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It’s Friday, I’m in love

With Stroller Strides.  Ok, I promise I’ll stop waxing poetic about this amazing group after this.  I only got the once a week membership, but here I am two weeks in and I want to go ALL THE TIME.  I went twice the first week I joined, and now twice again this (second) week…soooo let’s do the math.  One extra $10 class each week adds up to enough to tip me over into the unlimited category.  So clearly I should just buy the unlimited pass and go all the time.  Except that the only reason I could go back to back Fridays is because we had to skip OIT this week.  🙁

So aaaanyway, I did stroller strides on Wednesday and had an iced chai tea latte (that I made myself) after while I hung out at the park with everyone.

For lunch I made this salad.

I massaged a bunch of kale and romaine and shredded carrots with avocado oil and salt so it would be ready for whatever salads I may want throughout the week.  A choose your own adventure with dressings and toppings, if you will.

This time I added balsamic dressing, avocado, and roasted marcona almonds.  And OF COURSE baby carrots on the side.

Farmer’s market for dinner because it wasn’t 107 degrees and all our friends were in town.  Hooray!  I got the chicken tikka masala from Kathmandu Kitchen and it was heavenly.  Seriously, amazing.  And get this…BOTH kids ate some of my rice!! This is especially cool because (A) they’ve never had Indian food and I wasn’t sure if they’d like it; and (B) pacman can eat food from a farmer’s market food stand!!!!!  I asked beforehand if they used peanuts or peanut oil and they said no, so it’s not like I went in blind.  Very happy for this development.

Guess what I finally had for dessert!?!

My mom’s pecan pie!  Decadent and delightful way to end the day.

On Thursday I went back to this baked zucchini lover. With cashew butter.  And despite breaking my word and eating it straight out of the casserole dish, I managed to keep my portion to a respectable size.

These were not good.  I’m not sure if they were stale or what, but they were not good at all.  I bought them last week so they can’t be too old, and yet, they tasted so blech.

I ended up eating extra salmon to compensate.

Tough decision.  😉

Since our dinner plans fell through (WF at my parents’ house) I made a last minute meal pulling ground beef out of the freezer.

I have been having a super bizarre* craving for creamy tomato soup for the past couple of days, so I was excited to find this in the back of the pantry.

*Only bizarre because normally I don’t love tomatoes.  I think I ate more tomatoes (in the form of marinara/tomato soup/pizza, lasagna, etc) during my 10 months of pregnancy with P than the combined rest of my life.  Not exaggerating.  And no I’m not pregnant.  Perhaps my body needed a little vitamin C.

It has cream in it, but ever since doing my 30 day SIBO reset, I’ve found certain dairy to be ok.  I haven’t tested it a bunch or anything, but since P has been dabbling in dairy, I’ve been testing the waters out myself.  With dairy that’s mostly fat and/or protein (cream, butter, ghee, certain cheeses), the amount of lactose is a non issue.  At least for now…

 

I made meatballs in the oven for the first time. It was super easy and hands off even though it did heat up the kitchen more than I’d like on a summer day.

The rest of the family got wheat pasta with marinara and meatballs, but I had my meatballs with the Amy’s soup.

And this kombucha for late night digestion aid.  Feeling good about my gut these days.  Maybe the 30 day diet did more than I have given it credit for.

On Friday I had a tiny cup of coffee before stroller strides.  And then I brought along an iced chai with almond milk to enjoy afterwards.  The park we exercise at is adjacent to the library and since the Spanish program starts just after SS ends, it’s kinda perfect.  I just parked in the library lot and as soon as we were done stretching I high tailed it to get our espanol on.  I guess that’s the sliver lining to having to skip OIT sue to his cold. We used to go to the Spanish program all the time but ever since we began desensitization on Fridays we’ve had to miss them.  I was hungry and chugged the chai in seconds and then on our way home I went through the Starbucks drive through for a decaf misto.  I haven’t been to Starbucks in SO LONG.  OIT Fridays are really the only time I allow myself to go anymore.  I showered and sipped my coffee while the kids played (together, nicely, for hours!).  I didn’t want to mess with the happy sibling play so I left them be until almost 1:30 when they finally wanted lunch.

