Recipe: Potato Sandwich “With a Spin”


Potato Sandwich “With a Spin”

This recipe was submitted by Lail of “With A Spin”. Check out their website! Looks fun and sounds yummy!!!

http://withaspin.com/2012/11/02/sandwich-wrap-or-an-art-piece/

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Source: http://withaspin.com/2012/11/02/sandwich-wrap-or-an-art-piece/

Ingredients:

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1-2 green chili
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup mixed vegetable (chopped carrots, peas, green beans, cauliflower) (Optional)

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  • Whole grain sandwich bread
  • Lettuce
  • Cilantro for garnish

Directions to cook the filling:

1. Boil potatoes until soft.

2. Peel the boiled potatoes and semi mash keeping few small chunks. Set aside.

3. Heat pan and add oil.

4. Add onion and garlic and sauté until slightly brown.

5. Add cumin seeds and green chili.

6. Add mixed vegetables, if using.

7. Mix smashed potatoes in the oil mixture.

8. Add turmeric and mix well.

9. Cook 3-4 minutes stirring often until everything is mixed.

Directions to assemble sandwich:

1. Take two slices of bread.

2. Toast, if desired.

3. Add filling, lettuce and enjoy.

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Notes :

i. I like this sandwich in untoasted whole grain bread. It tastes great on toasted bread too.
ii. The filling will be great with other breads, such as naan, tortilla, etc.
iii. You may add boiled and sliced eggs to the filling.

Preparation Time: 5
Cooking Time: 15

THANK YOU LAIL!!!

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Reader contribution: Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Your Kids


From time to time, readers reach out to me with topics or commentary that are important to them and that they feel our community of working mothers can benefit from. Because of this, I am encouraging our community to contribute to this blog/website — and the below is our first crack at doing just that.

Children diabetes is something that we as parents should be concerned about. And our society as well. Times have changed since we were children ourselves. I remember as a kid playing and running outside like mad… swinging on swings and running and laughing with friends. But I also remember drinking powdered drinks that were probably loaded with sugar. And lots of “prepackaged” side dish in a pouch type things that were likely loaded with salt. I am wondering that as our society has made it easier for parents to quickly feed their kids, the choices that have been available to us have not had their health on the forefront. I can’t help but wonder if the dilemma of the working mother (shortage of time) has fueled unhealthy eating with our kids – sometimes convenience just trumps healthy because you have to get your hungry/cranky kids fed! Going through that drive thru at the fast food place sure does sound appealing. The prepackaged meals (even at my favorite, Trader Joes!!) sound good, fun, and fast but they are loaded with salt….

Adding to that is the change in physical activity for kids in general. Again, I was not a kid that grew up with “play dates” or organized activities. I was a kid that just played outside. I ran. I ran until my legs were bursting. I rode my bike relentlessly. On winter/rainy days I’m sure I was running around the house driving my mom batty. “Pong” on Atari or whatever the game was just wasn’t captivating enough for hours and hours of sitting. I just remember running. But now. Video games. Computers. DVRs and recordable TV. iPads. iPhones. These kids know how to use the mouse pad before they turn 2!!! Like adults, are kids retreating more indoors because of this….

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So, when Carolyn approached me with the below article I was intrigued. She is not a working mother but the topic of children’s diabetes hits home for her. And she knows (albeit second-hand) what it is like for working parents. Sadly it is so hard to have it all… we are not Supermoms. We do not have endless resources of time available to us. So yes we need to do what we need to do. But, raising awareness of the problem may help you make different choices – and/or the below might help you with some ideas of healthy food options and also increasing the exercise levels with your kids – both critical as Carolyn describes below.   Thank you Carolyn!

1/28/13 Update — Reader comment:   “These tips will only prevent Type 2 diabetes, *not* Type 1 that typically affects children. Type 1 is an autoimmune disorder with a genetic component where the pancreas attacks its own cells and ceases producing insulin forever. This happened to me when I was 8, and I was a thin, active kid with a healthy diet before that. It’s bad enough to know that your child will be dependent on insulin for the rest of their life to stay alive; I don’t want people to think that the parents of Type 1 children could have prevented it. All we can do is a lot of work to manage it once diagnosed and pray for a cure”

 

Mamas…. what other thoughts do you have about healthy eating, exercise, or children’s diabetes in general?

“Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Your Kids

”, Carolyn Fallon

Last November was American Diabetes Month – normally this wouldn’t have had a personal impact on me. However, this year was much different because it just happened to also be the month that one of my young cousins was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I couldn’t believe that someone her age – 13 – could have Type 2 Diabetes, but after talking to the doctor and doing some research, I found out that children are actually the fastest-growing population for Type 2 Diabetes. Also, according to St. Joseph’s Cardiac Services, if left untreated, diabetes can lead to issues later in life such as heart disease, neurological problems, and even amputation.

Since the two biggest factors in Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis is obesity – and therefore, an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity – I decided to work with all of my cousins to get them on the right track for making healthy life choices. All of the changes we have made can be implemented by all families, which I have described below!

Eating healthy
One thing that all families can do together to become healthier is to make eating and being healthy a New Year’s resolution. One of the first steps we did was to incorporate a healthy diet plan into our lives. This seemed a bit overwhelming at first since my Aunt and Uncle both work outside of the home. Since we are a close-knit family, we came together to help them plan meals for my cousin – which not only benefited them in that they got extra help in planning and making healthier meals, but all of the parents (my aunts and uncles) were able to learn healthier tips as well that they could use in their own families.

If there is no junk food in the house, no one will be tempted to eat it. If the entire family follows the same diet plan, there will be no foods in the home that are unhealthy or incredibly high in calories. Sticking to a diet and healthy nutrition plan will be a lot easier for all of you so that it is not as big of an issue. I’ve noticed with the rest of my cousins that this has helped them to stay healthier and lose some weight as well.

Some easy changes we made right away:

  • cut out sugary and salty sweets for healthier, creative snacks. **note: this may seem time-consuming, but these are the types of things we like to do when we get together as a family, so it helps my Aunt by having more hands to help prepare them!
  • use whole wheat pasta, bread and crackers
  • use stringed squash over regular pasta
  • substitute mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes
  • make baked chicken strips with baked sweet potato wedges instead of fried chicken tenders and french fries

Making Meals by Busy Moms (for those who find it difficult to always make the amazing 3-course meals that all the “perfect moms” somehow manage to make every night):

  • prep ahead of time if possible – while the kids are playing on Sunday afternoon, use this time to prep food for the upcoming week
  • make extras when prepping and freeze them for later use; some great examples include: pasta and noodle dishes, meats, soups and stews, quick-cooking grains (like quinoa)
  • learn to embrace your crockpot! I swear you will never go back…

Getting healthy through exercise
Getting regular physical activity is very important. Create an exercise plan that you all can enjoy on a regular basis. Just because the word exercise is used, that doesn’t necessarily just mean going for a run or to the gym. Get creative! For example, you might want to make it a habit as a family to take walks around the block after dinner when the weather permits. You might even want to play video games that encourage physical movement so that you really have fun together (my cousins like to use Wii Fit and play Dance Revolution).

Again, my Aunt and Uncle work full-time, which can make this somewhat of a challenge each night. I am nearby so many nights I will come over and make sure to do an activity with the kids. When I was growing up, both of my parents worked full-time but they were adamant about us kids staying active and healthy. They used to let us play outside for hours before it got dark out, and we learned to like playing outside and being active instead of being inside for all hours of the night. Also, getting kids from the neighborhood together to play games outside allows the kids to get exercise without the parents having to always be with them.

Additional activities we have used include:

  • neighborhood games of soccer, kickball, tag, capture-the-flag, etc. **these are great because the kids don’t even realize they are “exercising!”
  • family nature hikes in the nearby woods
  • swimming at the indoor pool at the local college
  • family scavenger hunts and obstacle courses
  • family “Olympics “that use all kinds of activities

Exercise can help to bond your family and aid in weight loss for those who are struggling with their weight. 

