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What I ate…a long time ago

Last week I took photos of my whole day of eats – something I rarely do anymore – and then I just forgot about it.

But they were good meals worth sharing so I’m posting them now because it’s food related and this is a food blog!

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It’s pretty atypical for me to have oats in the mornings nowadays, so this creation is more of an anomaly than the norm.  I was in the mood for peanut butter but I used sunbutter instead because I’m still nervous about eating nuts when I’m around P.  Even though I’m super careful it’s still scary.  It also had coconut and cinnamon for days.

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My lunch featured Quorn chik’n tenders which are easy to have in the freezer for random protein emergencies (because we all have those?!?! what??).  Anyway, I was in the mood for a salad with some oomph so I thawed some chunks and kinda worried they’d be weird.

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They looked like chicken with freezer burn, but tasted shockingly good!  The ingredients list isn’t short, but despite appearances, it’s all decent.  It’s actually mostly egg protein, and yet it doesn’t taste eggy at all.  I liked it more than gardein and many other mock meats.

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I tossed it with steamed kale, coconut chips, and tamari – a quickie take on this salad (again).

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My afternoon boost was green – thanks to the frozen spinach.  The rest of the smoothie had coconut milk, frozen banana, nutribiotic vanilla rice protein powder, and ice.

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Dinner was more kale (I can’t get enough lately) with salmon.

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I definitely phoned it in with this meal, but sometimes you need simple ones to balance out the more time consuming ones.  I know which days are going to be busier in advance so those days are the ones that I bust out the crock pot or turn to big salads.  Kyle loves kale salads too so it’s a win win.

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This one had kale (massaged with olive oil and avocado), quinoa, and white beans.  I used canned salmon from TJs so it was ready in minutes.

P still refuses to have anything to do with beans.  It’s breaking my hippie heart.  🙁  I’ll just keep trying…

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Kyle and I finished off his birthday cake while watching Girls.  We flew through all 3 seasons in a matter of days.  Now it’s on to the next season of Mad Men that I saw just popped onto our Netflix queue.  Woo hoo.

Australia: Bondi and back

Sunday was our last (full) day in Sydney 🙁

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We slept in a bit and after feeding P, drove over to Bronte for brunch. 

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Bogey Hole was one of several cute looking cafes on the main street along the beach front.  They were all pretty packed but after a short wait we were able to snag a spot outside that fit us all, including a very fussy P in his stroller.

Kyle got a banana smoothie and toast with jam.  I think we were all feeling a bit blah from the previous night.

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Laura and I got the same thing – toast with poached eggs (only she added goat cheese and smoked salmon to hers and I added a side of avo to mine).  They didn’t have GF bread, so I just got sourdough (I tolerate it fine, but am still avoiding allergens as best I can while I nurse P).  We are both lactose intolerant though, so when it came with butter on the toast, my sister asked for a new slice.  I probably would have just eaten it to be honest, but they took mine away before I could stop them.  And then they ran out of sourdough.  So I got the only bread option left which had sesame seeds on one side.  Doh!  Their service wasn’t that great and it was really busy which made it hard to flag someone down without being insane.  So rather than be super obnoxious Americans, I just ate the bread.  It was the last day so I just said f^&% it.  I tried my best the whole trip and this one meal wasn’t going to end the world.  Silver lining – the bread I got was way bigger than the sourdough slices. 

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Chris’ breakfast sando on the left, Laura’s toast and eggs on the right.

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Despite his beach-y getup, P was sooo ready for his morning nap by the time we finished eating.  Sadly for him, we weren’t going home.  In an effort to live on the edge (and not follow his finely tuned schedule), we went for a long walk.

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The Bondi to Bronte walk is gorgeous!  I felt like every moment was a photo op and then when I looked at all the pics they looked fake they were so pretty.

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Almost as soon as we got to Bondi it started raining.  There were still surfers aplenty.  I had been to Bondi with Laura for our sister date, but that was at night and Kyle hadn’t been at all yet.  So we popped in to Iceberg’s overlooking the water, just to wait out the rain and enjoy the views.

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P was really into the coasters (whatever works!).

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Auntie Laura fed him puffs one by one, which kept him occupied for quite a while, but the rain didn’t seem to be breaking, so the boys cabbed it back to the car (in Bronte) to come back and get us (in Bondi).

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It was kinda an in between meal time when we got home, so we just decided to make sandwiches.  Grilled cheeses for the non-lactose intolerant boys, and goat cheese versions for the girls.

I actually ended up doing on open faced thing with strawberry jam as well.  And used some extra GF crackers to polish off the rest of the goat cheese.

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I can’t recall when we did while P napped, but I think it was playing catch up on mid-week episodes of “the Block” since the new room reveal was that night.

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Catching up on the latest in Australian Law…

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For dinner we BBQ-ed shrimp and salmon, and paired it with a big salad.  Chris was in charge of the seafood, and we loved the shrimp he made earlier in the week so much that he repeated that.  The salmon was cooked in foil with lemon and herbs. 

