Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's what's for dinner.

 I got so much fun (and dare I say excited) feedback about potentially showing y'all what we eat for a week when I mentioned that I was considering doing this for a blog post.  I think it cracked my man up like crazy.  But I get it.  I always want to see what people really eat for dinner- not something all pretty and staged, but what really goes on a table, no company, no special occasions... just dinner.  I would say as a disclaimer, that our standard menu does tend to change with the season, (I'm sure everyone does... you know, soups in the winter, lighter foods in the summer, etc.) but this is pretty standard for us around this time of year and I didn't make any special meals within this week to impress you.  That said... here we go!

The night I decided this would be fun was the night before grocery shopping.  (I had my list already written out, along with my menu before this decision.)  There wasn't much left in the house at this point with the exception of one orange, two uber-ripe kiwis, a handful of grape tomatoes, one avocado that needed to be eaten immediately, eggs, and one big ham steak.  I split it all up evenly onto four plates, and that was dinner. 
 Ah groceries.  I remember a time when I could spend all day in a grocery store.  Have I gotten busier or has the "new" just wore off on that?  Because seriously, I hate that chore.  LOL  This is one of Adrain and my favorite salads.  I serve this to company, it's so good!  I buy the tail off, pre-cooked jumbo shrimp, (cause let's face it, peeling shrimp is not something I love to do, nor do I have tons of time to spend on it.) pepper bacon, grape tomatoes (we eat a lot of those) spring salad mix, avocado (another staple) and whip up a simple honey mustard vinaigrette dressing.  I toss the bacon into a pan, cook it, and then quickly wipe out the pan, and toss in the shrimp to warm them up.  While that's going, I chop everything and put the salads together.  For the dressing, I use a mini food processor to blitz it all.
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
 1 TBSP white wine vinegar
1/2 c light olive oil
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1-2 TBSP honey (depending on your sweetness tolerance)
dash of salt and pepper.  Sometimes I also toss in fresh herbs too.  It's yummy, quick and easy!
 Leftover salad greens, tomatoes, avocados and dressing, but with some pear slices and steak strips on top!  Quick and easy.  The kiddos love steak. (Also please note the water bottle.  I did have a napkin on this night. Ha!)  I'll be honest here, I bought pre-cooked, pre-sliced steak for this but only because our BBQ grill was needing something fixed and I knew Adrain wouldn't get to it til the weekend... and I hate cooking meat.  Normally we'd grill the steak ourselves, and save the money because that would be much more affordable.  Just so you know.  I love to take something and carry it over into the next night as faux leftovers. For example, I plan back to back salads with tweaked toppings and no one feels like they are getting leftovers.  Things like that.
Possibly my all time favorite chicken.  Honey Mustard chicken.  Guys... this is one to tuck into your EASY arsenal.  (I also make this for company quite often.)
Honey Mustard Chicken
 In a bowl, pour 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 c olive oil (or you can do melted butter- honestly it tastes the same to me but olive oil is much better for you) 3 TBSP Dijon mustard, 1 tsp curry powder, salt, and cracked pepper. You can marinate chicken pieces, or breasts in this, and bake it at 350 for half hour... or you can skewer tenders like we did and use it as a basting BBQ sauce.  (That's my favorite way to use it.)
 It takes five minutes to mix and I always have the ingredients on hand.  Then I snipped some fresh sage and oregano and sauteed a couple of zucchinis and mushrooms in some olive oil.  It was perfect and we ate outside in the sunshine.
Leftover honey mustard chicken, chopped up on top of a bed of spinach (my family's favorite) with walnuts, pear slices, tomatoes and avocados (the hoodlums always pass on the avocado and tomato just so you know) with some leftover vinaigrette drizzled over the top.  The comments I got at dinner were, "Mom, you always make the best salads" and from my man, "I love how packed full of things your salads are."  Yes... well... I like to make every bite a surprise.  LOL
 Every woman should have a full meal on hand that can go straight from her freezer to the table in case she gets busy doing errands, trying to get pink paint out of her daughter's comforter cover, and cleaning the house, and then totally spaces out on taking the fish and corn tortillas out of the freezer for tonight's fish tacos. Or whatever... Ahem.  Yeah.  You caught me.  (Unplanned dinner in 25 minutes.  That's what I call this one.)  Frozen salmon patties (from Costco) with frozen sweet potato fries and frozen green beans.  I tossed the salmon into a pan and did the same with the green beans.  I hit the beans with olive oil, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.  And the surprise ingredient in tonight's dinner- a dollop of watermelon orange salsa that I mixed while things were simmering.  I mixed a half cup of pre-made pico de gallo with a chopped up orange and some watermelon chunks.  It was super yummy with the salmon.  P.S.You can whip up your own homemade pico de gallo to keep on hand with this easy recipe.
Pico de Gallo
chop up 4 roma tomatoes, (I usually discard the pulpy seed parts) 
1 small sweet onion
 1/4 c fresh cilantro
a few squeezes of lemon or lime, and salt and pepper.

