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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Single Parents are Superheros

I don't know how single parents survive, I really don't. Each time Adam tells me he has to go away for work, I am panic stricken. When he went away last October it was somewhat of a disaster. I was so stressed I didn't sleep the whole time he was away and hiring our neighbours' nanny to help me out with the girls in the evenings backfired. Big A seemed resentful of the intrusion and was incredibly rude to her.

So far this time around, things have been better. I am trying to project the image of feeling in control to Big A because I think in the past part of the problem was she picked up on my anxiety. She's been behaving pretty well and hopefully this will continue until Adam gets back in a few days. I'm also making an effort to try and do some fun things, since I think she associates daddy with fun and me with routine (i.e. getting out the door in the morning, getting to daycare, getting home from daycare, etc.). Yesterday after I picked her up we went to a health food store where they have small shopping carts and I let her push it around and fill it up with what we needed while I pushed Little A in the stroller. She was thrilled and even more thrilled to be able to empty the cart on the check out for me. Today after I pick her up from daycare we are going to visit a new park and play for a bit.

I don't usually cook much when I'm alone because, (a) it's no fun to cook for yourself, (b) it's hard to find time when I'm trying to take care of both girls. Nevertheless, I managed to invent a new recipe last night that was quick, easy and delicious. I made it with Gardein meatless beef tips, but you can make it with real beef tips, steak strips or ordinary tofu. Gardein makes some of the tastiest veggie meat products I've tried. The only problem is they are quite pricey. They're products are available in Canada and the U.S. http://www.gardein.com/

Japaneses (Meatless) Beef and Veggie Wraps

1 pack Gardein beef tips (or 1/2 lb beef tips or steak strips, or 300g firm tofu)
500g (approx.) broccoli slaw
1 lb shitake mushrooms (or button mushrooms), sliced
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

Sauce

1/4 cup tahini
1 tbls miso
2 tbls cooking sherry
2 tbls soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 knob fresh ginger, grated
2 tsp Japanese pepper and sesame seed blend (optional)
Chili flakes, to taste (optional)

4-10 inch whole wheat wraps

For sauce, mix all ingredients together and stir until smooth.

Throw beef tips and mushrooms into frying pan over medium high heat with broccoli slaw and stir until veggies are softened. Pour in sauce and stir. Add in green onions and turn down heat to medium low. Cook another 2-3 minutes. Fill wraps with mixture and fold up. Makes at least 4 huge wraps.