Hi friends! Man, I’ve missed you.
What a whirlwind these past few months have been. Towards the end of my third trimester I pretty much gave up on food. Well, not eating it — I did plenty of that. We ate a lot of take out and prepared foods (aka: Whole Foods ate a lot of our paychecks…), but not a lot of cooking. I was in no shape to whip up anything other than scrambled eggs for dinner (which I did a lot) or the occasional tuna melt. True story.
Then on December 17 Nora came.
I like to think she’s pretty much the most adorable baby ever.
Don’t tell Ethan.
Before we knew it it was the holiday season. In addition to our annual Chinese-take-out-on-Christmas, our wonderful friends brought us meals for a couple weeks, so once again I did very little cooking.
Side note: if you’re visiting new parents (or rather their adorable new baby), don’t come over empty handed. Always bring food.
Just as things were starting to feel normal, whatever that means, Nora got sick. We spent five days in the hospital while she fought a nasty respiratory virus. She was three and a half weeks old, and I was a mess. When we got back home, cooking was the last thing on my mind.
So here we are a month later. Nora has fully recovered, I’m back to my normal, happy self, and life is wonderful. Every day I count my blessings, and they come in the form of John, Ethan, and Nora. Not sure how I got so lucky.
But back to the food! I’m cooking again (!), which means I’ll have some new recipes to post soon. In the meantime, here are some Ari-tested (and occasionally kid-approved) meals that we’ve enjoyed:
Honey-teriyaki salmon: simple, yet satisfying
Chicken and mushrooms in a creamy mustard-tarragon sauce: just made this on Sunday, really tasty!
Chocolate and caramel mousse cakes: I made an adapted version of these for Valentine’s Day — holy yum!
Brie in puff pastry with raspberry preserves: classic
Haricots verts almondine: whipped these up a couple times in the last few weeks; so easy
All-American beef chili: best served over cornbread
Blueberry spinach smoothie: Ethan loved this!
Cinnamon baked french toast: Crowd pleaser (and can be prepped the night before)
Brown butter ravioli with rotisserie chicken, toasted walnuts, and crispy sage: appeared multiple times on our table
Baked honey sesame chicken: better than we anticipated
These are in addition to some of our favorite repeat recipes, which are my go-to’s when I’m not sure what to make:
Mint fettuccine with lamb ragu: perfect for fall/winter!
My absolute favorite meatloaf: love this with roasted parmesan tomatoes and string beans
Caesar salad sandwiches: insanely satisfying
The best turkey chili you’ll ever try (or leave out the turkey and go veggie): hands down our favorite
Stuffed peppers: for when we’re trying to eat fewer carbs
Harvest cobb salad: favorite fall/winter salad — so hearty and filling!
Baked salmon with coconut tomato sauce and creamy jasmine rice: we probably make this more than anything else.. it’s that good
It’s hard trying to have home cooked meals every night (it’s even harder with two children under two), so we usually splurge and get take out at least one night each week. But even with a two month old who requires most of my attention, and a 1.5 year old who wants most of my attention, we’re eating pretty well around here. My Pinterest boards overfloweth.
Aka: get ready for some tasty treats coming your way!