I Love My Wok by Nicola Graimes

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This book will be released on August 15, 2017. I received a copy through NetGalley.

If you own a wok or are just interested in cooking Asian food, this is an amazing resource for you. These are all recipes you can use your wok for, and it’s not just stir fry! The recipes are divided into several different categories such as appetizers, soups, salads, meats and more.

For the most part, these recipes look super easy, and while they do contain some traditional Asian ingredients, they are mostly food that you might already buy on a regular basis (at least I do). They’re mostly super healthy and feature a lot of different vegetables. One really unique sounding recipe is a Turkey and Mango Stir Fry.

Most of the recipes are accompanied by bright, delicious-looking pictures as well. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking to experiment a bit more with your cooking. I plan on trying the Miso & Tofu Broth as well as the Vegetable Ramen at some point in the future.

Let me know what you think, are you interested in this book? Do you love cooking with your wok? Have you ever tried cooking traditional Asian food before?

 

Weekly Meal Plan: August 13 – 19

New computer, yay! I didn’t lose any of my files after my computer got fried, thank goodness. Now it’s back to work and back to normal.

A little over six weeks to my due date! I am so ready to get him out of here. Not only am I just excited to start the next part of our lives, but I’m just so uncomfortable. Turning over in bed is like doing exercise. I could also do without his feet trying to kick through the one spot on my bump that hurts. But I suppose he can stay in there until the baby shower at least. We get to see him again tomorrow when I go for a second ultrasound finally.

What we’re eating this week:

Easy One-Pot Lasagna — I have some leftover ricotta cheese from last week I need to use up, and this sounds like a great recipe.

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry — My best friend is doing me a huge favor by taking me to my ultrasound appointment tomorrow, so I’m going to make this stir fry vegan for her. I’m going to make it with tofu and sub out the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops — This is a nice simple meat dish that I’m going to serve with baked potatoes.

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Drumsticks — Another simple meat dish with mashed potatoes.

Fried Cabbage and Sausage — This is a week of using up things I already have, I have half of a head of cabbage from last week that needs using up, as much as my husband isn’t going to like it.

Weekly Meal Plan: August 6 – 12

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So… my computer is dead. On Friday we had a big thunderstorm and something got struck by lightning. When I returned to my computer, it was off and wouldn’t turn back on. Our internet was also dead because our modem was fried, along with some other electronics. I’m writing this on a really crappy laptop that barely does anything and lags terribly if I try to do more than one thing at a time. Here’s hoping we can replace my computer soon and that I didn’t lose all of my files.

That’s pretty much the biggest news I have. Baby is still doing well, counting down to the baby shower and my due date. Everything looks like it’s going perfectly so far, fingers crossed. He’s super active still, he spent all day today kicking and moving and trying to push his way out through my stomach.

What we’re eating this week:

Ground Turkey and Cabbage Stir Fry (pictured): Husband is not a fan of this as he doesn’t like cabbage, but I think it’s really delicious, and so easy!

Smoked Sausage and Potatoes: I haven’t made this in a while but I’m so glad I remembered it! I adore this recipe.

Mushroom Ricotta Pasta: This is my new recipe of the week, it sounds so good. I’m going to add some spinach for extra nutrition, and because spinach goes amazing with both ricotta and mushrooms.

Shrimp, Spinach and Rice: Such a classic, I love this. It’s so simple yet tastes amazing.

Paprika Chicken: This might be another new recipe, I can’t remember if I’ve made it before. It sounds good though, and I’m going to serve it with baked potatoes.

The Baby-Led Weaning Family Cookbook

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This book will be released on August 2, 2017. I received a copy through NetGalley.

As I am planning on baby-led weaning our son when he’s old enough, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. Baby-led weaning is basically just placing large pieces of food in front of your child and letting them explore. This book is a fantastic concept, meals that are full of large chunks of food for baby to pick apart and eat, but still tasty enough to serve to the rest of the family.

It starts out with an overview of baby-led weaning with tons of great tips, and then proceeds with dozens of recipes that have components baby can grasp and feed themselves. All of the recipes seem really easy, no more than 4 or 5 steps each. I’ve saved a couple to try later, such as delicious sounding bean burgers.

Overall this is an amazing resource if you want to try baby-led weaning but don’t want to prepare an extra meal for your baby, and still want them to eat well. Some of the recipes I do not think I will be trying however. There are a few stew and soup recipes that while they are full of large pieces of food, I feel like it is way too messy for a baby to eat with their hands. BLW is messy in general, no need to make it more so, at least in my opinion.

Also, some of the recipes involve ingredients that I just wouldn’t normally buy, such as lamb. However, this collection does an amazing job of giving you options so that your baby can try as many different foods as possible. If you try cooking from this book, not only will your baby eat well, but the rest of your family will as well.

This book also reminds you of the foods your baby shouldn’t be eating by noting on the side what parts should be served separately to the rest of the family such as anything too salty, or things to leave out completely such as mayo, which contains uncooked egg.

There is a wide range of recipes to choose from, so any family can benefit from using this book. They’re sure to find something they will like.