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We ate out in the front yard so we could enjoy the scenic views of Double Bay.  P was already asleep, so we just tiptoed back and listened in the window a few times to be sure he wasn’t making a peep.

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The last supper.  🙁

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The next day was mainly packing and travel. 

I went on a quick jog to get some last photos implanted in my memory.

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Would you ever move back to the States if you lived here? 

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Laura was nice enough to come home on her lunch break to drive us to the airport.  It was seriously sad saying goodbye to her.  I’m even sad just writing about it again.  We all miss her so much.

I packed as much food for P as I could.  We were out of pouches but found more at the local stores (organic, gluten, dairy, and nut free).  I also made a porridge out of leftover quinoa, carrot puree, bananas, canned pears, and cinnamon.  Basically all the mushy baby stuff that was left.  Fortunately, we still had puffs, so paired with bananas and the pouches we were pretty well supplied.  For him. 

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The flight home was long.  Duh.  And the melon chunks I saved from the flight for P were confiscated by LAX customs.  It was an honest mistake but they treated us like hostile criminals and Kyle is convinced his passport is now flagged for all future travel.  Fruit smuggler!  We also had to switch terminals and therefore go back through security (unlike our first flight which had an inter-terminal shuttle so we didn’t have to re-do the fun that is security with a baby).  In the end, the staff was nice and we had plenty of time between flights so it wasn’t a big deal.  Then we found delicious food in the terminal to perk us up even more.

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Lemonade!  I went crazy with all the yummy options.  Plus the tags list every allergen and the staff knew what was in each dish (sesame seeds aren’t yet listed as allergens, but I suspect that will soon change since they are “the new peanut allergy”).  It’s hard to tell what all the yumminess is above, but the Brussels sprout slaw and tomato and avocado salads were my faves.  I was so full and happy, I didn’t even care that our second flight got delayed.  I took P on some laps around the terminal until he fell asleep in the ergo.  Then I sat down and fell asleep myself!  Finally it was time to board.  Once again the crew was awesome about the peanut thing.  We made friends with our neighbors across the aisle, who were insanely impressed that P was so well behaved.  Then once they found out we were on the last leg of a 20 something hour journey from Sydney they were even more amazed.  We have a great kid, I tell ya.

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I practically dove into this green smoothie the second we got home.  Okay, not really, I’m type-A so of course I unpacked and put everything away and started laundry first.  But then I made the smoothie. 

And that was our trip!!! 

Australia: Zoo fun

The weekend arrived and we were finally able to go out with all four of us again.  Saturday started with a nice brunch at Cafe Indigo.  It is clearly THE spot in Double Bay.

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Kyle got the blueberry pancakes (above) and I got my sister’s fave, the breakfast bruscetta (below).

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My sister got a new (to her) order, which looks very similar to the salmon benedict but has avocado instead of hollandaise.

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P fell asleep in the stroller at lunch so I cut out a bit early to go back home and put him down for a proper nap in the pack n play.

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Once he woke back up we headed off to take the ferry to the Taronga Zoo.

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We bought tickets in advance because then it comes with the gondola ride up to the entrance.  Scenic and lazy fast, yes please.

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Pretty good views once you reach the top!  The weather was warm and humid but you could tell a storm was in the works just barely holding off. 

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We saw koalas, komodo dragons, crocodiles, and a few other Aussie specific species, in addition to giraffes and monkeys and more universal zoo creatures.

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The seal show was definitely a big hit as P likes all things water and balls.  There had a few California sea lions!

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We broke for lunch afterwards, but I wasn’t super hungry.  The meal options were decent, and then I saw roasted pumpkin and it made my day!  My eyes were bigger than my stomach because I got both of these (one with potatoes too) and it was a LOT of fiber to take down at once.

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After lunch P fell asleep in the ergo for his PM nap, during which we saw big cats, goats, monkeys, kangaroos, and wallabies.  And a lot of others, but those were the highlights.

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Group shot!

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We went back to show P more kangaroos once he woke up because there was a place that let you walk amongst them.  We cut that one short once I saw a wallaby sizing P up.

We stayed around until the very end which meant we missed the gondola ride back.  Instead we took a bus back to the ferry.  Patty-cakes learned SO many transportation words on this trip!  It started pouring the second we docked in Circular Quay, so we huddled behind the ticket counter as best we could while waiting for the next ferry to take us back to Double Bay but man was it coming down!  That said, it only lasted an hou ror so and then was basically gone (maybe a light drizzle continued, but barely).  We were SO lucky it didn’t rain on our parade ruin our zoo plans!  Seriously, talk about good fortune with the weather! 

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The boys went out to a pub to watch (Australian rules) football and rugby, so Laura and I ordered pasta take-out and watched Memoirs of a Geisha.  I read the book so long ago I honestly couldn’t remember anything, which was kinda awesome.  I really liked the movie!  The Brumbies won, but the Swanies lost so it was a bittersweet night for the Aussies among us. 

