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Book Review: The Indian Family Kitchen

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The Indian Family Kitchen is such a beautiful book it will probably take an intermittent home on my coffee table when it is not in use in the kitchen (so it may not be in the coffee table much!). The pages of the book are so colorful and comforting and the food styling is drool-worthy. I love the sections between recipes that make me feel transported to India. This book is perfect for everyone. Really. If you want something light or hearty, quick to prepare or simmers for hours, something traditionally Indian or a delicious burger this book is for you. Pathak has such an encouraging voice in her writing of the recipes that this book could be used by novices but will satisfy the adept home cook, too.

I have a handful of purely authentic Indian cookbooks and after researching The Indian Family Kitchen by Anjali Pathak I decided to give it a try because I love Indian flavors and was looking for more of an Indian-fusion cookbook. The author has some serious street cred with Indian cuisine being the granddaughter of the founder of a huge line of Indian grocery products. These recipes are fresh, creative, healthful and most importantly they are incredibly delicious.

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I have to disagree with another review of this book that questioned the use of the word family in the title of the book. As a mom of three young kids and a husband with a discerning palate I viewed the recipes through a family lens and with every page I turned I found another recipe that we would be able to gather around the table to enjoy. My husband says, “if your kids are picky little snots that is not this book’s fault.” I would go one further and say even if your kids are picky they would still like these recipes with just a tweak on the spicy ingredients.

Here is my take on the recipes we tried:

Sizzling steak and cumin paprika wedges (page 50) with mixed herb salad with honey pecan dressing (page 78). The flavors in these recipes were amazing! The timing listed in the recipes were accurate, both for prep and cook times. We loved pairing flavors that we typically have on chicken with steak. The aromatics really gave the steak and potatoes great flavor. The kids thought some of the bites of the potatoes were spicy so next time we may add a little less paprika. The salad was so refreshing and light. We used a combo of mint, cilantro and basil for the herbs and it was delicious!

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Mini tortillas with chickpea salsa (page 24 and 25). We omitted the chipotles in the pork and used the tip to reduce the sauce and add it back in with the pork. The pork has a subtle sweetness from the orange and lots of savory yumminess from roasting with all of the spices. The salsa has a mild flavor that is so unexpected with tortillas but the lime, herbs and chickpeas just work so well together. This recipe is absolutely family friendly, but you may want to double it.

We are going to have the crispy sumac okra (page 18, Light Bites chapter) today and the coconut shrimp later this week and I can’t wait! This book is one I know we will love and use for many years to come. I highly recommend it!

I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

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I heart routines!

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After a whirlwind of our first few months in Germany I am loving being back in a routine. Sure, I like excitement and travel, but there is something really comforting and cozy about Fall that I just adore. We definitely did some splurging over the last few months and now that we are really starting to feel settled we are eating more like our “normal” with meal planning and most of our meals being healthy options. Lucky for me Chloe is still breastfeeding, but for hubby bubby with a PT (physical fitness) test coming up (aren’t they always?!) he is happy that we are having healthier meals so it is easier for him to get back to his usual fitness level. Here is what we will be cookin’ up this week:

We'll definitely have some salad or a veggie to help keep our portion sizes in check for our heartier meals this week.

We’ll definitely have some salad or a veggie to help keep our portion sizes in check for our heartier meals this week.

Sunday: Skirt Steak Fajitas with Grilled Cabbage and Scallions. We just had these last night and they are now my very favorite ever steak fajitas. The marinade was SO good. I think the smoked paprika is what clinched it for all of us. It was not spicy, but just the right amount of smoky yumminess. We all devoured this. I was feeding Chloe while the rest of the fam was digging in and Ryan kept asking me if he could have some of my steak…gotta keep an eye on that one!

Monday: Penne alla Senese with salad or green beans. Remember that whole “we’re back to eating healthy” thing I mentioned? That doesn’t apply to this meal. Ya gotta live a little, right? As every great dietitian says, “there is room for anything in a healthy diet”…just not a lot of it. Portion sizes will be key for this pasta as it contains not only sausage and heavy cream, but some parmesan and mascarpone to boot. I can’t wait!

This little angel loves eating and wearing her fruit!

This little angel loves eating and wearing her fruit!

