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Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Healthy Dishes | 0 comments

This Week’s Dinner Menu

I just wanted to pop in and share what was on our dinner menu this week in case anybody out there was looking for dinner ideas. 🙂

  • Monday: Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken (loosely following this recipe) + Mexican Quinoa Salad (adapted from this recipe)
  • Tuesday: Loaded Sweet Potatoes
  • Wednesday: Thai Chili Salmon (inspired by this recipe) + Coconut Rice + broccoli
  • Thursday: Tortellini mixed with broccoli, peas and bacon (Oh, hi carbs!)
  • Friday: Dine out or Order in

If there’s a recipe you want that I didn’t link to, let me know!

Both my babies are still fighting colds, so we are under house arrest this week. I’m so thankful I get to stay home and care for them though. Wouldn’t trade this time with them for the world.

Hope you have a happy hump day!

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Baby Atlas, Healthy Dishes | 5 comments

Toddler Breakfast Ideas

Ask and you shall receive! When I shared how I make Andi’s baby food, I had a few people say they were more interested in what Atlas eats. I still plan on listing a few more baby food recipes because there was some interest in that as well, but I felt more people were interested in toddler meals. I plan on breaking this topic up into a few posts, based on meals (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner). Below you will find a list of my go-to breakfast meals for Atlas.

Toddler Breakfast Ideas | CnC Blog

One more quick note: I’m not saying this is what your toddler should eat. This is just what my toddler likes. And my toddler isn’t all that picky, admittedly. This is just what works in the Andrews’ house. 🙂

Breakfast for Toddlers

  • Eggs, fruit and (sometimes) turkey sausage – this is probably our most common go-to breakfast. He eats this 3 or 4 days a week. Usually he likes his eggs scrambled, but he will also eat fried eggs and hard boiled eggs. When his eggs are scrambled, I will mix in spinach and he doesn’t even notice the spinach. Fruit changes on the regular, but typically it is grapes, bananas or apples. He also likes his turkey sausage with a little syrup drizzled on top.

Breakfast for Toddler | CnC blog

  • Fried egg served over these frozen Alexia vegetables, topped with Avocado. This is a great way to get veggies in him first thing in the morning and it is easy. I just sauté the frozen veggies according to the package directions, fry the egg and dice the avocado. Throw all that in a bowl and voila! Breakfast is served!
  • Toast topped with butter or smashed avocado or peanut butter + a side of string cheese + a side of cottage cheese
  • This oatmeal is great for mornings when we are rushed.

Breakfast for Toddlers | CnC Blog

  • Pumpkin muffins – also great for mornings when we are rushed. Atlas loves them when made with the chocolate cake mix instead of spice cake mix. I also freeze some when I bake a batch for grab-n-go snacks. Just microwave for 30(ish) seconds after pulling them out of the freezer and they are warm and delicious. Atlas LOVES these.
  • Smoothie – Our smoothie recipes change frequently, but our current go-to smoothie is almond milk + frozen banana + frozen blueberries + spinach + Juice Plus Complete + spoonful of peanut butter + honey. Atlas loves this because all the blueberries make it kind of blue (his favorite color)! If Atlas doesn’t get a smoothie with his breakfast, he usually gets one with his lunch or as an afternoon snack. We are big into smoothies in this house.

Alright, mamas! I think that about sums up the food in our current breakfast rotation. I know none of these meals are super creative, but it is what my buddy-roo likes to eat. Oh, and I should tell you this…if you ever ask Atlas what he wants for breakfast the answer will always be the same. Blue m&m’s. Every morning he ask for blue m&m’s and almost every morning the answer is no. 😉

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Healthy Dishes | 3 comments

Steak Fajita Recipe

Hi, guys! I just wanted to pop in real quick and share the steak fajita recipe that was listed on our dinner menu for this week!

Steak Fajitas 21 Day Fix

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we added a ‘pin it’ feature to the blog so you can easily pin posts you like from Cupcakes n Crunches to your Pinterest page. I say ‘we’ but I really mean Dave. I don’t know how to do all that fancy blog stuff. Dave also added a feature on the right side of the blog where you can see my Instagram account. My Instagram is basically a shrine of Atlas and Andi, but if you’re into that sort of thing then follow along! 🙂

Anyways, here is the steak fajita recipe from the Fixate cookbook (the cookbook is meant to be paired with the 21 day fix program). I did not make the homemade salsa because I made 2 humans in the last 2 years and now I don’t have time for things like homemade salsa.

