The ultimate comfort food on a chilly PNW winter night — Chicken Cacciatore! My mom used to make this all of the time when I was kid, so the aroma of it cooking in my slow cooker always brings me right back to my childhood! As always, Skinnytaste nailed it with this recipe.
If you can, use bone-in OR boneless chicken thighs. The thigh meat adds an amazing, deep flavor to this dish. Also, if you have 20 extra minutes, sear the chicken to get a nice crust on the outside, plus sauté the veggies before putting all inside your slow cooker. It just elevates the flavor that much more! In addition to the oregano, I added 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Lastly, don’t forget to remove the bay leaf!! I’ve forgotten this step more times than I’d like to admit;). I served this heavenly concoction over quinoa and brown rice medley and sprinkled with pecorino Romano cheese. TO DIE FOR!
STAY TUNED: I’ve drank the koolaid and purchased an Instapot! Woot woot! You know what’s coming, Ladies! Xoxo
This month we are featuring our first mama-to-be! Meet Lindsay, who currently participates in Fit4Baby. Her first little one will be here any day! She's done an amazing job of taking care of herself and her "in-the-belly" baby. We can't wait to have her join us with her "outside" baby soon!
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Bremerton, and have lived in western Washington my whole life.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I joined in October 2017.
What classes do you attend?
I take Fit4Baby, and absolutely love it!
Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?
My "little scoop" is my workout buddy and she is due on February 24th! Don't worry, she'll get a real name FIT4MOM classes once I'm cleared to exercise after giving birth.
What is your favorite beverage?
Timber City ginger beer!
What is your favorite dessert?
Molly Moons ice cream! I love trying the seasonal flavors, especially when they...more
Jessica Falkner-Horine, FIT4MOM Instructor and Crafty Mama
3D Valentine’s Day Tree
Enjoy this quick and easy themed craft, sure to bring smiles to the lucky Valentine recipient!
Hola mamas! In the Baer Den, we are big fans of “Taco Tuesday!” Every Tuesday I create some type of Mexican fiesta for our taste buds. The recipe I’m sharing today is my tried and true basic taco filling made with ground turkey. I’ve been tinkering with this recipe for years—tweaking, adding, playing with different spices, and I think I’ve finally found the perfect combo! Now, don’t panic if you don’t have or use some of the items in this recipe. It can definitely be tailored for your family’s tastebuds!
This turkey filling is so versatile—-tacos, quesadillas, Mexican pizza, etc. I made turkey and refried bean burritos on Monday, then used the leftover beans and meat to make taco salads and burrito bowls the rest of the week for my lunches. I added a picture of my taco salad (baby spinach, tomatoes, salsa, plain Greek yogurt, sprinkle of shredded cheddar and a multigrain chip for garnish).
So I’m cheating on my crockpot this week and sharing one of our healthy family favorite comfort foods — turkey meatloaf! I’ve tried a ton of turkey meatloaf recipes over the years, seriously maybe 10+, and this is the best one I’ve tried, by far. It has a zing from the ketchup and Worcestershire, is moist and comforting, but healthy! My almost 4 year old will even eat this (after protesting that he doesn’t like it, of course). ;)
A few tips: make sure to get the 1 and 1/4 pound ground turkey. I buy a 4-pack at Costco because turkey is my go-to for cooking! Also, you may be tempted to skip sautéing the onion and garlic in butter. Please trust me, it makes a huge difference in the taste. Although the recipe doesn’t call for it, I spray my pan with non-stick spray. Lastly, this is REALLY easy to double and freeze one loaf. Wrap the dish in plastic and foil, label and freeze. I usually partially defrost mine prior to baking and add some cooking time. Always bake this pan of deliciousness uncovered.
Shannon Blake, FIT4MOM Instructor and Craft Expert
Do your kids love playing in the snow? Make it yourself in the warmth of your home and the kids can get hours of playtime with it. And as an added bonus it will make your house and their hands smell amazing! If placed in a sealed or air tight container the “snow” will last for several days.
3 cups of Baking Soda
1/2 cup hair conditioner (white or clear colored preferred to keep the snow look)
Place 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of hair conditioner in a large plastic bowl or tub. Mix together and PLAY!more
Teresa Brennan, RDN, CD, CNSC
What if you have a picky eater?
Toddlers seem to be innately selective when it comes to food and what they will and will not eat. It can be very frustrating and occasionally worrisome for parents.
