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Monday, February 01, 2010
At 2 am, could have used this Pumpkin Pie Custard
So, I'm still nursing babe during the night (she's approaching 9 months). The last week or so, it's usually just once, but the odd night it's two times. I'm okay with it, most nights I get back to sleep lickety-split, so it's good. But, some nights I wake starving. Ok, not starving by actual definition. But, ridiculously hungry. No doubt the pace I keep every day (go, go, go) plus nursing through the day and in the night (and yesterday I felt entirely 'mommied out' after the weekend). Catches up. Last night I was nursing her around 2 am, and all I could think about was getting to the kitchen for a snack. Didn't know what I wanted exactly, but I knew the cool rice milk sitting in the fridge would be part of the equation. I thought about a larabar, but wasn't in the mood for that. Wanted something carb-y or just something different. I pulled out some Oaty Bites cereal, and tossed that into the rice milk. I'm not much of a cereal person. The kids and hubby love it, but I never eat it in the morning. Never sits well in my stomach, and I just feel sort of blah after eating it. This wasn't too much of a concern since I was going back to bed, and figured I didn't need to be 'energized'! I ate it, it was okay. But just confirmed that yeah, I'm not much of a cereal person. I used to be, but not anymore.
Back in bed I thought about this Pumpkin Pie Custard. Now, that would have hit the spot last night. I came up with the recipe just before Christmas. They are easy to make, and don't include any soy products or tofu, just fyi. Blend all the ingredients in (you guessed it, the Blendtec), and then bake in ramekins in a hot water bath. These custards are magical. Creamy, luscious, and perfect for a dinner party. Or a nursing mom at 2 am.
Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.(Principle #7, The China Study)