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Bean beans good for the heart..

Hello friends!

Two children later I am excited to be back to the blog. So excited to share new tips, tricks, and ideas with you.

Right now, one child out with my hubby while the other child is napping and this means it is that time. That ever precious, me time. Since having two kids it happens very very rarely.

Let’s talk about bean salad shall we. So last night a Friday night dinner was whipped together making a yummy and quick delicious lasagna. What would I put on the side of this delicious dish?

what is in the pantry?

Red kidney beans, canned corn, ok let’s do this.

open. Drain. Rinse. Mix

red kidney beans and corn just ain’t gonna cut it…

Squeeze 1/2 lemon added good yumm..

3 turns of pepper shaker

1/2 tsp salt….

now we are getting somewhere.

this salad needs something green in it.

Kale: Grab. Tear a handful. Wash. Finely chop it up. Keep chopping needs to be smaller.

Toss and stir kale pieces in there.

1 good tablespoon of hemp seeds

and 1/4 cup of raisins.

drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

I’m sorry, but this was way better than the lasagna. Lasagna who?!

your family will not care that they are eating canned corn (who needs to know anyways) cause there is fresh delicious kale in there.. Hemp seeds, olive oil, beans. Delicious! Seriously good, healthy, and so so yummy!

try it tonight and let me know how it goes.

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Easy-licious Veggie Tofu Lasagna

What’s for dinner?

Easy Healthy and Delicious Veggie Tofu Lasagna

With a vegetarian husband and a toddler at home it’s not always so easy to create healthy and delicious dinners that will please each of our palates. Luckily, my son loves broccoli, amazingly it’s just about his favorite food.  Strange? I have no idea.. maybe because we sort of assumed he wouldn’t like it, we made such a big deal at first about how amazing and delicious broccoli was.. so he’s like… this is the best stuff ever!  We are like… we know!

He definitely loves foods with lots of flavor. Like soups or dishes that are cooked with onions.  I can definitely see the difference as he says “more!” Such a young man he is. Eating like the rest of us.

This lasagna is full of flavor and the easy part is you can adapt it anyway that best suits the taste buds of your family members. You can add meat sauce, replace tofu for ricotta cheese. Do whatever works for you. Spinach is a yummy addition as well. I usually make this recipe with whatever I have on hand, be it carrots, corn, red kidney beans.

Another amazing idea, which we actually do often is replace the pasta with large slices of sweet potato.  It is surprisingly the best thing ever. Our son is somewhat obsessed with baked sweet potato. Just nice to change it up a bit. Now that I think of it, long slices of eggplant should work very well too. So many ways to sneak in those veggies for non veggie loving children.

For this recipe I like to use a glass pan.  Today I used 2 9×9 square shaped pans. Planning to freeze one lasagna for later date. You could make one larger size if you have a larger rectangular glass pan.

This is also a perfect and great way to get the little ones helping in the kitchen.  Hand them a large wooden spoon and have them spread the sauce, veggies, place down pasta… help that mini chef gain confidence in the kitchen. Such a fun afternoon activity and look dinner is made!

Here is the recipe

Ingredients:

1. container of firm tofu

1/2 tsp. salt

1. can tomato sauce

2. heads of broccoli (chopped)

1 cup frozen peas (or any other frozen veggies you have on hand)

1 cup grated cheese (mozzarella or cheddar work well)

1 box whole wheat lasagna pasta. (You prob won’t need the whole box)

any herbs or flavoring you like… (ie. parsley, basil)

Directions:

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. in food processor puree package of tofu adding salt along with any herbs or spices you choose to add flavor. (This step is in place of ricotta, ricotta would be perfect here too)

3. chop up broccoli into small chunks.

4. grate the cheese and set aside.

5. spread 1/2 cup of tomato sauce over bottom of the pan

6. place pasta on top of sauce covering surface of pan.

7. add layer of tofu and smooth over pasta to cover surface.

8. add a layer of broccoli and frozen peas or other veggies.

9. add layer of shredded cheese.

10. add layer of pasta sauce

11. add another layer of pasta to cover surface

12. add layer of tofu

13. another layer of veggies

14. layer of shredded cheese.

