Friday, March 31, 2017

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.  Three years ago I became the mama to a feisty, voracious baby girl, and my life has been a beautiful chaos every since.  This year I welcomed a sweet, smiling baby boy to my brood, and life has gotten even more colorful!  Like my life, the blog's concept has 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, February 27, 2017

Healthy Meatloaf

My meatloaf is actually my kids' favorite meal.  I try to make it healthier by using oats instead of bread crumbs, and I think it really adds to the flavor.  My secret ingredient though?  Buttermilk.  It makes the mealoaf extra rich and moist!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Chicken Taco Salad


Salad Dressing:
1/2 to 1 Jalapeno, seeded & chopped
1/3 cup diced & seeded Tomato
1/8 cup chopped Cilantro
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1/3 cup Sour Cream
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Chicken Mixture:
3 Cups of Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
1 (15oz) can Black Beans, drained & rinsed
Kernels of 2 Corn on the Cob, cooked
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
3/4 tsp Cumin Powder
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Salad Fixings:
Head of Romaine, chopped
1 Tomato, diced
1 Avocado, diced
Tortilla Chips, broken up


1.  To make the salad dressing, combine all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.  Allow dressing to chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

2.  In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, black beans, corn kernels (tutorial to quickly cook corn on the cob HERE), lime juice, and seasonings.

3.  To make the salads, evenly distribute the chopped romaine among 4 large salad bowls or plates and top with a handful of tortilla chips.  Put a fourth of the chicken-bean mixture in each bowl, and then top with the diced tomato and avocado.  Drizzle a generous serving of the salad dressing on top.