On Saturday we had our classic summer salad. Cantaloupe, butter lettuce, avocado, and Brianna’s poppyseed dressing.
Kyle had grilled chicken the night before, so I planned for him to cook an extra breast. Once we were done eating, I shredded it so it would be ready for the next day (Saturday). I’m glad I did all that in advance too, because I was with my mom and sisters for the day (wedding dress shopping!!) so I didn’t get back to Davis until dinnertime. Great to have everything ready to go.
Here’s the previous night’s meal.
As you can see, I had a little helper assembling the salad. He dried and ripped up all the lettuce for me.
I can’t NOT stop in. It’s a problem.
All for me!! [Don’t worry, I baked Kyle brownies, I’m not a totally terrible wife] I’m going to try and make the box last a week. Wish me luck!
On Sunday Kyle grilled salmon, and I made a broccoli slaw with pepitas, cilantro and a lime juice dressing.
On Monday we had this love & lemon’s recipe for kale and white bean salad with an avocado dressing. I doubled the recipe (because our appetites are big) and I swapped the tahini for cashew butter.
P and V had the extra white beans from the can with nooch. The salad was ok, but not my favorite. It lacked something and I think it was a salty component. Needed an oomph. Kyle ended up adding parmesan to his and I grabbed some kite hill almond ricotta (leftover from a meal last week) for me and P. He ate it all though (he loves kale salads).
On Tuesday I made Jessica’s BLT salad for the 50th time of life.
Kyle asks for this salad every week and I keep turning his request down because it has bacon and I’m trying to wean P’s bacon consumption. Anyway, I finally caved and made it. I may swap in coconut “bacon” next time and see if it’s as big of a hit because I have been making it every couple weeks lately (but I didn’t have enough for this recipe).
Sometimes you’re tired and your daughter falls asleep nursing on you and then you have to go grocery shopping and all that will do is a salty soft pretzel. Thank you Whole Foods hot bar for the warm carbs.
On Wednesday we went to market, so we ate there. I packed food for the littles (organic veggie meatballs from Costco which are gluten and dairy free), but I got a burger because why not.
It’s on a GF bun and looks small but filled me way up. The last few weeks’ market dinners have been all over the place. I’ve really been sampling different things each time rather than sticking to my same old (Indian food more often than anything else). That’s partially because there’s not much diversity (I miss the food from “Our House” – specifically their pulled pork Caesar. That was the best dish). This week there were FINALLY some new places, including the burger place I went to.
On Thursday, I made this pea and almond curry salad which is an easy recipe that my friend gave me a few summer’s ago after I fell in love with the dish at her house. I’m sure I’ve showed the dish on HHH before because I’ve made it a handful of times in the past. It’s meant to be a side dish, but I like it as a main.
Smokehouse almonds are SO addicting so any excuse to eat them in massive amounts is fine by me. I made toast on the side.
On Friday I made the most massive crock pot dish, because I was bringing dinner to my friend. I actually started this Thursday evening, so it simmered away on the low setting for almost 24 hours.
Their fam eats low carb, so I figured this pulled pork and Caesar salad was a sure win. That version of pulled pork has always been a big hit in our house. I had to scratch the Caesar though, because her newborn is having reflux stuff that she’s trying to sort out with changes in her diet, so I made a simple (allergy free) salad instead. And quinoa.
Because with that amount of juice, you need something to soak it up, ya know?
Seriously, this is THE BEST pulled pork recipe in the world.
The salad was organic mixed greens, roasted pepitas, dried cranberries, and a simple vinaigrette. Nothing fancy, but apparently it was a huge hit with my friend’s toddler, so that’s always a sign of a good dish.
We still have lots of leftovers so it looks like it will be added to next week’s menu as well. Might make Caesar this time 😉
And now for some real life pics (because my food photos are actually about 4% of my camera roll)…
They are besties. Truly. It’s every parent’s dream to think his/her kids are going to love each other, but their relationship is so beyond that.
Just keep climbing.
It’s literally impossible to photograph a group of >7 kids together.
Morning “family run” turned into an apple picking/construction viewing party. Because, duh.