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Week in Review: Keepin’ it Simple

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This week we started out with hubby still out of town. Last minute trip to Portugal, cool, huh?!  At least it was cool until I took all three kids to church by myself. Thank goodness we ate dinner before church since Ryan really sucked the life out of me while we were there. From pulling his pants down (including underwear!) to screaming “alleluia” during the homily it was non-stop crisis management with no Olivia Pope in sight. Luckily we kept dinners easy this week to help us recover from the weekend.

Hubby was making silly faces and had our Chloe giggling!  Thank goodness he's back!

Hubby was making silly faces and had our Chloe giggling! Thank goodness he’s back!

Sunday: Meaty Mushroom Ragu and Salad.  I love mushrooms and try to eat them as much as possible when hubby is not home for dinner. Mushrooms and pasta, such a perfect combination, yet this pasta just didn’t deliver. The pasta shape didn’t feel right for the sauce and the flavors in the sauce didn’t feel like they were working together, more like they were competing. We already deleted his recipe from our meal planning app. At least the salad was good!

Monday: Leftovers.  Hubs was still out-of-town for dinner so I kept it easy. Leftovers with another salad. I bought some balsamic “creme” for drizzling and it is tart and slightly sweet and the kids will eat just about anything with this stuff drizzled on top!

Prepping for Valentine's Day with our favorite: Reese's Hearts!

Prepping for Valentine’s Day with our favorite: Reese’s Hearts!

Tuesday: Mexican restaurant with friends.  Friends of ours introduced us to a restaurant that has a kids play room, genius!

Wednesday: Leftovers. We still had some leftovers in the fridge so we stuck to our usual Wednesday leftovers plan.  Ciao, meaty mushroom ragu!

Thursday: Gnocchi with sausage and tomato. I had a meeting over dinner so hubby made some gnocchi with turkey sausage and a can of diced tomatoes and some other spices. Gnocchi and turkey sausage are two of our fave freezer staples these days.

Friday: Frozen pizza and salad. We are in teething crisis mode with Chloe and this week felt SO long so we kept it easy with a frozen pizza and salad. Ryan claimed he didn’t want the pizza since it had pineapple on it so he just ate salad. Gotta love the balsamic drizzle!

Frozen Hawaiian Pizza and Salad made for an easy Friday night meal.

Frozen Hawaiian Pizza and Salad made for an easy Friday night meal.

Saturday: Spicy penne, “lunch for dinner”, hubby had leftover gnocchi.  We putzed around at the grocery store so we ended up arriving at home right around 6pm. Oopsie!  I quickly made the kiddos a sandwich and have them some fruit, pickles and a cheese stick then hubs and I were left to fend for ourselves.  He opted for the leftover gnocchi and I quickly made penne with spicy tomato sauce, similar to the one in the Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.

What did you eat this week?  What are you planning on having for Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day?  Thanks for reading!  Have a great week!

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Week In Review: Salad of my dreams

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We try a lot of new recipes around here.  Pretty much every week we are trying something new.  This was a habit I got into when I worked as a clinical dietitian and I had clients that needed recipe recommendations and it has since spiraled into an obsession with trying new recipes.  The crazy thing about it is that usually we are trying new recipes and can say that they taste great…like that other thing we had however long ago.  It is a rare thing when we taste something that really tastes like nothing we have ever had  before.  We had this sort of experience with the kale salad this week.  It was really a Caesar salad with Caesar in quotations.  Caesar salad just doesn’t do this salad justice.  And kale salad, pfff.  You may think kale salad is SO 2015.  It’s not.  This salad is literally the salad of my dreams.  You’re welcome that I linked it below. 🙂

Hello, lovahhhhh!  This kale Caesar has really been starring in my dreams lately.

Hello, lovahhhhh! This kale Caesar has really been starring in my dreams lately.

Sunday: Kale “Caesar” Salad and Pasta with Abruzzi-Style Lamb Sauce. Let me just start by saying that the pasta was good.  The sauce definitely had a slight gamey flavor with the lamb, but if you like lamb {we do} then you will like it.  Now, about the salad.  Oh my goodness!  This may be my new favorite salad of all time.  It was the best Caesar salad I have ever had in my whole life.  It made me fall even more in love with Damaris Phillips than I already am.  We might make the pasta again, but we will definitely make the salad again.  Maybe everyday.  It was that good.

Monday: Korean-Style Chicken WrapsI signed up to bring a meal to a mama with a new baby (cutest baby of all time, next to my kiddos, of course!) who has a deployed hubby.  What a hard gig she has!  I decided to make one of our fave Asian recipes since it has the best homemade Korean barbecue sauce ever.  By some miracle the weather was gorgeous and hubs was able to actually grill the chicken outside. If you are looking for some new, un-run-of-the-mill chicken recipes that are perfect for weeknights check out this cookbook from Food & Wine (just click the image below).  You will be glad you did!

