There is a common misconception that stay at home mamas just leisurely wake up, have all this time to stay in our pyjamas and sit with our feet up, drinking a nice hot cup of coffee while our little ones independently do an educational activity or craft project in the corner. If you’re also a stay at home mom, you are laughing right now. Maybe, laughing so hard you are crying. I know…I know…
The reality is, we are a different kind of busy literally from the moment we (and our babies) wake up to the minute we go to sleep. I have early risers, so, yeah. I have to really focus and keep my eyes on the prize to make sure I eat breakfast first thing before the beautiful chaos of the day begins. I have a 1 year old and almost 3 year old and unless we need to be out of the door for a specific appointment, I start the day by getting the boys a cup of (gasp!) milk and getting their breakfasts going. Sometimes they will eat what I’m eating, but sometimes they eat very non-compliant breakfast and I’ll set them up before I get my meal together. I am already thinking about what I have in the fridge for leftovers from the night before and what I want to put together.
I am fortunate that I don’t always have to have my breakfasts totally prepped, but I do have to have something in mind because I have to move quickly and have a plan. It takes me, probably 3 times as long to put my meals together for obvious reasons. Today, I had coffee, obviously, with coconut milk. I had some sweet potato slices precut and threw them in the microwave to cook a bit and then popped them in the toaster to crisp up. While the sweet potato toasts were getting toasty, I heated a cast iron pan and threw in some Gather Superfoods brown butter ghee (*swoon*). I fried up 2 crispy eggs and put them over a large handful of baby arugula. I put some steamed broccoli from last night in the pan to brown in the leftover ghee because that stuff is gold. I topped the toasts with guacamole, a slice of tomato and Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Last, but not least, I warmed up a home made turkey sausage patty in the microwave and popped that on the plate. BOOM. Breakfast. NAILED IT.
Leftovers are life, you guys. I’m usually not eating lunch until after the kids are down for afternoon nap, but because of leftovers, we got to eat together today. Good thing too, because little dude decided he was on a nap strike. Last night my husband and I made a ground beef, cabbage and carrot stir-fry. There was enough for him to take leftovers for lunch and for me to have it for lunch as well. I threw the rest of the steamed broccoli on the side for extra veggies, and made a spicy mayo (mayo and Frank’s Red Hot) to go on top for healthy fat. It was delish and ready to go FAST!
Because we have been buying meat at Costco and freezing it, it has forced me to have a plan for dinner so I can have said protein defrosted. There are so many Whole 30 meatball recipes, but I have been loving Matt’s Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs from Kelsey at Little Bits of Real Food because you can bake them on a sheet pan and they come together super quickly. I often leave the fennel out because I can never find it ground and chopping it up makes me crazy. They are still delicious. I spiralized some zucchinis and chopped some Brussels sprouts, threw them in a cast iron with, what else, but my Gather Superfoods ghee and cooked those veggies up. Sometimes I make a quick marinara, but I really like Victoria brand (I get it at Costco) for a quick dinner. Veggies on the plate, a good glug of olive oil for healthy fat, sauce, meatballs and I sprinkled some nutritional yeast on top for a bit of flavor and all kids of B vitamins and dinner was served. If I’m being honest, I went back for one more meatball because they were delicious and also I just felt like I needed a bit more protein. I’ve been working on drinking more water so I had 2 big glasses throughout the meal.
So, there you have it! Three solid meals, no snacking and that’s what I ate. I’m already thinking about breakfast tomorrow, you guys. What’s on the menu for you?!