Since I didn’t have much of a breakfast, I made a big lunch.

This tuna salad had 2 cans of wild planet albacore (I discovered they sell it at Costco for less than elsewhere, although that amazon link may be even better), Sir Kensington avo oil mayo, 4 diced celery stalks, salt and pepper.  And then I mashed half an avocado on top.

I ate the rest of the Siete chips with it, as well as this bag of kale chips.  I’m out of carrots (!!!).  🙁

These were ok, but not my favorite.  They weren’t super crispy.  Weird right?

Massaging lettuce.  My favorite nap time activity.

For dinner I was inspired by this kale and brussels sprouts salad.

I’m getting cravings for it again now just looking at the pics. It was really good.  I’ll share the recipe below.

The spouted kitchen (linked above) calls for quinoa, but I roasted sweet potatoes for a different carb-y component. And then I made a bunch more tweaks since it’s actually written as a winter recipe (and it’s obviously August).  So here’s my recipe…

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Summer Salad

For the lemon dressing:

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp garlic infused olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For the salad:

  • 10 oz shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 5-6 oz chopped kale (~4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 4 oz shaved parmesan
  • 3 small sweet potatoes, diced and roasted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Add all the dressing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.  Add Brussels sprouts and kale and massage well so that everything is totally coated in dressing.  Refrigerate until serving.

Meanwhile, wash and chop sweet potatoes.  Toss in ~3 tbsp olive oil and generous pinch of salt and roast on a greased baking sheet for ~30 minutes, or until turning brown/golden on top.

To assemble the salad, add potatoes, strawberries, nuts, and cheese to greens and serve.

Have you ever seen or heard of pecorino romano from raw sheep’s milk?  I hadn’t, but look it has no carbs! That means the lactose content must be negligible if any!  And it was SO good.  And my gut felt 100% fine after!  And I even gave P a (tiny tiny) piece!  Parmesan and pecorino romano are some of the highest protein cheeses so I’m proceeding very cautiously with the amount I give P.  Oh!  Side note: I gave him half a string cheese today (4 g milk protein) with no reaction.  Yay!!  So two kinds of cheeses at two separate meals PLUS his milk doses PLUS his peanut doses WHILE he has a cold and his immune system was fine with it all.  Amazing. Just amazing.

Gonna keep this stocked in the fridge for sure.

Kombucha at night while watching Big Love.  I know it’s super old but we have never seen it and I’m already way into it.

Maintenance for a month

Since P reached maintenance for his cow milk OIT, we have been waiting for a full month to try out dairy…

Per our MD’s protocol you should wait at least a month after graduating before adding in new dairy.  And from there you should start with amounts of protein <4 g (because his dose is 1/2 cup whole milk which is equivalent to 4 g of protein).  After that you can proceed however you wish.  This is freeing and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once.  But mostly exciting.

On day 1 he tried: 1 tsp of butter on top of his pancakes (not a true challenge since butter should have TRACE amounts of protein if any, but still…he’s reacted to it in the past so it’s a challenge)

Verdict: no reaction!

On day 2 he tried: 1/4 a string cheese (2 g protein)

Verdict: no reaction!

On day 3 he tried: a bunch of goldfish crackers (55 is considered one serving but he didn’t have close to that many, which means the protein count was significantly less than the label’s 3 g listed)

Verdict: no reaction!

On day 4 he tried: a bite of my tomato soup (one bite with a tiny bit of cream in the whole bowl is hardly a challenge at this point but he was sick so I didn’t want to add too much else beyond his dairy and peanut doses)

I will keep noting things he tries as I blog about this journey (which are always tagged as allergy FYI), but I’m already AMAZED at what oit has afforded us.  The sense of safety and peace of mind that comes from doing this is invaluable.  We can eat at restaurants! We can have friends feed him!  We can send him off with family!  I was scared to let myself dream that we’d get here, but here we are!  Funny enough, last week the “dairy” charm on his allerbling bracelet broke.  It was destiny.

