I’ve decided that there are two kinds of people: Those who live for the holiday shopping chaos and those who would rather get a root canal without a pain killer rather than find themselves in a retail store on the day after Thanksgiving.
I, most definitely, belong to the last group.
But what is a Mamma to do when her baby girl seemingly overnight grows out of all of her clothes and can no longer fully straighten her legs in her one piece pajamas? One night they were fine and the next, not so much.
YEP. Outlet Mall.
Mommy guilt can do crazy things to a person.
Let me say, I will be planning ahead for her next growth spurt.By the time I made it into the parking lot, my blood pressure was already up. Let’s not even talk about the thirty minutes driving around in the chaos trying to find a parking spot. People with babies in strollers laughing and talking and not paying a bit of attention to the cars they are walking in front of. Crowds and crowds of people strolling around, enjoying themselves as if they didn’t have a care in the world.
I like to describe my shopping style as hunter-killer. I go, I get what I want, and I bring it back to the cave…errr house. All this lingering and people walking slowly was seriously cramping my style. Not to mention the sheer volume of people was making me feel like I needed a paper bag to breathe into.
I almost gave up and then I thought of my poor girl and her feet.
Those of you who are out there in the thick of it – saving hundreds on your holiday shopping in the process – you have ALL MY RESPECT. Can you please do my holiday shopping for me? No? Ok, well good thing I can do it all online because if I can help it I will not be venturing into a store again until after the holidays.
Well…I don’t like shopping but I do love great food and today I’ve got a good one for you.
I’m excited to have Jessica here from One Part Plant. She thinks it is fun to do tricks with her food that make simple dishes look like you spend hours on them. Like this:
I have to agree that it is fun! Hope you enjoy!
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- Juice of small lime (or 1/2 of a large one)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red curry paste
- 1 tablespoon veggie broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
- 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
- 1/2 bunch of kale (or veggies of your choice), chopped
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- Start steaming your veggies while you make your sauce.
- For the sauce, put all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend. Pour your sauce into a small sauce pan on low heat to warm the sauce (not too long, so it doesn’t over-thicken). Add a little water if the sauce gets too thick.
- Top your quinoa with your steamed veggies and pour on the sauce. Enjoy!
Servings 6, Calories 259, Fat 13.9g, Carbohydrates 26.1g, Protein 9.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 388mg, Fiber 3.4g, Sugars 2.3g