15. another layer of pasta!

16. cover with remainder of tomato sauce

17. top with shredded cheese

18. cover with tin foil

19 bake 350 for 1 hour. After 45 minutes remove tin foil.

serve and enjoy!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did.

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first birthday

It happened…

HE TURNED ONE!

I have a ONE year old son!!  I have a one year old son??? What?..!

I love that boy MORE than he will ever know. We feel very blessed to have a happy and healthy one year old boy who fills us with so much love.. it’s overflowing.. blah blah mushy mushy- I know. But I would have never known the feeling until I got to experience it. It’s pure love.

We made it through the first year! What a great feeling. What an accomplishment! very hard to believe.

Ok- so his birthday was on Friday and we started the celebrations first thing in the morning. Got him dressed, tried to tame his sleepy hair, all while getting myself showered and ready for the day too. Do you know how to juggle? I never knew I could juggle so well. I have the best husband. and parents.

We took baby L downstairs to see a ‘special birthday’ decorated house just for him! Lots of fun dollar store party decorations, silly sound makers, lots of gift bags, balloons. He was like “Guys, what happened to the house?.. it’s pretty cool.. I like what you’ve done with the place”

Since he has recently dropped his first nap, we got his coat and boots on and headed out for a yummy yummy birthday breakfast with daddy, before he had to go to work. So much fun. Baby L knew something was different today.

He got the royal treatment starting with a pancake and eggs, banana and the coolest origami cut apple we have ever seen. Who knew Cora’s knew how to make animals out of apples.  That was really really fun for him. Maybe more fun for us… oy. cheap thrills.

We headed home, opened some presents, and then my mom came over to play with L before nap time.

I love nap time.

Anyways, the night before his birthday, my amazingly talented baker cousin came over to make Elmo cupcakes with me.

We weren’t having so many people over for his actual birthday, but thought this would be so exciting and fun for him.

I love to bake, but know nothing about decorating. She taught me a lot.  She also made an amazing Thomas cake for some other family that came to see him on Monday. I already hired her for his real birthday party next week.

Here are a few of the awesome Elmo cupcakes! They were SOO delish!

 

Elmo getting fur!

Elmo getting eyes!

Elmo looking so cute all dressed up to celebrate L’s 1st Birthday!

and yet we still have one more party – the real birthday party next week.

Let the fun and last minute planning begin…

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Planning 1st Birthday Party

We are halfway through December and my almost 10 month old will be a 1 year old before I can say, “OMG, my newborn is a toddler now!!” or “OMG, I have a one year old son?!”

It’s almost February, my little boys birthday month, and the most I have planned for his very special first birthday party is….. um… can you hear the crickets chirping…. nothing.  oy!

So I search online and  I see SOOO many fabulous ideas… the perfect cupcake, the perfect theme, the perfect venue, even the perfect lootbag.  My problem is there are too many ideas!

Here is my first mission: to help myself and help you plan a birthday party with as little stress and as much fun, giggles and smiles as possible.

Let’s get started.

The list..

  1.  List of guests  (number, ages)
  2.  Location (directions, contact info)
  3.  Invitations (online,mail)
  4.  Food/Drinks /Cake/ other yummy desserts (adult food, kiddy food, baby food)
  5.  Entertainment ( professional kids singer ,crazy clown, DJ, old school Raffi jammin on your at home CD player)
  6.  Theme ( Teddy Bear Picnic, Spiderman, Thomas, Cars, Micky Mouse)
  7.  Plates/Napkins/Cutlery /cups (Colours, Sizes)

In the end, I know that my baby boy will be happy even if it is just mommy and daddy there smiling and making goofy faces at him.  If the party is a total fail, oh well, he likely won’t remember… he might have sweet dreams about all of the exciting boxes and torn wrapping paper he gets to play with. If he is lucky I might let him tear apart his birthday cake and take pictures of him doing it to embarrass him at his Bar Mitzvah.

OMG, that’s only 12 years away!

next blog.. planning your sons Bar Mitzvah… see above list.. hasn’t changed much

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