Pineapple sausage jasmine rice

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Pineapple and Bacon Chicken Sausage (Sliced)
  • 6 ounces Pineapple tidbits in pineapple juice (juice reserved)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk (use in place of 1/4 cup water for rice)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (use in place of 1/4 cup water for rice)
  • 1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice (Cook according to package instructions)
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crispy (chopped)
  • Coconut aminos to taste

Directions

  1. Cook Bacon and let cool, set aside.
  2. Cook jasmine rice according to package instructions, substituting 1/2 cup water with 1/4 juice and 1/4 coconut milk. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. With the left over bacon fat in sauté pan, cook onion and pepper until slightly browned and fragrant.
  4. Add pineapple and sausage. Cook over medium heat 5-8 minutes or until sausage is warmed throughout.
  5. Add rice to skillet and mix together, reduce heat to low and cook 2-5 minutes.
  6. Taste and add coconut aminos.
  7. Serve with crumbled bacon on top.

Polenta with Black Beans

Meatless Monday

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs tube of Polenta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut polenta into 12 even slices
  2. Use a little of the olive oil to lightly coat a large nonstick pan.
  3. Place polenta in pan and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown (8 minutes each side).
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in medium pan.
  5. Add garlic sauté on low heat til golden (1 minute).
  6. Add beans and tomatoes cook over medium heat until heated through.
  7. Serve. Arrange polenta on plate and top with bean mixture.

Verdict:

SBJ – baby

Mia – yumm. Then only ate the beans.

Hubby – I liked it more than the last polenta thing we made.

me – I will make this again.

Chocolate Chip pancakes (DF/SF)

We visited California last weekend a quick 5 day trip. A day to drive down 3 to visit grandmas and aunts and uncles who have not met SBJ. Upon our return Little Miss has been very emotional. Heck I’ve been very emotional. I love our lives in the PNW, but I miss having family time.

When, Little Miss asked for pancakes for breakfast I only hesitated a second before whipping these up to make our day just a little bit sweeter.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups oat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • Dairy/Soy free chocolate chips to desired amount

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Make a well in the center and pour in the oat milk, egg, and melted coconut oil
  3. Mix until smooth. Add dairy/soy free chocolate chips
  4. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  6. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Verdict:

SBJ – too little to eat them

Little Miss – “I wish we had maple syrup”

Me – “delicious”

Hubby – was at work

Dairy free Chicken Tikka Masala

One can really use any protein or vegan substitute they like. We chose chicken since I cannot have any soy, but do what you like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • Cooked rice (1 cup uncooked rice. 2 cups water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove cover and fluff with a fork)

Directions:

  1. Cook protein as desired (brown chicken in olive oil over medium heat and set aside)
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Saute the onion for 3-4 minutes, then add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the spices, salt, tomato sauce and coconut milk. Stir until smooth and combined, then simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.(we had to simmer ours for over an hour to get it to be the correct consistency, but if yours thickens fast you can add small amounts of water to thin it out).
  5. Serve over rice or quinoa

verdict:

A (hubby) – good, but missing something

M (bebe) – didn’t even take a bite, even though it has everything she likes and she helped make it.

J (SBJ) – only drink mama milk

D (me) – I’d make this again.

Bebe’s Fourth Birthday Cake

She wanted a mama made cake. So this is what we did…

Chocolate Cake with pink frosting and strawberries (Dairy and soy free)

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 3/4 top salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water

Filling/Frosting:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • Red food coloring

Decorations:

  • Strawberries
  • Pink sugar pearls

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and rub the sides with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients up to the milk (not including the milk).
  3. Add in the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  4. Pour in the boiling water and whisk until well mixed.
  5. Divide the batter between the two pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35-40 mins. (If needed turn off oven and leave cakes to finish baking)
  6. Let cool completely

Frosting:

  1. In a mixer bowl, combine egg whites and vanilla and set aside.
  2. In a medium-size sauce pan over high heat, combine the water with sugar and the cream of tartar
  3. As the mixture begins to bubble at edges, stir once to make sure the sugar is dissolved completely.
  4. Let come to a rolling boil then remove immediately from heat.
  5. Now beat the egg whites and vanilla extract until foamy.
  6. Pour the sugar syrup into the beaten egg whites in a thin steady stream.
  7. To make it pink at a few drops of red food coloring.
  8. Continue beating constantly for about 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Assembly:

Assemble as you wish. I cut strawberries in half and placed them around the edge of the bottom layer. Then filled the middle with frosting put on the top layer. Frosted the top and put more strawberry halves on top with lots of pink pearls and a 4 candle. Bebe wanted more candles so she added 4 more regular pink candles.

Conclusion:

It was delicious and I ended up eating the second half the next day by myself. Will definitely make this recipe again. Auntie C said she doesn’t like chocolate cake and she would eat this everyday. So a win!

It has been a hot minute

Wow.

A while lot of living has happened since I last posted on here.

Bebe turned one.

We moved to Bend

Had a miscarriage

Bebe turned two

Moved back to the Portland area

Global pandemic

Bebe turned three

Gave birth to SBJ

I turned 40

Bebe turned four.

Now I am a mama to two children. SBJ is also a MSPI baby. So no soy or dairy for this mama for a while once again. Bebe grew out if it completely by 2. Hopefully SBJ will too.

Not sure my plan with this space. But I wanted somewhere to save the recipes I’ve been making lately for future reference. Also to share some of our daily life getting through this crazy time we live.

February

Wrapping up February.

I now have a 10 month old.

Her personality comes out more and more each day. She is running around the house and down the halls trying to take on stairs like an adult.

She loves her kitties.

She loves books and taking everything off a shelf.

She loves visiting her BFF. Their parallel play is so adorable.

She also loves her grandma.

I’m just so in love with her. My hope is to be able to foster her independence and growth through out her life. To help her to think and make her own decisions. To be globally and locally minded. I want her to love and live fearlessly.

Stop and Smell the Giraffe

It has been sunny here in Oregon. Cold but sunny. This burst of golden light has helped my mood. I always forget how much the dark and dreary weather affects me. All is not sunshine and roses in my life, but I feel like I can breathe. Anxiety and depression are hard to deal with. They lie to you; one about the future and the other about the past. Neither allows you to be in the present. Neither allows you to stop and smell the roses. Or giraffes as the case may be. Let’s take lessons from bebe and stop and smell the giraffe.

Bebe’s Dream Room

I’m in love with this floor bed.  So many options for decorating.  Here are a few of the inspirations I’ve been saving up for when we have a second bedroom for bebe.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXb6-OIHi4Q

I’m also in love with this reading corner.

Clean Home Clean Mind

I’m coming around to this idea of deep cleaning in the new year.  I love it.  I’m not sure why it never occurred to me before.  I mean I love fresh starts.  I love having a clean organized house.  It makes me feel calm and relaxed when things are put away and everything is clean.  This battles with my anxiety and depression that keeps me laying curled up on the couch.  I sometimes have a panic attack and need to clean before everything feels okay again.   This all being said is a long way to say we cleaned our carpets today.

Now I want to rearrange my living room,  but cannot for the life of me come up with a new way to make it safe with bebe.  Mostly because of blocking  off under the computer desk is tricky.

Though I will sleep on it tonight because we won’t put everything back until tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow we are going to clean the bedroom carpet and do a shit ton of laundry.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!