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WIAW #28 – Noms and Motherhood

Hello, friends!!

After a brief blogging hiatus thanks to this little beauty:
Emma at her Baptism

I have returned with my favorite post of the week… What I Ate Wednesday!! I figured this was my best bet for getting a post up these days, as I haven’t been cooking too much of anything new to share a recipe with you, nor have I been working out regularly yet, as I still have two more weeks until I see my doctor again (though, I won’t lie, I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few minutes of yoga every day and I’ve been taking the little miss for walks in her stroller around the neighborhood!)

As always, shout out to our lovely host, Jenn, at Peas and Crayons!! First, we shall discuss my eats from yesterday…then…motherhood!

Breakfast: Every morning is a little different lately, as Emma’s sleep schedule is still not exactly a schedule quite yet. Yesterday I was up from 4:30 to 6:30 nursing her and changing her and lulling her back to sleep but I went back to sleep and she woke me up at 9:00 with her “MOM I’M SO HUNGRY!” cry. So first thing as soon as I’m up I feed her for a half an hour while my belly rumbles. I’m starving by the time I get to make my own breakfast…which winds up being 2 eggs plus 2 egg whites with Frank’s Red Hot, a whole wheat English muffin with smart balance, a handful of sliced strawberries, a banana, and a giant mug of English Breakfast Tea. While I was making my eggs…which were meant to be over easy…I heard Emma poop from two rooms away (she is a powerful pooper) so I ran to change her and my yolks cooked all the way through. If that’s not unconditional love I don’t know what is. 😉

eggs and fruits

Snack: My first snack of the day was a Kashi Chocolate Almond and Sea Salt with Chia bar…which is mighty tasty and fairly healthy for a prepackaged granola bar…while nursing the little lady. My second snack of the day, also enjoyed during a mid day nursing sesh, was a perfect plum! It was less than two bucks for two pounds of these babies at Wegmans this weekend and I was all over it!
kashi bar
plum

Lunch: Lunch was kind of an ordeal yesterday. Just in that, in a perfect world, both snack times would have been lunch were I not feeding a hungry, hungry baby. I finally got the munchkin to fall asleep so I made this delicious taco salad. My father in law walks into the kitchen and says “it’s quiet in here”…sigh…and right on cue she started screaming. I put my salad down, change her diaper to discover she had a huuuge blow out and I needed to change her onsie, too, and of course I actually put away the laundry so they were all upstairs. I finally had her dressed again and she starts sucking her hands like a maniac ( that’s baby talk for “feed me immediately, woman” for those who don’t know) so of course, I fed her…for forty minutes…while staring at my salad waiting to be eaten.
taco salad

Snack: An oldie but a goodie…plain Greek yogurt with peanut butter, honey, and some chocolate chips. Although after 4-weeks it does feel like my appetite has finally evened out, I pretty much feel starving alllllllll the time. This snack helps. 🙂
pbchip yogurt

Dinner: Sometimes I think everyone needs some cheese and bacon. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I had my cheese and bacon on top of some homemade potato wedges with some scallions, broccoli, and a quick chipotle dipping sauce (1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 of a minced chipotle in adobo, and a pinch of salt.) It was banginnnnn!
cheesy bacon potatoes

After dinner it was about 8:00pm and I made myself a glass of chocolate milk before I sat down to feed the baby again. By 10:00 she was satisfied, changed twice, and snoozing…so I hit the hay, too. We slept from about 10:30 to almost but not quite 1:00am before she woke me up for more noms.

Late Night Snack: These Luna Protein Bars have been a godsend during my late night feedings. They are pretty small but pack a whopping 12 grams of protein – which means I can eat them quickly and actually feel satisfied for a while! I enjoyed this bad boy in bed by the soft glow of a nightlight, while feeding my baby girl at 2:00am. Obviously I would choose the chocolate peanut butter flavor…but the cookie dough is quite delightful, too.
luna protein


So there we have a full day of eats for nursing mom, me!!

