A healthier mac and cheese

OMG Baby Boy slept all night last night! From 7:30pm to 6am, fed, then back to sleep until 8am. It’s amazing what a night of uninterrupted sleep can do to a person. I feel human again. I don’t expect it to happen again tonight, but who knows. Maybe we’ll get lucky :)

Now on to the weekly recipe. This is a healthier version of mac and cheese that I’ve adapted from an Oxygen recipe. I’ve essentially brought up the spice a level and added kale, corn, and ground turkey to make a complete meal. This is a great make-ahead meal to keep in the fridge for the week, reheating some when there’s no time to make lunch or dinner. I try to make about 2 of these types of ‘long-term’ dishes on a weekly basis, and making a few seafood, steak, or egg dishes fresh.

Mac and cheeseEnjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Smoothie Saturday

Smoothie Saturday! In the spirit of fall, I wanted to create a pumpkin pie smoothie. I got all ready with my ingredients and canned pumpkin, which I thankfully tasted before adding to the blender. Tasted like fish. Guh. It had obviously gone bad, who knows how long I’ve had that can in the pantry. FAIL.

So I made another kind of pie smoothie :)

AppleCoco smoothie

 

Enjoy! Let me know if you try it.

Sleep regression (again!) and salade Niçoise

Always a busy day with an infant! Baby Boy has been going through another sleep regression. I thought it was due to the schedule change while we were in Cuba, but it’s already been 2 weeks since we’ve been back and he’s still been waking up a few times a night. So of course I googled it at 3:30am last night. And there it was…sleep regression at around 8 months. I remember doing this at the 4 month mark, which is another sleep regression time. 12 months is another one. So that made me feel better and will help me hold on for a couple more weeks! One a night wake ups, please come back!

This morning, Baby Boy hung out in the #circleofneglect (what my sis calls it…ha!) while I cooked some apple chunks.

 

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He loves to snack on these in his mesh feeder.

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It also gave me some time to make my much needed coffee–8 month sleep regression over here! sigh. My coffee is a bit odd, but I love it! Instant coffee, almond milk, carob powder, and xylitol. Yum.

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I made him a smoothie made up of water, banana, and organic wild blueberries. He drank it right from a cup and loved it! I mixed some with his cereal as well and he gobbled it up. Definitely doing this again with different fruits.

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It’s getting pretty fun to experiment with different fruits and veggies for his meals. I feel a bit behind and think I’ve been a bit too conservative with what I’ve been feeding him, so I’m trying different combinations now without fear. He still hates lumpy food though, so I still need to puree it pretty well, but he can handle it a bit thicker. So we’re progressing.

What’s on for dinner tonight? Salade Niçoise! This salad is on our weekly rotation. I can’t make it frequently enough for the Mr. Over time, I’ve found some quick shortcuts to make this salad as quickly as possible. Let me know if you try it out!

Salade Nicoise

Productive day and a quick dinner

I’m back! I went on hiatus in order to work on a postdoctoral funding application–it took up all my ‘free time’. And by free time, I mean when my mom babysat Baby Boy while I typed away. But it’s now submitted and out of my hands!

We had a pretty productive day over here. Started out at our fave brunch place, Mocha Mocha. If anyone is in Toronto, check it out–avocado in everything! What’s not to love?

Nana came over and spent time with Baby Boy, so the Husband and I whizzed around the house doing laundry, unpacking (from a Cuba trip 2 weeks ago! Shame…), and tidying up.

I didn’t feel like cooking much for dinner, so I made my go-to kale salad (recipe below), heated up some ready-made veggie spring rolls, and roasted some chestnuts on the stove. So random, but so good!

Our simple dinner!

Our simple dinner!

Kale and Avo Salad (serves 2, or 1 if main meal)

  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and kale torn up in bite-size pieces (I used a bag of pre-washed and torn up kale for an even faster meal)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (I usually buy organic frozen corn–by the time I make the dressing and I’m ready to eat the salad, the corn has already thawed)
  • 3-4 sun dried tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup mix of you favourite nuts and dried fruits
  • Juice of 1/2 large lemon
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Place kale and salt in large salad bowl and massage the salt into the kale for a minute or two. This will soften the kale, which will be more enjoyable to eat.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix up. That’s it! I devour this salad at least once a week. The great thing about kale salad is that it will hold in the fridge for a day if you have leftovers. But you won’t have leftovers :) Enjoy and let me know if you try it!

Sleep regression

To all parents out there, let’s talk sleep regression. I know I’m not alone. Baby Boy slept pretty well for the first 4 months, waking once or not at all each night. Four months hit, and his sleep changed overnight. He now wakes up twice a night and I feel like I have no choice but to feed him again the second time. I’m no fan of the crying and for now anyways, I say no thank you to all the advice telling me to avoid feeding him and to try to put him back to sleep. That took us a couple of hours one night.

Advice is given almost every day by everyone. Don’t feed him at night, give him water instead of milk, dream feed, soothe him on the boob…it goes on and on. And I find myself looking for even more advice, or maybe it’s reassurance that others have gone through this, online. Googling ‘4 month old sleep regression’. Yup. Apparently it’s normal. They’re developing rapidly at this age. Sleep will go back to normal. Sigh. Too much info.
I’m actually dreading going to his 5 month appointment because I know his doctor will tell me I should’t have fed him the second time per night and that I probably developed a new habit.

But you know what, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your sanity. And then you read blogs and articles that make you feel a bit better. Like this one sent from a friend and fellow parent. The article also links you to a series on infant sleep written in Psychology Today, basically saying that infant sleep has no pattern.

So I say do what feels right, whatever works for now. That’s what we decided to do. And you know what? I’m ok with waking up twice a night to breastfeed my little man. It makes him happy and soothes him back to sleep. That makes me a happy maman.