Gobble Gobble

Now that school has started and after-school activities and homework have begun, families are scrambling to make dinner at night. I know I am! There are a variety of meal delivery services out there so how do you know which one to choose?

img_1194I recently tried Gobble, a meal delivery service that requires about 10-15 minutes of prep work, unlike some of the other services that only require you to heat and serve.

I received three freshly hand-crafted dinner kits (each serves two adults) –which included ingredients that are already prepped and chopped so it didn’t take long to prepare the meal. Some dinners required one pan, others more.

The important part? The food was DELICIOUS! Way better than another service I tried where all I needed to do was pop a tray in the microwave. Yes, this takes a bit more prep time but it was worth it.

Did my kids eat it? Ok I confess, I have picky eaters so they did not eat most of the Gobble food. I did have to prepare a separate meal for them, which almost defeats the purpose of a meal delivery service. But hey, at least I enjoyed a tasty dinner. And you get a LOT of food, which is good because I can eat!

Here’s the good news, Gobble is offering Mommytrain followers an exclusive discount, $50 off your first box when you sign up using this link:

https://gobble.com/moms?utm_source=mommytrain.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=50offmoms

(discount should automatically apply at checkout, new customers only)

Enjoy!Gobble

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Powerful and Instant Heroes!

 

ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKERS 

We are very excited to share with you all the new electric pressure cookers that have changed our lives! Now, delicious food can also be prepared and cooked FAST!

Power Pressure Cooker and Instant Pot make busy mommies’ life much easier. Watch the video and leave your comments!

xo,

Ana & Dani

 

 

                                                                                 

To View Recipe for Cod Stew, click here

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Instacart- A busy Mom’s dream come true.

Valentines dayHoly schmoly.  All my hopes and dreams have come true.  No, my husband isn’t picking his clothes off the floor.     That’s more of a fantasy!   Instacart has nailed it.   Grocery shopping in peace is finally here.

I admit when Sophie was about 15 months old hitting Whole Foods was the highlight of my day.  It was our daily outing.  It was my day off from the park.  It was fun, adventurous, we always saw other mommy friends there.  It was social hour at the sample table.  In reality, all I wanted was to get what was needed to feed my family and jet on out of there as quickly as I could.  Fast forward a few years and I despise going to the market.  My daughter screams bloody murder, knocks everything in sight off the shelf, and eats half the groceries before we even pay for them.  Enter Instacart.

 

Forget costco.com and google shopping express(which I have been addicted to since it’s invention).  Instacart, my new go to savior has it all.  It’s a delivery service that actually DELIVERS.  Unlike the others, they will deliver the produce, the alcohol, and even the FLOWERS.  On Valentine’s day, I decided to give Instacart one chance.  I ordered a dozen roses for delivery the morning of Valentine’s day(PRIME TIME) for $34.99.  Boom.  Delivered in 1 hour.  Sophie was ecstatic.  What 5 year old doesn’t deserve flowers(#spoiledrotten)

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I’m so sick and tired of making the same dang thing day in and day out.  Another added bonus is the endless recipes with quick easy links to shop and add to your cart.  Now this is smart.  Should I go on?

xoxo,

Ana

 

 

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Dani, the mixologist

Vanilla Martini1Happy holidays everyone!

So excited with the holidays here!  So many things happening!  Between shindigs, work parties and school recitals,  my best bud and partner, Dani has decided she wants to try to add Mix-olgist to her resume.  She has taken some of our favorite Mommytrain products and is going to attempt to make this Vanilla Martini.  As her guinea pig for all her experiments, she will be testing this out at her Ugly Sweater party.  Hoping I don’t have to take an Uber home after this one!

Keep you guys posted on how it turns out!!

Cheers!

Ana

 

Heilala Vanilla Martini adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s Vodka – Vanilla- Kiss – Me Tini from the Food Network

2 ounces vodka

3 tablespoons heavy cream

2 tablespoons vanilla syrup- we used Heilala Vanilla syrup (he makes his own)

1 tablespoon ameretto

¼ vanilla extract

Heilala Vanilla sugar for the glass

**Heilala Vanilla can be purchased from Bristol Farms and Whole Foods

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A little bit of heaven

Okay folks.  I know it’s been a while since I posted a recipe but I’m back and I’m back to share with you a little bit of heaven.  Although this holiday I won’t be the main chef in the kitchen I did offer to bring dessert and I’m here to share.

Happy Turkey Day Mamas!

xox,

Dani

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Homemade Vanilla Custard by the glass

Smooth vanilla-scented heaven in a glass

Makes: 2 ½ cups

1 Heilala Vanilla Bean, split

2 cups full cream milk

6 egg yolks

2 tablespoons super  fine sugar

1 tablespoon Heilala Vanilla sugar for sprinkling

 

 

1.  Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the milk in a heavy-based saucepan. Add the vanilla bean and heat until the milk is hot but not boiling. Leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes.

