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Veggie Nuggets, Damn It


Obviously, I am having a hard time staying on course with daily writing. I’ve been struggling with crazy, bad allergies and trying to find ways to mitigate it. The swim lesson over the weekend went off with nary a hitch. There were no wardrobe malfunctions and, as is usually the case with us, it was so crazy just getting us all dressed ad there that I didn’t have time to fret about my body. I do have to mention that I am constantly amazed at my bosoms ability to inflate and deflate to the point that I’m never sure which size I’m going to be confronted with on any given day. Saturday, my swimsuit was more busty than I was, which created a gap that pleased my ever nursing 13m old. In the frenzy to load the boys, the Mr forgot to grab their change of clothes that I’d laid out the night before. Madness. That’s all I’ll say about that.
I’ve been taking the easy route with meal times but I did attempt to make a recipe for veggie nuggets from “Weelicious”. Things went ok until I realized that the recipe called for an hour to hour n a half stint in the freezer and I’d planned on serving them straight away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that, not read a recipe through and missed some vital piece of info thus throwing me into a frenzy to get it all together. Anyway and luckily, we had left over mac-n-cheese in the fridge so I threw that together with some organic hot dogs. Here are some photos from my veggie nugget quest:

There were also some mashed potatoes as part of the recipe.

I got this far and placed it in the freezer for an hour. They seemed to thaw rather quickly for how much there was to dip in the egg, flour and breadcrumbs so I got frustrated and lazy and gave up on cutting it all up. In the end, I smeared the flour, whisked eggs and then the breadcrumbs on top and shoved it all in the freezer. I made it today by baking it and then broiling it because I wanted it to be crispy or just less mushy. That would have been ok had I not gotten distracted by my 13m old needing a nap and me forgetting I had put it in the oven and then forgetting to tell the Mr… Though you would think the smell of something burning would have alerted him to check the oven, right? Anyway, here is the final product.

It actually tasted good to me, so I would attempt this again with better planning. 😄

I’m off to bed so more later. G’nite.




After letting the pan get too hot and burning my first set of garlic and then burning the hell out of the bacon in the microwave by following the directions on the package (grrrrrr), this is how it turned out. The fam loved it and my littlest one gobbled it up after I put his portion in the food processor. Not too shabby.



# So, I’m signed up for a meal planning site called the Fresh 20. I signed up because I usually struggle to come up with healthy meals that I can whip together for my family and I figured this was a great way to expose myself to foods I don’t usually eat (veggies). The other day I made these lettuce wraps, and while they turned out delicious, I have a confession to make. While I was chopping garlic and some other things and trying to prep, it struck me that this was very labor intensive. I realized that I’ve become a food masochist in that I’ve taken to making these meals that, while tasty, take entirely too long to make-well, more time than I want to spend making food even with the make ahead portions of the recipes. I have to mention that I have ADD and haven’t taken meds for it for the last two years since I’ve been either pregnant and/or nursing. That said, I have decided to find a faster, just as healthy, way to cook. I hope to share my discoveries with you here.