Mexican Taco Salad

Mexican Taco Salad

When I was a little girl, and probably today if I’m honest, its popular for stay at home moms to pursue pyramid schemes. I don’t say that with the heckling that people usually associate pyramid schemes with. What I’m saying is they try to make a little money at home torturing their friends with “parties” that are not “parties.”  I’ve been to makeup parties, jewelry parties, and cookware parties and to be honest, literally the only thing I liked about all of these various parties was the food.

Yes, like Jacqueline from Ever After (1998 ) says, “I’m only here for the food.”

All of these years I have been craving one thing, the Seven-Layer South Western Salad.

Just look at that recipe, isn’t it beautiful sounding? Well I re-made it in June, and it turned out to be a big hit.  SO this salad became our Tuesday meal since it was too hot to cook anything, I was always running our of tortilla chips, and really, what’s not to like? The only thing is we use black beans, not red or kidney beans.
Guest Post! Jess’ Zucchini Boats Recipe 

Guest Post! Jess’ Zucchini Boats Recipe 

My friend Jess and I met in college (go Owls!) at our mutual friend Christine’s Bible study. Since then she’s moved up north to Rhode Island where she is raising 3 boy and 1 girl all with various allergy concerns. She also writes for Providence City Mom’s Blog & has her own blog! Here is her favorite recipe!grilled-vegetables-2172704_1920.jpg

Summer is coming and ya’ll, I am so excited. Not only does that mean that I can put away our bulky New England cold weather sweaters and boots, but it also means I come up with any and every excuse to cook light and eat a ton of seasonal veggies. As wonderful as this sounds, “eating light” is not entirely practical for my family.

I am the mother of 4 kids and wife to an amazing (but hungry) husband. These people can EAT. So my plans for light quinoa salads for dinner, while I think are wonderful, are actually terrible for my growing kiddos. Not terrible in conception, but terrible in the sense that they would each eat an entire box of quinoa before becoming full and I would spend about $543 a week on food.

We have found a happy medium though, between my want for “summery light food” and my family’s need to feel “full” after dinner. I came across this recipe years ago, and it remains the ONLY recipe my husband requests over and over. It remains the recipe that he suggests I cook if we are having a new family over for dinner because, and I quote “…this is the best thing you make, babe.”

So, here it is. I usually substitute the chicken sausage with mild Italian sausage and lighten up the red pepper flakes for my spice sensitive kiddos. It’s so good with the pepper though, that I wouldn’t skip it if I could get away with it. Oh, and if you want everything to taste even more like summer, grill the boats. You’re welcome.

I hope this recipe is your happy medium too, as it is ours. Light, but filling, using seasonal veggies and delicious. Happy eating!

Babies and fancy foods

Babies and fancy foods

This is a picture of my daughter at 13mo eating a Petit Four. She is such a dainty little girl.  I’m not being sexist, really, she doesn’t care for the beach, dirt or rough housing with her friend Matthew.  She prefers looking over her dolls, reading her picture books, and eating, preferably with a spoon.  On Mother’s Day weekend my mom and I picked up some Petit Fours and chocolate covered strawberries from our local Publix and presented them to my daughter. She loved the Petit Four.  I’m thinking her next birthday might be a tea party… Is it too far in the future for me to plan? 

Gyros

Gyros

I love gyros. But you knew that! My family has a long history of loving Greek food. 

The other day my wonderful husband took me to Western Beef (Sandalfoot & 441) and I found everything I need to make gyros! This morning I made my usual Cuban coffee, and then I happily prepared my own homemade gyro! Recipe below.

Side note: how cute is my baby bump here? 

What you’ll need: 

  • Pita bread
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Chicken (or lamb or beef)
  • Tahini (you can make this from scratch but I don’t).
  • Lettuce (I like romaine). 
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic (to taste)
  • 1 TSP Olive oil
  • Note: I also add homemade hummus, although it could be the pregnancy).

What you do:

  1. Heat up your pita – this makes it easiee to work with.
  2. If you’re pregnant like me spread hummus all over.
  3. Slice up the cucumbers and tomatoes and add them. 
  4. Chop up your chosen meat and add them.
  5. Add bits of lettuce.
  6. Add seasoning.
  7. Drizzle tahini over it all.
  8. Fold into itself and wrap in tin foil. 
  9. Open at lunch and enjoy!
Southern Fried Apples

Southern Fried Apples

Perfect as an addition to breakfast, or an after dinner snack, I’ve been making southern fried apples since I was an 11 year old in Philly. Back then of course I was just fooling around in the kitchen, but I later learned my “soft sweet apples” were Southern Fried Apples in disguise. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 Granny Smith apples 
  • 1-2 TBS cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS butter

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt butter in a pot
  2. Add cinamon & sugar
  3. Peel & slice apple(s)
  4. Add apples to sugar mixture
  5. Stir
  6. Cover and let simmer over medium heat.
  7. After about 10 minutes the sugar should be melted and the apples soft.
  8. Plate and enjoy! 
Pregnancy Food – 12 weeks

Pregnancy Food – 12 weeks

Normally I try to eat healthy. My husband is a personal trainer / bodybuilder and I try to be as healthy as possible. Well, when I’m not expecting. When I am, I eat small quantities of whatever I want. 

Today I want ramen noodle with peanut butter. I cook it in chicken broth and I add veggies and 2 TBS of peanut butter. This groses put my husband amd my parents. 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten while pregnant?