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!

We’re going to be traveling the rest of the week and into next week so I’m going to go ahead and share what we’ve eaten so far this week and then I’ll do a vacation “what we ate” post when we return.

***Leftover Southwest Quina Bowls and Broccoli

what we ate

  • We had what was left of the quinoa bowls from the night before.  I also steamed some broccoli.
  • The kids had some leftover macaroni and cheese from lunch with theirs.

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whole wheat pasta with spinach and basil pesto, chicken and tomatoes

It’s no secret that I have a special affinity for pesto.  There is just so much flavor packed into one little sauce.  While it’s typically made with Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts, there are actually a lot of different variations that add in green veggies.  Two in particular that I’ve been wanting to try are kale and spinach.

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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!

***Paninis made with whole wheat pita bread

what we ate

  • I made personalized panini sandwiches with whole wheat pita bread.  We had ham, cheese (mozzarella and cheddar), chicken, and pesto available and each of us picked our own combo.  We had broccoli and strawberries (not pictured) as well.

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kids in the kitchen

One of my goals this summer has been to spend more time with the kids in the kitchen.  The long summer days (and ensuing boredom) are perfect for getting them involved.  I purchased this cooking kit from Amazon and surprised them with it when school ended.  We’ve been having a lot of fun trying new things this summer.

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dark chocolate granola cups2

My husband and kids were out of town for a few days last week so naturally I needed to make myself some sort of treat to enjoy all to myself.  I normally have to sneak my little treats if I don’t want to share but when they are gone I get to eat them out in the open with no one stealing bites.  🙂  I pretty much never make a treat that doesn’t involve dark chocolate and something crunchy.  Usually it’s nuts but this time I decided to use granola.  I’ve dropped some chocolate chips into my granola before so I knew it would make a good combination.  I also added in a little coconut because coconut added to melted chocolate always tastes great!

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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!

***Small Group Picnic

Forgot a picture!  Sorry!

  • We had a picnic fellowship with our small group from church.  I brought a salad for me, sandwich for my husband, and homemade lunchables for the kids.  We also had carrots and strawberries.  I also brought some Mom’s Best Cheerios, pistachios, and apples because I knew the kids would want more after running around.  Sure enough, they ate it all!

***Kale Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

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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!

***Leftover sliders

what we ate

  • We had enough sliders leftover for us to each have one for dinner.  I had mine open faced.
  • I attempted something new to go with the sliders.  It didn’t turn out so well, unfortunately.  I took the leftover corn tortillas that I had and brushed them with avocado oil and added salt.  I then baked them in the oven to try to make baked corn chips.  The flavor was great but they were just too chewy.  Next time I’ll try them in my cast iron skillet.  I made some guacamole and pico de gallo to go with them.  Since the homemade chips turned out so difficult to eat I opened a bag of organic corn chips I had on hand.  The boys also had a banana.

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perfectly seasoned burgers2

There is nothing better than a super juicy burger topped with tons of crunchy veggies on a warm summer evening.  Actually, living in Texas, we can pretty much grill almost year round.  Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be just a summer thing.  This year, for the first time in years, we didn’t have big plans for the Fourth of July.  So we decided to pack some healthy lunches and spend the day at the water park and then come home for a family dinner.  I knew grilled burgers would be the perfect way to regain some energy after a long day of activity.

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