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Make-ahead Breakfast: (Almost) Instant Steel Cut Oats

Almost Instant Steel Cut Oats | (Cooking for) Kiwi & BeanMarch 24. That would be the last time I posted anything on this blog. Oy. I blame it on the three month old that is shifting around on my hip as I type this. At some point—apparently shortly after March 24—he (a) woke up from his newborn coma, and (b) gained a few pounds. Which if you are at all familiar with baby physiology means that it was all hands (or dare I say boobs) on deck for this mama.

When I did this baby thing the first time around, rough nights could be chased with sleep-ins and leisurely mornings. Not so with a toddler in the picture. The Bean—bless her—greets each day with a rousing chorus of “Mama I’m huuuuuuuuungry!”, which does not let up until I have carried her downstairs (yes, she INSISTS I carry her down), and slid a bowl of something breakfast-y onto her Thomas the Tank Engine placemat.

So you can imagine why I might seek out a way to concoct make-ahead oatmeal. As I’ve said before, there is really nothing finer than a breakfast that cooks while you sleep and greets you—ready-to-eat—when you wake. Continue Reading →

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Springtime Granola

Healthy Breakfast Granola | www.kiwiandbean.com

The Bean and I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of (very cold) months talking about the arrival of spring. When she has trouble sleeping at night, I implore her to close her eyes and think about all the fun things we will do when spring comes: play in the park, pick flowers, hunt for easter eggs, etcetera. Just like in the storybooks:

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Weekday Weenie Bake

Weekday Weenie Bake | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean | www.kiwiandbean.com

As weeknight family dinners go, this Weekday Weenie Bake ticks all the boxes: delicious, healthy, one-pot, make-ahead, kid-proof (with a side of ketchup, perhaps), and wallet-friendly. Are you reading this Kiwi? I said WALLET FRIENDLY. Cheap and cheerful. Economical.

Kiwi and I have a long-standing debate about our monthly grocery spend. For the sake of marital endurance, I will not hang out this piece of dirty laundry. Suffice it to say that I like to spend (on leeks, not on Louboutins, in my defense!), and he likes to save, or at the very least spend more modestly.

Weekday Weenie Bake | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean | www.kiwiandbean.com

So this recipe is dedicated to Kiwi. And to everyone out there looking to trim their grocery bill. Continue Reading →

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New Year’s Resolution Brownies, from Cooking with Coconut Oil

Dark Chocolate Brownies, free of grains, refined sugar and dairy | www.kiwiandbean.com

Happy New Year everyone! I took a longer-than-I-should-have Christmas break from blogging to entertain house guests, hang out with friends, organize my house and sleep (while I still can!). Oh, and to clean up after a little ice storm that brought down trees, power lines and Christmas spirits. Aye.

But I’m back just in the nick of time to talk resolutions. Have you got any food-related ones? I’ve got my mind on two: (1) scour the bazillions of cookbooks sitting on my shelves and make at least one new recipe each week (stay tuned), and (2) experiment with alternatives to wheat, refined sugar and dairy. Continue Reading →

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