Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Table of Contents

Welcome to My So-Called (Mommy) Life. For many years I had dreamed of writing a food blog; a place where I could share my favorite recipes and and my thoughts on local restaurants.  Two years ago I became the mama to a feisty, voracious baby girl, and my life has been a beautiful chaos every since.  Like my life, the blog's concept evolved into something bigger, messier, and better.  It's a mix of recipes, toddler food, restaurant reviews, and more.  Hopefully this Table of Contents will help you navigate the chaos that is My (So-Called) Mommy Life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Garlicky Pinto Beans


If you don't love, and I mean love garlic, go ahead and ignore this recipe.  This recipe is for my fellow garlic lovers.  I stumbled upon this recipe in 2009, in the May issue of Real Simple magazine. It embodied what I loved most about Real Simple recipes: the recipe was, well, real simple!  Garlicky Pinto Beans became my go-to side when I needed to whip up something quick and easy.  I almost always have all the ingredients in my pantry, so no running to the grocery store.  Coming up with a fast side dish is one of the hardest parts for me on my healthy eating journey, so I'm always happy to have recipes like Garlicky Pinto Beans in my arsenal.  Without dishes like this, I would resort to eating double the appropriate portion size of my entree (i.e. two burritos instead of one).  What is your go-to healthy and simple side dish? If you have a good one, I'd love for you to share in the comments! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cream of Asparagus Soup


I've always loved Cream of Asparagus soup, but indulge only rarely, because it's so high in calories.  However, with asparagus being in season, I kept finding myself craving that rich, creamy soup.  So I decided to rework the recipe and create a healthier version.  I reduced the amount of butter and cream, and upped the veggies, but I promise you can't tell.  My version of Cream of Asparagus Soup tastes just as rich and creamy as its higher calorie counterpart.  This recipe also gets high marks in my other two important areas:  it's easy and quick to make, and it's kid friendly.  If you find yourself craving this soup when it's no longer asparagus season, don't fret:  it works wonderfully with frozen asparagus too.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lemon Raspberry Muffins


So today I have some news to share. You may have noticed that my blog entries have decreased a bit since January.  The reason? Well, I've been exhausted and sick.  Just the thought of most food makes my stomach uneasy.  Yup, that's right:  I'm pregnant!  Baby #2 is expected in early October.  I had a very tough first trimester, but now that I'm finally in the second trimester, I can start to feel my appetite and motivation trickle back.  Woo!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Shrimp Tacos with Sriracha Crema


The seafood used in a recipe can make or break a meal.  My husband actually thought he hated shrimp until I was finally able to get him to try some fresh shrimp while in Savannah.  Now he loves it...as long as we get it from a reputable source. This is a particular problem in a town like Athens, where the ocean is is a good 5 hours away, with no interstates leading from the coast.  Needless to say, most of our grocery stores don't sell the freshest seafood.  So we rely on our local Earth Fare, where they always have a great selection of fresh seafood.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stealthy Chocolate Bars


My daughter is the quintessential picky eater.  At one point, it got so difficult she actually ended up working with a food therapist for several months.  Now she is doing much better, and is much more willing to try different foods.  Unfortunately, she is still very resistant to eating most so-called "Superfoods".  So in an effort to sneak some nutritionally-packed produce into her diet, I came up with my Stealthy Chocolate Bars.  It tastes like dessert, but is made with mostly healthy ingredients packed with vitamins.  My child gobbles these up, while singing "yummy, yummy, in my tummy".  My husband and I both really enjoy it as a dessert too!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kale & Pear Salad


My good friend Randi recently had a beautiful baby girl named Lucy.  When they left the hospital and returned home, our group of friends set up a schedule for each of us to bring their family a dinner each night, to help them through that tough first week of new-baby transition.  I immediately decided to make them one of my newer recipes, my Homemade Hamburger Helper, but then got stuck trying to come up with a tasty side that would transport well.  So I went to my trusty Pinterest boards to get inspired, and was quickly smitten by a Kale and Pear Salad by the blog Taste Love and Nourish.  I adapted the recipe a little, and it turned out delicious!  It's light, and fresh, and tangy.  It's filled with super foods, and it's a breeze to make.  Transports great too! :)