Monday, November 18, 2013

Meal Planning Mondays: top o' the mornin' to ya.

{ellie jane's birthday pancakes for breakfast, last week}

Do you like a hearty, indulgent breakfast on the weekend?

What kind of question is that? Of course you do. Who doesn't?
My only issue is that I always want to go back to bed right after a big breakfast. So truthfully, it is rare when I'll eat a plate of pancakes or french toast for breakfast. Which is a tragedy on so many levels when I think about it. Parenthood just doesn't provide the opportunity for sleep that a lazy, Saturday morning body needs. I keep fantasizing about Tyler and I's next anniversary getaway, in just oh...ELEVENish months. Hotel, nice robes, big luxurious breakfasts with five stack banana pancakes oozing with butter and syrup....siiiiiigh.  Hold on Rae, just 
hhhhhhhold on!


A friend recently invited us to her house for a Friday morning breakfast get-together. Her text read, 
"House dirty 
Making cinnamon rolls
Bring what you can and come on over"

Ya know, I have to say that text summarized the most basic three part criteria for me to fall completely in love with a friend.We went, as did a few other moms. Our kids played and we ate a smattering of really yummy food and chatted and for that Friday morning, all was right with the world.

Here's to more breakfast clubs!

{ pancakes and cartoons, welcome to childhood.}







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Now, time for
Meal ideas!:
{click on titles for links to recipes}

Let's start with breakfast:

I made a modified version of these with a standard pancake mix. Just add a cup of pumpkin puree, some pumpkin pie spice blend (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves), and a couple of smashed bananas to your normal pancake recipe. More nutritious than plain old pancakes (insert: pat on back).


I love any recipe that can be doubled and frozen for later.


K, kinda a weird segue of food photos but,
moving on to Dinner, here's what's on our menu:


I finally invested in individual, large bowls in order to serve one-bowl meals to the family. I grabbed a bag of chopsticks too. Man, we are just so authentic now its unbelievable. 


Made this on Friday. My kids always complain about the amount of veggies destroying the glory of what they understand pizza to be {ie, little Caesars five dollar pizza}, but I won't give up. Exposure equals preference, exposure equals preference, exposure equals preference! Remember that folks! It's brain science, read it here in this great book.


kay, let me explain this one. I've fallen in love with Asian food over the past few years, and one of the reasons is that the food is healthy AND so, unbelievably tasty. There is an ancient Eastern medicine system that talks about The Six Tastes, which was believed to provide the perfect balance to a meal. If you experienced each of these tastes, your body was receiving nutritional balance. They were sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, astringent. In my wannabe foodie experience, no where do you find that combination illustrated more beautifully than in Asian meals. Tom Kha Soup is one of them. Multi- levels of flavor and FRIGGIN DELICIOUS. It's not your average soup. 
The recipe here is one of my favorites but you'll need to quadruple it because she only makes it for one serving (seriously? i know.) You don't have to be really particular with the measurements though so give it a try and play around with it. A few substitutions I made:
instead of water, use chicken broth
instead of kaffir lime leaves, use grated lime zest
instead of galangal, use fresh ginger
instead of fried tofu, use shredded rotisserie chicken


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Happy Meal Planning!
Now go feed your family whydontcha:)







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