too.

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Threw it all together before serving.

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P makes such a mess when eating quinoa.  I swear it ends up in every nook and cranny of the dining area.  It’s ridic.  He loves it though so I guess I shouldn’t complain.  Whenever he asks what’s for dinner and I tell him, he’s always SO enthusiastic.  I pinch myself every time that I am lucky enough to have a kiddo who thinks broccoli, rice, and tofu are a treat.

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On Friday we had one of Kyle’s coworkers over for dinner so I made four pounds of chicken.

I’m not even exaggerating.  V’s favorite food at the moment is chicken.  She can’t get enough of it.  I’m not sure how much she’d eat if I didn’t cut her off.  Probably more than any 1 year old should.

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I used the thai lettuce cups recipe from America’s Test Kitchen The Vegetarian Cookbook because I am all about basil at the moment.  Plus I wanted a solid recipe that I knew was a winner when having a guest over.  We’ve made it (with tofu) a handful of times so I know it’s a winner.

I paired it with rice and broccoli – it was the only meat of the week (I’m veg for breakfast and lunch).

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More random eats from the week.  Salads like this don’t get old.

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Dessert face.

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Waffle mania.

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Sharing leftovers for lunch with my boy.  🙂

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Salad prep.

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Macadamias for lyfe.

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Just kidding, what I meant was, chocolate for lyfe.

Every time I make waffles and don’t measure anything, they turn out perfect.  And every time I do it and try to measure things (to blog about), they aren’t the same.  They’re fine and all, but they are not the perfectly amazing ones I want to share.  UGHHHH.

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I’m sorry guys, I’m trying!

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I use Vega vanilla protein powder and then top them with cashew or sun butter so there’s no shortage of caloric oomph to hold me over.  Booya.

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TJs cashew butter is salty and crazy good.  I recently added some to V’s oatmeal too, so she has now cleared another tree nut as well.  I’ve tried almost every allergen with her thus far, save sesame and peanuts.  I’m too scared and don’t quite see the point.  She may have inadvertently been exposed to sesame in Hawaii when sharing some of my food, but I’m not sure.

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You have to be careful with cashews (and it’s butter) though because they often use peanut oil to roast them and make the butter.  Huge area for error with allergy kids!  I know Costco’s roasted salted cashews have peanut oil in them.  TJs cashew butter has sunflower oil and almonds in it, but no peanuts, so it’s safe for P.  Just be sure you check labels if it matters for you!

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Still in that Maui state of mind…

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I wish.

Getting back into it

After an exhausting flight home Kyle and I were so ready for the kids to sleep!!  Because they’d taken no naps at all (ZERO) combined with the time change meant we were able to put them down for bed as soon as we stepped in the front door.  That’s the silver lining way of looking at it.  But they went down with relief, so that was good.  Then food.  Then unpacking.

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I scrounged some barely alive kale and cabbage from the crisper drawer and added Caesar dressing and (imported) macadamia nuts for a decent meal.  It was heavenly after a day of airplane snacks (popcorn, Kettle potato chips, and granola can, in fact, get old).

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After dinner treats!!   I found these Tiki bars at the Safeway in Lahaina and I couldn’t help but bring home a few different flavors.

The coconut was my favorite – it was the only one that really had the flavor it was named after!  The ginger had no detectable ginger flavor and the macadamia nut had only a few crushed pieces in it.  It was still good chocolate but I’m not that picky.  It was a far cry from bean to bar, naturally, but what do you expect from something bought in the candy aisle at a national super market.   It lasted me a few days.

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Wedding favors were from the Honolulu Cookie Company.  Kyle wishes we got 8302 times the amount above.  They are his faaaaavorite.

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From there on out it was unpacking (laundry!) until bed.  The next day was Monday so we hit the ground running, trying to play catch up with grocery shopping and such along the way.

I planned ahead a little bit and froze some stuff so I wouldn’t be totally SOL with a bare fridge but we were definitely down to the last crumbs in the house (because I planned things out so well before our trip so prevent food waste).  In any event, I definitely needed to hit up the store first thing Monday morning.  P and V were totally amazing helpers through back to back TJs and WFs visits.  They never had a trace of jet lag or time change adjustment issues either.  Impressive.

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We got back home and had a nice team lunch before naps (during which I cleaned every part of the house possible because somehow even being out of town means you still accumulate dust and grossness).

As you’ll soon notice, this week’s menu was heavily plant based.  All but one day was vegan, which was purposeful.  We ate sooooo much fish and meat-y Hawaiian fare over the previous couple of weeks, I was just feeling so blah.  Spring produce was calling my name.

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After one taste of Ancient Harvest quinoa pasta (a few months ago?), I ordered a bunch more from Thrive.  It’s the best GF pasta I’ve tried to date so I wanted as many shapes as possible.  The funny thing is, is that P just outgrew his wheat allergy.  (YES I KNOW!!!!)  More on that later.  For now, we have a ton of gluten free pasta to enjoy.

