Tuesday, September 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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Easy Stir-Fried Tofu

The first time I ever had tofu, I was not a huge fan.  Then one day, at our local vegetarian restaurant The Grit, I ordered something called "The Golden Bowl" and was stunned to realize that the delicious morsels I was inhaling, was in fact, tofu.  I realized then that tofu can be amazing when prepared and cooked correctly...and kind of gross when it isn't.  If you are new to tofu, make sure to reference my earlier post on how to correctly prepare tofu before you try out this recipe (Tofu for Dummies).  This recipe is a great new-to-tofu recipe; easy to make and only takes about ten minutes to cook.  Make sure not to skip the nutritional yeast; it's the best part! You can find it in the bulk section of your local Earth Fare grocery store.  It's a great thing to have on hand to add a cheesy flavor to dishes while upping its nutritional profile.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Low Carb Taco Pie

This recipe for Taco Pie is probably the lowest carb dinner I have on the blog.  I promise you won't miss a single carb though, as this as filling and comforting as a carb-filled casserole.  It whips up quickly and easily, and is easy to amend to your own personal tastes.  I keep mine on the mild side, so that my toddler will eat it, but feel free to adjust the seasonings if you prefer more heat.  Once baked, top with your favorite taco garnishes, and you will be in food heaven!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I needed a quick and healthy dinner that would appease both my husband and my picky toddler.  I'm a huge fan of cashews and lettuce wraps, so I thought, "Hey, let's try Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps!".   It only took about 20 minutes to make, and everyone gobbled the wraps right up.  Success!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Baked Oatmeal Cups

My almost-3 year old daughter reached a new milestone this month:  she started preschool!  She is a highly social person who is eager to learn, so of course she adores it.  As for me, I adore having three mornings a week free to clean, write up blog entries, or just simply zone out in front of the computer for a few hours.  What I don't adore?  Trying to get both of us ready in the morning.  With me being 8 months pregnant, and my daughter being in the "I-wanna-do-everything-myself" phase, we are always in a rush to get to school on time.  Fortunately, I found the perfect breakfast for those hurried mornings:  Baked Oatmeal Cups.  It's a breakfast that can be made ahead of time, and is great to eat on-the-go (like in the car on the way to to school).  It's filled with all sorts of nutritional goodness, like rolled oats and flaxseed, but tastes enough like dessert so your kid will scarf it down.    

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cheeseburger Pie

This summer, the dish I have made absolutely the most has been Tomato Pie.  I think I can go as for as officially naming it my #1 Pregnancy Craving.  However, my picky toddler does not like tomatoes, so I needed to come up with a way to combine my pregnancy craving and my daughter's taste preferences into one recipe.  This led to the creation of Cheeseburger Pie!  The dish is incredibly kid friendly, while still allowing you to enjoy the freshness of summer ripened tomatoes.  I simply remove the offending tomatoes from my kid's slice, and place them on top of my own serving--so double the tomatoes for me!  Win-win!  In summary, this is a hot, cheesy, filling dish that every one in your family will crave.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Peanut Butter Pancakes

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I've recently been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.  It can be a struggle to find foods that are both low carb and meet my pregnancy cravings.  One of the hardest cravings for me to ignore are pancakes; they just taste so good right now!  Fortunately, the awesome blog Detoxinista had the perfect solution:  grain free Almond Butter Pancakes.  I made them immediately, and while they didn't taste exactly like traditional pancakes, they were delicious in their own right.  The next time I made them, I switched out the almond butter for peanut butter, and upped the cinnamon, and found them to be even tastier to me.  They are a breeze to make, and low carb enough where I can even have a drizzle of real maple syrup on top.  Yum!