Tuesday: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Mustard and Sage, Salad, Giada’s Mashed Potatoes. We are home all afternoon this Tuesday so it is the perfect day for a slow-roasted pork dish. I have been trying to break our chicken and beef rut with a variety of proteins so hopefully I won’t disappoint myself with this pork shoulder. I keep thinking that a lot of the fat will melt away as it roasts, but I do keep second-guessing if I should have just opted for leaner pork loin. We shall see.

Wednesday: Leftovers. Wednesday is definitely our busiest day of the week so it is the perfect day for us to have leftovers. Both big kids have activities in the morning and then part-day preschool in the afternoon followed by swimming lessons. Hopefully we’ll actually have enough leftovers this week that this plan doesn’t go awry. The last few weeks we have been eating too much so we have only scraps left by leftover day. If that happens again it’ll be PBJ night!

Go Gators!  Our newest little Gator fan is almost big enough for her cheerleader outfit.  Yay!

Go Gators! Our newest little Gator fan is almost big enough for her cheerleader outfit. Yay!

Thursday: Spanish Stew Chicken Thighs with crusty bread. Hannah helped make the meal plan this week and wanted “chicken and pasta” for most nights. I gave her some choices and read off the ingredients in a few things and she wanted this one because it has celery in it and “celery is my favorite vegetable ever” she says. I don’t think there is a vegetable that she doesn’t like, but I think radishes’ feelings might be a little hurt these days.

Friday: Beef Noodle Soup. This is an Asian inspired noodle soup. I am a HUGE phan (hehe) of pho so I am hoping it is a little reminiscent of that. Hubby will be home late so I’m hoping we can sneak this one by him. At least I can say Hannah picked it, right?

Saturday: Slow Cooker Texas Smoked Beef Brisket. Hooray for college football! We FINALLY have internet and FINALLY have some television again. With the package of channels we are using the local stations of the major networks are from Miami so they will hopefully play lots of Florida Gator games. We are planning to do a little tailgate at home and the main dish will be the brisket. At some point I’ll figure out what to have with it.

I'm praying the beef noodle soup is almost as good as this pho from Linh's restaurant in Riverside, Ohio.  Theirs is amazing!

I’m praying the beef noodle soup is almost as good as this pho from Linh’s restaurant in Riverside, Ohio. Theirs is amazing!

What are you up to this week? Are you cookin’ up anything new or stickin’ with tried and true recipes? Let me know what recipes I should be trying in the comments section below. Have a great week!

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Back to school!

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Whew! I am sad to see our fun summer start to fade away, but am very much looking forward to wearing sweaters, eating stews and all things Fall. From what I hear my fave season is done right by Germans. I can’t wait to explore all of the markets and attend some pumpkin fests! We were able to get our big kiddos into preschool after much finagling and they are happy to start this week. Here’s what we’ll be up to this week:

Yummy doner box from Quda. Mmm.

Yummy doner box from Quda. Mmm.

Sunday: Quda. We were back from our trip after our usual dinner time so we decided to grab a quick dinner at the local kebab place. My favorite is the doner box which is a salad of cabbage and other veggies topped with some shaved chicken kebab and yogurt sauce. Yum!

Monday: Steak with potatoes and asparagus. Hubby was in the mood for steak so we made a quick trip to be store to grab the essentials. I like to tell myself that we buy the filet because it is such a lean cut. It also happens to be delicious! Hubby bubby made a quick rub for the steak and then grilled some little potatoes and asparagus. Our kiddos were fighting over the asparagus. I love when that happens! Ryan will surely be an expensive teenager. He ate about 6 ounces of filet! Yowza! Can’t say I blame him.

This little angel is so excited to be eating more purées at our mealtimes!

This little angel is so excited to be eating more purées at our mealtimes!

Tuesday: Cajun beans with chicken. I was not feeling so good so hubby bubby busted out the pressure cooker and grabbed a bag of beans from the pantry. It smelled so good, but I could only eat a few bites. At least it’ll make great leftovers for when I’m feeling better.

Wednesday: Out to dinner with friends! This is also the big kiddos’ first day of school! We are so lucky that some of our favorite people in Ohio also had the good fortune to get sent to Germany. They arrived a few days ago so we are going to show them our favorite Greek restaurant. The kids love the appetizer platter with grilled zucchini and eggplant. Ryan referred to them as pickles the last time we were there and was mad that I ate some. Guess I will have to leave them all for him his time!