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I remember seeing a basil vinaigrette on some site (or magazine?) recently, so I based my dressing for the noodles off that.  In a blender, I whizzed up extra virgin olive oil, basil, red wine vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes.

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Then I tossed it with shredded carrots…

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And kale…

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And let it chill in the fridge until dinner time.

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Served with parm (for him) and nooch (for me and P).

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DEEEEELISH.

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The next day was a big deal for P.

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My big three year old has his first pizza.

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With home made wheat flour dough.

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I made it the day before so it was fully ready on Tuesday.

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I used daiya for his and mine but mozzarella and parm for Kyle’s.

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Since I am terrible at rolling out dough, they were misshapen and bizarre, but I attempted to make a big one for Kyle, a medium one for me, and a smaller one for P.  And a baby one for P and I to share later in the week for lunch.

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Et voila!

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Honestly, they tasted like heaven.  I don’t have gluten too too often so it was a treat for me too.  Now that P tolerates it though, it’s probably going to return in full(ish) force.  Every allergen he outgrows bring us one step closer to plant based eating…and while he adores bacon more than any other human on the planet, I don’t think he’d notice or mind if meat were a very infrequent part of his diet.  Only time will tell, but I’m super encouraged by the addition of (ALL) tree nuts and wheat.  If you’d told me this day would come back when he was 9 months old, I would have been so scared to get my hopes up, but look at us now!!!!  He eats tofu and pecans like they are going out of style.

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We topped the pizza with basil and bell pepper – very simple.  The return of basil makes me want to do a happy dance.  Seasons be changing up in here!

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He was thrilled to say the least.

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I will get to the rest of the weekly menu soon enough, but here’s a teaser of the tofu rice bowl from the next night.

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Fishing for grandpa.

IMG_2321Wednesday was our “free day” before the wedding (as in the day where nothing was planned) so we kept it mellow with no plans.  V was still showing signs of fussiness, but we still didn’t know if it was her being sick or just stranger anxiety heightened by the foreign setting.  She’s usually the most happy go lucky girl, so it was really bizarre to have a high maintenance kid on our hands.  I had a bunch of mixed feelings about it though because she was nursing a lot more than she normally does (which was so sweet since I thought she was trying to start self weaning before we left for vacation) but she also wouldn’t tolerate being more than an inch from me.  And if I was in the room but not holding her – forget about it – hysteria like you’ve never seen.  So yeah, it was a lot of me trying to enjoy my time with family but actually being completely distracted by attempting to soothe my littlest.  AAAANYWAY.

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He doesn’t need many (or any really) toys to create hours worth of entertainment.  Sticks and leaves were enough to build a park for his “friends” (and birds and snails) to play on…

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I am surprised to say, I took a photo of my breakfast because it’s not particularly thrilling and it’s the same thing I had every morning.  Kite Hill almond yogurt and bulk bin granola with extra nuts.

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We wandered down the road that morning because there was beach access just around the corner from our rental house.  Not exactly a perfect sandy beach, but for our purposes it was fine.  Shovel, bucket, sand?  Check check check.

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Kyle went and grabbed take out from Cafe O’lea while I fed the kids.  I got an Asian salad with the grilled daily catch on the side.  It wasn’t super inspiring, but I really craved greens so it was good in that regard.

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I sipped on this while reading.

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And peeked in on these guys every once in a while.

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We brought a pack n play for V, but for P we flipped the twin bed frame around so the open side was facing the wall which made it like a pseudo big boy bed/crib hybrid.  It worked great.

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My parents offered to stay and feed the babes dinner so Kyle and I jumped at the chance to get out on our own and headed to an early dinner at Monkeypod.

I’m a big fan of Merriman’s but suspected we wouldn’t get a chance to go there given that it’s quite nice and we have two toddlers…so this was a great runner up meal option.

It was packed when we arrived (thank goodness we had a reservation!) but they were running a little behind so we headed to the bar.   They were all out of their kombucha on tap so I ended up getting their house made ginger beer intsead.

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Mmmmm.

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Kyle got the special of the night, which he said was good, but the portion wasn’t quite big enough.  I thought it sounded amazing too but it had a dairy sauce so I went with the macadamia crusted mahi mahi.

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When in Rome…

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The coconut broth, bok choy, and nuts all complimented it so well.  The pineapple salsa was okay but I only dabbled in it a bit.  They had this INSANE sounding peanut butter chocolate dessert thing that Kyle and I were super tempted to get but our babysitters (my parents) had a dinner date right after ours so we had to bolt to get back in time to relieve them.

Baths, books, bedtime…then chocolate and Girls on HBOGo to close out the night.

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Hindsight is 20/20 and looking back I can now say with certainty, this was the day when we should have realized something was wrong with my baby girl.  The poor thing was up way early and then after I nursed her she snuggled back in bed with Kyle and I and slept for another few hours (!!!!).  This is inanely unlike her.  She doesn’t snuggle at all.  Like, at. all.  She won’t curl into bed with us, she won’t be rocked, she won’t tolerate anything that seems like a hug.  None of it.  So her falling back asleep between us?  Foreign child.