Tuesday: Chicken Cassoulet-Style SoupI couldn’t decide what to have for dinner and wanted something meaty and hearty and bean-y so I looked at my pantry and freezer staples and decided to make this.  It is SO easy to make and we all love it.  We just toss it together then it simmers for a little bit and then dinner is ready.  So quick and so yummy.

This pantry/freezer staple soup is a lifesaver on nights I can't decide what to make for dinner.

This pantry/freezer staple soup is a lifesaver on nights I can’t decide what to make for dinner.

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Easiest day of the week!

Thursday: Citrus and Chile Braised Short Ribs with Cucumber SaladWe really liked this one but it pains me how much inedible portion there is with short ribs.  I’m  not even going to go into how un-dietitian-like short ribs are as a cut of meat.  But how much you pay for the bones that you can’t even eat?! I die.  Sure, bone both is super trendy, but c’mon.  Anyway, we did really like the flavor of this and it was easy to make so we will make this recipe again, but with a different cut.  I was thinking maybe flank steak because it is lean or a pot roast since they are budget friendly and it is easy to pick the healthy meat portion away from the fatty parts.

My sweet Chloe is 11 months already!  Where has the time gone?!

My sweet Chloe is 11 months already! Where has the time gone?!

 

Friday: Thai Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice.  To be fair, maybe the curry that we used wasn’t quite strong enough.  We bought a wimpy, mild one so that the kids would eat it.  The flavor of the coconut milk came through which was great, but it just tasted like gravy and not curry.  It really didn’t hit the mark for us so we won’t make this one again.

Thank goodness for long roasts and slow cookers during baby teething season!

Thank goodness for long roasts and slow cookers during baby teething season!

Saturday: Steamed Kielbasa, Sauerkraut and PierogiesHubby ended up going on a work trip last minute…to Portugal.  Poor him, right?  At least I had heard about it on Friday so I was able to go to the grocery store and get what I needed to make this slow cooker recipe that is my absolute favorite slow cooker recipe.  This recipe is a great alternative to slow cooker stews and super quick to put together.  If you like any of the ingredients in the recipe name I urge you to give it a try.  If you are interested in more recipes like this check out Family Circle magazine.  We have been subscribing for a few years and it is one of my new faves: a little fashion, a little home, a little kids and hubby, and some recipes! I love it!  Click the image below to find out more info and to subscribe!

Thanks so much for reading!  Did you have anything great to eat this week?  I’d love to know in the comments section below!

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Week in review: Thumbs down, thumbs up

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This past week we had some interesting meals.  Interesting.  Not always a good word, right?  When I dyed my hair back to red some people said it was “interesting”…not good, yet maybe not bad?  That was how our week started out.  It got better quickly, luckily!  I guess this is what happens with my obsession with always trying new recipes.  It is times like this when I am reminded it really is necessary to try recipes before making them for guests.  Here is our week in review:

Sunday: Peruvian-Style Pasta Bolognese and salad. This one sounded so good. The spices, the ginger, the tomatoes! Pasta! What could go wrong?! Well, a lot apparently. To be fair, this recipe was not bad, but it was just not what we expected. Kinda like when you order a mocha at the coffee shop and they make you a latte. The latte isn’t bad, just not what you had wrapped your mind around and prepared your palate for. We won’t be making this one again. On a positive note, making a weirdish pasta was a great way to get the kiddos to eat second helpings of salad!

It smelled amazing and looked great but this Peruvian Bolognese just didn't quite work.

It smelled amazing and looked great but this Peruvian Bolognese just didn’t quite work.

Monday: Red Beans and Rice.  This is an oldie and a goody. We love “RBR”!  I am still trying to find the source for the original recipe so I can share it with you. Yum!

Red Beans and Rice never, ever lets me down.

Red Beans and Rice never, ever lets me down.

Tuesday: Authentic Bangladeshi Beef Curry, Asian Cucumber Salad, Basmati rice.  This meal was the antithesis of the Peruvian bolognese. I wanted something different, something out of our ordinary. This was even better than I hoped. We were supposed to save some for leftovers but we ate every last morsel. We left out the cayenne so it would be a little more kid-friendly. The sauce was still a tad spicy, but we tried to just fish the beef out for the kids and hoarded the sauce for ourselves. If you love beef stew and are looking for a more exotic version this is it. This is a must-try. 

This beef curry was my redemption after the Bolognese. This one is a keeper! I have since had dreams of this curry. It is that good.

This beef curry was my redemption after the Bolognese. This one is a keeper! I have since had dreams of this curry. It is that good.

Wednesday: Turkey Sausage-Gnocchi Soup.  We always have the ingredients on-hand to make this. A few freezer and pantry staples, no chopping, dinner in twenty minutes. Perfect option for the end of a long day. 

Thursday: Leftovers.  Easiest day of the week. I had the rest of the Peruvian pasta. It was still perplexing. Hubby bubby had the RBR. That gives me wife bonus points, right?

