Low carb croque Monsieur w/Parisienne salad

Pan-sear some deli ham or turkey. Top it with plenty of Swiss cheese and let it spill over on to the pan so some of it gets crispy. Serve alongside shredded romaine, dressed with my low-carb “sunny mustard” vinaigrette (made with Splenda).
*Naptime prep tip: Buy whole heads of lettuce, they’re cheaper than salad bags. Shred one head and bag it during naptime at the beginning of the week, then you can add it as needed to meals throughout the week.

This quick low-carb lunch totally reminded me of Paris!

Cranberry Bog Turkey Burgers

I’m a big fan of Rachael Ray’s Book of Burger. This recipe comes from that book, plus my husband made the English muffins! I loved this burger because it wasn’t trying to make turkey taste like beef and I could smother it in the cranberry mayo.

*Naptime tip: Use your kid-free time to chop your apple and veg, split your muffins and mix up the mayo. Dinner will come together so quick!

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Cranberry Bog Turkey Burgers

(Recipe from Rachael Ray)
Total Time: 30 min     Prep:15 min     Cook:15 min     Yield:4 servings

Ingredients
Bog Burgers:
1 1/3 pounds (the average weight of one package from meat case) ground turkey breast
1 small McIntosh apple, finely chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
1 rib celery from heart of the stalk, finely chopped
1 rounded teaspoon poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil, for drizzling
4 sandwich size sourdough English muffins
1 cup prepared whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise or reduced fat mayonnaise
8 leaves Bibb lettuce, cleaned
Directions
Combine turkey, apple, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper in a bowl and form into 4 large patties. Preheat a large skillet or a grill pan to medium high heat. Drizzle skillet or brush grill with vegetable oil and cook patties 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Toast split English muffins. Mix together cranberry sauce and mayonnaise. Spread muffin halves with cran-mayonnaise and pile in burgers and Bibb lettuce.

White bread with Poolish

Hooray for a husband that loves baking bread! This recipe came from the book, Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish. I called this batch “Family bread” because we all had a part in making it!

*Naptime tip: Do your mixing and kneading while they sleep if you need something to de-stress.

I was in charge of slashing and baking.
I’m not an expert slasher. Yet.

This kind of bread loves to be toasted and buttered or dunked in soup. And we stuck one loaf in the freezer for when things get crazy again!

WHITE BREAD WITH POOLISH

(Recipe adapted from Karen’s Kitchen Stories using the Forkish method)

Ingredients

Poolish

500 g unbleached all purpose flour
500 g lukewarm (80 degrees F) water
.4 g (less than 1/8 tsp) instant yeast.

Final Dough

500 g unbleached all purpose flour
21 g salt
3 g (3/4) tsp instant yeast
250 g 105 degree F water
All of the poolish

Instructions

  1. The night before you bake the loaves, mix the poolish in a large bowl by hand or with a dough whisk. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 12 to 14 hours, until tripled in size.
  2. The next day, once the poolish is ready, add the flour, salt, and yeast and whisk together.
  3. Add the water to the poolish to loosen it from the sides of the bowl and scrape it into the flour mixture.
  4. Keeping a bowl of water nearby to wet your hands, mix the ingredients with your hands by folding and pinching alternately for about 3 minutes, until the ingredients are integrated and there is no apparent dry flour. The dough will be very shaggy.
  5. Cover the container and allow the dough to rise for about 2 to 3 hours, until it has increased in size by about 2 1/2 times, stretching and folding every 30 minutes three times during the first 90 minutes.
  6. Pour the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in half with a bench knife or dough scraper. Shape each half into boules and place them seam side down into floured baskets. Cover with oiled plastic wrap.
  7. Preheat oven with pizza stone to 500 degrees F.
  8. Allow the dough to rise for about an hour.
  9. Carefully turn baskets out onto parchment paper on top of a pizza peel. Slash loaves if desired.
  10. Immediately after putting the loaves in, turn the oven down to 475 degrees F until the crust is browned and the bread sounds hollow when you knock on the bottom. (I think mine took 20-30 minutes).
  11. Allow the baked loaves to cool (and crackle!) for at least 20 minutes on a wire rack. Enjoy!

Brown butter and sage chicken w/zucchini

I love sage! After sautéing the chicken, I added butter and dried sage (fresh is even better) to the pan and then poured the nutty butter over the chicken. Savory and delicious!

*Naptime tip: You can always chop up more zucchini than you need for one meal and keep in the fridge for a day or two. Or just cook up a double/triple batch and portion it out for later.

I only ate half of the chicken. Some sticky little fingers decided Mom’s lunch looked tasty too!