Last week was my first week back after 6 days in New York – a trip that was so intense and amazing and inspiring (and I’ll write all about it soon), but also a whole week away from my baby boy. We’d never gone more than 36 hours!
I took these pictures on Tuesday, when we were still getting back into the swing of things. Bare cupboards and none of my homemade staples. C’est la vie, we make it work!
So here’s how it went last Tuesday. (I should also note, that while I was off in New York, I was weaning Waits. We haven’t nursed since I’v been back so I’m gonna go ahead and call it as “done”. A few weeks shy of his third birthday – I’d say that’s success!)
This is my super fancy [sarcasm!] method for making single-serving oatmeal. 1) Pour dry oats in bowl. 2) Boil water for tea. 3) Make tea, cover oats with leftover water, set kettle on bowl to trap heat, and leave for a few minutes. 4) Stir well and serve – I swear it works!
This was a preschool day, so I’d pre-packed the little one’s lunch the night before:
Clockwise form left – Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks, Trader Joe’s coconut strips in the beloved “snack ball”, PB&J on Ezekiel bread, carrot sticks, banana. About those plastic bags – I don’t buy them! Gah! Damian buys them, or maybe his roommate does and he just uses them, but either way they come home in Waits’s lunch. And I can’t bear to toss them, so I wash them out and re-use them, but then I worry about the plastic degrading into the food, and . . . oi. I think I’m going to stop re-using them, at least for the kiddie lunches.
Off to preschool!
Bye bye baby! From there I hopped over to my godparents’ house because, well, that is where I do my laundry these days. I stole some breakfast:
Apple with almond butter. A few hours of work, and a phone call, and some wasabi seaweed snacks, yum!
Back to preschool in the early afternoon, to pick up the bug.
The children were all still eating their lunches, so I sat down and joined the fun. All the kids sort of share all the food, which is great because Waits is really learning about what’s vegan and what isn’t, and how some things are for his body and some things are not. And all the other children are now familiar with the word “vegan”, and always ask about all the food. Education for everyone!
A Larabar for the ride home.
Once we’re home it’s pretty quick to nap time, which was good because I was hungry. This is one of my most favorite go-to work week lunches:
Beans, salsa, nooch, and avocado, in a bowl. Often with black olives (like this time). All scooped up on tortilla chips. Super easy, super fast, protein-rich and well balanced with good fats, all healthy and whole-foody and absolutely delicious. It’s nothing glamorous, but I adore this meal.
Dinner came together quickly once we were home:
An oldie but goodie – beans, greens and grains! Home-cooked navy beans (defrosted earlier), brown rice cooked in homemade veggie stock, and steamed baby greens (kale, chard, and spinach).
Waits had tamari on his rice and extra virgin olive oil + nooch on his beans. Mine was topped with my favorite raw tahini sauce. And just for good measure . . .
I added some fresh sprouts from the farmer’s Market, and some homemade raw lacto-fermented kimchee as well (recipe coming soon!). This dinner ROCKED.
Later, after bath time and bed time, I spent a late night in the kitchen making a batch of brownies – a sort of “thank you” to Damian for single-dadding it during my week away.
Alas, these were made with the very last of my devil-gluten flour, so I was unable to partake. I had some peanut butter with chocolate chips instead. My current favorite, mmmm.
And then I fell into bed and slept like the dead. Huzzah!