I did get my act together and thawed the fish so we could have our regular (once a week) fish tacos.  I have to tell you that my kids love this fish.  I use a frozen Hake fillet, saute it in some olive oil, and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and fresh lemon squeezes.  They sneak it when my back is turned so you know it's good.  And fast.  (I like fast.)  Since we're all gluten free, we use corn tortillas, and I warm them in a steamer in the microwave.  We top them with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and fresh guacamole. (Scrape out the flesh of two avocados, mash them up, add a spoon of minced garlic, pinch of salt, pepper, dash of cayenne, and squeeze of lemon or lime juice.)  I usually set everything on the table and let everyone help themselves.  (I have to monitor the hoodlums though, or they'll eat seventeen tacos a piece.  I guess we're at that age.)
So that's what we ate for dinner this week!  I'm going to be linking up to the Beckster's party here.   

feed my family friday


  1. Wow, your kids eat salad and zucchini? That's fantastic! I love how fresh everything looks and I'll bet they'll love it even more when you're picking it from your own garden!

    I made enchiladas last night and my boy loved the new gluten-free brown rice tortillas I used for the first time. You may wanna give 'em a go.

  2. i don't like cooking meat either! even off the grill. if it was up to me, i'd be vegetarian just so i wouldn't have to cook it. but kelly isn't interested in not eating meat, at all. imagine that! how did you know i wanted a salsa recipe?? sooo excited to make yours. i'll pretend you're here eating it with me. : ) happy friday - best day of the week! xoxo.

  3. ok, so this is soooo fun!! i love this whole post! i made dinner all of twice this week,so ya...not going to be posting my week in meals :) your kids remind me of mine...they like the weird stuff; brussel sprouts, green beans, darling jack chose a piece of grilled halibut over hot dogs at a cookout the other night. so i'm totally pinning this whole post for inspriation...just so you know :)


  4. these recipes sound great! I absolutely hate grocery shopping. And it doesn't matter how much I buy or spend. In three days our cupboards are completely bare again. It's like the laundry- it never ends.

  5. Where do you buy the frozen Hake fillet? I haven't heard of it. Everything looks great! and real :)

  6. Oh yum. I am so glad you decided to start posting these meals...what wonderful ideas! My hubby can't stand leftovers (i love them) so your idea of same salad-different toppings is great...I'm going to have to try it....and we love fish tacos as well:) such a wonderful summer meal!

    thanks so much for sharing, and p.s. love the fact that you left the water bottle in the picture...thats what we drink out of as well;)

  7. Thanks for sharing Sasha, I love quick and easy meals and all of these are super ideas!!

  8. EVERYTHING on here speaks my food language!
    smart, smart girl on the back to back salads.
    i will be doing that!
    thanks so much sweetie!
    have a wonderful weekend!!!

    ps MUST have fish tacos, STAT! my fave!

  9. Looks like a fresh and delicious week to me! Thanks for sharing Sasha :-) Happy Weekend!

  10. I'm so impressed at how healthy you eat! I teach nutrition to elementary students and so many of them have never even tasted fresh spinach or avacado. All of your meals look so delicious.

    1. Yes I have to compensate for near constant baking. Hahahaha! (I can't help it, I LOVE to bake.)

  11. You're making me hungry... ;)

  12. Yum! I love salad! I love your bumpy bowls, too. I have the coffee cups that match.

  13. OH MY GOODNESS!! I wanna live at your house. You seriously floor me. It all looks soooo good. That salad with shrimp...I'm all over that. Thank you SO MUCH for linking up. I'll be referring back here. Have a great weekend friend.

  14. I just love how real you are! I wrote it all down and minus the shrimp salad ( fam doesn't care for it) I have my menu for next wk! So super healthy!

  15. I want to pin some of your recipes, but can't! Everything looks delicious!

  16. Ok so if I come and live with you I won't be fat. Seriously what I got out of this is portions and low calories. IT all looked good and I would have wanted 17 tacos too.

    1. That is hilarious... but here's the truth.. I HAVE to eat like that since I bake so much. LOL So if you came to live with me, I'd still want to feed you cupcakes. :)

  17. I love everything pictured here! You all eat so healthy! I grew up in the South where we would have fried everything you show here lol I just loved this!

  18. I would eat at your house ... any night. Thanks for the inspiration for some fresh simple meals.

  19. I made the honey mustard chicken for the family on Saturday. SUPER easy and SUPER good. This one is going into my go to arsenal for sure.

  20. I would be a guest at your table ANY day of the week! YUMMO!! :)