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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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Be my Valentine

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This week we had some of what we planned…but none of it on the day we meant to!  Hubby bubby was really in the mood for steak when we got home from grocery shopping and was not so much in the mood for fish this week.

Sunday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  Hubby bubby wanted steak so we had mustard citrus grilled steak with potatoes and salad.  It was too cold to grill and hubby bubby decided he has an adversarial relationship with the grill pan so he made these under the broiler.  The flavor was good but the texture was off, almost like they were steamed.  I am not ready to give up on the grill pan.  We are definitely going to try this one again…on the actual grill next time!

Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  Mmmm!

Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons. Mmmm!

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino.  Hubby bubby was “just not feelin’” fish tonight.  I told him that Bon Appetit thinks this recipe is simple and romantic (it was in one of their email newsletters this week!).  Today we ended up having the linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  These are two of our favorite recipes.  I love that the shrimp cooks from frozen and doesn’t taste watery or rubbery.  Everyone loved it, but Ryan didn’t eat much arugula since he thought it was spicy.

Tuesday: Bistro steak with red wine sauce with smashed potatoes and salad.  Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  This was amazing!  Hubby was not sure if he would like this but he did so we will definitely make it again.  I doubled the goat cheese J.  The kids really liked it, too.  The squash was nice and sweet so Ryan ate it like a lollipop.  How can you go wrong with an orange veggie, whole grain, cheese and sausage?!

Stuffed acorn squash by Damaris Phillips.  I have such a girl crush on her!

Stuffed acorn squash by Damaris Phillips. I have such a girl crush on her!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Date night and pizza party for the kiddos and the best babysitter in the world.

Thursday: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.   Leftovers.  Thank goodness for leftovers!  I really started to feel very pregnant so it was a blessing to have yummy leftovers and not have to think about dinner.

Friday:  Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad with miso, ginger and sesame dressing.  I still was not feeling good so we did Cheesecake Factory salads and got pasta for the kids.

SaturdayDrunken steaks with peppery oven fries and salad.  Forgot to marinate the steak overnight, oopsie (story of my life!) so we had herb-topped sirloin with peperonata, oven fries, salad and some baked chicken since hubby bubby thought the steaks I bought were too small.  Everything was delish!  Check out the steak recipe on my Pinterest page.  We all ate more than our fair share and finished it off with some dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Love is in the air!

Dark chocolate covered strawberries. Love is in the air!

Ryan, aka Mommy's Rascal, with his chocolate goatee.

Ryan, aka Mommy’s Rascal, with his chocolate goatee.

How did your Valentine’s Day go?  Did you have any awesome recipes this week?   I hope you had a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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