Saturday, October 27, 2012

I'm BACK...Sort of :)

Well, its been about 11 months since I have shared my cooking with you all, and what a crazy 11 months it has been!!  I endured an extremely dificult and painful pregnancy and was rewarded with the most beautiful little bundle, Liam Matthew! 
4 days old :)

Being a mommy to 4 little boys and being the wife to a very busy chef has been so joyous and so CRAZY HARD!!  I am loving it and exhausted, basically all the time!  The hubs has become quite the celebrity making 5 tv apperances in the last 11 months, his restaurant was named one of the top 10 in Orange County and he has been BUSY!!  Cooking with a new little one has certainly added some challenges, but my goal remains the same: healthy, flavorful meals that I can find time to make and that my whole family will enjoy!

Well, since I'm here I might as well share what we had for dinner last night :). Super easy, super yummy and healthy too! 

Southwestern Chopped Salad

1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped 
2 tomatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 ears of corn, corn removed
1 bunch cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed thoroughly
1 avocado, diced
Handful crushed tortilla chips

For the dressing:
1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 tablespoon ranch packet
2 tablespoons milk

Put all ingredients for salad in a large bowl.  In separate bowl whisk together ingredients for dressing.  Add dressing to the salad and toss.  
Stay tuned....tomorrow will be a blog all about making baby food!!   

1 comment:

  1. Melissa, what a nice blog. I am touched by the simplicity and sincerity with which you write. Your dedication to your children is remarkable.

    I'm glad you were rewarded with a beautiful baby boy. We were pregnant at the same time and I had a very difficult pregnancy, too. It was very complicated and I hemorrhaged during the last part of the pregnancy due to the stress of my pending divorce. But I held firm! I needed to be strong for both of us (my baby and me)and I was.

    Divorce is very stressful, especially when pregnant. I asked my husband's attorney for more time to produce documents lest I miscarry and she laughed in my face. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach.

    Later, the attorney tried to take my children's college fund, but the judge wouldn't let her. It was all very sad, but it was just business as usual for the attorney. However, I was determined to have a healthy, full-term baby, and I did! These people underestimate the power of a mother's love. :)