20 Trader Joe’s Must-Haves for Toddler Moms

20 things you HAVE to get at Trader Joe's if you're Toddler Mom! Toddler-friendly snacks and meals, plus mom-necessities to survive the day with a toddler.

Trader Joe’s is the mecca of all grocery stores. The cream of the crop, the best of the best, the G.O.A.T.

No, you may not be able to get your full grocery order there every time, but I’d be willing to bet you’ll end up finding all of your favorite things there.

However, if you’ve never been, it can be a little daunting. It’s organized differently than most stores, and nearly everything is Trader Joe’s store brand, so it can take a few aimless, wandering trips to get the lay of the land and figure out what the real gems are. Toddler moms ain’t got time for that, so lucky for you, you’ve got me! Continue Reading

Six Unexpected Things Your Baby Teaches You

Six Unexpected Things Your Baby Teaches You | One Hangry Mama

You’ve probably heard it all before: all the amazing and wonderful (and condescending) ways you’ll grow when you have a baby. The new light that will shine upon you, brightening your whole world with a new bounty of knowledge and love only known to those who’ve been graced with the title of “mom” or “dad”.

There’s so much wrong with that, I can’t even begin to cover it, but one thing that’s on-point is that you will learn a lot from your little bundle of poop and spit up. It just may not be the ethereal sense of enlightenment you expected. In my (very limited) experience as a parent, these are just a few of the very important things I’ve learned: Continue Reading

Veggie Burrito Bowl

Veggie Burrito Bowl | One Hangry Mama

Here’s a secret about me: I never eat vegetables. Not never never, but definitely not as much as I should. And that means neither does the rest of my family, since I prepare most of their meals. But now that a tiny human is dependent on my cooking for his nutrients (NO PRESSURE), I guess I need to get in gear and level-up in adulting. Level 5: Vegetables.

So when this recipe caught my eye on Pinterest (ya know, because it had the word “burrito” in it), I figured I should give it a try. I’ve tweaked it to make it a little simpler, because I don’t know anyone who has time to get fancy with things like “rinsing rice in a fine mesh sieve” (um, what?), and it’s since become one of our family favorites—husband even requests it sometimes, which is unheard of for something without any meat in it.

And best of all: this is a one-pan meal, AKA THE BEST KIND OF MEAL THERE IS. Continue Reading

Oreo Truffle Brownies

Oreo Truffle Brownies | One Hangry Mama

Good news: these brownies are about to change your life. Bad news: they’re also about to change your pants size.

Now, to be clear, these aren’t throw-together-at-naptime brownies–that’s what break & bakes are for. These are more like put-dad-on-baby-duty brownies. Or prepare-for-baby-to-make-a-huge-mess brownies.

But these are so worth it. There are basically three steps: 1. Make brownies. 2. Add Oreo truffle. 3. MORE CHOCOLATE. Continue Reading

Pan-Seared Salmon

One Hangry Mama | Pan-Seared Salmon

So as it turns out, dinner does not cook itself, and with two working parents and a baby on a strict schedule, time for cooking is virtually nonexistent. Enter: pan-seared salmon. I always keep Costco Atlantic salmon in the freezer, so this is my go-to recipe when I’m on my way home from work and realize I made zero plans for dinner and have exactly 30 minutes to get something thrown together–which happens at least once a week. The husband and baby both love it (is it bougey that my baby eats salmon? I hope so), and it only takes 15 minutes to prep and cook. This recipe is also a one-armed-wonder, in that I’ve managed to make it one-handed while the baby terrorist demanded I hold him. Continue Reading