What seems like forever ago, I was doing WIAW’s for both Ryan and myself. He was in the very beginning stages of baby led weaning and it was a lot of fun for me to document what he was eating. For some reason (probably because I can barely remember to take pictures of my food, much less mine and a toddler’s.
Hello, friends! First and foremost, thank you all so much for your sweet comments on yesterdays post. I’m so excited to be able to share this journey with you and fill you in on what’s been going on in babyland. Hopefully, this explains we’re WIAW’s from the past! (like this, this, this, this..) Remember that time I made shrimp cocktail for no reason? Oh, there was a reason.
Thankfully, my stomach seems to have figured itself out so I’m welcoming veggies and normal food back into my life. Though I did wake up Tuesday with the cold to end all colds (Alex is rolling his eyes – I’m a slight exaggerator) so now I’m on tea and chicken noodle soup and comfort food in hopes of feeling a little better. But anyway, let’s get on to Monday’s eats for WIAW!
Breakfast: Life cereal! I’ve been craving cereal so I forced Alex to buy me a box last weekend and I’ve been savoring it. Also, does anyone else eat cereal this way? I have for as long as I can remember. I really hate when cereal gets even a little soggy, so I let each bite sit in the milk just long enough to scoop up some milk and then munch away.
Lunch: I told you guys on Monday that last weekend we went to an amazing Puerto Rican restaurant and I went home with leftovers. At the restaurant both Ryan and I were obsessed with the Spanish rice that came with everyone’s meals, so I took everyone’s leftovers and my leftover entree home. For lunch I made a “Puerto Rican fried rice” with them. It was rice and pernil (roasted pork covered in onions and garlic, oh my God, so good) and amazing. It was one of those things where you look at it and you’re like, oh man, this is a lot of food, I’ll have some leftover for later!, but then it’s so delicious and the next thing you know there’s nothing left in the bowl. #noregrets
Dinner: This week I’m trying to clear out all the food in our fridge so I’ve been making mish mash meals that have been turning out shockingly AMAZING. (My first trimester I was SO sick so I would get random food and eat it once and not want it again. Into the freezer/pantry/fridge it would go. Now that I’m feeling better, I need to get it all in check so I’m more aware of what food I actually have) For dinner I made a shrimp garden salad with tomato, cucumber, carrot, roasted red pepper, Parmesan cheese and a homemade red wine vinaigrette. (Used this recipe loosely) SO DAMN GOOD. Also, almost all of my meals look like this, with the company of a cat, half asleep.
Dessert: It was chilly and I was feeling the beginnings of this cold that night, so I decided I wanted a mug of hot chocolate. (2 TBS cocoa, 1-2 TBS sugar, 1 cup milk of choice, pinch of salt = single serving hot chocolate. You are so welcome.) Probably wasn’t my best move because dairy + sinuses = apparently not good according to science, but all of my cares have floated away. Served in a mug from my alma mater, where I acquired this mug and a ton of debt.
See you all tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I’ll finally fill you all in on baby Wiebs!
So tell me – favorite single serve? Any tips for killing a cold without meds (I should know them all by now since I’ve been pregnant and/or nursing for over 2 years now… but I don’t.) Leave them in the comments!
Happy Wednesday! I personally am pretty pumped that the week is halfway over, especially since we’re celebrating our anniversary this weekend! The original idea was to make a beach weekend out of it, but its supposed to be gloomy and cold, so I’m bummed. Either way, a weekend with my boys, relaxing, sounds pretty good right now.
As always, I’m posting my eats for a whole day for What I Ate Wednesday. If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head over to Peas and Crayons to get the full scoop, where Jen hosts this lovely link-up each week. So here, you go!
Breakfast: Half(ish) of a bagel, and yogurt with honey, PB and chopped apple for me, and eggs, tomato, sweet potato, peas, carrots, and broccoli for the boy. Fruit is now given after the meal or else he won’t eat, so some strawberries and apple we eated later.
Snack: Alex sent this on Monday because he’s the sweetest husband ever and knows that food is the way to my heart, not flowers. As you can imagine, we’ve been snacking on this non-stop. The fruit is all perfectly ripe and delicious!! Ryan ate chunks of apple all day, leaving the chewed up, spit out peels all over the house. Thanks, bud.
Lunch: Salad with spinach, chopped turkey, apple, tomato, onion, broccoli, peas and corn, shredded carrot, shredded cheddar and lots of balsamic. Pretty much whatever was in the fridge. Ryan had the same, separated.
Snack: Have you ever tried cream top yogurt? It’s UNBELIEVABLE. I instantly regretted not buying more. This was my second cup, and the first day Ryan had his first few spoonfuls of yogurt (IE, he ate half) and, obviously he loved it. He cried when I took the spoon away.
Dinner: This was pretty similar to lunch, but a million times better. First, spinach, chopped with scissors and sprinkled with seasoning and a good amount of balsamic. Add veggies (I used tomato, onion, peas, carrots) and shredded parmesan and toss together. On top, add warm sweet potatoes (I had just finished roasting some sticks for ryan, so I chopped them and put ’em on top.) and some form of meat. Beans would also work. I used left over beef rib from lunch on Sunday, and OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. I can’t. I also tried this Zevia cola, which was pretty good, but no beloved Coke Zero. It tastes like a melted Coke Slurpee, which I’m okay with. Ryan had balsamic chicken and veggies!
