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“No Cook” Dinners

The point of meal planning is to make life easier, but there are  some nights when no recipe could possibly be simple enough. On nights like these it is tempting to order take out, or dig a frozen pizza out of the freezer, but I’d love to share with you a few other options that are healthy, fun, and require zero cooking!

[This post is sponsored by Little Dish who make easy and nutritious meals for kids, but I am also sharing some other fun quick dinner ideas, so please read on!]

Tapas:

I know how to make a beautiful Spanish tortilla and can even bang up a delicious gazpacho, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m really just talking about pulling all the olives, gherkins, cheese, lunch meats, dips, crackers, breads, and any other snacky item lurking about your kitchen and plating them. We love this type of meal so much around here, it often shows up on my meal plans for the week (though if I’m planning ahead I’ll add some trickier bits such as falafel or this as well)! Throw some raw veggies into the mix or a salad on the side and you are good to go. The kids love being able to snack their way through dinner, and I love the fun, casual vibe of an easy night. (The pic below is from a playdate tapas dinner with Charlotte’s good friend Jonah.)

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Vegetarian Meals

Pineapple and Cashew Fried Rice

I lived in Seattle for four years while I was in university. I love Seattle for the gorgeous mountains and water views, the chill, easy going vibe, and the finest pineapple fried rice I have ever known. The sweet pineapple paired with the salty mixture of veg, rice and cashews was bliss. So why has it taken me so long to recreate it? Who knows. But when Uncle Ben’s Rice contacted me and asked if I wanted to collaborate, I quickly knew what I would be making!

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Packed Lunches!

When Charlotte first started nursery (five years ago!) I did loads of research to find the perfect lunchbox for her. After much searching and review reading, I finally decided to get a Yumbox (this is NOT a sponsored post!). I loved how the box allowed me to send her with a variety of foods as opposed to simply a sandwich and bag of crisps. It made the whole idea of having to pack a lunch so much more fun!

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Drinks and Puddings

Watermelon Ice Lollies

Every summer we end up filling our freezer with all kinds of ice lollies. Though we can certainly buy some made with “all natural” or even “organic” ingredients, I always feel best when my kids consume ice lollies we make at home. Good thing it is SUPER easy to do! In the past we have made ice lollies with fresh fruit and coconut water, Greek yoghurt and fruit, or simply fruit juice, but this time we’ve made some out of 100% whole fruit.

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Chatter: All About Au Pairs

After years of scrambling for babysitters, missing events, being late for school runs, and generally feeling a bit run down, my husband and I decided to look into getting an au pair. It ended up being one of the best decisions we ever made for our family, and I now recommend the idea to anyone who will listen!

After speaking to a number of friends who had au pairs, I ended up using aupairworld.com. Not only is the fee the lowest I found (an absolute fraction of what agencies cost!!), but it is also really easy to use.  And because the site is free for au pairs to register on, there are LOADS of au pairs to choose from!

[Full disclosure: after using Au Pair World for our first two au pairs, I reached out to them and asked if they would be open to a collaboration. As a result, this post is sponsored by Au Pair World, a company I use and love!]

A thank you from our au pair, Elisabeth.

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Vegetarian Meals

Potato and Cauliflower Chowder

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, clam chowder was inevitably a part of my childhood. The hot, salty broth, the soft, milky potatoes, and the chewy clams were heaven in a bread bowl. This vegetarian chowder has all the comforting goodness of the clam chowder of my youth, but it is quick and easy and also delivers a hefty dose of veg. That makes for a winning recipe in my book.


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Meal Plans

Meal Plan #83

Vero” is not only the name of my college roommate, but it is also the name of the newest social app in town! I can’t help but think Vero will end up like Vine or Periscope in that will only be useful as long as it takes Instagram to catch on to the new features, but until then, it is fun to try something new. Who knows, maybe Vero is the next Instagram! For now it seems a lot like a My Space throwback to me in that it is easy to share music, links, and basically anything else you want without the confines of IG and the exhaustion of FB. I’ve shared some renaissance music from my CD I recorded a few years ago as well as some modern music from a project I did with an artist for the 2017 Venice Biennale (though I’m still struggling to get their server to post the second one . . . their servers are apparently overloaded at the moment . . . ) Once I figure it out I’ll share more food related content as well. Continue Reading…

Meal Plans

Meal Plan #82

 

I have struggled for many years to feel grounded and at peace with my life. I constantly question decisions I’ve made and I worry every day that I am not living up to my potential. These fears and general self doubt have been a source of serious anxiety in my life and I am exhausted by worries that I don’t have enough, that I don’t do enough, that I am not enough. And then another tragedy makes the news and everything seems so grim.  Continue Reading…