Posts by madelyndailyliving

Toddler Eating Simplified-Vegetables 

Posted on March 10, 2016

I get tons of emails and messages from moms asking me the same thing: HOW DO I GET MY CHILD TO EAT VEGETABLES?! I have shared some of my tips in previous posts and on  Instagram. But I have found a new and quick solution that gives your child and you a full days serving of vegetables with just two scoops!    The greens are amazing and you can’t taste any difference. I enjoy adding them to our smoothies for added nutrients. Chandler loves our “smoothie time”!     Not only are they an amazing way to get your fruits and veggies, you will have more energy and you will fill better from the inside out.  They can be purchased here. *Keep in mind this supplement…

Toddler Eating Simplified 

Posted on September 10, 2015

  I receive countless emails, texts, Facebook+Instagram messages with the same question: How do I get my toddler/child to eat their dinner! Frustrated moms of undereaters this is for you!  Quick disclaimer: this is what works for my family and our personal experience. Please ask a medical professional if you feel your child may be malnourished. I began my son Chandler on solids at the age of 4 months. Some homemade, some store bought. He loved it! Chandler would get fruit+veggies at the same time everyday. He was exclusively breastfed and my doctor assured me he was getting enough nutrients.  When he was 6 months old he began eating table food. I know that seems super early, but he wasn’t eating full on meals. Think:…

Spinach and Feta Pillows

Posted on August 12, 2015

This recipe is truly a miracle. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out and I was quite skeptical! Yesterday I woke up craving Greek favorites; Greek Salad and Spinach Pie. I waited until it was dinnertime (hi, I’m pregnant) to go to the grocery store. I went to my local grocery store and they were out of phyllo dough! Absolutely devastating. I knew I didn’t have time to go to another store so I grabbed the Pillsbury Dough Sheets and prayed. Well, prayer works! They came out so soft and pillowy. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 Package Frozen Chopped Spinach 1 Cup Feta Cheese 2 tablespoons Dill Weed Salt and Pepper to Taste 1 Roll Pillsbury Dough Sheet 1 Egg In…

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Posted on August 3, 2015

Hi friends! If you follow me via Instagram (@MeetTheWoods) or Twitter (XoLaurenWoods) you know that I and 7 1/2 months pregnant! We are over the moon excited for our new addition coming this October! Of course with pregnancies, come pregnancy cravings! My number one craving to date is French fries! I could have them day or night! With ketchup or plain! From anywhere! Obsessed! I decided a couple days ago to switch it up to sweet potato fries. I’ve never made them before, so I scoured the Internet for recipes. I came across Ms. Paula Deen’s recipe. I tried it out and failed, miserably. They came out soggy and flavorless. Staring at the left over sweet potatoes in my refrigerator, I decided to give…

C is for C H I C K E N!

Posted on February 20, 2015

Happy Friday, and welcome to the weekend! My son’s name of course is Chandler. You would naturally assume that we would be teaching him that “C” is for Chandler, but oh contraire we’ve taught him that “C” is for CHICKEN! Chicken is a major part of his diet mainly because he’s able to digest it really well and he simply loves it. Not to mention there are 1,000,000 different things I can make him using chicken! For lunch this afternoon, I made Chandler his favorite super-crispy tenders. I know that there are healthier alternatives than frying chicken breast in vegetable oil so keep in mind this isn’t the “healthier” option but it is the “healthier” option in comparison to frozen Dino chicken. I have…

Toddler Dinner…F A S T!

Posted on February 18, 2015

  Ok, I apologize for back to back shrimp pasta dishes. I’ve gotten so many emails regarding #WhatChandlerAte (follow my personal instagram @meetthewoods) with the same conundrum: I want to make my kids something delicious, but I don’t have a lot of time. Getting a home cooked meal on the table after a long day of work, picking up kids from daycare or school, and after school extracurriculars can be tough! If you keep your pantry and fridge stocked with staples your possibilities are truly endless and essentially easy. Tonight I had to make dinner in a rush with ingredients that I had on hand. I hardly ever use jars of Alfredo sauce, but tonight it sure came in handy! I roughly chopped 1/2…

White Wine and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Posted on February 18, 2015

I am a huge pasta fan! I will boil pasta, toss in butter and garlic, top with an over easy egg, and voilà one of my favorite meals! Last night I decided to make a cohesive meal out of my easy go to ️Recipe by adding shrimp. Here’s what you’ll need: •1/2 lb Pasta, I used angel hair, cooked •1/2 lb Shrimp •1 Stick Butter •1/4 Cup Minced Garlic •1/2 Cup White Wine •1/4 Cup Heavy Cream •1 Tsp Salt •1 Tsp Black Pepper Sprinkle Shrimp with 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt, sauté over medium high heat with half stick of butter, 1/4 cup wine and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-3 mins on each side and reduce heat to medium low. Add…

Potato Bacon Cheddar Soup

Posted on February 8, 2015

Happy Sunday everyone! I was up and out really early this morning. When I returned home I was freezing! It’s about 35 degrees today (which is really a heat wave considering this past week’s temps!) Nothing warms you up like a good hearty soup! I used ingredients that I had on mad dashing to the market LOL! I combined chopped bacon, diced and boiled potatoes, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 TBSP sour cream, a dash of hot sauce, 2 Tbsp of cayenne pepper with 1 can of Campbell’s Cream of Cheddar soup (prepare according to directions). I seasoned it with salt+pepper and topped with fresh chives..AH..MAZING!

Peppery Arugula and Bacon Breakfast Hash

Posted on February 5, 2015

I love those mornings where I can sleep in late and leisurely make a spectacular and unplanned breakfast, using ingredients that I already have on hand! Breakfast hashes are great because you can totally customize it to your taste buds and use whatever you have available. In this particular hash I used chopped bacon, diced potatoes, an over medium egg, arugula, and an amazing aioli dressing! I built the flavor levels up by seasoning as I assembled the hash. I like using interesting combination mixes such as fennel seed and coriander. AH-MAZING! Here is the recipe for the aioli dressing I topped the hash with, simply combine all the ingredients and enjoy! If you desire a thinner dressing simply put all ingriendents in a…

The BEST Brussels Sprouts

Posted on February 5, 2015

When you mention Brussels sprouts, typically the response is an unpleasant one, LOL! I’m here to change your perception of them! Brussels Sprouts are perfect as side and as a main course! After roasting them I combined Italian fennel sausage, it was delicious! Here’s what you’ll need: •1/2 lb Brussels Sprouts •2 Tbsp Minced Garlic •Olive Oil •1 Tsp Black Pepper •2 Tsp Salt •1/2 Onion, julienned •1/2 Green Bell Pepper, julienned •1/2 Tsp Fennel Seed •Italian Sausage, cooked and sliced Coat a sauté pan with olive oil on medium heat. Add Brussels Sprouts, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Place entire pan in the oven pre heated to 350 degrees. For 15 minutes. In a seperate pan sauté…