Friday:  Latin baked chicken, Rice, Roasted Broccoli.  We love this recipe and hadn’t had it in forever. There are five ingredients. Super easy and really flavorful. We set aside some of the sauce to use on the chicken for the kiddos before adding the chipotles. This chicken would be great sliced and served in tacos, too. 

What was the best thing you ate this week?  I’d love to know in the comment section below.  I hope you like the links to the recipes.  Thanks for reading!  I hope you come back soon!

Saturday we headed to Strasbourg, France for some yummy Alsacian food!

Saturday we headed to Strasbourg, France for some yummy Alsatian food!

 

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Leftovers Galore

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This week we had friends over mid-week and I am finally getting into a groove with meal planning since our big move to Germany. I have been thinking about our usual week and trying to plan meals that work with our schedule. We don’t have any kid activities on Tuesday afternoons so those are days that I can make a dinner that may take more time.  This is a big week for Hannah since we just found out that a space opened up for her to go to pre-K instead of the part-day preschool she has been going to. She will have homework and is allowed to bring a backpack. She’s a pretty big deal and could not be more excited!

Good thing Hannah has been working on her reading (note the box of spaghetti on the way home from the grocery store).  She's definitely going to be ready for pre-K in a few weeks!

Good thing Hannah has been working on her reading (note the box of spaghetti on the way home from the grocery store). She’s definitely going to be ready for pre-K in a few weeks!

Sunday: Leftovers. We ran a little (a lot) late going to the grocery store. We didn’t make it there until almost 1pm! We usually make it there by 11am. Needless to say our whole schedule for the day was thrown off so we didn’t have time to make dinner before church. We peeked in the fridge and realized we had leftovers. Score! Lifesaver!

Monday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce with Edamame. This was SO fun to make! Do you have any kitchen gadgets that you love to use? For me it is my cookie scooper. I think I love to harness my inner lunch lady. I used my 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop up the meatballs. It really was a win-win since I didn’t get my hands icky (this is always good when the three kiddos are running rampant) and it portioned the meatballs evenly. Love that! I kept half of the meatballs out of the sauce so that the kids would have some that were not spicy and they tore it up. I forgot how edamame obsessed Ryan is and only had one bag of the steamable edamame. Ryan let the rest of us have a few, luckily. Big thank you to JoCooks.com for the awesome recipe!

Anything that allows me to use my cookie scoop is a winner for me.  I LOVE meatballs!!!!

Anything that allows me to use my cookie scoop is a winner for me. I LOVE meatballs!!!!

Tuesday: Aleppo Pepper-Roasted Pork with Shallot Vinaigrette, Pasta Salad with Walnuts, Gorgonzola and Mozzarella and Salted Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies. I recently decided that weeknights are the best nights evahhhh for entertaining. I picked a recipe this time that hubby hadn’t had yet since I made it for my fam when I was visiting them in May. This pork is a must-try. Really. Super easy since you just prep the rub the night before and then just pop it in the oven. While it roasted I was able to make the vinaigrette, prep the pasta, bake cookies and even clean up a little. 🙂 The cookies are a must try, too. Kinda like a Reese’s cup in cookie form with some salt…yum!

Wednesday: Kielbasa and ‘Kraut. This was a Rachael Ray recipe that I really liked but hubby didn’t dig so much. Everyone ate the kielbasa and onions. Ryan was weirded out that our apples got mushy. He also did not approve of the ‘kraut on his potatoes. We ended up with tons of potatoes and ‘kraut left and ran out of kielbasa. Ugh. I thought it was good, but not as good as my fave slow cooker recipe with pierogis. And with hubs not liking it we ended up just deleting this one from my recipe organizer. So sad.

Daddy had a tough job while I made the kielbasa and 'kraut: snuggling the littlest angel.

Daddy had a tough job while I made the kielbasa and ‘kraut: snuggling the littlest angel.

Thursday: Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan, Pasta with Herb Sauce and Salad. This is hubby’s fave meal and he wanted to have it earlier in the week but I had already had the beginning of the week planned so we just filled it in for Thursday. We have made it so many times that it is pretty easy for us to pull it together. The pasta is one we found in the Joy of Cooking a looooong time ago and have made so many times. I really need to make sure I plant some oregano, marjoram and chives in my herb garden next year.

Friday: Date night. Hubby wasn’t feeling good and got progressively worse throughout the day so we ended up just having leftovers. At least we had one of his fave meals on Thursday so leftovers were not too shabby.

Saturday: Leftovers. We still had a lot of random bits of dinners from the week left so we decided to just take it easy and have leftovers. Thank goodness we had some good food this week!

She IS so cute it's scary!  Guess I should actually put this shirt away now that it is past Halloween.  If anyone is interested in this cute shirt it is a 9 mo size...send me a message on my "contact me" page and it's yours!

She IS so cute it’s scary! Guess I should actually put this shirt away now that it is past Halloween. If anyone is interested in this cute shirt it is a 9 mo size…send me a message on my “contact me” page and it’s yours!