Steak Fajitas 21 Day Fix

In other news, the kids and I had a major flat tire on Tuesday!

Flat Tire

God protected us and provided help and Dave talked me through the situation even though we were in different states when it happened! It was bananas, but I’m so grateful we stayed safe through the ordeal. Still praising God for His hedge of protection around us!

After all that craziness, I decided today was meant for staying in pj’s all day and baking brownies before lunchtime. Atlas was obviously on board with that plan.

My Sous Chef

Winter is officially here and I’m not complaining since it is almost February, but getting everyone dressed in winter gear feels like a weeklong process. Not even joking – it takes us 40 minutes to get out the door just to walk the dogs. I have to get coats/mittens/hats/snowsuits on kids and dogs (Ob has to wear a coat or she refuses to move once she’s outside) so it is a serious to-do!

Sleeping Angel

But doesn’t Andi look adorable in all her winter gear? ♥ Like a little baby polar bear!

We are supposed to get hit with our first big snowstorm this weekend! I’m hoping we can take Atlas sledding. I think he’s going to go ballistic when he gets to play in the snow and I’m so excited to watch his reaction to a big snowfall!

Hope you all have a great weekend and it includes lots of brownies and no flat tires!

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Healthy Dishes | 2 comments

This Week’s Dinner Menu

Hi, guys! I’m in the process of trying to compile a few posts detailing toddler meals (aka what Atlas eats) and more baby food recipes (aka what Andi eats). I’m thinking I’ll have the toddler meals segmented into 3 or 4 posts.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

Atlas pretty much eats whatever we are eating these days, but I’m trying to include some of the meals that I know are his favorite. I’m also trying to snap photos of some of our go-to meals to feature with each post, but I am so not a good food photographer, so I apologize in advance if the pictures are no good…or non-existent. It is hard to snap a decent photo of food with 2 hungry babies waiting to eat! ha!

So, be on the lookout for all that in the coming weeks. But, today I thought I would just briefly share with you what our dinner menu is this week. I have always planned all our meals out for the week in an effort to streamline our dinner production and ensure healthy(ish) meals are consumed. It works well for us.

  • Sunday: Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Monday: Honey-Lime Tilapia and Roasted Acorn Squash
  • Tuesday: Tacos (21 Day Fix Recipe)
  • Wednesday: Steak Fajitas (21 Day Fix Recipe)
  • Thursday: Maple Glazed Salmon, Quinoa & Broccoli
  • Friday: Beef Stew (21 Day Fix Recipe)
  • Saturday: Dine Out or Order Pizza

Our weekly dinner menu is always changing, but I usually strive for fish 1-2 nights, 1 vegetarian night, 1 night of chicken (Dave loves chicken) and the other nights are typically reserved for trying a new recipe or an oldie’ but a goodie that the whole family loves. This week I’m trying a few new recipes from the Fixate cookbook.

A Week's Dinner Menu

My intense love for ice-cream died during my pregnancy with Andi (weird and sad, I know), but it has recently been resurrected. I grabbed this Edy’s Frozen Custard on a whim at the grocery store last week and let’s just say I made up for lost time. I devoured it and it took all my willpower not to buy it again this week. After consuming that whole thing by myself, I was ready to bust out the new Fixate cookbook I recently got and eat cleaner this week. Balance, right?

This Week's Dinner Menu

If you want any of these recipes from our weekly dinner menu, leave a comment & let me know which recipe interest you and I’ll be sure to post the recipe for you! 🙂

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Healthy Dishes | 7 comments

Quiche Recipe

Whew! Today has been a doozie, ya’ll. No naps were taken. Shots were given (we’re talking needles not liquor). Crib sheets were changed due to massive amounts of spit-up (I did speed work this morning, but that was no workout compared to changing those dang crib sheets). Lunch was skipped. Vet appointments were made (Ob’s eye infection got worse not better). A blowout diaper resulted in mandatory laundry at 7pm. Dinner was a fail (way too spicy, which normally would be a success in our house but not when you’re breastfeeding). Dave accidentally woke Atlas up after he fell asleep for the night (If you see Dave sleeping on the sidewalk of NYC tonight, be a dear and give him a blanket. I kid, I kid). You get the picture.

But, my baby boy is finally asleep (again) and I’m curled up on the couch with my husband, pups, a glass of wine, an apple and some chocolate covered pretzels (a.k.a Plan B dinner since Plan A was a fail). Thank the Lord for Juice Plus to bridge that gap, right?

