You're Beautiful

"You're the most beautiful mommy," he said and my breath caught in my throat because I wanted to say no, I'm not beautiful, I'm exhausted and smelly and wobbly where I used to be firm and my hair is falling out and I haven't had my eyebrow waxed into two distinct eyebrows in months and none of my clothes fit and my boobs leak breastmilk and my eyes leak tears on a daily if not hourly basis and did I mention I'm tired? I'm so tired. 

But I didn't say any of those things. I swallowed my words and smiled at him.  

"You're the most beautiful mommy because your love shines like Iron Man's unibeam."  

And he's right.  

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Meal Plan 07/18/2016 - 07/22/2016

This week is going to be a bit crazy because Shawn has baseball every night except Monday and Grady's birthday party is Saturday morning so I've got big plans for cupcakes and loot bags and whatnot. Simplicity is the name of the game this week is what I'm saying.

Monday: chicken breast stuffed with bacon and goat cheese served with sweet potato / carrot mash and green salad.

Tuesday: I'm making double everything on Monday so there will be no cooking on Tuesday.

Wednesday: we're having friends over so I'm going to do a beef taco bar and some sort of dessert with peaches.

Thursday: oven-roasted chicken shawarma with garlic sauce. I can't get enough of this dish. I won't be shamed for this.

Friday: leftovers / snacky dinner.

What's on your meal plan this week? Do you have a killer peach recipe I should try?

Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma with Garlic Sauce

My meal plan went out the window when this oven-roasted chicken shawarma recipe was posted in a food ideas group I'm part of on Facebook. I have no regrets.

I tweaked the recipe very slightly. I only had smoked paprika instead of regular paprika so I used it and cut the quantity down to one teaspoon. I doubled the onions. I cooked it in the oven for 45 minutes to get everything nicely browned and skipped the optional stovetop step (which definitely would have taken the chicken texture to the next level, I just didn't want to dirty another pan). Pro tip: line your baking sheet with tin foil. It's a messy dish.

I didn't feel like cooking a starch, and Shawn has gone low-carb again, so I served it with a bunch of veg. I mixed together a very simple salad of grape tomatoes, cucumber, feta, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. I rounded it out with sliced avocado, olives (for me, Shawn is anti-olive), and an aggressively garlicky sauce. I used greek yogurt so the sauce ended up more dip-like than I wanted but it tasted so good I couldn't complain.

Garlic Sauce

1 cup plain yogurt
uice of 1/2 lemon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper

Mix all of the ingredients together and store in the fridge. I made mine when I put the chicken in the marinade so the flavours had a few hours to really meld.

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Meal Plan 07/11/2016 - 07/15/2016

Blogging has sort of moved to the back burner as we learn how to juggle a high-maintenance newborn and a world-has-just-been-turned-upside-down preschooler. But! I miss it. Instagram has stepped up as a space for me to dump my thoughts, quickly and painlessly, but I miss blogging blogging. So! Attempting to get back in the groove with an easy post. A meal plan post.

Monday: turkey tacos with roasted sweet potatoes and guacamole.

Tuesday: my vegetarian-apart-from-bacon-and-the-occasional-burger-or-hotdog child has agreed to try chicken so I'm starting him off slow and easy with panko chicken nuggets. Grady will have his with fresh veggies and the adults will have theirs on green salad with avocado and hardboiled eggs.

Wednesday: Shawn has a doubleheader so we need something light and easy, especially since he's playing at the ball field with the good concession stand. Oven-baked salmon and sautéed zucchini will be sufficient to assuage any guilt I feel over the french fries and ice cream chaser.

Thursday: Grilled flank steak with either spinach salad or grilled veggies depending on the green grocer situation.

Friday: Brinner! Leftover flank steak, fried eggs, roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms. And waffles with fresh, local berries (hashtag: yolo).

What's on your meal plan this week?