Friday, June 30, 2017

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

I found this recipe on - she's got some cute stuff on there. Besides more fix approved recipes, her focus is really cute planning printables and products to get you excited to plan and track.

I am always craving the lemon ricotta pancakes at the Wildfire Grill in Eden Prairie where we had has Delta Zeta luncheons, so when I saw this, I pounced on it.  I basically used the recipe on her page, but have tweaked it here as I would change just a couple of directions. This is a double batch because #hellomealprep and #nodishestomorrow

"Mom can we have these everyday?" 

My kids loved them, but we all wanted them to be a little bit more lemony. I also would like them to be a little lighter. Mine were on the dense side, but still delicious.  Marshall is the pancake maker in the family so I've got some practicing and revising to do.

Makes about 24 medium pancakes/12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes (15 includes zesting and squeezing the lemons... ok maybe only 10 minutes)
Cook Time: 20 minutes (About 2 minutes per cake so get a big griddle and it will be faster.  It took about an hour for me, but I had to shut off the stove at least twice to attend to needy children.)

Containers per serving: 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Purple (for the strawberries)

  • 2 C ground oats (2 1/2 C rolled oats) - Gluten free if you need them to be!
  • 2 C ricotta
  • 2 C Greek yogurt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4+ Tbsp fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 4+ tsp lemon zest (2-3 lemons)
  • Sliced strawberries and pure maple syrup for topping

  1. Add ricotta cheese, yogurt, egg whites, baking soda, lemon juice, honey and lemon zest.
  2. Blend until mixed well.
  3. Heat pan to medium. 
  4. Pour batter into desired size pancake.
  5. Flip when bubbles form in the center and the edges are dry.
  6. Repeat until batter is gone!
  7. Top with strawberries and a little maple syrup
Ooooh, I wonder about a lemon ricotta topping????? 

Enjoy! We sure did!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Easy Asian Lettuce Wraps

Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes depending on chicken

  • 1 head of bib or romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb of boneless/skinless chicken breasts (I used tenders for faster cooking)
  • 3 cups of chopped Brussels sprouts, broccoli slaw, or cabbage (whatever you prefer or can find- the photo is Brussels)
  • 1 cup of chopped raw cashews
  • 1.5 cups of Asian sauce (I used Trader Joe's Island Soy-aki, but anything you love and is relatively clean will work)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

  1. Tear off the bottom of the lettuce, separate leaves, wash, and lay to dry
  2. Heat Olive oil in large pan on medium heat
  3. Add chicken gently to avoid oil splatter
  4. Cook chicken for 5-7 minutes until sides begin to turn white
  5. Dust with salt & pepper and turn
  6. Dust with a few more salt and pepper shakes and cook until temperature reaches 165F
  7. Remove chicken from pan and cut or shred into bite sized peices
  8. Add cashews and roast until lightly browned
  9. Add chopped vegetables and saute lightly
  10. Add 1/4 cup of sauce and mix with the vegetable/cashew mixture until warm
  11. Remove mixture from the pan and into a serving bowl
  12. Add chicken back to pan with the remaining sauce and cook until flavors set and sauce is warm
  13. Move lettuce and chicken to serving plates/bowls
  14. Fill the lettuce with chicken and veggies and ENJOY a healthy meal

1 Serving = 1 Red, 2 Green, 1/2 Blue

#5starathome (restaurants do not have such awesome snack cups and dinos in the photos!)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oh yeah, I can't lay on my left side

So last night, I was feeling pretty good.  I did a great Yoga session (Yes, Doc, I'm almost following my restrictions.) I had a lovely day.  It's nice to "forget" I had surgery for awhile.  The fatigue is getting better, but I'm pretty grateful for my afternoon nap to keep me going until bedtime.  

But then it is bedtime - and for years - The first sleeping position I assume each night is on my left side. I do all of the night time things including drinking a sip of water, shutting off the light, and then snuggling into my pillow.  Except, I can't.  Not right now.  Today was the first day I forgot that it's still uncomfortable to lay that way.  I tried, but sadly switched back to my right with that twinge of gratitude that I feel good enough most of the time to "forget." Each day, surgery is a little further away in the calendar, and in my mind.

(started writing at the end of June - published after life got less crazy!)

Simple Summer Grape Salad

2 cups red seedless grapes
2 cups green seedless grapes
1 small package blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. You can serve immediately or chill overnight to let the flavors jive.

It's fix approved, refreshing, and beyond easy!

Single serving container count: 1 💜, 1/4 💙

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When Life Gives You a Bald Spot

They told me I might get a few bald spots from the Gamma Knife Radiation because of their location. I wasn't aware it actually happened until the 6'4" husband asked me about it yesterday- 6 weeks after surgery. I know I have fine, thin hair but I just ignored that somehow I knew I was missing just a bit at the top of my head when I styled my new short hair. When he asked, I cried.

I honestly don't care about the bald spot. I'll wear hats if I want, put sunscreen on it when I'm outside, and be grateful I can't see it in the mirror and that it's not noticable in selfies. (I know, I know).

I'm in a place of contentment with my looks and I'm confident with that. But this spot is a reminder that my body isn't "normal" anymore. No matter how great I feel that day, I have brain tumors. I always will have them and there will always be a worry of expected and unexpected ramifications of that. That loss of "normal" is what I am grieving right now and it's a symptom I didn't prepare myself for. A Meningioma diagnosis never goes away.

How the heck does my anxiety and heart deal with that? For now, it means taking care of my body the very best I know how, finding more content to fill my mind (see PD recommendations... hint hint...) , and obviously by buying cute hats.

P.S. My initials are HAT - I'm going with this as a sign from the universe to keep it in my blog title. ✌☮

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy cow! This book is so freaking interesting! I started it with the expectation that it would convince me to workout and eat better and change some lifestyle habits. It sort of did that, but mostly it told me stories of how the habit loop works and how habits change people, groups, and entire societies! I actually connected a lot of this more with how to help my students be successful at following basic rules at school. It explains the science and research of how habits work in our brain in such an interesting way. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to stay in my car listening longer or yelled, "That is so interesting!" At my steering wheel. This one did more teaching instead of persuading like a lot of the PD books I have read. I loved all of it!

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