For fun

It seems like the parents of Davis are the best of the best when it comes to conscientiousness about P’s allergies.  I already knew my close friends were fantastic, but time and time again I am blown away by how sweet and thoughtful others are.  I bring snacks all the time for our paint & sing class because it’s a good way for me to know that they will be safe for P, but technically it’s supposed to be a rotating job.  One of the moms brought in all these vegan and GF treats last week that she had leftover from her daughter’s birthday party.  And since she knew we had special dietary needs she gave us all the leftovers!!  I mean, does it get nicer than that?!?!

For the first time, P had chocolate chip cookies and “oreos” – from trusted brands like Lucy’s and Kinnikinnik. He has already forgotten that we have a bunch more but I guess that means I can roll them out slowly…or eat them all myself 😉  Jk!

Swinging like a big girl.

Lollipop love bugs 🙂

She faked going back to sleep when we went in.  Silly girl.

She’s been waiting for these (hand me down) shoes to fit.

They love tucking their baby dolls in with them and pretending to watch TV as a family.  They are hilarious.  Apparently we don’t even need TV because they can just pretend watch it.  Also, they have decided they are marrying each other and they call their four dolls “their kids”.  This is a really fun age.

And since this is a FOOD BLOG after all…

Every day I’m pancake-ing.

Zucchini in all the baked things.  All. Summer. Long.

I made another breakfast banana bake and forgot the measure / write things down and for that I am so sorry, because it was excellent.

So much so that I had to cut myself off.  This is why you should not eat out of the casserole dish.  Next time I will plate my portion first!!  This amount of cashew butter was so ridiculous (it doesn’t look as massive in the pic but I assure you it was at least 1/4 cup)…and yet I ate it all.

So I’m thinking on the days I don’t have salad for lunch I may try some snack plates to make sure I don’t ruin my dinner appetite like I seem to do all the time these past few weeks.

And now that I’m back to normal eating, goat cheese is front and center.  Yummmm.  TJs goat brie is really good. So are these Simple Mills crackers.

Long morning for Mr. P…turned into a toy room nap.  Zzzz.

He woke up so happy!  Amazing what some rest will do for a preschooler.

Dinner was inspired by this citrus shrimp and avocado salad, only I didn’t have oranges on hand so I basically re-did the shrimp recipe with lemons and white wine.  It was still fantastic.  And I used the extra sauce from the pan as dressing (because I made the shrimp during nap time, it had cooled by then). The family had white rice with it.

I had dessert!!!!  First time since my weekend trip to SF, which was insanely long ago.  I cannot believe I have gone voluntarily without chocolate for as long as I did.  And I’m still maintaining a normal relationship with sweets!

Ok, so this new flavor was purchased in Sausalito at the Mollie Stone across from my sister’s place.  Mollie Stone is kinda like Whole Foods in that it carries awesome quality products with an emphasis on local and organic. The problem with the bar was it melted in the car.  And then never really got back to a normal consistency, despite being refrigerated.  I was super annoyed because it was not cheap but I went back to store to buy a new one anyway. And you will never believe it.  They were all out!!!  In a mere few hours they sold every single one??  What!?!?  I can’t believe this could be true, so now the mystery remains…what happened to all these new Ritter Sport bars and why?  Ugh.  As you can see, it was not solid enough to eat with my hands, so I used a fork.  It was the consistency of fudge.  Super yummy, but I’d prefer to eat it as an actual chocolate bar.

I wanted to see if the carrots from the garden were ready…not yet!

Sometimes they love each other so hard I have to pinch myself. And then take pictures.

I told myself I was going to make smoothies over the past month, but then I didn’t.  This week I finally felt in the mood for one.  I’m out of protein powder and I’m trying to decide if I should buy more or not.  I love Vega and Sun Warrior, but they aren’t cheap.  In the meantime, I’m finding other fun stuffs to bulk up my smoothies, like zucchini!!  Why not, right?

This one had 1/2 cup chopped zucchini, almond milk, 1 frozen banana, ice, chia seeds, cocoa powder, collagen, and NuNaturals liquid stevia.

 

I made too much so as soon as I sipped enough off the top I added the rest in.  It was so good!  No zucchini flavor whatsoever. Total cocoa explosion.  Yum.

More computer games in the library.  They are getting the hang of computers.  It’s awesome.  Her game was super cute…you pick a recipe from Dora’s cookbook and then you find each ingredient in her pantry, fridge, or counter as it flips through the cookbook.

