I have two problems to solve and low and behold, Vegetable Tempura comes to the rescue.
My child doesn’t like a variety of vegetables.
I have random vegetables in my fridge I need to get rid of.
I’ve never made my own tempura before. Not sure why….but we DO love ordering it when we’re out. It’s a way to get Cooper to eat things he wouldn’t have eaten because he can see the color and know THIS IS A SWEET POTATO and he has a rule about eating sweet potatoes.
Tempura batter is the perfect camouflage.
It’s also not as intimidating and I thought it was. Silly me.
It’s also a fabulous way to get rid of whatever random vegetables you have in the fridge after a week (or two!) of meal chaos. Random definitely vegetables have a place in Vegetable Tempura. They’re BUILT for this situation completely!
This batter is fluffy and light. It’s super simple to pull together. Next round, we’re adding some shrimp….and maybe a banana because we’re gonna need dessert. What would happen if I dropped a cookie in the batter….. there goes the neighborhood.
It’s January!!!!! Everyone seems to be cutting things out of their diet and rebooting. The holidays will do that to you!
I’ve been spending the past two weeks of the new year organizing/decluttering our house and I haven’t been on track with eating right. Now that the clutter is (mostly) out, I can focus my brain on making good/healthy eating choices.
I put together a list of the 30 Healthy Recipes I like to put back into my meal prep when I am ready to eat/feel lighter.
The instant pot cooked them fast but they made them so incredibly tender the meat mostly fell off the bone. I gotta futz with the settings and figure it out. Maybe they’ll just be something I make in the oven (or fry!)
This is why I had one of the walls in our bedroom painted black.
The afternoon light is magical.
The in between….when I have to give myself a pep talk to clean up.
I made our favorite banana bread during the holiday break and it didn’t last a full 24 hours in our house. We plowed through it in no time and I think it’s kinda light and fluffy so it’s very easy to go through. There’s nothing to slow you down. There’s no lingering. It’s just an EAT BANANA BREAD NOW and then cut another sliver until you realize there’s none left kind of situation.
So I put my thinking cap on and made what I like to call Hippy Banana Bread. I need a banana bread with bite! I need something hearty, something a little dense. Something with texture and bite!
This banana bread lasted more than 24 hours in our house. It’s been my breakfast for the past week and I looooooooove it. What makes it “hippy?” All the seeds (sunflower seeds & pumpkin seeds!), walnuts and dried cherries (that plump up after baking!).
You might find yourself buying extra bananas each week for this recipe. I’m already gathering ingredients for my next loaf…
I’ve been meaning to organize this space for months. So glad it’s finally done.
Cooper got involved. He’s a great sorter. I wonder where he gets that from…..
I would say I have shed about 15 bags of stuff. Two trips to Salvation Army and I’m working on another one soon. I ordered a bag from ThredUp so I could sell some of my stuff. Has anyone used them before? I figured it was worth a shot.
I also got rid of my maternity clothes.
It’s amazing how many emotions can be wrapped up in things.