How did your dinners go this week?  What is your favorite day of the week to entertain?  I’d love to know in the comments section below!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

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This week has flown by and it makes me feel so OLD to say that! I suppose having Halloween fall on a weekend made me pretend it wasn’t coming most of the week and then whamo! Halloween came and went and I am still not sure where Chloe’s costume is that I bought last year for her when I was pregnant. I am pretty sure it is a giraffe. Luckily I did at least pay attention when I was putting away most of our other holiday stuff in our storage closet and remembered exactly where the big kiddos trick-or-treating buckets were. I snagged them right before we headed out the door so they didn’t glow in the dark, but at least we had them!

Thank goodness for the fennel and onions in the pork dish!

Thank goodness for the fennel and onions in the pork dish!

Thursday: Pork Chops Simmered in Spiced Tomato Sauce with pasta and salad. I really had high hopes for this one and it just fell flat. I usually love the combination of pork and tomatoes and none of us really liked this. I was hoping that more of the spice flavors from the curry powder and coriander would come through. Hubby bubby said it tasted just like a pork chop with a jar of tomato sauce poured on it. I have to agree. The good thing was that it had fennel and onion in it and I love me some fennel and onion with pasta so I hoarded all of the veggie part for myself.

The pork chops started off so well.  Look at that sear!  I LOVE my Le Creuset skillet!

The pork chops started off so well. Look at that sear! I LOVE my Le Creuset skillet!

Friday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Edamame. I had great intentions of making this when I went to the grocery store on Thursday and grabbed some ***frozen*** packages of ground chicken. Uh. Woopsie. The store doesn’t have fresh ground chicken and I hadn’t bought it earlier in the week. When I checked it Friday morning it was rock hard. I have had bad luck with defrosting in the microwave (cooking some of the meat while the rest of the meat is still frozen and then the microwave smells like funk). We are also trying to be more Euro and are watching our water consumption so thawing under running water did not seem like a feasible option. Hubby bubby had a late lunch at work so he wasn’t super hungry and the rest of us just had leftovers. Hopefully the meat with thaw in time for us to have this on Sunday!

First trunk or treat then trick or treat...then home to have Germans trick or treat at our house!  I didn't realize they adopted this tradition!

First trunk or treat then trick or treat…then home to have Germans trick or treat at our house! I didn’t realize they adopted this tradition!

Our little Elmo fell asleep on the way to trick or treat.  So cute!

Our little Elmo fell asleep on the way to trick or treat. So cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Happy Halloween! Since we had leftovers last night we decided to get some Chinese take-out. It was passable, but has nothin’ on Chengtu in East Syracuse, NY or Tsao’s Cuisine in Fairborn, Ohio. I guess I will just stick with my take-out fake out meals made at home for now. At least there was some great candy to be had. I definitely consumed my fair share of Reese’s peanut butter cup pumpkins. I bought six bags of them when I found them at the store the other day. I think I have a problem. Very not dietitian-like! 

I told myself that I needed enough to last me until the Reese's Christmas trees come out.

I told myself that I needed enough to last me until the Reese’s Christmas trees come out.

What was your best Halloween find this year? I’d love to know in the comments section below!
Check back soon to see what we are cookin’ up next week!

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Mixin’ it up

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We rearranged some of our recipes this week but mostly stuck to our meal plan.  We had some issues with our cilantro stash and then I just was not feelin’ having fish later in the week. I usually love fish, not sure what was up with that!  Here’s how our week went:

Sunday: Leftovers. Nothing exciting, but still tasty the second time around.

Monday: Chili Pork Tacos with Sweet Lime Slaw. This is an oldie but goody. It is super quick to prep and the whole fam loves it. Check out my “Favorite Healthy Recipes” page on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/radishesarepink) to find it. I bet you’ll love it just as much as we do!

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Spicy Brazilian Tomato and Coconut Sauce, Rice, Black Beans. This chicken got two thumbs up for me and the kiddos and only one thumb from hubby bubby. He thought the sauce was just okay and he thought it seemed more Thai than Brazilian. I thought it was awesome! I loved the coconut milk and tomato together. I guess this one will get moved to the HOOTOWL pile.

Wednesday: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa, Pecan-Chipotle Salsa got switched to Tortellini with Toscana Sauce and Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons. Our cilantro was all sad and wilty so I wasn’t able to make the steak marinade in time for it to marinade for dinner. When I went to the store to grab some new cilantro I spotted some regionally produced tortellini and sauces in the refrigerated pasta case so figured we’d give it a try. The pasta were super fresh and boiled in three minutes like real fresh pasta. Dinner was ready in twenty minutes. Angels were singing, birds were chirping. It was quick and tasty. My new go-to to prevent unplanned eating out.

Thursday: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa, Pecan-Chipotle Salsa. By some miracle I actually marinated the steak. We used shredded carrots we already had for a garnish and the salsa was pretty thick but had a great smoky, creamy heat. It is definitely in our make again pile. Although, I don’t look forward to prepping skirt steak. All that fat to trim off and icky membranes. Ugh.