2.  In a bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar, then add the infused milk, stirring constantly.  Wipe out the saucepan and return the mixture.

3.  Cook over a low to moderate heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens enough to lightly coat the wooden spoon.

4.  Pour custard into a clean bowl, sprinkle with vanilla sugar to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool, then cover and refrigerate. Remove vanilla bean before serving.

5.  Serve vanilla custard in glasses or pour into a jug and serve with poached fruit.

*Heilala Vanilla is available at Bristol Farms in So Cal.

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A Chicken, a Squash, and the Coolest Thermometer Ever

As of today, Dani and I now in possession of a few new and very important skills. Namely…

  1. We know how to roast a whole chicken and not turn it into jerky. Whaaat? Yeah.
  2. We know how to turn a plain old butternut squash into a super decadent soup with apples and honey and cinnamon– and a dash of Tabasco!
  3. We know how to take a sick baby’s temperature without having to wrangle her to be still. Not even for a second. For reals, now.

Where did we learn these magnificent and unrelated morsels of wisdom, you ask? (Ask!)

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Well, the cooking parts we learned from this amazing chef. His name is Chef Russell Johnigan, and we were invited to a cooking class/product demo with him at the Seasons 52 restaurant in Century City. (You need to try this place. You can order anything on the menu and it will be UNDER 475 calories, no matter what you choose. So yummy!)

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First Chef Johnigan showed us amazing feats of simple kitchen badassery, and then we got to eat the fruits of our labors. And while we were hanging around stuffing our faces with the most beautiful squash soup and roast chicken you ever did see, the people from Braun thermometers showed us their new sanity-saver. This thing:

Braun no touch thermometer

It’s the new Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer. Here’s the kicker– It takes your kid’s temperature without even TOUCHING your kid. That might not seem so mind-blowing to some of you now, but if you’ve ever held down a screaming, feverish toddler who is probably in pain, and tried to get a reading off of a finicky ear or forehead swipe thermometer, you know. This is good news. Imagine it. You could check your sick baby’s temperature without waking her at all.

The other major plus is that it’s sooooo easy for mamas to read, especially when you’re up late, stressed out, and dog-tired. On this thermometer, the entire screen changes color– from green (no fever) to orange (mild fever) to red (high fever). You don’t even have to turn on the lights if your little one is sleeping. Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVILKdqXDGo

You can see how it works in person at one of the Braun Mobile Thermometer Tour stops.  For every temperature they take, they’re donating $1 to LA Children’s Hospital. We’re totally getting one for our little people.

Hit us up for roast chicken or butternut soup recipes if you’re interested! We will totally pass our newfound skills along to you.

Braun No Touch + Forehead Tour Dates

**The tour schedule is subject to change, please follow @BraunTherms for any updates.

 

Tuesday 11/11 LA Kickoff! – Location TBD
Wednesday 11/12 Seasons 52

10240 Santa Monica Blvd., LA

Thursday 11/13 Pan Pacific Recreation Center

7600 Beverly BLVD., LA

Friday 11/14 MacArthur Park Recreation Center

2230 W 6th St., LA

Saturday 11/15 Pershing Square

532 S. Olive St., LA

Sunday 11/16 Westwood Recreation Center

1350 S. Sepulveda BLVD., LA

Wednesday 11/19 Rancho Cienega Recreation

5001 Rodeo Rd., LA

Thursday 11/20 Venice Beach
Friday 11/21 Echo Park Recreation Center

1632 Bellevue Ave LA

Saturday 11/22 Westchester Recreation Center

7000 W. Manchester Ave., LA

 

xoxo,

Ana & Dani

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Two Mamas Go to Panera

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Okay, now don’t look down on us for this, but Dani and I had never been to a Panera for a real lunch. Like ever. No, we don’t live in caves. We kind of saw it as just a bakery, with great coffee. Because, I mean, look at the name: Panera Bread Company. It kind of screams “Bread! Just bread! Bread forever!” Or something like that.

Anyway, we got a pleasant little kick in the pants in the form of a Mother’s Day gift card from the sweet folks at Panera, so we showed up all innocent and ready for lunch at the Santa Monica location. And guess what? They’ve got WAY more than bread! (Those of you who spend 70% of your disposable income on your Panera addiction already knew this, but bear with us.)

They’ve got this ingenious ordering layout, where you get to pick two items and smack them together to make a complete meal. They’re all super yummy, handcrafted dishes that make you feel like you’re actually consuming a healthy, balanced meal, instead of, say, the last pickings of your child’s cold chicken nuggets and fries. They even have a kids’ menu, with real food that you would be proud to serve your kid in front of your mother-in-law!