Getting healthy can be very difficult, but it’s important to get healthy as a family so that it is easier for you all to do. You might even find that your family exercise nights are a lot of fun and are something that you actually look forward to. The key to establishing a diet routine and exercise program for your family is to make plans and to create a schedule that will work with everyone in the family. Even though you all live busy lives, this does not mean that you should give up on your health and avoid losing weight.

Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com/!

Happy Birthday MLK


Happy Birthday MLK

Happy birthday MLK. You are one of the true leaders of our recent history who believed and acted to support your beliefs. I look forward to teaching the kids about you.

Gig Tip: Do not reveal? Hmmmm.


I had a lunch today with a woman in my industry who is extremely well-known and successful.  She climbed through the ranks within her company and wound up running a subsidiary for many years, innovating and taking the company to new places based upon her vision.   She is now retired from that organization but still busy at work doing “her own thing”.   I had a meeting with her in our offices and it was following this meeting when we went to lunch together, just me and her.  This gave me an opportunity to move beyond the topics we were discussing and ask her thoughts and advice on what worked for her during her career, juggling the roles of a mother and extremely successful businesswoman.

As you can imagine, her situation is unique and unlike many of ours. Her first response was “live-in help who we continued to employ even after the kids went to college.” Uugghhh. That does not apply to me/you very well.

She quickly recognized this and her next piece of advice was something more relevant to me at least. However, I’m not certain if the advice has kept up with the times. Her thoughts were that you separate the kids from work. You don’t reveal too much information. Your co-workers don’t need to know the details. You don’t mention “sick kid” or “soccer practice” but you rather talk about “a needed change in plans” or “a conflict”.

Shush!

I have mixed reactions on her piece of advice of “do not reveal”.

  • I can see her point.  Some people just do not feel comfortable hearing to much information so you may have to be careful with what information you choose to share and with whom (e.g., who really wants to hear about gas movements of your baby or hear you say the same stories over and over??!??!).  Obviously, it is difficult enough to do your job, do your job exceptionally well, and do your job exceptionally well compared to your peers.   Let alone stand out even farther from the pack and exceed all expectations.   Packaging is important.   Perceptions are important.   You do not want to be perceived as not being able to achieve super-stardom because of potential dependability or predictability situations due to children (e.g., sick children).
  • However, she also is in her 60’s and likely made her climb in the 70’s and 80’s, a very different time than today.  There are more women in the workforce these days, with more choices on how to care for children while at work (nannies, daycare, nanny-shares, etc.).  With technology, work is bleeding more and more into the home, therefore isn’t it reasonable that home bleed into work? Are there situations when is it OK?  How private does one need to be to be successful?

I think it depends on the office culture, the dynamics between you and your boss, the kind of work that you do, the industry that you are in, your own personality, the personalities of others in your office, the portfolio of back-up childcare providers you have at your fingertips if/when your kids get sick, and a whole host of other reasons.

But her tone, her packaging, her poise as she gave me the “do not reveal” advice stopped me in my tracks.   I do not think I will ever be a closed-book in the workplace (that just isn’t me, right?), but maybe I should stop and think before I disclose too much of the block and tackling required on the kid-front.   And maybe save the good stories for when the stories are meaningful to those that want to hear them.

I never wanted to be in a job where I felt like my children were liabilities.   Maybe that is why I was so unhappy as a management consultant for so long.  Where I felt like I could not do the basic requirements of the job because of my kids.   Like having a child was analogous to having an illness.  I never wanted to put my children in that kind of position within my own mind or within the minds of others.   I want to CELEBRATE them — BUT if I am NOT working in an industry that celebrates children, or with a company that celebrates children, or with people that celebrate children, then I guess it may be worth thinking about how much information (e.g., limitations because of the kids) I share with my coworkers.

I have not figured this out yet obviously and I am still thinking through the application of this advice in my own situation — in an industry that is typically dominated by men where work is intense and expectations high.    My company has already created hybrid roles and work schedules to better fit my needs.  So the cards are out there.   I guess going forward I will think before I offer up too much information about my hand or the cards that I hold.

Thoughts ladies?  How much do you share?  Do you feel comfortable talking about the kids in your workplace?