NOW ONTO MOTHERHOOD!!
I’m not gonna lie to you…these last four weeks have been a whirlwind for sure! I am completely flabbergasted that my baby girl is four weeks old today and will be a full month old this weekend!! Even when my days have no real distinct beginning or end it’s astounding how quickly time is going by. I’m doing everything I can to soak up the moments I have with my daughter while she’s this teeny tiny person…but I notice changes in her every day and I can’t help but be excited by what the future will bring!!

ABOUT BREASTFEEDING
My decision to breastfeed is one thing I receive the most questions about and I can say without hesitation that I know it was the right choice. “Are you sure she’s eating enough?” is a common question. Here’s a fun fact: yesterday I fed Emma for a grand total of 6 hours and 24 minutes. I’ve been using a fancy app the last two weeks recommended to me by my dear friend and fellow new mommy, Desirae, called “Feed Baby” which helps me to time and keep track of feedings, diapers, sleep, and it has been SO helpful! Then we get to “Are you sure she’s not eating too much?” *sigh* Sometimes I think it’s a bigger pain in the fanny to EXPLAIN breastfeeding to people then breastfeeding is itself! Even when I’m running on two hour of sleep at a time I am very patient with my baby. I am much less patient with grown-ups. Lucky for me, I feel very blessed that the important people in my life support my decision to breastfeed! I really wish more people would educate themselves about breastfeeding…and in general…before making assumptions about the well-being of my child.

ON MY POSTPARTUM BODY
Something I find particularly fascinating about some other women, and society in general I suppose, is how often you hear that a body is “ruined” after having a baby. It’s so common to hear other women complain about how their body was never the same after giving birth. There was even a part of me that was concerned I may feel the same way after having Emma. I can tell you now, though, that I cannot for a moment understand how anyone can feel that way about their body after their baby is born. I LOVE my postpartum body. Sure, there are parts of me that are still squishy…I had a baby four weeks ago! But my squishy body was the home of my beautiful, baby girl for 40 weeks. My hips may be wider, my butt may be smaller, and my clothes may fit me differently, but I could NEVER hate my body after it gave me the greatest gift I have ever received. Once I’m in the clear to work out again, I will be doing so of course. But I certainly won’t be obsessed with “getting my body back.” What I will be focusing on is making the most of this new, beautiful body I have now, and seeing what other amazing things it’s capable of doing.

Quiche Me!

winter is coming?

It really is just that kind of day. Cold, snowy, and not even halfway through the week yet. Apparently it’s supposed to be, literally, 5 degrees for the next few days. I am so not prepared for that. People keep telling me that, with pregnancy, comes being hot all the time. Well, folks, I’m two days shy of the halfway point and I am waiting for it to hit me. NOTHIN!! I’m always freezing. *sigh*

Oh well, at least bacon always makes me feel better! OOOOOOO!!! And cheese, too, let’s not forget about cheese!!

bacon, broccoli, and cheddar quiche

One day soon, I may share a recipe with you guys that DOESN’T have bacon in it. Today is not that day. Today, I’m actually re-sharing a recipe with you.  Bacon, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche! Noms! I first made this quiche on a snowy day in college. Of all of my “standard” recipes that I make fairly regularly, this is one of Johnny’s favorites!!

It’s really simple to make, because I use store-bought pie crust. Go ahead and judge me if you want, but I’ll be eating my quiche waaaaaay faster than you’ll be eating yours. 😉

All things considered, this quiche isn’t all too unhealthy, either, and we all know by now that makes me jump for joy! Also, for all you other preggers out there you can take solace in knowing that broccoli is loaded with folate, calcium, and vitamin C!! So mangia!

I have a few tips for keeping your quiche delicious, using the real ingredients that make it so perfect, while still keeping it on the lighter side!

