How You'll Do It:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
How You'll Do It:
Friday, March 20, 2015
Happy Spring! Although, if you live in New England like me, it doesn't feel like Spring quite yet with all of this snow and cold weather! But warmer days are just ahead (let's hope)!
I'm ready for warmer weather, but not ready to give up those one pot comfort dinners that I love so much during the Winter. So I wanted to share one of my favorite one pot Spring dinners that brings together comfort and fresh seasonal produce: Fusilli with Chicken, Asparagus and Tomatoes.
It comes from the cookbook Simple Fresh & Healthy, A Collection of Seasonal Recipes by Linda Hafner. Where I grew up, Hafner's Farmer's Market is a staple for the best locally grown, farm fresh, seasonal produce. My friend got this cookbook for me one summer when I was feeling especially homesick. I might not have the fresh upstate NY produce at hand, but with the recipes in this book I can have a little taste of home whenever I need it.
What You'll need:
8 ounces fusilli pasta
1 Tbs olive oil
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, finely cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 cup asparagus, sliced in 1 inch pieces
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs chopped fresh basil
2 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. Prepare fusilli according to package directions, timing it so that pasta is ready to drain when chicken and vegetables are cooked.
2. Sprinkle chicken strips with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and asparagus and sauté for 5 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute and remove from heat.
4. Drain cooked pasta and add to skillet. (When draining pasta, reserve a cup of cooking water. Add a little at a time if the final mixture seems too dry). Stir in basil, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Divide into four portions and garnish each with a tablespoon of cheese. This recipe is best cold or at room temperature.
Each serving supplies:
Calories(kcal) 438, Protein 36 (g), Carbohydrates 49 (g), Dietary Fiber 4 (g), cholesterol 72 (mg), Fat 11 (g), Sodium 406 (mg)
For more great Spring recipes, + Summer, Fall and Winter recipes, inspired by seasonal upstate new york produce, check out Linda Hafner's Simple Fresh & Healthy, A Collection of Seasonal Recipes!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Cheesy Potato Crockpot Soup
Monday, February 9, 2015
Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche
4 large eggs
8 oz mushrooms - thinly sliced
1 box frozen spinach (10 oz) - thawed
1 cup milk
2 oz feta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 garlic clove - minced
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Next, drain excess water from thawed spinach and combine with cooked mushrooms and garlic. Add feta cheese. Spread onto the bottom of greased pie dish.
Enjoy! OR Cover and refrigerate to be heated up and enjoyed at a later time :)
Monday, February 2, 2015
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Friday, January 30, 2015
I changed his diaper, nursed him then burped him and held him close for way longer than necessary before laying my sweet little slumbering baby back down in his bassinet. Who am I kidding? I was clinging to him for dear life, afraid that the next time he woke, he'd stand up and walk away from me a grown man!
Even after i finally managed to put him back down I sat there for way too long just watching him breathing and growing before my very eyes. I didn't want to sleep, even knowing he would be awake for his next feeding in 3, 2 maybe even 1 hour. I might have even been wishing a tiny bit that he would wake right back up so I could scoop him back into my arms and he could rest his cherub cheek on my shoulder and wrap his tiny arm around mine. What is sleep when you are so completely, helplessly in love anyways? I don't want to miss one precious moment with this perfect little man. The next day, at 2:53 pm, he would already be 4 weeks old.
Things I've Learned my first month as a momHow to Live on Love. I quickly learned what living on love really means. Because there's no other way to explain how a human being can function on such little sleep for so many days! I have to giggle at posts I see on facebook of people complaining about only getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep...what's that even like?! That much sleep could keep me going for a week at this point!
Midnight snacks rule. Midnight snacks make nighttime feeds more bearable. Give yourself something to look forward to. Before bed, prepare a fully stocked nursing station wherever you plan on nursing the baby,. water, snacks, blanket, phone, charger, etc. That way, when the baby is ready and you rush to your rocking chair, you aren't left sitting there for 30+ minutes thinking of the water that's in the other room and how hungry you are! And, if you ask me, just go ahead and indulge. My snack of choice is M&Ms with Chex mix. Perfect mix of salty and sweet to occupy those long, dark hours. I would not have survived the first two weeks without a mug of this mix by the rocking chair. Snacking really helped to keep me awake.
Also, grocery lists. Since you won't be able to get out to the store yourself for a little while, you really need to be prepared to let someone else know exactly what you need - a list guarantees nothing is forgotten. Don't forget those snacks!
Cherish Every Single Second. No explanation needed. Being a mom is the best thing ever and babies grow way to fast (see above).
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Although he's limited right now in his selection of cuisine...he loves spending time in the kitchen and is as enthusiastic as I am to get cooking and baking together! ...And so is our trusty sidekick, Roxy!
I am also happy to say that my gestational diabetes is gone and I have been making up for the last few months and indulging my palette with plenty of carbs and sweets!
It seems like just yesterday that I was announcing my big news with my new found love and appreciation of mocktails! As I now have a wonderful little assistant, you can expect to see some big and yummy things on the Search for Yum coming in 2015! We have some big plans! It's going to be a great year! Lots of deliciousness to come!