A Simple Meal and A Simple Sunday

Hi there!  I’m so loving this simple Sunday we are having over here!  I worked hard to make it happen that’s for sure.  Holden and I were off to the dentist this weekend for his 2nd visit ever.  If you’ve taken a young child to the dentist then you how much fun this was.  Not.  After a thirty minute wait in the waiting room (he played so nicely and was so quiet, it was crazy!), we made our way back to the “chair.”  This is when things got wild!  The dentist did manage to peak in his mouth and say everything was going A-OK in there.  Holdie was trying so hard not to cry but just had these giant crocodile tears!  He was NOT going to open that mouth.  Seeing him holding back the cries made me cry!  We were a mess all together at Children’s Dentistry on Saturday.  After that we did grocery shopping at Sam’s and Wally World, and then we finished off the day with some thank-you card crafting for all of Holden’s generous gift givers.  I was even able to sneak in 2 trainings that I needed to complete online for work during H’s nap.  3 loads of laundry plus some lunch prep for Sunday, and we’re done!  Sunday has been so nice thanks to all this work!  No grocery shopping, no cleaning (completed on New Years!).  Just relaxing!  The key to relaxation is a carb breakfast to me and Holden.  I was definitely craving some pancakes after my 5 miles + dog walk cool down that I completed while everyone (except Roscoe the dog of course!) was still in dreamland.  I think the Mr. would have preferred eggs, but he took one for the team.  We enjoyed Tosca Reno’s Protein Pancakes.  I made, and the Mr. cleaned.  I am so thankful to have a partner who is truly a partner in all things, that includes meal prep and clean-up!  Here’s the recipe…

My Version of Tosca Reno’s Protein Pancakes

2 1/2 c. old fashioned oats

1 c. milk

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

3 faux eggs (3 heaping spoonfuls of plain Greek Yogurt)

1 tbsp. of olive oil or any other oil (can add more coconut oil)

1 tbsp. chia or flax seed

***I added an extremely ripe banana today, but I typically do not.***

Mix all in a blender until relatively smooth.  Use 2 large spoons and dip out of blender into hot pan coated with spray oil.  Shape into pancakes.  Cook as regular pancakes.  FYI:  I turn my oven on 200 and pop the pancakes in to keep them warm.  They are delish!  

A portrait of our early morning…

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The pace of our day continued with church, a crockpot lunch, and a nice cloudy day nap for H.  Perfection.  

In keeping with the theme, another simple recipe is the Skinny Lasagna Roll-Ups seen on Pinterest.  You can see my “Food” Board here.  Click here to see the recipe.  These were truly easy and came out very nicely.  One note, if you’re prone to indigestion from spicy and/or Italian food, I would eat these for lunch or an early dinner.  Homemade sauce might help with this.  

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The top pic shows the mix you roll up in the lasagna noodles.  I did add fresh herbs.  I love this “Poultry Blend” herb pack from Wal-Mart.  It is reasonably priced and includes some of my favorites (sage, rosemary, thyme).  So much better than buying a huge bunch of each for a recipe or two.  I like this whole simple/relaxing thing.  Not sure if I could handle the pace every day, but what better day than Sunday?

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