10 Things They Don’t Tell You About Parenting and Vegan Black Bean “Cheezy” Dip
Good Morning Friends!
Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week, and for some of us, that alone is a reason to celebrate. Today I want to pull up a chair and talk with you about parenting. It’s the most rewarding job and the hardest job all at the same time. I remember the day that I brought the Noob Chef Junior home from the hospital. It hadn’t been an easy delivery, but we were both fighters and powered through. Fast forward to today. My little one isn’t so little anymore and there are times were I do a double take thinking to myself, “Wait, did that just happen? Where does the time go?!”. Reflecting on this parenting journey of 11 years now, I realized that there are many things that you simply have to figure out along the way. There is no manual for raising your child. You have to get in the “trenches” and just figure it out as you go. That said, here are 10 things I’ve learned along the way.
- If your kid pukes on you, somehow it doesn’t gross you out. But if anyone else does it, it’s revolting. Yes, somehow instinct kicks in when your child is sick and vomits all over you. Thank God for that because with as many bodily fluids that have covered my clothing over these 11 years, if I didn’t have that “protection” in place I know I would have lost my brekkie a time or two.
- You will cherish bedtime in way like you never have before. Staying up until 1, 2, or even 3 o’clock in the morning seems like a far, distant memory. As you parent, you get so tired by the end of the day that when your child goes to bed, you usually follow closely thereafter.
- You learn how to multi-task real quick! Yes, I am highly skilled at cooking while making a to do list, while talking with my husband about the day’s reminders, all while packing lunches for the day. You learn how to juggle nine things at once, all while keeping your sanity. Somehow the mind knows that when your child and family are relying upon you to do many things all at the same time, you simply step up.
- You begin to see your child act in ways that you did when you were younger. And it’s freaky! It’s like a walking, talking mini-you! As my daughter turned into a tween, one day I looked over and stood there stunned. There was my gorgeous child, wearing Adidas clothing, rocking out on her headset with a fist-mic, listening to the Backstreet Boys, and dancing around the house. “HOLD ON!” my brain screamed, “am I in the twilight zone?! I did that at the very same age!!”. It’s weird and cool all at the same time.
- You learn to be “interviewed” by your child all the time. Here’s a true (yet, embarrassingly funny) story for you. When I was a teenager I would pretend that I was a famous celebrity when I was alone in my room, or driving in the car. I would talk to myself (with hairbrush in hand) and answer questions all while fluffing my hair. I would use that haughty voice and say, “Oh yes, daaaaaahling…. my schedule is so busy these days…”. I would envision being questioned about my outfit, my work schedule, and showing off my Bel-Air Mansion. You get the idea. Fast forward through 11 years of parenting. No one told me that my child would be a mini-reporter! You are first questioned about toys, food, and TV shows. Then they graduate to wanting to borrow your clothes, talk about music, movies, and of course, makeup. I guess I got my teenage wish in a different way. 🙂
- The same things that your parents nagged you about, you find yourself nagging your own child about. “Can you PLEASE put your dishes in the sink?”… “Please pick up your room….” and “Can you please, please, PLEASE not leave your shoes in the middle of the room?!”. Yes, my parents nagged me constantly about tidying my room. And now that I’m raising a “tween”, well… the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s hilarious enough to make me smirk and shake my head.
- There will come a point where your child will out-logic you and you will have to pull the “because I said so” card. Oh, I was naive too and thought that I would never use that line with my child. But it happened. She was two steps ahead of me in one disagreement and used logic to pepper me with “But why…?” questions. Finally, in a move of checkmate I blurted out, “because I said so!”. It’s the ultimate parenting “oh shit” button. If you ever hear your parent say, “–because I said so!” it really means, “oh shit, you just said a statement that I can’t refute. Yet, I need you to do this so I’m just going to say because I said so, to get this argument over with!”. True story.
- They will shock and amaze you in becoming their own person. As much as nurture and nature play into things, your child will become their own little person. Yes, they might pick up on your mannerisms, or even dress similarly to you. But in the end, they will be their own individual, as they should. The day I saw my daughter ace her math test with flying colors I beamed. I had struggled so hard in school with math all the way until graduation. Yet, my little one loves math and science. It’s awesome. I have no idea where she gets it from, but it’s great to see her be her own unique self!
- They will likely know more about technology than you do. Recently, we were gathered up in the living room as a family playing a “guess that song” game. There was a 2018 YouTube video that had various current, popular artists along with a clip of the song. It played a clip, and then we would guess the song. Now, my husband and I are both 34 years old. We aren’t that old. But even we were dumbfounded at how many artists we don’t know, versus the ones we did. “Oh yeah” my daughter said waving a hand, “that’s marshmello“. I blinked at her. “Sorry, who?” I asked completely lost. Apparently there is a DJ who uses a marshmallow head mask as his stage get up during techno concerts. *shrugs* Yeah, I don’t understand it either. But I guarantee you that your child will know how to download and use apps, program and code things on the PC, and dive into technology faster than you will. Their generation grew up on this stuff. Whereas I actually remember life before the internet. (Okay, now I feel old! lol).
- You will love, and be loved, in the most deep, profound, way imaginable. It’s hard for me to think of life before being a parent. It has shaped the way I think, feel, and simply be. The love you feel for your child is truly unconditional and is a gift that is incredible. It’s a journey that you get to cherish throughout your life and every parent out there knows the absolute joy that I’m talking about. It’s the best thing in the whole world.
And now, let’s look at today’s recipe.
I was browsing through recipes when I came across one where a woman had made a cheesy black bean dip. It sounded delicious enough, but I love spices and I need my dip to be Vegan. So I made this fast, 5 minute version that made the whole family do a happy dance. I know you’ll love it too. 😉
5 Minute “Cheezy” Black Bean Dip
- 1 can refried black beans
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup your favorite salsa
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon oil
Are you ready to see how easy, yet delicious this recipe is? Then, let’s go! Gather your ingredients.
Toss everything into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Chow down with your favorite chips. This dip is cheesy, yet spicy all at the same time. It’s loaded with fiber and nutrients and is perfect to eat while watching Netflix. (At least that’s what I did hehe!)
That’s it from me for today, my friends. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Have a wonderful day, and as always, keep on cooking! ❤