We focused all day yesterday on family, from start to finish. Stories and ELF. Pumpkin, fun lunch in a pocket, and cookies. A 5 mile run (post-baby distance record!). New toys. A neighborhood Christmas gathering.
Pumpkin whipped banana oatmeal topped with peanut butter (Trader Joe’s crunchy) and the last of my homemade buckwheat granola. Must make more!
Matt and I read while Mazen napped. I decided to pick up some of my cookbooks to meal plan. People often ask me what my favorite cookbooks are, but I honestly don’t use cookbooks that much. I sometimes use them for a specific kind of recipe (like scones – I wouldn’t necessarily know how to throw them together), but I generally use the internet and blogs for meal planning cravings and then come up with our own twist when the night arrives. But today I browsed my cookbooks.
If I had to choose a favorite cookbook of the ones I own, this would be it: Good Bite Weeknight Meals
It’s a cookbook I contributed to a few years ago along with all of these other amazing bloggers:
I don’t have any incentives tied to the book; I just think it’s really well put together and features very approachable recipes from categories like poultry to seafood to vegetarian to desserts. Because bloggers are real people, the recipes speak to me more than some of the more professional cookbooks. And with photography from Matt Bites, everything looks good!
For lunch we made smoked trout and tuna pita pockets. I picked the pitas up at TJ’s for the party tonight and we filled them with a salad made with mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard, lemon pepper, lemon juice, finely minced celery and carrots. Brought me back to the days of Lu-E-G’s in Hillsborough!
Salad on the side with the TJ’s rosemary marcona almonds (yes Lindsey they are good!), olive oil, a few walnuts and greens.
And a pear!
Remember Pero? It’s a malted barley/chicory/rye powder that turns into somewhat of a coffee-like beverage (coffee-like because it’s roasty not because it’s like coffee.) I had a mug made with milk and some stevia in the raw this afternoon that was super tasty!
Plus two pumpkin balls for a snack.
This evening we walked to our neighborhood’s holiday party. There were tons of cookies and sweets and delicious food to eat.
I brought a veggie platter with hummus + pita. I had “bring something you would want to eat” in mind, and I was glad to have something green to munch on for dinner. The Mexican bean dip went well with the veggies too!
It was nice to spend the day together <3