And since I’m sure you don’t care to hear the details of this crazy day, I’m going to give you a recipe for that quiche some of you asked for instead! DSC_1515It’s actually super easy but anytime I make quiche, it makes me feel fancy and sophisticated. But you know, not that fancy or sophisticated because I still serve it up on a paper plate.

Ingredients: 
1 frozen deep dish pie shell (I like Pillsbury, but use whatever deep dish frozen pie shell you can find)
8 eggs (I’ve actually used 6 and it still came out just fine)
1 1/2 cups half and half (you can also use heavy cream)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
5-8 slices bacon
Filling of your choice (a pepper, spinach, peppadews, ham, etc)
Salt and pepper to taste 
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°. 
Fry the bacon (or microwave it if you’re feeling lazy). 
Whip the eggs, half and half and salt and pepper together. Mix in the bacon, cheese and filling of your choice. 
Pour mixture into deep dish pie shell. Do not fill the pie shell to the brim – you don’t want it to overflow in your oven. If you pick up the pie and the egg mixture is leaking over the side, it is too full. 
Place the pie on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cover the pie with aluminum foil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes, until quiche is set and the crust is golden brown. The quiche should be loose. 
 
Some notes:
If you use less eggs, I would use slightly less half and half. I.e. if you only use 6 eggs, maybe reduce the half and half amount to 1 cup.
Get as creative as you want with the filling. I’m sure seafood would work. You could swap cheddar cheese for goat cheese if you want to get real fancy. Play around with it. The version above is just ‘classic’ and is always a hit in our house. 
You don’t have to add bacon, but bacon makes everything better so proceed at your own risk if you omit it. 
If you don’t use a deep dish pie shell, you’re going to want to use less eggs for sure (maybe only 4 or 5) and definitely less half and half (maybe slightly less than 1 cup). I always use a deep dish pie shell though so I can’t speak too much to all that. 
 

Can you tell I’m not a professional chef? I just fly by the seat of my pants in the kitchen. Sometimes it is a success, like with this quiche…and sometimes I end up eating an apple and chocolate covered pretzels for dinner.

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Circuit Workouts, Healthy Dishes | 10 comments

Les Mills GRIT

This is the posture of someone who was humbled by their workout.

GRITI made it to the demo of Les Mills GRIT at our YMCA this morning and it kicked my butt in the best way.

I’ve been a big fan of Body Pump for years (another Les Mills group exercise class), but up until today I had never tried GRIT. Dave swore to me that I would love GRIT and that it was ‘my style’ of workout and he wasn’t lying. I absolutely loved the class! It is 30 minutes of high intensity training and it is more of a bootcamp style workout, making it not nearly as choreographed as other Les Mills classes. It felt more like a group personal training session.

There are 3 versions of GRIT: strength, cardio and plyo. I’m told cardio is the toughest, but I did the plyo class today and I can’t imagine it getting more difficult.

GRIT PLYO is exactly what is sounds like…a ton of jumping.

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It reminded me of my high school days playing volleyball and running cross country (except I’m not nearly as agile or fit as I was when I was 16 and I didn’t eat an oatmeal cream pie 10 minutes before the workout). Everyone was cheering for each other, so there was a sense of camaraderie in the room. The energy level was nothing short of infectious and the exercises were geared towards athletes (making you run faster, making you jump higher, etc). It was amazing in the ‘my legs can’t handle another jump squat’ kind of way. I began sweating in the warm up before we ever started the various rounds of exercises. Les Mills definitely makes the most of that 30 minutes. It was filled with jump lunges, weighted jump squats, mountain climbers, lateral jumps, broad jumps and more. By the time we finished on the floor with an ab workout, I was done.

If you ever get a chance to take a GRIT class, I highly recommend it. Les Mills instructors are some of the best out there so I’m confident no matter where you take a GRIT class, you’ll have a good experience. Those teachers are legit.

I worked up a serious appetite in those 30 minutes so I immediately came home and made a salad, which I ate with 1 hand while using the other to hold Atlas.

IMG_4424In the salad went spinach leaves, an apple, half a pepper, a cucumber, some blue cheese and some balsamic dressing. I wolfed it down and then ate a Reese’s peanut butter cup. That obviously didn’t get photographed…the truly delicious things never do.

Now, I’m off to go play with my little mister.

IMG_4421I have a ton of errands to run (I’m totally out of almost every hair product I use – this would never have happened to me pre-baby) but it is just too dang cold to go outside with Atlas. I’m thinking I’ll have to deal with greasy/knotty/frizzy hair for another day or 2. #momlife.

 

 

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