Thanks for listening –

– Mama K

January 6: Long overdue recap


Hi Mamas.    I’ve  been silent for about two weeks.   I guess the “winter break” for the kids was also my break from this blog and other facets of my life.  I’ve really enjoyed myself and feel incredibly well rested, full, and happy.   Some of the highlights from the past two weeks:

  • Seeing Red, Twin Crazy, and Twin Husky in their holiday performance.  All stood up on “stage” with their “classrooms” and participated.  I was so proud of them.   Big Bro was a big supporter.
  • Putting up Christmas decorations with the kids.  Likewise, taking them back down two weeks later.
  • Christmas morning with the kids squealing at the four bikes that Santa left for them.   The fact that co-parent stayed over my place the night before to participate in Christmas Eve tradition and also the next morning festivities.  He made homemade waffles and I homemade whipped cream.   It was really great for the kids.
  • Making pumpkin muffins with our pumpkins from Halloween, and then distributing them to the neighbors up and down our street.
  • This year’s photo shoot with the kids all dressed up and including Cocoa the guinea pig.
  • NOT getting holiday cards sent out this year, for the 2nd year in a row.
  • Spending New Year’s Eve over a neighbor’s house with two kids Big Bro and Red’s ages.   Us kicking back, the kids playing, and all of us celebrating East Coast and Mountain New Years eve with champagne and sparkling blueberry juice for the kids.   Getting to know them better and feeling at home in their home.
  • Random dinner invitations with other neighbors and getting to know their kids and friends so well.   Big Bro and Red becoming better friends with the kids (also twins, six years old) and Red actually saying that her new friend is her favorite friend in this neighborhood.  Seeing Red’s face light up and smile, well GLOW actually, while playing with these new friends.
  • Dancing with Twin Husky and feeling his body move and head move to the music.  He loves Shania Twain’s “Forever and For Always” and he kept asking for us to dance to it again.  It is now “our song” and he is happy with that.
  • Playing “I love you” games with Twin Crazy and Twin Husky.
  • Finishing the winter garden – everything is planted including onions, yams, mint, garlic chives, brussell sprouts, kale, carrots, sweet snap peas, fava beans, oregano, string beans, garlic, shallot, and beets.
  • Learning that Cocoa the guinea pig can eat the dandelion weeds on my property.  She loves them.  And I love that they are free and gives me a reason to weed briefly on a daily basis.
  • Red riding her bike with Big Bro over to her new best friend’s house.  She got a bit scared and I had to run over to her, but it was a HUGE milestone for her in my opinion.
  • Going to Target to buy balloons so Big Bro could show us how he can blow them up by himself.
  • NO DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAYS TO GET THE KIDS BACK AND FORTH TO SCHOOL/DAYCARE!!!!
  • Watching the girls play with their dolls together and do tea parties and care for the dolls.  Watching Twin Crazy care for her Baby Alive.   Seeing their friendship with each other grow before my very eyes.
  • Big Bro receiving a HUGE Lego set from my dad and step-mom and then him staying up (way past me) to complete the ENTIRE set.   When we all woke up the entire thing was finished and he was smiling not sure if I would be upset with him or not.
  • Going to a few outside activities (museums, farm/petting zoo) but mostly just staying near home, playing with friends, enjoying cooking and our fireplace.
  • Cooking with herbs from my garden.
  • Waking up to frost on the grass and even the winter garden.  The plants are doing fine.
  • On my off-night from the kids, watching my FIRST movie from my DVR.  Underworld.  I love vampires.  I can’t believe it took me 6 months living here to actually watch T.V.
  • Going to a yoga class yesterday morning and LOVING IT.
  • Signing myself up for an oil/acrylics art class and also a class for Big Bro…. soccer.  Going shopping for his shin-guards and also my paint-brushes, paints, and other supplies.
  • Working just a little bit.  Doing what I had to do, taking some vacation time and also some “sick” time since Twin Crazy had a fever and could not go to daycare.


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To be honest, I feel a bit “out of balance” in a good way.  I am totally vacated.  I’ve really enjoyed the time with the kids and also with myself.  I’m looking forward to 2013.  It’s already shaping up to be a good one.

– Mama K

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