I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get back to a routine. I know I am.
I’ve decided to practice new recipes at home before trying them for my family. It’s just too stressful to make something totally new unless it’s something I know I can pull off. So once a week I’ll experiment during the day and will utilize the leftovers for my lunches (I’ll be blogging about some of these adventures).
For example, this week I’m working on perfecting my own teriyaki sauce for chicken and veggies. I’m also making a batch of my favorite lentil soup for lunches. And I can’t wait to try these Banana Oatmeal Cups with chocolate chips — I know Little D will love them!
What’s Cooking This Week?
Monday: Baked Burritos with Spanish Rice and Toppings (sauce optional for kiddos)
Tuesday: Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies and a make-your-own green salads (this is new but easy)
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice
Thursday: White Chicken Chili with toasted bread (trying with dry beans)
Friday: Greek Pita Pizzas, fruit and raw veggies with dip
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5 Things I Will Always Try to do During the Holidays
1. Give people jobs: Thanksgiving was so not stressful even though we hosted it. That’s because everyone had a specific job to either bring something or be in charge of cooking. My husband did the turkey. My mother-in-law did the dressing. I made cranberry sauce, a green bean dish and pies. My sister-in-law mashed potatoes. This made the whole day very relaxing, which is why I tried making pies for the first time.
2. Cook pies: Although we didn’t make the crust, making pies ended up being really fun and easy. Big A loved it. We made a simple apple and pumpkin pie. My mistake was that the recipe called for a lattice crust but I didn’t realize it until I started pouring the sauce over the pie wondering how it would get into the apples. So I improvised and poked holes (Big A was like “Oh, this isn’t going to turn out”). But it surprisingly turned out!
3. Alternate who hosts big dinners: When it came to Christmas dinner, my sister hosted. This was nice because we didn’t have to worry about keeping the house clean after opening up presents. In addition to a vegetable dish, I did what I will always do from now on, offered to bring homemade cranberry sauce.
4. Always offer to bring the cranberry sauce: To be honest, cranberry sauce is not a holiday favorite of mine. But I decided to make it this year after searching online and seeing how easy it is to make. And I must say it was pretty good. I used this recipe with orange juice but the dietitian in me added a bit less sugar than called for.
5. Make the first couple batches of cookies practice runs (don’t worry, little people will gladly eat them): I remember using the Trader Joe’s mix last year to make sugar cookies and decorate them. But I used a standard recipe this year and the shapes didn’t hold at first. We had to work on adding the right amount of flour, etc. But after a couple of batches we got it, and I became decorator extraordinaire. The kids loved
eating making cookies.
How did your holiday cooking go?
Jill Castle and I posted on The Most Important New Year’s Resolution Parents Can Make (Hint: no more dieting and body shaming, please!).
A new study shows that feeling guilty after eating results in more weight gain over time. In this WebMD post I discuss 5 signs of this type of guilty over-eating.
In this other WebMD post, I detail the latest guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and why they are different from previous recommendations that focus on cholesterol numbers.
Because February is when the flu rates are at their highest, I wrote about 10 Foods to Help Fight the Flu on She Knows.
In its latest policy statement, the AAP provides recommends that pregnant women, infants and children stick with pasteurized milk, cheese and other milk products.
Well, that’s it for now. Have a great week!