Thursday: One-Pot Pork with Apple Cider & Potatoes. I am praying that there will actually be apple cider at the store because I really want to have this. A one-pot meal that has tons of Fall flavors (I shouldn’t rush Fall, but I can’t help it!) is just what I am craving.

These two are very excited to go back to school this week! Hard to believe this is the last year before Hannah goes to Kindergarten!

These two are very excited to go back to school this week! Hard to believe this is the last year before Hannah goes to Kindergarten!

Friday: Date night! We have found a babysitter! Hallelujah! Hopefully our silly kiddos and crazy dogs don’t scare her off. Now that the Germans’ summer holiday is over we are hoping to hit up a fun restaurant in Kaiserslautern.

Saturday: Indian Masala Chili. Another one-pot meal, but this time a hearty stew with warming Indian spices. There should be some fun festivals going on so I am planning to prep it early in the day and let it simmer in my new shiny 220volt slow cooker.

What are you up to this week? Are you looking forward to Fall foods or clinging to the last bit of summery weather and foods? I’d love to know what your fave summer dish is! Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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Heat wave!

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We are experiencing a heat wave in Germany these days so I am making menu plans that heat the house as little as possible.  Did I mention that Germany does not have air conditioning…pretty much anywhere other than Hubby bubby’s office? Yep.  No air conditioning.  The dietitian in me thinks that at least I am burning extra calories this way.  The American in me wants to whimper at times.  Here is our menu plan for this week.  I hope you are able to stay cool this week!

Steak is always a hit in our house.

Steak is always a hit in our house.

Sunday: Brats and Broetchen with slaw. We are doing Sunday dinners in mid-afternoon these days since it makes it easier with the little people. This week we went for a German option with fresh brats from my fave German grocery store and some broetchen from the bakery. The Germans shove a delicious brat into the middle of a crusty roll and top with some mustard. It is heavenly!

 
Monday: Tuscan Steak Salad. We are big steak fans. Weird from a former vegetarian, I know. When the weather is steamy we try to lighten up our steak meals with a steak salad rather than heavy, steakhouse-style sides. We save those for Winter. 🙂

Tuesday: Moroccan Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers, Green Bean and Potato Salad. Even if I never actually get to go to Morocco at least I can close my eyes and pretend every time I have a tagine. It is a little too hot out for a tagine so I figured something grilled would be perfect. The potatoes and green beans are very not Moroccan, but it is one of our fave summer sides. We received the recipe with one of our very first CSA shares, before kids even! It is a keeper!

We are trying to hit the evening Sunday mass these days so are pushing our dinner earlier. Makes for an easy-breezy Sunday!

We are trying to hit the evening Sunday mass these days so are pushing our dinner earlier. Makes for an easy-breezy Sunday!

Wednesday: Leftovers and No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie. I signed up to drop off a dessert at a dinner on the base. I’m going to make an extra for us…just the way to jazz up leftover night. At least there is fruit involved!

Thursday: Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos. We love tacos in all their forms and with great German beer there really is no way this one could go wrong, right? I’ll have to make sure to get lots of radishes for Hannah’s tacos. I’m hoping this one will be a good one to keep us from eating chicken or stay ad nauseum.

Friday: Dinner at a friend’s house. Hopefully we can bring something yummy. This may just be he time for me to bust out my ice cream making again. I’m thinking maybe the blackberry chip ice cream by Ree Drummond might be just right for a Friday in August.

Saturday: Chicken Braciole with Spinach and some kind of veggie, fruit and whole grain (the whole MyPlate thing 🙂 ). I have to admit that I was really surprised to see that Ali Larter (remember the whipped cream bikini?!) has some cooking chops and was writing a cookbook. Then I saw this recipe for chicken braciole and thought I must try that ASAP!

What will you be eating this week? What do you to keep your kitchen cool on hot days? Salads? Grilling? I’d love to hear in the comment section below!

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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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We’re back! (Sort of!)

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We made it to Germany and are starting to get settled. We love it here!  The food is great, especially the backereis (bakeries)!  We had our first shipment of our stuff show up so we have no furniture, but we have our essential kitchen items. We are back in business in our kitchen and on our new grill and are lovin’ it!