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Sophie had butter ribbon pasta, with an apple (a real apple!), and I had cheddar broccoli soup with a Thai salad (so good), and Dani got cheddar broccoli soup with a chicken salad sandwich, on their ridiculously soft bread. Plus, we took home a loaf of four cheese bread and a loaf of sourdough to share with the boys. They even sliced it for us!

So yeah, ladies. Don’t forget you’ve got better options than the big ‘M’ out there on soccer/ballet/grocery day. Panera has a drive thru with your name on it, and a whole lot of healthy goodness inside.

xox,

Ana & Dani

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Easy and Healthy and Edible, Too? Yes.

Eating healthy isn’t always a picnic. Especially when kids are involved. At the end of long day running errands, taking care of work demands, taxiing kids to their classes, and maybe getting in some exercise, it’s easy to just drive thru the nearest McJunkFood restaurant and grab a bag of calories your children will eat without a fuss. Because it’s not just that you’re too tired to spend thirty minutes chopping, steaming, and tossing together a healthy, all-natural meal, it’s also that you’re too tired to work that hard for a healthy, all-natural meal that your child will stare at and complain about until it’s so cold and limp that you wouldn’t touch it either.

Kidfresh_logotype_highresThat’s why we got kind of excited about these Kidfresh meals. They’re easy frozen dinners made from organic vegetables and humanely raised, hormone-free, antibiotic free chicken. Daniela tried the Super Duper Chicken Nuggets, the Wagon Wheels Mac and Cheese, and the Rainbow Rice and Chicken. And Sofia ATE IT. All of it. And loved it, too!

No drive-thru, no chopping, no frying, no fussing. And the best part is that they hide pureed organic veggies in the stuff your kids actually want to eat, like mac and cheese! They don’t even know the good stuff is in there! Genius, Kidfresh.

You guys will get a chance to try these for yourselves soon. Kidfresh agreed to let us raffle off coupons at our upcoming events, and we are super stoked for you all to taste these for yourselves. Daniela’s husband picked one up by mistake, and wanted more! Take one for a test drive if you get a chance. It’s way better than fast food, and just as easy. Check out the menu at http://www.kidfresh.com/our-products/

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Organic Baby Food Pouches: Laziness or GENIUS?

HappyFamilyBrands HalloweenRemember back in the day, when you used to chain yourself to a high chair five times a day to spoon feed mashed green peas into your baby’s waiting mouth? Yeah, we don’t either. But it happened. People did that! All the time!

Maybe we’ve gotten spoiled with the ability to pack a few pouches into our diaper bags and head out into the wide world together. Whenever the littles get hungry, we just pop open a pouch, and we’re good to go. No muss, no fuss, no coconuts.

Sometimes I feel a little conflicted about it. I mean, my mother never got to do this. She had to do everything the hard way. Glass jars, people. Not even organic. But now I have world class nutrition, certified GMO and pesticide free, in my bag. (I usually get the ones from HappyFamily. It’s good stuff.) And I don’t have to sit in front of a crusty high chair to give it to my kiddos, because, dang it, this is the 21st century, and we ain’t got time for that.

 

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Milestones: It Happened One Playdate

milestones it happened one playdate blogWe didn’t suspect a thing. For four years now we’ve been getting together, the four of us mommies and our brood. We mamas would sit and have coffee, and cry over our breastfeeding woes, and lament the extortion of organic baby food, and coo over those irresistible designer baby sandals that get lost on the very first outing. Every once in a while somebody would have to stop and nurse a wailing daughter, or redistribute the wooden blocks to the squabbling toddlers, or quiet a hungry girl with a GoGo squeeZ snack. It took a bit of the wind out of our sails, to break the flow of conversation (precious minutes of grown-up interaction slipping by!) for the constant interruption of soothing and entertaining the crowd of babies. But we made it work. It was the best part of our week, quite often.

And then… This playdate happened. It started like any other playdate, but before we knew what hit us, the unthinkable had transpired just ten feet from the table where we sat sipping our lattes…
Our babies grew up. I mean, yes, they were still only three or four years old. But one minute they were side by side on the slobbery, toy-strewn rug, living their separate toddler existences. The next, they had set the push mowers aside and started to actually play. Together. Like big kids. With role play and dress-up and perfect mimicry of our mannerisms and grownup mommy chatting idiosyncrasies.
They put on a show for us. For which they told us to silence our cell phones. (What? No mommy guilt here.) They took care of their younger siblings, even sat them down at the table for a few rounds of GoGo squeeZ applesauce. And, I mean, we could have taken advantage and gone on with mommy group time. Heck, we could have had a full-blown adult conversation on the economy for the very first time with next to NO interruptions, but we didn’t. It was too enthralling to watch our babies turning into little girls. Into friends, like us.

xoxo

Ana & Daniela

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