Friday: Cilantro-Chile Vinaigrette, Thai Pork Burgers switched to Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri then to Coffee-Rubbed Strip Steaks with Chimichurri. I finally decided what I wanted for dinner and then our grill was out of gas. The horror!!!!! We had some tortellini left so we ended up just boiling those and having our leftover pasta and made a salad. It turned out delish even if it was a back-up plan. Guess we need to keep those tortellini on-hand for future mealtime blunders!

Saturday: Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce became Coffee-rubbed strip steaks with chimichurri alongside grilled broccolini and sweet potatoes with speck and chimichurri. We loved these! This steak is an old standby and the potatoes were great with the salty speck. I was shocked that they actually had it at the grocery store! We did the sweet potatoes on the grill to avoid heating up the house and they got a little charger but we’re super tasty! Broccolini is our veggie of the moment. It is SO good on the grill with a little massage of extra-virgin olive oil and a little salt and pepper. We are up to three bunches each time we buy it so there is no more arguing over who gets the last of it. Kids fighting over broccolini? I’ll take it!

How did your week go? What are some foods that you dread prepping but love to have anyway? Hope you had a great week! Thanks for reading!

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Is it really May already?

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My favorite chicken salad of all time!

My favorite chicken salad of all time!

Whew! May is here already? How did that happen?! We have been getting ready for our move and the month is just rapidly flying by! Chloe and I did a road trip to drop off our car and send it on its way to Germany. Since then we have been trying to use up the rest of our pantry staples, visit with friends and get a few more dates in before we go for a long time with no babysitter.

Tuesday, April 28: Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad.  Words cannot express how much I love this salad. I am a huge cabbage fan (yay, cruciferous veggies!) and the combo of the carrots, scallions, cilantro, cabbage, spinach and the salty, sour, Asiany dressing are mesmerizing. I like to prep the salad for breakfasts for the week but actually shared it with the fam this time. Everyone loved it. I should have doubled the recipe since Hannah kept wanting more and then it ran out.

Restaurant month mahi mahi, calamari, wedge ceasar and potatoes.  Yum!

Restaurant month mahi mahi, calamari, wedge ceasar and potatoes. Yum!

Wednesday, April 29: Leftovers.  Red beans and rice. Not enough food left to have leftovers,boo! Luckily I was able to convince hubby bubby to make red beans and rice. We used pantry staples and I got to have comfort food made with love. Win-win!

Thursday, April 30:  Red beans and rice.  Ree Drummond’s Pantry Pasta. This was divine! We are big fans of feta so this was a hit for the whole fam. When this came together it really seemed like a dish you would get in a restaurant, but it uses pantry staples. Music to my ears! This one is definitely going into my favorites list. (Okay, so we’ll probably end up just making it a few times a year since we try new recipes all the time, but a few times a year is a lot for us!)

Ree Drummond's pantry pasta is perfection!  We  used up the last of our linguine!

Ree Drummond’s pantry pasta is perfection! We used up the last of our linguine!

Friday, May 1: Hubby made steak and sweet potatoes for himself and the kiddos and I ate at the airport!  Best time to fly out of BWI? Not when there are riots in Baltimore, eek! Hubby bubby jokes that I just wanted to be in Baltimore to throw rocks. Not true! Chloe and I dropped our car off to send it on its way overseas and then headed straight to the airport. It actually ended up being a great time to fly out of BWI since it is restaurant month there and I had some yummy mahi mahi with asparagus and calamari and salad. Pretty awesome for airport food. And to get my fruit in I just had to stop at Pinkberry. 🙂

Saturday, May 2: Chorizo burgers with sweet corn guacamole.  These were delish! It was the perfect balance of smoky, subtle heat from the burger and creamy sweetness from the sweet corn guacamole. We all loved them and we used up the chorizo from our freezer!

Yummy salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, greens and a pesto vinaigrette.  This is light done right!

Yummy salmon with roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, greens and a pesto vinaigrette. This is light done right!

Sunday, May 3: Date night! Hubby bubby and I ate on the patio at Brio and it was gloriuous! We both ordered things that were identified as their lighter options but they were so flavorful and the potions were large so it didn’t feel like we were skimping…and gave us some calorie wiggle room to have yummy drinks.

Monday, May 4: Jumbo shrimp with garlic and chile butter and orzo with feta, tomatoes and dill. This was the day started to come down with a cold so hubby bubby was my very own Aaron Sanchez and whipped up these yummy shrimp and orzo. Hubby bubby’s mom makes an amazing shrimp with rosemary that is pretty similar and it felt like this was a Spring version of that dish. Ryan referred to his orzo as “rice” and ate a ton of it. Mostly spilling it all over the table and then yelling, “I NEED MORE RIIIICCCEEEE!!!!!” I think God is punishing me for being so loud myself! 🙂

The citrusy, buttery sauce went perfectly with the sweet shrimp and the salty orzo.