  1. Use a ratio of half whole eggs and half egg whites: You still get the perfect yellow of the egg yolks throughout your quiche without all of the extra cholesterol with even more protein from bulking it out with egg whites!
  2. Don’t use cream: Use low-fat milk instead. I pretty much only ever have skim milk on hand. It’s all Johnny and I drink. I promise this quiche is still fluffy and rich with no cream at all!
  3. Layer your ingredients: This is key! Start with a layer of bacon on the bottom, that way even though you only use 4 slices (per quiche) when it’s crumbled up and covers the bottom of your pan you are guaranteed to have bacon in every bite and it will hit your taste-buds immediately! Then add all of the broccoli, which is also delicious, just ya know…not bacon. Pour your egg mixture in next. The last layer is the cheese on top. Rather than mix in copious amount of delicious cheese (which I’m certainly not always opposed to), just sprinkle a handful on top. The cheese gets melty and beautifully browned on top. Eating with your eyes is a real thing, ya know. You see the cheese on top and you know that means there is cheese in it (even though it’s just on top! tricky!) I promise you will be satisfied!

quiche

Bacon, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche

  • 2 frozen, ready-made pie crust (thawed)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 bag steam-able frozen broccoli prepared to package directions
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat the oven to 400 .

Prick the bottom of your pie crusts all over with a fork (to prevent bubbles from forming during cooking) and place in the oven for about five minutes, just until you begin to smell it. Remove and set aside.

Place the chopped bacon into a large frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until brown and crispy, about seven minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, spices until it forms a smooth mixture.

Place your pie crusts onto a large cookie sheet (this makes transferring two quiches from the oven at the same time much easier).

Add the bacon to the bottom of your pie shells, followed by the broccoli. Pour half of the egg mixture into each the reserved pie crusts. Top each with 1/4 cup of cheese.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until the eggs are set and the cheese on top is melted and brown.

Let cool about 15 minutes before serving.

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Yum! Don’t you just love getting a serving of veggies in at breakfast time?!

Maybe that’s just me??

Let’s try that again, then.

Yum, don’t you just love quiche!

 

slice o'quicheWhat’s your favorite type of quiche??

Better yet…what’s your favorite BRUNCH  food?!

Do you have any tricks for making foods that are typically unhealthy healthier?

Snow Day!!!

Look at the poor tree in front of my apartment! He must be so darn cold. You can’t really see his buddy to the left, but I’m sure they’re chatting about all the snow. (Please, forgive the poor quality of the picture, I took it through my kitchen window, that’s why it looks like it was taken through a screen or something. Because it was. Anywhoooo…)

I’m sure everyone in Jersey probably has a similar view when they look outside, but I just wanted to capture the real essence of  today’s snow-day-ness.(Random Thought. Snow always makes me think of Christmas? I know it’s come and gone already, but I’ve been humming Jingle Bells all day and I can’t stop. Does anyone else have this problem?? Resume Post.)

Snow day means no class AND no work. I’ve got a pile of dishes in the sink, a room to be cleaned and homework I could get a head start on. What’s a girl to do when she’s stuck inside all day?????

MAKE QUICHE!

Delightfully comforting on such a snowy day,
this Bacon, Broccoli
and Cheddar Quiche was the absolute perfect
brunch meal.

Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

  • 1 frozen, ready-made pie crust (thawed)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 bag steam-in-a-bag frozen broccoli (yes, that’s the technical term), prepared to package directions, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350º.
Prick the bottom of your pie crust all over with a fork (to prevent bubbles from forming during cooking) and place in the oven for about five minutes, just until you begin to smell it. Remove and set aside.
Place the chopped bacon into a large frying pan. Cook over high heat until brown and crispy, about seven minutes Add the red onion during the last minute of cooking time. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and pepper until it forms a smooth mixture. Add the cheese, broccoli, and bacon. Mix to combine.
Pour the egg mixture into the reserved pie crust. Top with remaining cheese.
Cook for 40 minutes or until the eggs are set and the cheese on top is melted and brown.
Let cool about 15 minutes before serving.