Fan favorites for birthday season

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We survived birthday season.

Mid January until the end of February is birthday season for the Sauls and Wright families with nine birthdays stacking up in a few short weeks.

A Mario Kart tournament. A whirlwind trip to Disney. A joint birthday party – and way too many sweets.

I feel like I’m just catching up, and my body is working hard to avoid catching something gnarly. I woke up Thursday with lymph nodes so swollen you could see them. The doctor prescribed vitamin C and rest – a skill I’m not very good at. We relaxed with friends this weekend, and Remus finally got a playdate with his littermate while we rehearsed for Frozen.

I’ve also been reading Wicked and got a chance to catch up on blogging. With all the celebrating, we’ve been a little off our meal prep game, but I’ve got a few good recipes to share with you. And I’m excited for some new stuff next week. Let me know what you think!

Lunches: Chili Tofu Garlic Bowls

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The recipe: Find it here.

The verdict: I wasn’t expecting a lot from this recipe, but I should’ve known better. Budget Bytes always delivers, and this has easily earned a spot in our rotation. Great for meal prep or eating right away.

Notes: I definitely recommend pressing your tofu. I like to take it out of the package before work and then cook when I get home.

Dinner 1: Hot & Sour Soup

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The recipe: We actually used the Thug Kitchen recipe, but it’s very similar to this one from Budget Bytes. I think the main difference is a little more rice vinegar and some cornstarch to thicken – both of which you can add to your liking.

The verdict: We at the whole pot that night.

Notes: Do yourself a favor and put this in your rotation.

Dinner 2: Lentil Sloppy Joes

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The recipe: This is one of the first InstantPot recipes we tried. Find it here. No modifications from me.

The verdict: Hal isn’t the biggest fan of lentils, so I knew I was pushing my luck a little when we first tried this recipe. Now? It’s one of his favorites, and we had it the week of his birthday.

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