The citrusy, buttery sauce went perfectly with the sweet shrimp and the salty orzo.

Tuesday, May 5: Girls night with dietitian friends! Hubby bubby and the kiddos were home having leftovers and I powered through my cold (nothing a margarita with great company can’t fix!) and went out for Cinco de Mayo with some of my favorite ladies in Dayton. I had the shrimp diabla (shrimp in a spicy sauce) and meant to bring home some of the shrimp, rice and beans…but after the second margarita it was all gone! Oopsie!

Wednesday, May 6: Dinner at a friend’s house! We brought dessert and I totally forgot that our friend can’t tolerate much dairy, ahh! I hate when I forget things like that! I made a blackberry rhubarb cobbler and bought some vanilla bean ice cream to go with it. I put the kids to work picking rhubarb from our garden. Ryan kept asking for more to carry and then he dropped them all on the ground because they were “too heavy.” He promptly picked one up and started sweeping the grass with it. Such a goober! I didn’t start making it early enough so I ended up baking it on convection and I think that messed up the tapioca since it didn’t set up right. I think I will try baking it again without using convection since the flavors were yummy.

We loved this flavorful roast chicken with tangy green tahini sauce.

We loved this flavorful roast chicken with tangy green tahini sauce.

Thursday, May 7: Take out! My cold was getting the better of me and we were way behind on prepping for our first set of movers so we just got Chipotle and finished packing!

Friday, May 8: Za’atar roast chicken with green tahini sauce and edamame. Moving day part 1! The movers came in the morning and naturally all of the kids went a little crazy. Ryan ran outside in his slippers and Chloe didn’t want to take a nap in the morning. Luckily the movers were only there for the morning and by some miracle Ryan and Chloe napped at the same time in the afternoon so Hannah and I were able to prep the chicken. We didn’t have sumac or za’atar so I looked up how to make them and it was super easy and yummy! We all really liked the citrusy flavors and the tang of the green tahini. We will definitely make this one again.

Saturday, May 9: Date night! Hubby bubby and I headed to a local Vietnamese restaurant for some pho, spring rolls and pork skewers. They were all so good! I love the steaming bowl of noodles and love doctoring it up just how I like it. I add lot of sprouts, basil, cilantro, hot sauce and lime. Slurpy perfection!

Have you been enjoying Springy foods this May? Did you do anything fun for Cinco de Mayo?  Let me know in the comments below! 

Love when restaurants are BYOB!

Love when restaurants are BYOB!

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Dinner dates and kids sports

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Hannah loves to help dish the salad and fruit at dinner.  She is becoming such a big helper!

Hannah loves to help dish the salad and fruit at dinner. She is becoming such a big helper!

This week Hannah had her first soccer game!  So fun!  I so don’t agree that there should be a snack sign up for a three- and four-year-old soccer game.  The game is only 45 minutes of the kids staring at their parents and frolicking after the ball for a bit…but more on that later.  We are really winding down in Ohio and it feels so surreal!  We are checking off places on our list that we HAVE to eat at before we move.

Monday:  Chicken bratwurst with broccoli slaw.  This, one was both a hit and miss.  The chicken apple sausage with the onions in the slow cooker was delish.  The broccoli slaw not so much.  It was pretty bland.  It just tasted like plain broccoli with some parsley, very underwhelming.  I couldn’t let all the slaw go to waste so I added some to my brat and had some on the side.  It gave the brat a nice crunch so I think when I try this next time I will just use our fave slaw dressing recipe and put that on some broccoli slaw. 

Chicken brats were yum, need to doctor up the slaw next time to make it a perfect meal.

Chicken brats were yum, need to doctor up the slaw next time to make it a perfect meal.

Tuesday:  Pork tenderloin gyros.  These were awesome!  The tomato-yogurt sauce had a great flavor and tasted very fresh.  By some miracle I actually managed to marinate the pork a day ahead.  Chloe and I prepped the marinade while hubby was at work late, Hannah was asleep and Ryan the Rascal was getting out of his bed every 4 minutes.  I loved the idea of a pork gyro.  We are porky people so this is definitely a keeper.

Wednesday:  Leftovers. Makes life so much easier.  I love to cook but it is still such a relief to have dinner already done.  Makes me feel like I have a wife.  Anyone else ever feel like that?

Thursday: Leftovers for kiddos and dinner at Pasha Grill for hubs and I.  It was great to go out on a weeknight without kiddos.  I felt like such a rebel even though we were home before 9.  I had the doner special which is gyro meat on a bed of eggplant puree topped with tomato sauce and hubs had the chicken kebab with yogurt.  Yum!

Leftovers for dinner meant time to go to the park on a beautiful afternoon.  A great reason to make a little extra!

Leftovers for dinner meant time to go to the park on a beautiful afternoon. A great reason to make a little extra!

Friday:  Dinner out at Coco’s Bistro.  We were hoping to sit in our fave waiter’s section and even requested his section on OpenTable but we got stuck near the windows with too much air conditioning.  Luckily the lobster nachos, lamb tacos and curried chocolate torte were amazing!  And ya gotta have a great time when you’re drinking a Moscow mule, right?