Weekly Meal Plan: July 30 — August 5

My life is just a series of countdowns at the moment. Count down to the next appointment, to our baby shower, to my due date (if he even takes that into consideration when he decides to pop out into the world). So much waiting.

My skin is stretched to the max and it hurts, my back is already killing me from lugging around this weight, and the little guy likes to push random body parts out and make my belly all lumpy and sometimes hurt. Is that a foot in my ribs? Is that his head or his spine making one side of my bump way bigger than the other? Who knows.

We went out yesterday for our four year dating anniversary. Nothing big to celebrate, just a trip to the mall and we got some Red Robin for the first time. I must say I’m impressed and definitely want to go back there. Food is literally all I can think of, it’s super annoying. Another countdown, time to my next snack or meal.

I’ve been trying to eat healthy. Right now this baby is probably 50% made of melons, 40% ice cream, and 10% real food. I plan on cutting out the ice cream right away once he’s born so that with the breastfeeding will hopefully drop the baby weight. I gotta set a good example for him too. On that note, come back tomorrow for a really cool book review.

What we’re eating this week:

Super Food Rotini (pictured) — Adapted very loosely from this recipe, I wanted to try it out before making it a freezer/crock pot meal, so I took all the ingredients and cooked it on the stove.

Sausage and Creamy Pesto Pasta — This just looks delicious, I love pesto and creamy pasta dishes.

Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Skillet — I have a ton of chicken that I got on sale so not only am I going to make some more freezer meals, but we need to eat a bunch too.

Honey and Soy Pork — I love converting easy baked chicken dishes into pork dishes, I’m never too satisfied with recipes for pork chops.

OMG Chicken — I’ve had this recipe a long time but I haven’t made it in forever. Sounds delicious. Serving both of these last meals with some kind of rice or couscous side, maybe some vegetables.

Weekly Meal Plan: July 23 – July 29

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Things are really ramping up to the last couple of months before the baby gets here. Tomorrow is our two year wedding anniversary and last Saturday we went into Boston to celebrate. I wanted to go on a mini overnight vacation but he only wanted a day trip, so we decided to go get food in Boston instead. It was lovely except for the fact that all the places I wanted to eat at were either not open for the day yet or had moved locations. So we got a late lunch/early dinner at my favorite takeout place and came home. It was also just way too hot. I was drowning in sweat, that is not at all cute.

My baby shower is set for the beginning of September as that was the only date that worked for some people. It’s cutting it a bit close but hopefully it will all work out. Baby just better stay in there until close to due date.

I got a great opportunity to get a second ultrasound for free at a med school. Their students need to practice their techniques and I get some free pictures of the baby out of it. I can’t wait. Our insurance only covered one so I was resigned to never seeing him again until he comes out unless I needed one. I go for that in the middle of August.

What we’re eating this week:

Orzo Skillet (pictured) — Forgot to take a pic this week so here’s an old one. I used ground beef this time instead of ground chicken or turkey. I had some left over from last week I needed to use and some spinach that was going bad.

Spaghetti — Whenever I make something with tomato sauce, my husband always asks if I’m making spaghetti, yet when I ask him what he wants to eat each week, he never asks for it. So this week he’s getting his wish and I’m making spaghetti with mushrooms.

Green Beans, Chicken and Potatoes — My husband loves simple dishes like this so I think I’ll make it for our anniversary.

Shrimp, Spinach and Rice — I haven’t made this staple dish in a while, I definitely think it’s time, so delicious!

Brazilian Beans and Rice —  A simple dish with sausage, beans and rice, will probably swap out chickpeas for the pinto beans because someone doesn’t like beans.

Weekly Meal Plan: July 16 – July 22

11 weeks left until my due date! Things are ramping up and there’s a lot to do. Our baby shower is in the process of being planned and we still have to tour the hospital and pick a pediatrician. I’m also trying to get everything in order for home after he comes, which I’ll talk about after the meal plan.

What we’re eating this week:

Cajun Sausage and Orzo — Made this last night for dinner, it’s always delicious. I never have cream on hand so I used milk, not much of a difference.

Easy Ground Meat Casserole — I haven’t been to the store yet as of writing this so I’m not sure if I’m going to use ground turkey or beef. The rest of it is super simple and sounds tasty.

Brown Sugar Glazed Garlic Pork Chops — Simple spice rub on pork chops, will probably serve with a side of rice.

Ravioli Skillet Lasagna — I have some ravioli to use up in the freezer, hope it’s enough to make this dish.

Chicken Paprikash — I haven’t made this recipe in a while. I always sub Greek yogurt for sour cream for a healthier dish.

To prepare for the upcoming time after the baby gets here, I’m going to start making freezer meals. We no longer have a Costco membership (though I’m still hoping hubby will come around) so I’m going to buy the ingredients and make one meal a week. Hopefully that will be good. Otherwise I have no idea what we’ll be eating for at least the first week or so as I recover.

This week I think I’ll be making Lemon Pepper Chicken as I have a random lemon I need to use up in my fridge.