Motherhood · Tastes + Treats

Recipe Rundown: In the Dark Edition

On Thursday afternoon I was trying to convince Nora Beth to silently watch a show while Annablair and Jane Ellis snoozed, so that I could also silently lay still and nap-ish. At 1:30, all of the power went out, prompting Nora Beth to cry, “Does dis mean we have to get a new house?!” and Annablair to wake up. My phone also sprang to life with our commune-style-amazing neighbors texting variations of, “AAAAAH!!!!” and “NOOOOO!” We were sure it would come right back on, but even still, I loaded up the kids and brought us to my mom’s house for electricity-filled refuge.

Thursday turned into Friday, which, as it always does, turned into Saturday, all without power. Thankfully my mom gave us sanctuary, while David stayed at home with the dog, and we had an endlessly entertaining neighborhood thread about the sad state of affairs. We were initially told that it wouldn’t be restored until 11:45 p.m. Monday night. As I’m writing this, it’s 7:30 p.m. Monday night, and the thought of 4 more hours without the power curls my toenails. Thankfully, we received the beckoning glow of our outdoor bulbs Saturday night, and I spent the evening tossing out everything from our indoor and outdoor fridge and freezer.

We rallied the troops on Sunday, and some combination of adults kept a mostly-hawklike eye on all of our kids (13 in total in our cul-de-sac, all the same ages), while other parents went to the grocery store to restock. I stayed up late last night working to get us back in business ahead of a full week, and it seems like we’re mostly back to normal. Mostly with our mental health as good as it ever was (whiiiiiich, you know… low bar).

Before the darkness fell, here’s what we’d been enjoying. This list is really, really, really good.

Multigrain WafflesIf you make¬†anything from this post… make these the thing. Hopefully you’ve gathered that I don’t trend much toward specialty ingredients, and I almost passed this recipe over when I saw the oat flour and almond meal and flax meal. BUT, I had oats that easily ground into flour, almonds that easily and noisily turned into meal, and I subbed chia seeds for flax. I have made 5 batches of these puppies. Even David loves them. Can’t get enough.
Chocolate Tahini Cups – And if you make any two things… makes these your second thing. So easy and so shockingly delicious. I love chocolate and peanut butter together, but sometimes it’s just really, really peanut butter… you know? The tahini is incredible here. They are satisfying, not overly sweet, and plain delicious.
Sweet Potato Muffins – only one of my 2 real food eating girls likes sweet potatoes, but thanks to the topping, they both liked these. I’m sure I would have, but the dog ate them.

Orzo Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Spinach & Feta – this was a really simple and tasty dish that could be an easy side, but is hearty enough as an entree.
30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen – I couldn’t get enough of this dish and already can’t wait to make it again. I was really, really, really close to shedding my last few scraps of self-dignity and licking my bowl clean.
Super Easy One Pot Lasagna – I imagine I’ve shared this recipe 80,000 times, since I’ve made it about that many. I used ground turkey or ground chicken, but whatever meat you choose, it will be a winner.
One-Pot Sausage and Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bake – we’re big spaghetti squash fans over here from Annablair to David, and the rest of us in between. I served this with a large arugula salad on the side.
Banh Mi Tacos – banh mis are just pure delight. I love them. These tacos really satisfied that craving, and I made rice bowls out of the leftovers, which was a good good decision.
Gochujang Stir Fried Brussels Sprouts – I don’t think I’ve met a sprout I didn’t like. Typically we roast ours with olive oil, salt, pepper and a hefty, hefty dousing of champagne vinegar. This sweet and spicy take was a welcome new technique.
Avgolemeno – soup season is here! This quirky, 15-minute one is a great toe-dipper into cooler weather. Again, I served a big salad alongside, and I loved it.
Tomato-Poached Eggs Over Parmesan Polenta – this wasn’t on the initial meal plan, but I flagged it one night because we were exhausted, didn’t reallllly want to cook, but really didn’t want to order in, either. I had everything on hand, and I will certainly be making this again. In fact, maybe for breakfast tomorrow?
One Pan Italian Sausage Butternut Squash Gnocchi – aboooout 3 bites in to this dish, I was texting 2 of my best friends, my mom and my sister with varying notes of, “MAKE THIS.” So, same note for you: MAKE THIS.
Healthy Rosemary Thyme Balsamic Meatballs – I went from someone who never made meatballs to someone who makes meatballs a whole lot. They are so easy for the girls and make the perfect lunchbox addition. This will definitely become a regular rotation recipe. Plus, I just love hearing Annablair say, “MEAT. BOWEL.”
Crispy Rice Salad – I made this salad the same night as the meatballs, so I snagged a couple of those and then a huge bowl of this salad. It was a nice change up of my typical salad situation. Admittedly, I don’t think I did the rice quite right, but I still enjoyed it.
5 Ingredient Green Curry – the first meal I made post power outage! I had originally gotten tofu to go with it, as the recipe suggests, but I had to toss that. I did have some freshly purchased frozen cod for my fish-obsessed girlies, and I pan seared a filet and ate it on top.
Cuban Picadillo – I used ground pork and then served up some delicious quesadillas for the crew.


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