What Santa is bringing my kids this year(ages 2 and 4)

Who’s started their holiday shopping?! I’ve bought a couple of things for my kids so far, in fear of them selling out. This year I’m switching it up a little bit, and not buying anything for them that requires batteries (or hours to put together)! Not that there is anything wrong with battery operated toys, because they own and play with them, but lately I’ve been observing them play and I’ve come to realize that they actually engage better with the simpler toys. Toys that require them to use more of their imagination. I want to buy them things that can be used for a few years and are more open ended. Personally I feel that less is more, and what I mean by this is less toys, but higher quality. Sometimes when they have too many options to choose from, it’s hard for them to focus and truly play. The following items are some things I’ve already purchased, or are soon to be in my cart! You can shop them here.

Happy Shopping

Jess

OVERNIGHT OATS

Breakfast has always been a hard meal for me to consistently eat, because I feel as though my mornings are a whirlwind trying to get the kids fed and ready for their day! Overnight oats is a great solution to this problem, because you can prep them the night before, and just grab them in the morning for a quick, easy, healthy bite on the go.

Here is what you do:

  • Put 1/2 cup rolled oats into the bottom of a mason jar.
  • Pour 1 cup milk (soy, almond, etc) over the oats. I use coconut almond milk.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Mix in 1-2 teaspoons honey, agave or other sweetener.
  • Tightly seal the jar and place into the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning you can add other toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut or yogurt.

Enjoy!

BURRATA WITH GRILLED BREAD AND HEIRLOOM TOMATOES 🍅

Last night my husband and I celebrated five years of marriage! We didn’t have a sitter, so decided to stay in and grille when the kids went to bed. We made steaks and this side dish, which was delicious. It’s simple and perfect for summer nights when you just want to put together something quick.

Here’s what you need:

• I used 5 medium sized heirloom tomatoes

• 1 ball of burrata cheese

• 1 baguette thinly sliced

• 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

• 2 garlic cloves

• sea salt and freshly ground pepper as needed

Here’s what you do:

Mix together the olive oil and garlic and brush both sides of the bread (Pictured is only two slices, but I had more on the side). I toasted them in a toaster oven for about 5 minutes, until they were nicely toasted and golden brown. Slice tomatoes and arrange on plate with cheese and drizzle everything with some olive oil and S&P.

Enjoy!

Kale Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing🍋

This salad is one of my go to lunch salads as it’s easy, healthy, and bursting with flavor.

Here’s what you need:

• 1 Egg

• about 3 cups of kale

• feta cheese

• 1 tsp. sesame seeds

• 1 avocado

• 2 tbs olive oil

• 1 lemon

• 1 tsp whole grain mustard

• 1 tbs low sodium soy sauce

• 1 tsp honey

• salt to taste

Here’s what you do:

• Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, and mustard. Pour dressing over kale (if I have time, I let it sit for about 20 minutes). While that’s sitting boil the egg. Once that’s done(about ten minutes), I place the kale on a plate, add the diced avocado, and sprinkle over the feta, sesame seeds, and a little salt to taste. Lastly cut the egg in half and oila!

Enjoy

INSTA POT CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE CURRY 🍛

One of my new favorite, easy, 5 ingredient Insta Pot meals! This chicken curry is so flavorful, and done in less than half an hour. I bought all of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s, but if you don’t have a TJ’s by you, you can modify and find similar ingredients at most grocery stores.

What you need:

• 1 12 oz. package of sweet potato ribbons

• 1 11 oz. bottle of Thai red curry sauce

• 12 oz. haricots verts

• 1 package of cauliflower rice

• 1.5 lbs of chicken breasts

What you do:

Cut chicken into one inch pieces and mix it with the curry sauce in the insta pot and cook for 12 minutes. When done I put about 1 Tbs of arrowroot powder mixed with 2 Tbs of water to thicken the sauce. Add sweet potato ribbons while sauce is hot and let it sit for about 10 minutes. While that’s settling I put the bag of haricot verts in the microwave for 4 minutes. When that’s done, add it to the pot and mix everything together. I served this over cauliflower rice, and it was sooooo good! Enjoy http://liketk.it/2AUHv