It sounds easy enough, but we as mothers and fathers know all too well that our little mini me’s are stubborn and have their own will. It can take 20 or more introductions to a new food before your child will even taste it. If your child will only accept ~30 different foods you would have what is considered a picky eater. If he or she is accepting less than 20 foods it is worrisome and should be addressed with a dietitian or feeding therapist.
Picky eating is, in most cases, a normal part of development. Although it can be stressful as a parent, we as humans are biologically programmed to be cautious of new foods until they are proven to be safe. This is especially true of bitter foods- since poison is typically bitter. It can be common for vegetables to have a bitter flavor, which in turn makes it more challenging to get our little ones to try new healthy options. So,...more
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I have a love affair with my crockpot. I love her. She’s efficient, beautiful and makes life superb (much like us hot mamas).
The beauty of slow cooking is whatever you put in there is going to be delicious; it doesn’t matter if you are a novice in the kitchen or a domestic goddess. I use it 2-3 times per week, put together the ingredients in the morning (or night before), turn it on low in the AM and dinner is ready—easy peasy!
The other reason I adore my girl is I often double recipes, and freeze leftovers for later. I label the frozen meal with blue painters tape with meal name and date. Life saver!!!!!
This recipe from Skinnytaste is a keeper. It’s one of our absolute favorites, easy, quick, hearty, and freezes like a dream!!!!!
I make the taco seasoning myself in order to control the sodium, but use the premade packet if that works for you....more
Happy New Year to all of you beautiful mamas! I am so excited to share my love of cooking with you each week, where I will prepare easy, healthy meals, many of them kiddo friendly! My son even helped prepare this with me.
Here’s a gem I’ve been making for many years; it’s so well loved I have it written down on a hot pink post-it note. It’s easy, filling and makes your house smell like the most amazing apple pie is baking.
First, spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray. Trust me, you’ll thank me later! Next, put all ingredients in your slow cooker and cover. I like to use Granny Smith apples, but any apple will work. Also, make sure to use steel cut oats; regular oats will turn into a bowl of mush. You can adjust the amount of water based on how you like your oatmeal. I love mine a little more creamy, so 5 cups of water works for me. If you like a thicker consistency, cut the water by 1/2 cup. Cook on low for approximately 5 hours. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when it’s soft, but not mushy. Stir halfway through cooking to incorporate the...more
Our last (but most certainly not least!) mom of the month for 2017 is Laine! Not only is she a mom and Stroller Strides client, she's now a Body Back instructor! Be sure to check out a class from this inspiring mama soon!
Where are you originally from?
My dad was in the Navy so I’ve been lots of places but he retired in Silverdale when I was 11.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I joined Stroller Strides in early 2016 before my daughter turned one.
What classes do you attend?
I started out with Stroller Strides and now am into Body Back and Boost, which I love.
Who is your workout buddy and their age?
Joey (Josephine) 27 months old and Teddy (Theodore) 8 months old. And my original workout buddy is Johnny, 35 years old.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
I love that I have an outlet to do something for myself and my kids get to see how important it is to workout....more
Erin Houg, FIT4MOM Eastside Owner
The side effects of Motherhood...
The list of motherhood side effects is long, and I won't bore you with all the amazingly awesome and sometimes not so fun details... but one thing I get asked about often is BRAS! After having kids, how do I work out with these new boobs that the motherhood gods have given me?
Now I get it. "Given me" sounds like you got a present. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't really describe mine as a "present" but #themotherhoodisreal and that includes my postpartum boobs! Ha!
Here are some favorite sports bras that I have used over the years while I was pregnant, nursing and postpartum! No bra is perfect for everyone but hopefully this list gives you a good starting point!
Here are three sports bras that I have tried and loved, even if it was just for a a short stage of motherhood.
(PS - this post isn't sponsored, I really do love these bras!)
Jessica Falkner-Horine, FIT4MOM Instructor and Crafty Person
This cute weath painting is easy to execute with materials you probably have on hand, and has so many great uses for the holiday season - home decor, gifts, wrapping paper, personalized cards...the list goes on!
Arrange cotton swabs around cardboard tube. Try to evenly distribute around tube.
Secure with rubber bands.
Fold leftover cardboard tube in half and place in middle of other tube for reinforcement.
Dab cotton swab wreath into paint of choice.
(I used acrylic on a paper plate for easy clean up!)
Stamp on paper. Repeat.
Add red marker berries or anything else you like!
This would be great on brown craft paper- hello designer wrapping paper!!!more