Peanut had her 4-month checkup yesterday afternoon. I can’t believe how much she’s gown! She was 13lbs. 9oz. and 25″ long. (At birth, she was 7lbs. 3oz. and 20″ long.) The doctor gave her an A+ for health and development which made her mama feel very good. 🙂 Mama did NOT feel very good, however, when the nurse made me hold Peanut’s arms down while they gave her two shots. Worst. Feeling. EVER!
Probably the most exciting part of the appointment was getting the go-ahead to start solid foods, starting with rice cereal. I don’t usually post pictures of Peanut due to privacy concerns, but these are food related…and pretty stinkin’ cute. 😉
Here’s the goods:
I tried a bit to make sure the temperature was right. It tasted gross. Actually, it was the absence of taste that made it gross.
Ready to eat in her brand new high chair:
Funny cereal faces:
She definitely wore more than she ate, but it was fun to see her experience something so new. The doctor said babies are born with the reflex to suck, but eating is something they have to learn. Isn’t it funny to think about the fact that at some point, we didn’t know *how* to eat?
My husband and I also had rice, but in a different form. Ours was topped with sweet & sour chicken that I found in The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. My husband usually won’t touch anything that even resembles Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc. foods, but he saw the picture of this one and asked me to add it to list of things to try. I was nervous about him not liking it, but he LOVED it and said we need to have it again. Soon. That’s a-okay with me because it was very difficult and didn’t require a lot of ingredients.
It’s not quite as colorful as the original recipe because I used an orange pepper instead of green because that’s what we had in the fridge and it needed to be used up. Here’s my version:
Makes 4 servings.
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
3 tsp. dark sesame oil, divided
1lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 bell pepper (any color) seeded and sliced into strips
1/2 a medium onion, cut into strips
1/3 cup sweet & sour sauce (any variety)
1. Combine the cornstarch, garlic powder, salt & pepper together in a small bowl. Drop the chicken pieces into a large resealable bag, add the cornstarch mixture and shake until the chicken is evenly coated. Set aside.
2. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Once up to temp, add 1 tsp. of the sesame oil.
3. Cook the garlic, peppers, and onion until tender. Move from the wok or skillet to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
4. Add the other teaspoons of oil to the wok or skillet. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink. (If using a skillet, make sure it’s in a single layer. In a wok you can’t so much do this.)
5. Add the veggies back to the skillet and cook until everything is heated through.
6. Put the mixture back in the large bowl and add the sweet & sour sauce. Toss gently to coat.
As for today, we’ve gotten another 6 or 7 inches of snow so far and it’s still falling. I’d planned on heading to the gym early in hopes of beating it, but it started around 4AM and the roads were already pretty slick by the time I got up. I resorted to Plan B and checked FitTV after breakfast. There were two back-to-back Gilad shows getting ready to start so I hurried to change and got with it. This guy may be old school, but he knows his stuff. The moves are basic, but you definitely feel the burn. He has a lot of new material but they’re still showing some of his stuff from the ’80s. Yep. Leotards, leg warmers, unitards and hightop sneakers…all filmed on the beaches of Hawaii. I think it says a lot that his workouts have stood the test of time.
Workout time: 53:15
Calories burned: 330
What’s your favorite current fitness trend? Which ones do you think (or hope) will fizzle out?