The rest of the day was pretty smooth though.

Kyle went golfing with the dudes, while my mom and sisters went and got mani/pedis with the girls, so I was left to play with the babes.  I was nervous about the logistics of carrying all the pool crap from the parking garage of the Marriott to the pool along with my children, but I have to say…I basically nailed it as a mom.  We had SO much fun.  It wasn’t stressful at all, and we just had a blast together, no agenda, no schedule, nada.

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After V’s morning nap I got us all packed up and we hit up the Marriott.  First we watched the koi swim around for a while.  Then they came to feed them so P got in on the action.

Then we went to play in the kid’s pool.  Hours later we were all tired and ready to bounce.  I got a starbucks on the way home which made mama happyyyyyyyyy.

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These little cuties.

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After lunches all around I put them down and laid out our clothes and took in the view.

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V napped for an all time epic THREE HOURS.  Holy #&*% it was a record breaker.  At the time I was stoked.  I read so much!  But now I know she was sleeping so much because she was sick.  Poor baby.

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Snack a thon.

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Nursing with her hand and my leg.  So happy.

Kyle and my dad got home from golf and I immediately changed into a dress so I could join the wedding party for a sunset catamaran ride.  Kyle stayed behind and did the dinner / bedtime routine so I could enjoy some drinks and adult conversation.

My phone was in my sister’s purse the whole time so I don’t have pics but it was fun meeting some of the Aussie crew and chatting it up with family who traveled all the way to Hawaii as well.  Also, sailing is really fun.  And so are Molokini Mules.

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The next morning we were up early (except P) because V hadn’t yet adjusted to the time change.  She was up at 4 something though so I guess it could have been worse.

After making peeps a light (HA!) breakfast of eggs, waffles, and bacon we headed to the Wailea Marriott Resort’s kid pool.  I had yogurt and granola because I’m still into sweet breakfasts.  They had Kite Hill’s almond yogurt at the Maui Whole Foods so I obviously went for it.  Nothing like paying 200% the price of something that’s already $$$ on mainland…  But it’s really good so it was worth the vacation splurge.  I got the strawberry and blueberry flavors and liked both enough to buy them again here in CA.  I also got bulk bins granola which turns out to be decent, but I added raw almonds and salted macadamia nuts to it to give my (still nursing and therefore often ravenous upon waking) self a caloric boost.

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Too cool for the pool.  Just kidding!  He was so into it.  The first day he was still testing the waters (literally) but we went back several times (my sisters and most of the wedding guests were staying at the Marriott) so by the second day he was a little fish.  Because he’s been taking swimming lessons forever, I felt comfortable letting him do his thing.  Once the kids were exhausted, we ordered poolside take out to-go and packed up in the car to drive the measly one mile South to our place in Makena.

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I got a kale salad with blackened fish (I don’t remember what the daily catch was) and a side of fries.  FRIESSSSS.  I order fries as much as I can on vacation.  The fish was super spicy by the way, but I’m glad I got it because the kale salad on it’s own would not have put a dent in my appetite.

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Local ‘buch in the afternoon while starting a book.  Yup, I had the balls to bring my kindle on vacation.  And guess what!?  I actually read an entire book!  For the record, The Martian is a super quick read and now I can’t wait to watch the movie.  Also, this green flavor was the best I sampled of the Valley Isle brand.  I also tried raspberry (not my thing), lilikoi (?) and pomegranate.

We had to wake P up early from his nap so we wouldn’t be late to the Te Au Moana luau (which was back at the Marriott Resort).  Our group had a few tables and I was super excited for P to take in the scene.  He’s a musical kid and appreciates dancing, instruments, and rhythm like nobody else I know (and Kyle and I are both pretty musical so that is saying a lot).

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I know you don’t go to places like this for the food, but it was actually pretty good.  They did the whole kalua pig procession and I even tasted poi (not so great).  There was a lot of sesame so I was cautious about people and things touching P (I brought food for him planning to not feed him anything from the buffet whatsoever).  But then I saw the opportunity to speak with the staff and they were super knowledgeable, got my a hand out that listed every dish and all the allergens in it, and they let me serve myself first so I could make sure the serving utensils and whatnot weren’t contaminated.  SUPER awesome.  Well done Marriott.

The pork was a big hit with both kids, but once the hula dancing started….oh buddy…he was captivated.

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He even got on stage at one point which made my mama heart burst with pride.  The entire drive home he was talking about it and how brave he was and how he did something not even adults do (his exact words, not even at our suggestion!).

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We stayed as long as we could until V was truly beyond, which was actually later than I thought we’d make it so I’d say it was a success.

And after the kids were down we snuggled up to some tv on the iPad and more chocolate covered nuts.

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BTW I scanned in the sheet I got with the luau food for others to know.  I tried to google the luau menu beforehand and got nothing back so maybe people who do the same will get to this page and find it helpful.

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As you can see sesame isn’t alllll over everything but there was one dish to avoid.  And peanuts were nowhere to be found.  Plenty of gluten and dairy though.