Dessert: I can’t end my day without a tasty treat, so some of that delicious fruit and a big ol’ squirt of whipped cream were in order. Uhm, those chocolate covered strawberries? SO. GOOD.
And we’re back to What I Ate Wednesday! I’m really loving this post – I look forward to putting it together each week, and it encourages me to get myself out of the slump of the ‘picking at Ryan’s breakfast, lunch salad, grilled chicken dinner’ rotation that I find myself in a lot. I also love throwing Ryan’s eat in here – I like being able to look back at what he ate and what he was digging at the time.
So without further ado, here are our Monday eats!
Monday was super rainy, so upon waking up, I knew we would not be leaving the house, making it a designated PJ day. That was fine by me though, since Ryan’s party was the day before and we had my favorite -LEFTOVERS.
Breakfast: We bought a bunch of strawberries (we had Ina’s Strawberry Country Cake for the grown ups – it was pretty good, very much like shortcake) and cut up a bunch of watermelon for the party, so we went with that for breakfast. Strawberries, watermelon and bananas and an apricot Chobani for me, and eggs, watermelon, strawberries, banana, carrots, pancake and sweet potatoes for the boy. Both plates were gobbled up super quick. Love summer fruit!!
Lunch: Leftover pesto pasta salad (recipe coming!) and a heated up leftover chicken kabob. Eggs, seasoned chicken and onions, bell pepper, carrots, tomato and black olives for Ryan, and some unpictured watermelon for both of us after.
Snack: I got hungry during Ryan’s nap, so a few pieces of parmesan cheese and some strawberries were in order. Who needs plates, btw?
Dinner: Ryan essentially had the same as lunch while I had a chicken breast with a bit of ricotta, sliced tomatoes, grated parm, and basil from our potted plant with more pasta salad and corn.
Dessert: I am not allowed to have anything tasty in my house. We had leftover heavy cream in the fridge and I couldn’t resist the temptation to throw a couple of tablespoons in my Magic Bullet with some cocoa powder and sugar for some chocolate whipped cream. My brother and I ate this all the time as kids and with some sliced strawberries it was as decadent as I remembered!
So that’s our Monday in eats! I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for WIAW.
Do you love leftovers as much as I do? Does anyone else stay in their PJ’s all day when it’s gross out? Let me know in the comments!
Back to the grind post Memorial Day and Ryan’s first birthday! I took the weekend off from phones and computers for the most part and I’m so glad because I really got the savor the last few days of Ryan’s first year without checking my phone and checking out. Sometimes it’s really nice to just be, as much as I love social media and reading blogs.
Anyway, here’s to another What I Ate Wednesday! This is actually our eats from Ryan’s birthday, thought it would be fun to be able to check out what we did on his birthday. Alex was at work so it was a pretty low key day. My mom came up to take the birthday boy toy shopping. Without further ado, here’s our day in pictures!
Good morning little boy! Ryan’s up later than normal at 8:30 due to teething all night. He’s smiley though so after a nursing and a change he’s in his jumpy chomping dried apples and watermelon.
Breakfast: Watermelon forever for the momma. I sprinkle mine with salt and eat so much that I’m too full for any other breakfast. Pancakes, veggies, watermelon and eggs for the birthday boy.
After breakfast was playtime, where the little boy was moving so fast and furious that every picture I took of him was a blur. Also, he didn’t want to put on clothes after breakfast, and who am I to make a birthday boy unhappy?
A nap later, Gammie (my mom) was here and ready to hang!
Lunch: I made my mom and myself chicken taco salads (chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, cucumber, olives, homemade salsa, chicken, greek yogurt and homemade avocado vinaigrette) and Ryan had bits and pieces as well. Salads make BLW and meals SO easy – take what you’re having, cut some up and give to baby. Easy Peasy. No picture of Ryan’s food because he gobbled it as it came to him.
Next was a trip to the store where he got VERY spoiled. #onlygrandchild
Followed by a trip to the grocery store and saying goodbye to Gammie. An unpictured free Panera iced coffee may have happened in between.
After his nap, Ryan plays with his walker while I get dinner together.
Dinner: Grill food for me means minimal clean up. BBQ chicken kabob of half a chicken breast, mini potato kabob (boil mini potatos until tender, coat in olive oil, salt and pepper and throw on the grill to get crispy) and a charred corn cob. Ryan gets all of his favorites for dinner – seasoned chicken (chicken cut small with paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and a litttttle bit of salt cooked in a non stick pan) watermelon, tomatoes, olives, eggs, sweet potatos, apples.
A little playtime with his birthday balloon, a tub, and bedtime for the little birthday boy and a snack for the momma. More watermelon and a coconut Chobani. Dip the watermelon in the yogurt=amazing.
So, a great, low key first birthday for my favorite boy. I’m feeling so sad and so happy that he’s already a year, it’s the weirdest feeling.
I hope you guys all have a great Wednesday!! Linking up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!
Do you like salt on your watermelon? Whats your favorite greek yogurt flavor? Let me know in the comments!