New reality with a baby: All cooking must take less than an hour start to finish or else you risk a baby waking up STARVING (OMG I’M SO HUNGRY MOM. RIGHT NOW.) just at the point where your dish needs the most attention. This makes matcha black sesame rice krispie treats the perfect new-mom St. Patty’s day dessert. Forget about dieting to fit into your pre-baby pants, you’re still in survival mode.
And you know what tastes even better at 2am while soothing a fussy baby? Rice krispie treats.
Our #cheesebabygirl made her way into the world 10 days ago, just a day past her due date. To her credit, she started to make her appearance at 4:30am on her due date, but then took her sweet sweet time (33 hours to be exact). So on February 7th at 1:24pm, Zoella Mae filled our hearts and made us a family of three. Living up to her #cheesebaby nickname, she weighed 8lbs 11oz and measured 21.25 inches long. It seems the key to baking a chunky baby is to spend your entire pregnancy eating cheese. It’s only fitting then that I saved these brie-filled hazelnut chestnut crepes to announce her arrival.
These cheddar jalapeño cornbread waffles almost didn’t happen in time. I hatched the idea and bought all of the ingredients a couple of weeks ago when my mom warned me that the Super Bowl was coming up. (Thanks for keeping me relevant, Mom.) But every time I thought about cooking, I found something else to do instead (ex. lay on the couch and watch Felicity reruns or eat leftover cake or nap with the cat). And then good friends like Alanna happened. The kind that show up at your house to help you get two recipes shot in preparation for #cheesebabygirl’s arrival. SHE EVEN DID MY DISHES, you guys. So you have Alanna and my mom to thank for today’s recipe.
When you wake up at 4:45am to twitter notifications blowing up your phone to tell you that a bunch of fabulously talented food blog friends have conspired to whip up your favorite foods in your honor for a surprise virtual baby shower all over the internet (#cheesebabyshower), you instantly stop caring that you’ve got wicked acid reflux and a full bladder (for like the 100th time that night) (TMI?). I know because that’s how my morning started yesterday. And with one kitty spooning the back of my head and the other curled up on my 9.5 month pregnant belly, things got sappy as I read one gorgeous post after another.
Here’s to an even more delicious 2016! While some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy, I’ve spent the past week dreaming about what kind of cookie I want to make next (chewy gluten free oatmeal toffee cookies sweetened with dates in case you’re wondering – no shame). Then I promptly ate all the leftover holiday cookies and toffee and desperately needed something green in my diet. And fast.
At the same time Quaker sent me some of their new Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats to use in a gluten free recipe for the New Year. As the voice of reason and self-control, my mom warned me that cookies were no way to start out the new year (even though cookies = more friends amiright? Now that I’m stocked up on gluten-free oats, we’ll eat those oatmeal cookies together soon, my friends, don’t worry). But for now: we’ll ring in the new year with this quick and easy sweet zing ginger oatmeal green smoothie. The perfect refresher while you check items off your 2016 to-do list.
WAIT! Before you snub this RIDICULOUSLY long title, you need to know two things: 1. This pudding is as easy as the title is long (ie. ridiculously easy), and 2. You don’t have to make all three parts to have a delicious dessert – each one is a star on its own. Whip up the creamy ginger tofu pudding and shovel it into your mouth…OR make this 3 minute soy milk mochi and chow down…OR bake some kinako black sesame puffed millet crumble and snack on it like caramel corn. Don’t have kinako (roasted soy bean flour)? No problem – just leave it out! Can’t find puffed millet? Use rice krispies instead!
OR, if you’re feeling fancy (or, in my case, if you’re trying to win a soy & tofu dessert competition)…make all three!
It’s two days before Christmas and I had no response when my mom texted me this morning asking me for my Christmas dinner/dessert grocery list. All I could think about was how much sleep I plan to catch up on over the holidays (and how I still haven’t wrapped any of my Christmas gifts…some of which are still in the mail). Like me, are you still scrambling for that last-minute no-bake dessert that will still impress? It’s a mouthful, but this no-bake double chocolate cheesecake pie with peppermint whipped cream is here for you. Super hero pie rushing in to save the day.