While holding two baby dolls, natch.

P wanted in on this game too (as did I because IT WAS SO FUN!!) so we all played it for a while.  I learned lots of new recipes.  Oh and it was all in Spanish.

Another snack plate.

I LOVE THESE CHIPS.

Can someone tell me if I should get the other flavors – lime and taco??  I ate allllmost the whole bag, but stopped just short.

It was the perfect amount of food though..filled me up but I was rady for dinner by dinner time.

Silly little thing.

Are you ready to build a salad??  Here’s how to make fridge odds and ends into solid gold.

  1. Make a fancy teriyaki like dressing with: 1/3 cup avocado oil, 1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1/3 cup tamari, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1/4 cup honey, and 1 tbsp sesame seeds.

2. Mix in every green, including but not limited to: cabbage, romaine, butter lettuce, and shredded carrots.

3. Get crunchy stuff: I used celery and roasted slivered almonds (but use whatever you have snap peas, cashews, go crazy)

4. Pick a protein: I baked and diced chicken breasts

5. Herbs, herbs, herbs: cilantro, mint, and green onions

Fried wontons are nice too, but I was keeping it clean.

Beaut-i-ful.

Obviously flatbread doesn’t go with the Asian theme, but full disclosure, I was actually sick when I was making this and barely able to stand up.  I don’t know what came over me, but for 4-5 hours of the day I was woozy and nauseated and too weak to function.  I had to call Kyle to come home and then gradually started feeling better as the evening approached.  It was SO weird.  That’s why I was making an unplanned meal out of fridge scrapings.  Thanks goodness Kyle was in town and able to take the kids to soccer because I don’t know what I would have done otherwise.  I mean, I sucked it up for the earlier part of the day but it was getting to the point where I wasn’t able to fake it…and just like that, it passed as quickly as it came on.  Very weird.  No clue what was up, but good riddance.

The whole fam enjoyed this meal.

She asked that I take a pic of her, so here you go.

Cheese.

The kids were sick earlier this week so I’m not sure what will happen for OIT this Friday.  We will see!

Slow and sunday

We drove back to Davis late on Saturday because we wanted to wake up in our own casa on Sunday.

That way we got to enjoy the ability to be slow and do morning stuff without an agenda.  I like that church isn’t until 9:30…it leaves plenty of wiggle room for lazy starts.

I went on a bike ride before showering and caffeinating my face.  Then I had a muffin (from the extra batter from the blender bread) with almond butter and foraged figs.

You guys, I picked these figs at a park last week and they are so so good!

I ended up having 4 because they were just too good.  My body is happy to be eating carbs again.

I ended up chatting after church until noon so V was starving by the time I got home.  P had chips after service (they usually only have cookies so YAY for an allergy free treat that he can eat!).

Into the smoothie went 600 nectarines (no joke they are mega ripe and the kids are devouring them all day long), 2 bananas, almond milk, romaine (wilted and on it’s death bed), cinnamon, and probiotics.

Voila!

They slurped it down like it was candy.

While they napped I got my prep on.

I’m bringing snack to Monday’s paint and sign class, so I made zucchini banana mini muffins.

Kids in the class have allergies/sensitivities so I made them vegan, gluten free, nut free, soy free, by using aquafaba instead of eggs and GF flour.  I blended the zucchini in the blender rather than shredding it and they came out great!

I took this pic after I started putting them in the tupperware so just ignore the random amount shown.

Lunch of leftovers because I hadn’t gone shopping yet.  I AM SO OBSESSED with these mummy dogs.  Buy the cookbook for this recipe alone, you guys.

Here’s our dinner.

I used this recipe, but made some tweaks.

I nixed the feta and made tofu “feta” instead.  I also used nectarines instead of peaches and apricots because…well…duh…

The stash is dwindling but still…we have a LOT of nectarines!

Stone fruit is a FODMAP but my thought process is, if I have a tree full of beautiful nectarines in my backyard that smell and taste like heaven and I don’t eat them, is life even worth living????

I didn’t have too much, just two cheeks.  Mmmm…it was so sweet and amazing.  Especially with the salty prosciutto and crunchy kale.  I added sunflower seeds to the og recipe because why not?

