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This Week’s Easy Eats

Hi guys! Happy Friday. It has been a bit of a blech week over here as I’m STILL fighting off this stupid cold! Apparently when you have a baby and you get sick, you never get enough sleep to get better… ugh. At least soup always helps, right? Matt decided some delivery pho was in order on Wednesday night – it hit the spot and helped soothe my really painful throat!

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I had to cancel my workout dates planned for this week, so I don’t have much to report on the fitness front, although I did rally to take a couple walks with Riese on Wednesday even though I felt like garbage because the weather was amazing. Fresh air always helps, right?! The beautiful spring flowers didn’t hurt either! I’m planning to get in a stroll with the babe and dog this afternoon, too, once I wrap up some work stuff.

spring walk with the baby 2

Food highlights this week included some delicious leftovers for lunch one day – this was leftover roasted sweet potatoes, leftover string beans (the fresh microwave in the bag kind – love those), and leftover Smoked Salmon and Vegetable Egg Casserole. Yummy combo!

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Oatmeal has also been a win with my sore throat – this was my usual microwave banana oatmeal with cottage cheese, ground flaxseed, walnuts, and raspberries. Yum!

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I whipped up an easy omelette (with cheese and spinach) the other day for lunch – plus some unpictured almond butter raisin toast.

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And speaking of toast, I rediscovered an old favorite again this week – cinnamon raisin toast topped with almond butter and some plain Greek yogurt and berries! I love this when I’m craving the crunch and chew of toast, but want something with more protein and staying power (the yogurt amps things up). Try it!

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Last night, we were reminded how awesome sheet pan recipes are – and also how delicious it is to make rice with coconut milk instead of water. Mmmm… this was such a good meal! It was a Blue Apron dinner, but we are definitely going to make it again… the chicken was super juicy. To make the chicken, mix 1 tablespoon yellow curry paste, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk (you then use the rest of the coconut milk can to cook the rice), then mix it together and coat the chicken in it before baking at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes. Easy! Have whatever veggies you want on the side – just drizzle with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and bake them at the same time.

easy sheet pan chicken with coconut milk curry

If you love sheet pan recipes, try my Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies or Sheet Pan Asian Salmon!

I’ll end this post with two random breastfeeding things. First, THIS, which happened last night. Ahhhhhhhh. I was so sad. Why do they make the pumping milk containers so freaking unsturdy?!

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And second, speaking of pumping – for those of you who have the Spectra pump, have you had issues with the parts not staying together very well? This wasn’t an issue until the past week or so, but now this piece keeps separating while I’m pumping unless I manually hold it together, which is super annoying. Any thoughts/tips?

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And that’s all I have for you today! Have a nice weekend, guys! I will leave you with two links from around the web:

  • For my runner readers who were also obsessively following the Boston Marathon action on Monday, check out this really cool podcast interview fellow blogger Ali did with this year’s 2nd place female, Sarah Sellers. It’s fascinating to hear more about her win straight from the source, because she’s not an elite athlete – just a “regular” (very fast, but regular), non-sponsored runner with a full time job who trains at 4 a.m. before work. I love when she talks about how surreal it was passing Shalane Flanagan near the end of the race – I mean, can you imagine?! Crazy!
  • 5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Bloggers – clearly I have an ulterior motive for sharing this, but I thought it was helpful and maybe not totally obvious to those of you who aren’t bloggers yourselves!

Comments

  1. 1

    I have a spectra too – and a 3 week old so I’m not nearly as practiced as you. Have you replaced the white plastic piece? It might be worth trying. They’re cheap on amazon.

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    Second that! Spectra sells replacement parts. 👌🏻❤️

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    Definitely going to try that chicken dish with the coconut milk! And just had to comment about how I think of you multiple times a week when I have your recipe of the cin raisin toast with almond butter, cottage cheese, and blueberries combo that you posted on your blog a few years ago! Your picture and twist on it above made me smile!

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    Whenever I feel like I might be getting sick I run a hot bath and add a few handfuls of Epsom salts and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Wrap up after the bath and you will literally sweat out the germs. It works really well!

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    How did you cook the rice and coconut milk exactly? And did you use full fat or low fat coconut milk? Are those chicken breasts or thighs? Sorry for all the questions! thanks :)

    • 7

      They are chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)! And you can use either full or low fat coconut milk, but I always recommend going full fat because it tastes best and doesn’t have any additives/fillers to make up for the removed fat. :) As far as the cooking instructions, here you go: in a small saucepan, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and the remaining coconut milk (the can minus the two tablespoons for the chicken – if you aren’t cooking the chicken you could always just use the whole can though); heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, about 20 minutes, or until most of the coconut milk has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Enjoy!

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    Definitely replace the Spectra pieces. I had the same pump and since I was exclusively pumping (my baby never latched), I had to replace the parts often. The parts I bought on Amazon worked SO MUCH better than the parts that came with the Spectra. Here’s the link to the ones I bought: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019JHTUSM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Hope you are feeling 100% soon. Being sick with a baby is the worst!

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    Roadrunner says

    Thanks for the update — and get well soon! Hope you can enjoy the arrival of spring.

  8. 10

    Hey! I have the Spectra two and you have to replace the parts now and then. I found some replacement parts on Amazon. Hope that helps!

  9. 11

    Ugh nothing worse than spilling pumped milk! My heart feels for you. Definitely replace your parts! They can wear out over time

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    I have the spectra and while I’ve never had that problem I’ve heard of others having your same issue. Make sure the white plastic piece is wrapped around the smaller of the two clear plastic pieces first. If the white pieces have been attached incorrectly for a while and have stretched too much you’ll probably have to order new ones (available on amazon). Hard to explain but hopefully that helps!

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      This ended up being the issue – I wasn’t wrapping the white piece around the clear plastic part… duh! Thank you so much!! It’s staying just fine now, yay!

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    Hi Anne, I have the Spectra. I’ve been pumping for almost a year now. My parts have never separated like you described, but I get new parts every three months – my insurance plan covers it. I do notice a difference when I get the new parts – better suction, more protection, and the white silicone pieces are definitely sturdier when the parts are newer. I hope that helps.

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    I meant more milk production in my previous comment (not protection!!)

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    I’m so sorry you haven’t felt well, but I hope you kick this cold soon! That sheet pan meal with coconut rice sounds amazing! I enjoyed reading that post on supporting bloggers. I have my blog for fun, but I love connecting & knowing when my readers have tried something – one of my creations or recipes. I love & appreciate your blog!

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    Hope you feel better soon, Anne!!

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    Elizabeth says

    I love the spectra pump, but the parts always came apart for me too. The second time around I jimmed the ameda parts I got at the hospital into the spectra pump. The tubes connect into where the spectra tubes go, but hold much better and the diaphragms are a better design. Worked much better all around. Here’s what the ameda kit looks like.

    Ameda Breast Feeding Pump HygeiniKit, Clear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00427NWB6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_.o-2AbBPQHP31

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