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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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Restaurant Week and Runny Noses

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This week was Winter Restaurant week where we live which meant we could go out to eat and support a good cause.  Yes!!!!

Pulled pork sliders with mustard barbecue sauce and cowboy beans.

Pulled pork sliders with mustard barbecue sauce and cowboy beans.

Sunday: South Carolina pulled pork and baked beans.  Hubby bubby was an angel and made dinner tonight!  It was delicious!  Everyone loved it.  I tried to eat a few beans off of Ryan’s plate and he freaked.  That kid sure does love his beans!  The mustard barbecue sauce was the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.  Next time we will double the sauce so we can have extra and put it on everything throughout the week. 

Monday: Mini meatball and broken spaghetti tomato soupIt’s restaurant week!  We love to go out once with the kiddos and once without.  This week we had some illness spread through our house so we were only able to make it out once.  Today we went to Salar, a Peruvian inspired place.  Hubby bubby and I both got the chicken chicharrones, beef tenderloin skewers with bacon roasted tomatoes and tres leches cake for dessert.  The kiddos had a baby kale salad with roasted butternut squash and pomegranates, fish stuffed with cheese and crème caramel for dessert. 

Beef skewers and bacon roasted tomatoes from Salar.

Beef skewers and bacon roasted tomatoes from Salar.

Hannah loved her baby kale salad with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and mushroom-bacon dressing.

Hannah loved her baby kale salad with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and mushroom-bacon dressing at Salar on Monday.

Tuesday: Chicken with orange and olives.  Mini meatball and broken spaghetti tomato soup.  Hubby bubby prepped this on Monday so pulling it together was a breeze.  We are always very careful about food safety when prepping food ahead of when we’ll be eating it (more on that soon!). Everyone loved it!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Thank goodness since I was under the weather and Hannah was headed that way.

Thursday: Slow cooker Caribbean chicken.  This was a big hit.  Hubby bubby ate three or four tacos which is always a good sign that he liked it (he can use the calories!).  The kiddos ate lots of chicken and Hannah kept asking for extra lettuce. 

Slow cooker Caribbean chicken with pico de gallo and shredded lettuce in flour tortillas.  Yum!

Slow cooker Caribbean chicken with pico de gallo and shredded lettuce in flour tortillas. Yum!

Friday: Thai shrimp cakes and Thai-style celery salad.  Hannah was home sick today so we are saving the shrimp cakes for next week since she loves them and she was just not up to eating much.  It turned out to be a Chinese take-out kind of day.  We’re using a mulligan.

Saturday: Either crispy chicken with shallots or sloppy tacos. Chicken with orange and olives, roasted sweet potatoes and frozen veggies.  This was awesome (see picture above)!  I loved the sweetness of the orange with the briny flavors of the olives.  Ryan ate tons of sweet potatoes and chicken.  He called them “bubblegum” (his word for delicious) and gave Daddy a big, enthusiastic thumbs up.

How did your week go?  What do you do for meals during times when your house is ransacked with illness?  Hopefully y’all stayed well this week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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