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What I Cooked in a Week, Balancing Free Time, & Family

What I Cooked in a Week (the best dishes)

Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies (and more...)

What I Cooked in a Week (the best dishes)

Fall holidays are just around the corner and as a mother to a young child, I am so excited to cook with apples, pumpkins, etc. With another heat wave hitting LA, it’s a little too early to break out the hot apple cider. I, however, can plan for what we’ll be eating in a few weeks. It took some trial and error to find the right food planning app, (I use “Paprika”) and it’s helped me carve out some free time to relax and breathe. Long are the days when my husband and I would frolic around doing nothing while we were dating (young, freelance musicians), but hopefully, with a little planning, you can push forth your inner slacker and practice your creativity. #freetheslacker. Enjoy!

For the moms out there, the apparent sweet spot for “free time” is about 2 hours a week that includes activities, that have no bearing with your responsibilities. (What? I’m unfamiliar with that concept). Having an excess or having too little free time, apparently, is detrimental. It’s like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

How Much Free Time for Moms To Be Happy

And to make you laugh, I don’t think most parents need an article to tell us that we have less than an hour a day to ourselves… but here it is. The best part of knowing you have limited resources is knowing you can become super efficient with your time! I didn’t know truly what I was capable of until motherhood. I get more done now in 30 minutes than I did pre-family. Here’s to unleashing your superpowers.

Parents Get Less Than an Hour a Day of "Me Time"

I would’t have been able to do this without the food planning app. (You’re welcome!) Here’s to figure out your groove and improvising the crap out of it. Thanks for reading! Have a great week! Xo, Melissa

What I Cooked in a Week (the best dishes)

Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband and daughter needed a motivation for the week.

Chickpea, Kale, Chicken Au Jus Soup

We roasted an organic chicken and I couldn’t throw out the au jus.

Mozzarella & Sundried Tomato Cornbread with Basil Butter, Fleur de Sel

I get bored easily so I needed a snazzy cornbread to eat with the soup. I improvised alot on this. Here's the basic recipe.

Mushroom & Kale Frittata

I can’t bear to throw out the odds and ends of artisanal cheese, bread, and organic veggies.

Slow Cooker Pork Puttanesca Ragù & Polenta

Our weekend dish.

Rosewater & Berry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

My morning breakfast snack. I believe we all need a little, everyday elegance in our lives!

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

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