The latest lunch boxes

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Sometimes Kyle has lunch meetings and sometimes he’s home for breakfast so what I pack for him varies.  I just ask him about his schedule the night before and what meals he wants.

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Last week I made a bunch of breakfast burritos for Kyle.  I assembled them and rolled them up in foil all at once so I could just throw them in his lunch box the night before.  So easy.

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I am seriously sorry about the photos, but there’s only so much you can do with an iphone at 9 pm. 

For the burrito insides, I used the rice cooker  and made brown rice + black beans together, then I tossed in lots of salsa.  The tortillas are flour ones from TJ’s (not whole wheat, because they don’t stretch as well and get soggy).  The only thing I added to them was cheese.  So easy.

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It’s kinda rare that we have leftovers from dinner, but when we do I give thme to Kyle for lunch the next day.  Like the lasagna above.

He also likes bars, but I try not to rely on them too much.  Other staples are crackers & cheese or veggies & hummus.  And fresh fruit.  He goes through phases with fruit (often because we buy bulk things from Costco and then OD on them).  Right now he’s in a cutie phase. 

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Sandwiches are the alternate lunch option.  I only make him PB&J when he’s going to be out of the house all day (otherwise I’d make him something allergen friendly so he can play with P).

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That mini candy bar is leftover from Halloween.  Still.  Eye roll.  

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Other sandwich faves: tuna salad, salmon salad, and hummus and pesto.

And then there’s the breakfast grits.  So simple and such a pleaser – just corn meal, water, salsa, cheese (and occasionally a fried egg or beans on top).

My highlights: week 7

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Mama’s little helper.

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The addition of shoes to the wardrobe has transformed him into a little boy.  He’s non-stop exploring.  Still not walking, but he’s perfected his cruising skills, so it’s only a matter if time (days).

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Green toys.  And now the word tractor is a part of his vocab.  Davis appropriate.

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Inspired by Vintage Mixer’s kale coconut & chicken salad I made this guy for lunch.  I have been struuuuuggling with lunches lately.  I don’t know what to eat without soy or nuts or hummus.  I’ve been trying to limit meat to dinners only, but I have to get better about prepping things for myself.  I don’t know why I don’t!?  I plan and make everyone else’s food in advance.  From now on, I’ll include my lunches in the weekly meal planning.  We only have dinner leftovers 13% of the time so I should really give myself more nourishing and thought out eats. 

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A non-smoothie afternoon snack.  I actually had 4 cookies.  The photo lies.

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Coffee date with P’s girlfriend. 

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While he ate lasagna, I ate this.  Kale, carrots, brown rice, and salmon topped in tamari.  Kale is all I want lately! 

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Even though he’s teething, he’s still a happy boy.

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Here’s that aforementioned lasagna.  He requests it every week.  You’d think it would get old. 

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But I guess you could say the same about smoothies for me.  I had, like, five hundred this week (ok, maybe six).  Frozen spinach is the best ingredient.

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Our delayed Valentine’s dinner.  Tamari mustard salmon.  Kale salad with pomegranate arils and candied walnuts and pepitas.

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I tossed the pepitas and walnuts in olive oil and maple syrup, then roasted them at 350 degrees F for ~20 minutes.

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Meanwhile I massaged the crap outta the lacinato kale (olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice & zest, salt & pepper).

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We popped bubbles too.

We agreed that our presents to each other would be chocolate, so I picked out his (below right) and vice versa.

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theo and Vosges.  He knows me so well. :)  Guess how much is left?  None! Duh.

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Me and my monkeys went to the zoo.  We got a membership for patty-cakes’ birthday.

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Dairy free gluten free waffles.  I made them for me and my (ex) coworker.  We usually do our breakfast dates at restaurants, but I had her over instead.  She had just come off a string of four nights in a row.  Brutal. 

Gluten and dairy free waffles [nut free, soy free, dairy free, gluten/wheat free]

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups GF all purpose flour (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tbsp NuNaturals tagatose
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sweetener, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon) together.

In a separate bowl whip the eggs, then add in the milk and vanilla and stir all the wet ingredients together with the dry ones.

Scoop/pour onto greased waffle iron in batches. 

Makes ~10 waffle squares.

If your appliance can control how dark your waffles end up, these are better on the shorter end of the spectrum.  At least in my opinion.  I like soft fluffy waffles.  My first batch was dark and slightly crispy on the outside (more cooked than I’d like).  I adjusted the setting to shorten the cooking time, so second batch was perrrfect.  Doughy and delicious. 

Feel free to cook as long or as short as you want.  They’ll taste good either way.

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P liked the waffles too.  At least the ones that were fresh off the iron.  The leftovers weren’t soft enough for him, so I ate his scraps instead (topped in sunbutter).  With his leftover berries and eggs.

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Little pom lover.  Whodda thunk?