spaghetti & no-cook tomato sauce

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Last weekend was one of the hottest weekends I’ve ever experienced. Seriously. I hate to be dramatic but it was 97 degrees and we don’t have AC.

Well, actually we have one wall unit. It’s in Demi’s room. So once 7pm (aka bedtime) rolls around, no cool air is making its way to the rest of the apartment. Joy.

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So needless to say, spending time in the kitchen was the last thing I wanted to do.

But it’s August and tomatoes and zucchini run rampant. And it was time to start making food for Demi!

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I’ve been waiting very patiently for this day, and I reached the point that I just couldn’t wait any longer! We got the green light to start giving Demi solids at four months but I held out – until now! (She’s almost five months.)

So far, (and we’re one meal in) the plan is to combine some purees with baby led weaning. We’re focusing on savory vegetables because I know she’ll like the sweet ones and some alternative-grain cereals that I found at Whole Foods. I was less-than-impressed with the suggestion to start with rice cereal and decided that for us – vegetables was the way to go.

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So we started with a steamed chard and basil purée with quinoa cereal and some breast milk. It tasted like pesto and Demi eagerly licked the spoon and even gave a smile. Next up is zucchini, basil and avocado!

(I love the book ‘Getting To Yum’ by Karen Le Billion, the author of French Kids Eat Everything. It brings up the concept of Americans (this is a generalization!) assuming that kids won’t like vegetables and French thinking the opposite – that vegetables are prepared deliciously and kids will like them!)

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The ultra-hot cooking session paid off. Demi was happy with her first meal and our fresh tomato sauce was delicious! It’s really easy to make and full of the best produce summer has to offer. Fresh, healthy, tasty.

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Get into the garden, away from the stove and make this perfect end-of-summer sauce!

Spaghetti & No-Cook Tomato Sauce
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, chopped (about 3 cups worth)
  • 1 cup basil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • olive oil, parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes and zucchini in bowl, season with salt.
  2. Puree chopped tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, garlic red pepper flakes and salt until smooth.
  3. Pour over tomato and zucchini mixture and stir together. Set aside.
  4. Prepare pasta as directed.
  5. Serve with high-quality olive oil, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 431 Fat: 8 grams Carbohydrates: 75 grams Sugar: 10 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 15 grams Cholesterol: 0 grams

 

 

almond butter stuffed french toast

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Breakfast. Not something I’ve been the greatest at lately.

I was on a great streak of bagel + cream cheese + avocado + tomato slices or a fried egg around 10am each day. I ate it for close to three weeks straight. Then I ran out of bagels and got desperate. Cold pizza at 11:30am? Works. Cold pizza at 3:30pm the same day? Works, but wow.

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So I’ve kind of been craving a real breakfast. One that can really be counted as breakfast. Like a hearty bowl of oats. Or something a little ‘fancier’ like french toast.

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Specifically, this french toast. It’s stuffed with healthy almond butter (high in vitamin E, good-for-you fats and protein) and when made with sprouted bread, it’s a breakfast full of protein and fiber that will keep you more-than-satisfied until lunch.

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Protein.
Fiber.
Whole grains.
Healthy fats.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

It’s the best way to start your day!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 slices sprouted or whole-grain bread
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon in a shallow baking dish.
  2. Spread almond butter on two slices of the bread and top with other slice of bread.
  3. Add sandwiches to egg mixture, flipping after a minute or two.
  4. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat and add butter to pan.
  5. When the butter melts, add french toast stack to hot pan.
  6. Cook for about two minutes, until golden brown and flip.
  7. Cook for another two minutes.
  8. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 496 Fat: 21 grams Carbohydrates: 58 grams Sugar: 23 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 21 grams

 

asparagus & garbanzo bean salad

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Guess who hasn’t cooked a thing since having a baby? ME!

Now that’s not to say we haven’t been eating well, because we have. Between my parents, our cousins and friends, we’ve been SO well-fed and SO spoiled. (Not quite as spoiled as Demi though, packages arrive on a daily basis for that girl!)

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This salad was the last thing I made before I went into labor and I will definitely be making it again soon for a few reasons:

  1. My favorite spring vegetable is without-a-doubt, asparagus. Now is the time to eat it!
  2. It combines my favorite salad toppings. (hard boiled eggs! feta cheese! garbanzo beans!)
  3. I definitely need more salad in my life. Vegetables have been seriously lacking lately.

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This salad requires a bit more than most of the salads I make, but it is SO worth it and it’s full of so many tasty things.

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Butter lettuce, asparagus and radishes act as the vegetable base for this salad. We’ve got green, we’ve got crunch and…asparagus. See above.

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And for flavor, protein and texture I topped the vegetables with hard boiled eggs, garbanzo beans and some thinly sliced feta cheese.

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Then there’s the dressing. You can go a few ways with the dressing. My personal favorite is green goddess, but it is an extra step. You could also use french (Richie liked it with his homemade french dressing) or a simple shallot vinaigrette.

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It’s pretty on a plate and is perfect for company. Serve with some crusty bread and some grilled protein like chicken or fish.

It makes me excited for salad.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Asparagus & Chickpea Salad
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 4 oz radishes (about 1 cup thinly sliced)
  • 1-15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 oz feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add asparagus and cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Set aside and let cool.
  4. Divide lettuce leaves on 4 plates.
  5. Top with radishes, chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese and asparagus.
  6. Top with fresh ground pepper, a sprinkle of salt (if desired) and drizzle with dressing.
Notes
Dressing not included in nutrition facts.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 203 Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 24 grams Sugar: 3 grams Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 12 grams

 

overnight muesli oats

Overnight muesli oats are an easy, make-ahead breakfast, packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants! 

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If you spend your mornings running around (I can’t be the only one!) in a tornado of bags and lunches and the worst: trying to find something to wear – then I’ve got the perfect prep-ahead breakfast that’s both filling and delicious.

Overnight Muesli Oats - prep this healthy breakfast the night before and breakfast is ready to eat! | anutritionisteats.comThese days, the tornado is a bit different. Instead of packing meals and bags for the work day, breakfasts are eaten in a rush, between nursing sessions and showers. In the two short weeks of living with a newborn, I’ve learned that I’ve got to have a hearty breakfast that comes together in minutes and since oats are good for milk production, they’ve been on a steady rotation. (I’ve also learned that anything that can be prepped ahead of time is ideal!)

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Muesli has been around for ages, and it’s simply a mixture of oats combined with other ingredients like nuts and dried fruit. It’s soaked in water, milk or yogurt – or a combination of all three. Soaking the oats means they don’t require any cooking and all they need in the morning is a quick stir and plenty of toppings. I absolutely love the cool oats and burst of fresh berries once the weather starts warming up.

It’s also one of those meals that can come together with whatever you have. Out of yogurt? Add some milk. Not a fan of flax? Add chia seeds. Prefer strawberries? Swap them for blueberries. Only have frozen berries? Those work too!

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Spend a minute prepping breakfast the night before and waking up the next morning is that much easier. (Unless you’ve been up all night…and I can’t help you there!)

Overnight Muesli Oats
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • toppings: fresh blueberries, honey, ground flax, almonds
Instructions
  1. Place oats in jar or container with lid.
  2. Add water and then yogurt, no need to stir.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. When it's time for breakfast, stir together and top with blueberries, ground flax, almonds and some honey if you'd like some sweetness.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 271 Fat: 8 grams Carbohydrates: 46 grams Sugar: 29 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 8 grams