The kids liked it and, of course, wanted more prosciutto. I gave them leftover fries from my fish n chips the night before to fill them up once they polished off their salad.

Kyle has requested a bunch of salads this week but we have a bunch of potential eating out nights, so we will see what ends up happening.  At least I got some grocery shopping done.  Also this week is the one month mark from P reaching maintenance in dairy so the experimentation is underway!

Dessert on the couch.  Bring it Monday.

Kid free in Sausalito

Kyle and I had a vacation day!  We woke up after a medium night’s sleep and kissed our babes goodbye and went on a run.  Together!  It was so fun.  We found some stairs and did those and because I had company I ran a but longer than I would on my own.

I had packed breakfast and lunch for the kids for my sister and her husband, Chris, to give them.  They gave P his dose and headed for Sonoma’s train town…

Just as Kyle and I were sitting down to eat breakfast.  🙂

Shoreline Coffee Shop

I found this place on yelp.  I probably put “breakfast gluten free” in the search engine and this was one of the places that popped up so we went for it.

Kyle got the rotos which was french fries, two broken soft eggs, and house chorizo.  He polished off every inch of the plate.

I got the egg sandwich on gluten free bread, which had cabot cheese, bacon and egg.  I know cabot to be lactose free so I figured this was a treat worth indulging.  I haven’t had gluten free bread in a while so I was realllllly looking forward to it.  Probably more than I ever looked forward to GF bread before this SIBO thing.

It was really really good.  Perfect portion too.  I stopped with just a few bites left so I didn’t overdo it, but saved the rest for another day because I didn’t want to waste those few magical bites, as little as they seemed.  I knew we had a great day of food ahead of us, so I didn’t want to blow it at the start and get too full for anything else.

We went to the Headlands after but the fog was typical and we couldn’t see much so we decided to go to a movie instead.  Mid day movie date with my guy?!!?!?!  Who are we?!!?

We had some time to kill though, so we wandered through the Marin Country Mart. Want. it. all.

After the movie we hit up Sol Food – the Mill Valley location, not the San Rafael one.

Tracy recommended this place to me initially, but then every person I talked to after backed up the rec.

Have I ever had Puerto Rican food?  I can’t think of a time I did, so I’m gonna say no.

Busy busy, even at 1:30! The wait was quick though.

Kyle got the camarones criolles with tostones (fried plantain cakes).  He even shared some of his avo with me!!

And I got the pollo al horno with pink beans and tostones, too.  Those plantain cakes!!!!  The chicken literally fell apart with the touch of the fork and was super flavorful.  And the salad!  I would swear the salad was the best thing on the plate, except it had to compete with the plantains and the chicken!  Great lemon-y dressing. They sell bottles of it, but it has more garlic than anything else.

The garlic situation was REAL though, and although it was all tasty as could be (seriously, it was soo sooo good), about an hour later the garlic took my gut over.   I’ve never had those kinds of (productive) reactions, usually it’s just cramping forever without any resolution…so that was nice (even though the acute cramping on and off sucked beforehand).  After that I was fine.

We played tennis and lazed the afternoon away until dinner time.  My sister got both kids to nap (!!) so we stayed in Sausalito a little later and enjoyed a dinner at fish.

I talked to the staff and they confirmed with the kitchen that they could do no dairy and no peanuts without a problem, so I got the kiddos fish tacos to share.

Dude was loving it.

V ate it too, but was in a mooood.  Probably had to do with the line we had to wait in to order and the fact that it was 7 pm when we finally got our food.  She was cool once we shared some fries with her.  And then NOT once we cut them off.  Girl loves her food…just like her mama.

Kyle and I both got fish ‘n chips.  He wasn’t going to get them but the tuna salad had pickles in it, so he went with plan B.

I, on the other hand, had been planning on getting this from the second I set my sights on the place.  Fried fooooooooood!!!

Needless to say, this first day post diet was a big ol indulgent one.

My sister got the tuna and white bean salad and holy moly!  I tried a bite and wish I could go back to order this!!

Check out their ketchup brand 🙂

What a fun day the kids had…they are still talking about it and clutching their train maps as if they are their most prized possessions.

Auntie and Uncle time, woo hooooo!

Thanks L & C for a fun kid-less day!