Saturday:  Sloppy Cubanos or Chorizo burgers.  Grilled skirt steak with smoky almond sauce, salad and rice.  Guess who forgot to pull the pork and chorizo from the freezer?  Me!  I wish there was an app that could remind me, like a dinner prep personal assistant.  Would be so nice, right?  We ended up having grilled flank steak (our store didn’t sell skirt steak!) with smoky almond sauce with rice and salad that we were planning to have a few days later but luckily I had already done the grocery shopping for the week.  This one was good, but there are other steak recipes we like better so we are not planning to make it again.  The sauce used ingredients that are expensive if you don’t end up using all of them so we’re gonna keep “seeing other recipes”.  Sorry to break up with you, smoky almond sauce!

The delicious doner specialty at Pasha Grill.  Get in my belly!

The delicious doner specialty at Pasha Grill. Get in my belly!

How did your week go?  Did you try any new recipes?  Hope you had a delicious week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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Move prep craziness

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Taking the kiddos to the grocery store is not as bad as I thought it would be with three kiddos.  Thanks, ErgoBaby!

Taking the kiddos to the grocery store is not as bad as I thought it would be with three kiddos. Thanks, ErgoBaby!

Coconut milk glaze for the yummy pork satay.  Can't believe I really did it ahead like I was supposed to!

Coconut milk glaze for the yummy pork satay. Can’t believe I really did it ahead like I was supposed to!

Whew!  Finally have a minute to sit and snuggle the baby…and get back to blogging for a bit!  The past few weeks have been filled with a gazillion appointments (not one, but two passport photo sessions!), packing, sorting, cleaning, fixing, organizing and scheduling more appointments.  Is it sad that going grocery shopping by myself with all 3 kiddos is now an easy item on the “to do” list?

How did your holidays go?  Easter? Passover?  Ryan and Hannah had to miss half of Easter mass because they were being crazy.  There will come a day when all five of us can make it through a whole mass, right?  I mean, we’re Catholic.  Mass isn’t really THAT long!  And they even had their new mass books.  Yeesh!

Saturday: Pork satay with rice and cucumber salad.  This was delish and I actually remembered to make the marinade for the pork.  We made an Asian cucumber salad that is probably my absolute favorite way to eat cucumbers…and I am obsessed with pickles!  This salad is so good I just CAN’T EVEN!  It was originally published in Cooking Light with a hoisin flank steak recipe.  The flank steak was just meh, but the cucumber salad is outrageous.  I pinned it on my Pinterest.  You MUST try it!  Especially with it almost being cuke season and all.

Sunday:  Happy Easter! Herb-and-honey-mustard crusted leg of lamb, mashed potatoes with leeks, marinated asparagus and fruit salad with blackberry basil vinaigrette.  This might just be the menu we stick with for years to come.  Everything was easy to prep and worked well for timing.  We were able to prep some things earlier in the day and then just relax.  Everything went really well together and we all loved it.  The lamb was definitely a splurge, but it was Easter!  I am really thinking I need to try Damaris Phillips’ lamb with chimichurri while all this lamb is around at the grocery store.  Just might have to grab one on sale!

This is the easiest soup ever!  And the fam loves it!

This is the easiest soup ever! And the fam loves it!  This pic is from the last time I made it when we had some tortellini in the freezer.  Love that it is so versatile!

Monday: Turkey sausage-gnocchi ravioli soup.  This was supposed to be Hannah’s first day of soccer so she helped me prep it in a mad rush to get us all fed and out the door in time.  Hubby bubby was working late at his training so it was just me and all the kiddos.  We open the garage and it is a down pour.  Ugh!  At least dinner was yummy and Hannah sure did look cute in her pink everything.

Tuesday: Shish wraps!  Of all the yummy food in Dayton Shish is probably what we will miss the most!  The food is yummy, healthy and Simon is the best!  I tried a new sandwich this time, the beef shawarma.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I knew there was a reason I always tried something new.  It was AMAZING!  I really think everything they make is my favorite (is that allowed?  Having more than one favorite?).  We might have to have weekly Shish until we leave!

Wednesday:  Leftovers.  I think leftovers are the surest sign that God loves us.

My pheasant sausage with polenta, grapes and broccolini.  Come here, lovahhhhh!

My pheasant sausage with polenta, grapes and broccolini. Come here, lovahhhhh!

Thursday: Baked lemon chicken with kale salad and rice.  We love citrus and chicken and this one did not disappoint.  It is basically fried chicken with a lemon sauce.  Yum!  How funny is it that the night we had this Food Network instagrammed this recipe?!  It is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Friday:  Date night!  First time leaving all 3 kiddos with the babysitter went swimmingly!  Hubby bubby and I went to Roost, a modern Italian restaurant for dinner then down the street to Salar for dessert and drinks.  The food was awesome!  So sad that this might be our last night at Roost ever!  The pavlova dessert at Salar was delish!  Think we’ll do dinner there one last time before the big move.  Gotta get in those dark and stormies!