Our big girl loves to help dish up the food at dinner. When did my baby Hannah get so big?

Our big girl loves to help dish up the food at dinner. When did my baby Hannah get so big?

Here is what we are up to this week. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to read about our recent trip to Brussels and our first samplings of German food!

Sunday: Leftovers. We had a ton of food left from the Fourth of July so just had leftovers.  Easy peasy.

Monday: Chili Pork Tacos with Sweet Lime Slaw.  This is one of our favorite taco recipes!  It uses the grill so is perfect for the summery weather and comes together quickly…minimal prep and dishes.  Win-win!

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Spicy (we might make it mild) Brazilian Tomato and Coconut Sauce with rice and Black Bean Salad. We made this one a long time ago and don’t totally remember it, but my notes say it was good and it uses the grill.  I hope we like it as much as we did before!

Ryan always ate ALL of his Shish Wraps!  We have found some kebab places here, but nothing as awesome as Shish Wraps!

Ryan always ate ALL of his Shish Wraps! We have found some kebab places here, but nothing as awesome as Shish Wraps!

Wednesday: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa.  Another recipe for the grill and the salsa just sounds amazing doesn’t it?!  As long as I remember to marinate the steak all should go well.

Thursday: Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri.  If I haven’t mentioned it before I should mention now that I have somewhat of an obsession with chimichurri.  It is virtually calorie-free and packs a huge flavor punch.  It is great on everything and a great way to give food savory yumminess without any guilt.

Friday: Salad with Cilantro-Chile Vinaigrette and Thai Pork Burgers.  I found a cute little Asian grocery store in Ramstein village called Seoul Market and have been hitting it up for some of our fave ingredients (if I go too long without miso or fish sauce I get the shakes). Gotta keep our weekly Asian flavored dishes on the menu plan or we’ll end up getting take out!

How have your last few weeks been?  What will you be up to this week?  What do you recommend we check out in Germany?

 

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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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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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Love is in the air!

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I love Valentine’s day!  It is one of my favorite Saint Feast days to celebrate…and I love that it is celebrated everywhere!  This week we will be having meals that are a little more fancy (though still don’t look like too much work).  Sure, we will be eating with the kiddos, but it will be nice to have some food that would be more like eating out without the eating out price tag.  We might try to squeeze in a date night one more time before baby #3 arrives.  We’ll see how that goes!

Sunday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  We scooched this one over from last week, but it seems like it will be really pretty so it fits with our romance theme.

Monday: Mustard-crusted branzino (we might just use frozen tilapia) with broccoli rabe.

Tuesday: Bistro steak with red wine sauce with smashed potatoes and salad.  I snagged some steaks on manager special last week at the grocery store and froze them…$5 off each!  Love when that happens!  I will probably have a dietitian dinner this night so I’ll make this and have it ready right when hubby bubby gets home so the fam can all eat something yummy before I head out.

Date lunch with hubby after our tax appointment.  I just love a good Shirley Temple!

Date lunch with hubby after our tax appointment. I just love a good Shirley Temple!

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Not the most romantic…maybe this will be date night?

Thursday: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil and wild arugula salad with garlic croutons.  The salad is super simple so having great ingredients is a must.  This salad is my absolute favorite arugula salad.

Friday: Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad with miso, ginger and sesame dressing.  Since we have lots of chicken normally I always think of steak and seafood as being more romantic.

Saturday:  Drunken steaks with peppery oven fries and salad.  We absolutely never go out to eat on Valentine’s day after having mediocre food with exorbitant prices and long wait times even with a reservation.  The kiddos and I will hopefully be able to make some Valentine’s crafts (we are going to make the St. Valentine puppet craft by Lacy over at CatholicIcing.com) and sweets today.  We are going to try making some chocolate covered strawberries and Giada DeLaurentiis’ magic bars.  These look like the “brookie” from Dorothy Lane Market.  Fingers crossed that it all goes well!

 

Finished prepping the kids' valentines.  Such a dietitian (not giving candy)!

Finished prepping the kids’ valentines. Such a dietitian (not giving candy)!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Do you go out to eat or stay in?  Do you have any Valentine’s traditions?  I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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