Low Key Tuesday

Both of the girls had no school today, amazing! A free Tuesday when we were just gone all weekend was perfect.

I went on my longest run since the half marathon this morning. It was maybe 6 miles, I say maybe because I haven’t been tracking my mileage or even timing the runs. After all the training, I’ve been enjoying heading out with just a watch to know when I need to be back. That is how I used to run pretty much up until marrying Brian. I enjoy running for running and don’t enjoy the pressure of pace, distance, time, etc. Maybe once I’m feeling better about my running I’ll get back into competing with myself.

I didn’t even ask the girls what they wanted for breakfast this morning. Honestly, I was afraid of the response I would get and didn’t want to make anything particularly complex (or filled with grains/sugar!). Instead I mixed up some basic peanut butter banana smoothies and served alongside leftover oatmeal almond flour pancakes.

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Not beautiful but tasty.

After working outside for awhile this morning I came in to make them this broccoli carrot slaw salad. They really enjoy this salad and I like how easy it is and all the good stuff it’s filled with (broccoli, shredded carrots, a little onion, pumpkin seeds, mixed together with a bit of ranch and veganaise). Apparently, I gave them too much watermelon because they both couldn’t finish their lunch!

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Lucky for us we had some lentil walnut loaf in the freezer that we needed to eat. We love this lentil loaf (girls included). It is filled with lentils, walnuts, apples, celery, carrots, and oatmeal. The original recipe calls for raisins but we prefer a more savory loaf and omit the raisins and sometimes the apple. It was wonderful to not have to prep this today because while it is delicious it’s a bit of work to prepare. With it we had smashed potatoes/cauliflower. The idea here is to get the family eating mashed cauliflower but I add it into smashed potatoes so that the taste resembles potatoes more than cauliflower. Mashed potatoes is one of Brian’s favorite foods so we have it on occasion and I healthify it but don’t want to take away the essence. (BTW I gladly accept the mashed cauliflower substitute, no potatoes needed!) I roasted some okra to go with dinner and served everything with a green salad (yay for going to Costco and getting my super greens blend!).

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Seriously, the lentil loaf recipe is a huge hit. The recipe was one of the first vegan recipes I ever made and it convinced me that I could transition my family to eating vegan food regularly. Plus, lentils are cheap and much less creepy than ground beef (and probably if you buy the expensive ground beef you don’t want to make meatloaf out of it). My mom always made her meatloaf with bacon on top and that’s how I used to make mine. With the lentil loaf I don’t even miss the bacon, I think it would change the flavors too much (not to mention the vegan factor of it all, ha). Ok, I will stop raving about the lentil loaf but I am so glad there is some leftover in my fridge for tomorrow!

 

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Breakfast for Dinner

During breakfast this morning Lexi asked if we could have breakfast for dinner. It’s been awhile since we did that and it’s been awhile since the girls had input on what we have for dinner so I went with it. Plus, I was feeling a little guilty for giving them this for breakfast:

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after Izzy had asked for french toast. There was just no way we were going to start the day off that way. This, while it may look homely and plain, was actually enjoyed. It is an egg, 2 tbsp of flax meal, 1 tbsp melted butter, a splash of vanilla and maple syrup, and cinnamon. The essence of french toast without the bread. I think the fact that I smothered it in maple syrup and topped with pecans helped my case.

So after shutting down the french toast I made the oatmeal and almond flour waffles again. For Brian I made jalapeño popper waffles. I used the same waffle batter but added a chopped jalapeño, diced onion, handful of shredded cheddar cheese and 2 ounces of cream cheese cubed. Everything about that sounds good, right? Dinner was served with watermelon, scrambled eggs, and sautéed spinach (have to get some greens in there!).

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BTW we totally enjoyed our leftover fish in fish tacos for lunch! It’s kind of mean to give a child a taco wrapped in lettuce. It’s difficult enough for adults to not drop the contents of the taco all over, near impossible for a child. Oh well, they ate it and don’t mind getting messy.

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Easy Peasy

Lunch and dinner were very simple today. We have been busy! Thursday are very back and forth for me. Getting kids to school, picked up from school (did I mention separate schools?), working on math with Izzy and getting to and from soccer practice. Tomorrow is extra busy for us too so I was trying to prep for tomorrow’s eats as well.

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Simple lunch of watermelon, carrots, avocado, tomato, and seasoned black beans.

Dinner:

I’ve been wanting a sandwich ever since my run on Saturday. For some reason, running lately has made me really want sandwiches. But not so the much the sandwich because I don’t want the bread just all the insides. So I planned for sandwiches/wraps tonight to make dinner quick and easy. Since it was so warm today (hello, 80 degrees!) a completely cold dinner seemed appropriate. I made some hummus but wanted a different take on the flavor to compliment the salami in our wraps. Lucky for me, I found a great recipe for pizza hummus which I modified slightly, reducing the water, oil, and basil.

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These wraps were loaded with salami, turkey breast, smoked provolone or cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and jalapeno (adults only). Next to that we had a lot of raw veggies and pizza hummus!! Easy dinner, loved by all. Even Lexi finished hers in a reasonable amount of time.

Banana Soft Serve

We’ve officially reached over 70 degrees!

I wanted to give the girls a cool snack that Brian could also enjoy later when he came home. I hate popsicles (seriously, why do they all have high fructose corn syrup?!) and we don’t have ice cream. Lexi and I just bought bananas yesterday (oops, there’s only one left!) so we went with banana soft serve, which let me tell you is good enough on it’s own but this was banana soft serve deluxe edition. Banana soft serve with peanut butter, blueberry jam, and mini chocolate chips. Recipe adapted slightly from here (obviously we did not put them in popsicle molds and we halved the bananas but not the add ins). No, it doesn’t look pretty but try it and you’ll be forever changed.

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Lunch

What’s better on a warm day than watermelon and a cold salad? Not much, and that’s what lunch was all about.

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Our backyard lunch was watermelon, carrot zucchini coleslaw salad, re-fried beans, and leftover peanut butter balls. For some reason Lexi said she didn’t like the beans or the carrot salad but she did end up eating them both.