Quick Veggie Stir Fry

One of the sad things about the past few months is that we tried a bunch of new recipes, and I honestly don’t remember most of them.  At all.  The good thing about that is that a few recipes were so nice they made it through the fog of sleepless nights into my long-term memory.  Those recipes will make their way to you.

First of all, we have a veggie stir fry from The Pioneer Woman.  It’s quick, it’s delicious, and it makes me feel better about all of the pizza we ate last night.  That’s a pretty strong combination.  Oooh, and it’s hearty enough that Scott will eat it without complaint even though it’s vegetarian.  That’s a really big deal.

Here’s what The Pioneer Woman’s looked like:


photo by Ree Drummond


If I couldn’t remember which recipes we tried, you can guarantee I was too out of it to take any pictures of our favorites.  I barely got pictures of baby and dog and husband, much less food.

Okay, maybe I got a lot of pictures of baby.  He’s cute.

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See, even the back of his head is cute.  Even in the grocery store.  And those neck rolls are cute, too.  That might be the mom in me thinking that neck fat is cute, however.  I get it if that does nothing for you.

So neck rolls aren’t awesome?  Don’t let that stop you from trying the stir fry.  It’s pretty wonderful.  I didn’t make any real changes to the recipe.  I used dried ginger instead of fresh because we already had it in the pantry, and I used green bell peppers instead of multi-colored ones because, once again, I was trying to save a few dollars.  It was 10% less pretty with all green peppers, but still really delicious.

In the near future, you can look forward to a recipe for protein balls (which taste like chocolate chip peanut butter deliciousness and are also kind of healthy) and some salmon with a mustard cream sauce and tasty veggies a la Giada.  And if I really get on top of life, I’ll take pictures of how Tuck’s nursery turned out and pretend that we’re all fancy and decorative when we’re really just changing diapers all day.

Happy diaper day!

Rosemary Skewers (Simple Enough for New Mom Brain)

Since it has been a while between posts, I’ll announce that A) Scott had a work Christmas party today, and B) I have New Mom Brain.  Two facts, one more fun than the other (I think the new baby is more fun, but I suppose there’s a case for free party food trumping late-night crying baby).  And now let me introduce you to a recipe that connects both of those facts: The Pioneer Woman’s Rosemary Skewers.


photo by Ree Drummond

Okay, so the recipe is ALMOST New Mom Brain safe.  I made them last night for the work party today, and I may or may not have forgotten to use the artichoke hearts in the pantry.  Sigh.  That said, they did look delicious without the artichoke hearts, too.  Salami and mozzarella and olives, oh my!  I swapped regular black olives out in favor of Kalamata olives, because Kalamata olives have about ten times the flavor.  That’s the only change I made to the recipe on purpose.

I love using the rosemary from our yard, which brings me back to a favorite point of mine.  You should absolutely plant rosemary in your yard or have a pot of it in a window somewhere.  It’s so cheap to plant, and it’s almost impossible to kill.  That is an absolutely wonderful combo, and it gets you fancy food like rosemary skewers without having to buy dozens of rosemary stems with fancy food prices.

Also, may I introduce you to the source of my New Mom Brain.  I think he’s pretty cute.  He might keep me from making complicated recipes for a while, but that’s okay.

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