In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

There are only 6 dinners this week because I’m taking the boys to visit my sister and a friend for a few days so I wanted to go ahead and post this.  I’ll be sure to report back what we ate while away from home!

***Leftovers

what we ate

  • We ate lunch at a BBQ place with my in-laws for Father’s Day lunch.  We had plenty of leftovers so I had my leftover salad and my husband had the leftover mac and cheese and green beans.  I have no idea what my kids ate since they spent the night with my in-laws.  I probably don’t want to know.  🙂
  • The BBQ place we went to has a great southwest chicken salad that I really like, but it’s huge.  So when it came to the table I went ahead and put 1/2 into a to go box for dinner.  That’s a great way to exercise portion control if it’s something you struggle with.  Believe me, I wanted to keep eating because it was so good but I knew I was getting full and it was time to stop.

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Kale Salad With Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

We’ve been eating kale salads for a while.  Pretty much every time I make one my husband says that bacon would make the salad even better.  So tonight I finally took his advice and added bacon.  Not only did I add bacon, I decided to use the bacon grease to make a warm maple bacon vinaigrette dressing to top the salad.  I did a little searching to get some inspiration and I think I came up with a winner.  My husband has a serious aversion to vinegar so I had to be careful how much I used for this recipe.  I added a little lemon juice to make up for the decrease in the vinegar that most recipes suggest.  In addition to bacon, the salad is topped with Parmesan cheese and toasted pecans.  Because I made this as a main dish I didn’t skimp on the cheese and nuts.  If you want to make this recipe as more of a side dish you could always decrease those ingredients to keep it lighter.

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We are trying to do a few new things in our area this summer.  One of the things on our list was a visit to Great Wolf Lodge.  So this past week we spent a night there.  We had tons of fun and exhausted ourselves for sure!  We were there from Thursday at 1:00 until Friday at 4:00 and we spent the majority of our time at the water park.

I know most people want to take a complete break from cooking or planning for meals when they are on vacation.  And I think that’s good to do sometimes; it can be part of the fun.  I’m all about splurging and enjoying foods you don’t normally eat but sometimes I’d just rather try to stick to healthy eating even though I’m away from home.  Since I had the time Thursday morning I decided to go ahead and pack most of our meals.  I did this not only to save money but also so that we could still eat somewhat healthy while we were there.  I knew that we’d be really active the whole time and my kids do so much better when they don’t eat tons of junk.  Plus, we only stayed one night and traveled less than 30 minutes to get there.  So it really wasn’t inconvenient for us to bring our own foods.

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

***Hotdogs

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  • We had four leftover hotdogs that we decided to grill.  I bought some corn on the cob and we cooked it on the grill as well, using this method.  We had fruit and carrots on the side.  It was all very good and seemed to be the perfect summer meal.  As an added bonus, we were able to enjoy the outdoors and eat on our patio.
  • The buns were really big compared to the hotdog so I only ate part of my bun.  One way I (sometimes) save calories (and a lot of added bread/carbs) is to keep most of my sandwiches, burgers, etc. open faced.

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Our Favorite Pumpkin Muffins

A few years ago I came across this recipe for pumpkin muffins.  It has been one of our favorites ever since.  One of the reasons I love it so much is that it uses an entire can of pumpkin.  Most recipes use 3/4 – 1 cup of pumpkin and then you have to figure out what to do with the rest of the can.  Using the entire can of pumpkin also makes these muffins really moist, light and fluffy.

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Simple Zucchini Noodles

If you haven’t tried zucchini noodles yet you really need to.  They are a great alternative to regular noodles.  Using zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) instead of pasta allows you to add another veggie to your meal and skip out on the added calories and carbs.  Don’t get me wrong, we love pasta too.  But sometimes I want a lighter option.  I’ve tried spaghetti squash and we just don’t love it the way other people do.  But we do really enjoy zucchini noodles.

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meatballs

My boys love meatballs.  I’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years and this one ranks up there as one of our favorites.  There are a few reasons for this.  Number one is that there are no onions.  I love onions but for some reason I don’t love the crunch of onions in my meatballs (and neither does my husband.)  Second, there are veggies (carrots and spinach) in the recipe but you cannot taste them at all.  Third, these meatballs are made with 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground beef, making them a little more lean than all beef meatballs.  And finally, I love this recipe because it makes a lot so there are plenty leftover for the freezer.

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

***Soft Tacos

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  • My nephew graduated from high school so we went to a graduation party for him.  They served soft tacos, chips and queso, crackers and cheese, and fruits and veggies.  It was all very good and then we enjoyed the candy/treat table.  It was one of those with the little containers to encourage you to take some home.  Of course the boys’ aunt made them each take one and fill it to the brim.  So now their “treat bags” are full again.  Sigh…  I had a big chocolate cake ball that was SO good.  And I might have brought an extra one home.  😉

***Salmon Patties

what we ate

  • I have made salmon patties before and we all liked them.  This time I decided to come up with my own version (made with almond flour) and I put together a creamy dill sauce to go with them.

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Salmon Patties

I think everybody has heard at one time or another how good salmon is for you.  It’s a great source of protein and is full of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids that provide so many health benefits.  But many people don’t enjoy the taste of fresh salmon.  My husband would be included in that category.  He doesn’t like anything “fishy.”  Fortunately, these flavorful salmon patties don’t taste very fishy so they are the perfect alternative for fish skeptics.

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In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!

***Pita Sandwiches

what we ate

  • We had a church-wide picnic tonight so we packed pita sandwiches, carrots, fruit, and organic blue corn chips with salsa.
  • I used my panini press to warm the sandwiches and wrapped them in foil to keep them warm.  They were great!

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