Hannah is such a little sushi girl.  She loves her tuna rolls and is gettin' pretty savvy with the chop sticks!

Hannah is such a little sushi girl. She loves her tuna rolls and is gettin’ pretty savvy with the chop sticks!

Saturday: Sushi at Sushi Hana.  Ryan has still not mastered the “sticks” but Hannah is becoming quite the pro with them.  They both requested tuna rolls.  What will we do when they are all teenagers?!  We are going to go broke!

Sunday:  Mustard glazed chicken with roasted vegetables.  This ended up being a HOOTOWL dinner since hubby bubby’s training ran late.  As I was chopping the veggies I heard the most awful sound when you have small children: silence.  I went to investigate and both kids were sticking a foot (pant leg and all!) in the toilet.  Sigh.  At least they were in time out while I finished prepping the veggies and got those in the oven.  Loved the technique of preheating the roasting pans while the oven preheats.  We all loved this. Ryan even ate three servings of the veggies since he thought all of the “orange stuff” was butternut squash…there were sweet potatoes and carrots, too! 🙂

Always a little sad to eat dinner without the hubs...can't wait for this training and the move so we can make some roots on the other side of the pond!

Always a little sad to eat dinner without the hubs…can’t wait for this training and the move so we can make some roots on the other side of the pond!

How did your week go?  What are some of the crazy things you have found your kiddos doing?  Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Yummy bean taco soup with homemade bread and salad.  So tasty and comforting.  Thanks, Bakers!

Yummy bean taco soup with homemade bread and salad. So tasty and comforting. Thanks, Bakers!

It really hit us this week that we are moving…and soon!  The kiddos and I will be heading to stay with my ‘rents at the end of the house so that we can have all of our stuff picked up by movers and put our house on the market.  Need to use up more of those pantry staples!   We ended up not making it to the grocery store until the end of the week so had to subsist on what we had until then.  Here’s how it went:

Sunday:  Crispy chicken with chermoula and escarole.  Hubby bubby made extra chermoula to use as a marinade for the chicken and it really gave the chicken great flavor.  Our escarole had frozen in the freezer so we ended up using baby kale instead and it was great.  We ended up eating all of it…no leftovers from this one.

Monday:  Friends of ours brought us bean taco soup, salad and homemade bread.  Everything was so good!  We are a bean loving family so this one was a huge hit.  We are definitely going to have to get the recipes!  I love homemade bread but never make it…this one might inspire me to start, though.

Butter chicken, chickpeas and spinach with indian sauce, onion naan and garlic pickle.  Love our pantry staples!

Butter chicken, chickpeas and spinach with indian sauce, onion naan and garlic pickle. Love our pantry staples!

Tuesday:  Spanish stewed chicken thighs with crusty bread.  Indian chicken with chickpeas and rice.  I hadn’t made it to the grocery store yet so we had the Indian chicken today instead.  We had some onion naan in the freezer and garlic pickle in the pantry so we had quite a spread.  The garlic pickle we had at Disney wasn’t spicy at all so I didn’t taste test this one before putting it on everyone’s plate.  Oopsie!  It was quite spicy (perfect for me and hubs!) and the kiddos each accidentally took a bite.  Eek!  They just drank lots of water and ate lots of rice and chicken after that,

Wednesday: Leftovers.  With less than a month before the kiddos and I head out of town so we can put the house on the market I’ve got to get all of my favorite local foods in while I have a chance.  Today it was Shish Wraps!  Love that place!  We are going to miss Simon and Shish Wraps a ton!

Shish Wraps!  Oh, how I will miss the yummy kafta wrap, baba ganoush, shish fries and more!

Shish Wraps! Oh, how I will miss the yummy kafta wrap, baba ganoush, shish fries and more!

Thursday:  Red beans and rice…pantry staple!  We still hadn’t made it to the store yet…who knew moving overseas would require so much coordination?!  We always have the ingredients for this on-hand so this was super easy.  Always one of my favorites!  The only downside is that the kids are big enough to eat quite a bit and I have a big appetite from breastfeeding so we didn’t have any leftovers.  Boo!

Friday:  Clam shack-style broiled fish with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que copycat coleslaw and rice.  The fish had great flavor and really went well with the Dino slaw.  Hannah helped hubby bubby prep the slaw and Ryan was their “taste tester” for the slaw dressing.  They both wanted to scoop their own slaw.  Made a little bit of a mess but they ate a ton of it!  Who doesn’t love the Dino slaw?!

Clamshack style fish with slaw and rice.  Food styling by Hannah...not bad for a four year old!

Clamshack style fish with slaw and rice. Food styling by Hannah…not bad for a four year old!

Have you had to tackle a big move that required cleaning out all of your pantry and freezer staples?  Do you have any tips for using things up?  Thanks for stopping by and staying a while!

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