Don’t drop eggs on the baby

Today I made myself *real* food for lunch for the first time since I had the baby.  Since she’s teensy & needs constant attention it needed to be something I could whip up quickly. Of course, the moment I sat to eat she woke & started to cry for her fifth or sixth feeding of the day.  #Momlife, am I right? I know this newborn stage is fleeting and soon I’ll be able to have a little more time to take care of myself, but it can certainly feel a bit overwhelming in the moment.

I have been craving sweet potatoes lately, but for whatever reason my preferred grocery stores have been out for about 2 months, so when I saw them back in stock last week I made sure to grab a bunch. I love sweet potatoes seasoned with cumin+chili powder, and cinnamon+sugar is a popular choice. I love them stuffed with spinach & eggs, topped with chili, served with goat cheese & honey, in a curry… I just love sweet potatoes, they’re so versatile!

I decided to make myself some savory sweet potato medallions with garlic spinach & scrambled eggs. This is the fastest, easiest way I know of making sweet potatoes. It was certainly super quick & easy to make, and delicious, even if I did end up eating it cold.

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Sweet Potato Medallions

Preheat oven 400 degrees

Wash your sweet potato (peeling is optional) & trim the ends

Slice into 1/4″ thick rounds

Toss with 1 Tbsp oil (coconut, olive, or avocado)

Season to taste

Bake 20 minutes (no need to flip!) or until tender

Enjoy!


 

What’s your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes?

Dookie Cookies

Sooo, turns out I was even further along than the Dr first thought AND I went into preterm labor. Long story short, our baby girl arrived 72 days after we found out we were pregnant, at 36.5 wks gestation, after 4.5 hours of labor and without any medication. So far baby is doing spectacularly! Mom, on the other hand, isn’t bouncing back so well…

I have two words for you- postpartum constipation. Loads of us ladies suffer, and I do mean suffer, from a sluggish digestive tract after having a baby. General soreness, episiotomies, a decrease in physical activity, and hemorrhoids can all contribute to postpartum constipation.  Y’all- it took a WEEK after baby was born to have a bm, and then I didn’t go to the bathroom a week after that! No amount of Miralax, stool softeners, water, or fiber-rich foods helped in the least. I was desperate for a breastfeeding-safe, gentle method of relief. What DID work was warm prune juice, but that is absolutely disgusting, like drinking raisin spit. In desperation I turned to the internet. Ecosia, the search engine I use, didn’t turn up much, but it did bring up a recipe in a 7 yr old comment from Ellie on Yahoo answers, on which I have based my recipe.

Prune Oatmeal cookies, aka The Dookie Cookie, don’t sound very tasty but they surprisingly are! If you like oatmeal  raisin you’ll like these- I think these are even better than oatmeal raisin cookies, honestly. They’re yummy, come together very quickly, & freeze great. You can make them in bar or cookie form, though in cookie form they spread out very thin- watch them closely in the oven!  In bar form they raised MUCH better and were softer. Personally, I LOVE crunchy cookies, so I preferred them in that form. The recipe is easily halved or doubled.

  • 1 C Butter, softened (I sub 1/2 C of the butter with coconut oil)
  • 1 C Packed Brown Sugar (I cut back to 3/4 c because they are very sweet)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Prune Juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 C Chopped Prunes or Raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter & sugar until fluffy
  3. Beat in eggs, prune juice, and vanilla
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & cinnamon
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients
  6. Stir in oats and fruit
  7. Drop by heaping teaspoons about 2.5″ apart on greased baking sheet, or press dough evenly into greased 13×9″ pan.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes for cookies, 18-23 minutes for bars.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, then cut into bars.

Enjoy a few yummy treats and in a couple of hours you should experience the benefits of The Dookie Cookie. I haven’t experienced any nausea, bloating, or cramping using prunes as a remedy, just gentle relief.

 

Mamas, what is your Go-To for constipation relief?