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 were out of town most of this week visiting friends and family in Houston.)

***Grilled Chicken

what we ate

  • The boys and I stayed with some good friends of ours and they grilled chicken for dinner.  We also had corn, sautéed potatoes, rolls and fruit.  It was all delicious!

***Pesto Grilled Cheese With Tomato and Mozzarella 

pesto grilled cheese

  • Before we came to visit, my sister asked me to make some of the recipes from my blog while we were visiting.  She really wants to cook more for her kids so she wanted to try some new kid-friendly recipes.  We started with the pesto grilled cheese.  I only added a little pesto and few pieces of tomato to her kids’ grilled cheese since this was something new to them.  Everybody liked them!  We also had fruit and steamed broccoli with the grilled cheese.

***Corndog Muffins and Beef and Vegetable Soup

corndog muffins beef and veggie soup

  • Another favorite are my corn dog muffins.  I made them for the kids and we made the beef and vegetable soup for the adults.  The kids had carrots and fruit with their muffins.
  • My sister loved the beef and vegetable soup.  It really is one of my favorite soups too.  Thankfully we made a double batch!

***Beef and Vegetable Soup

beef and veggie soup

  • We all had leftover soup for dinner and the kids had grilled cheese and fruit as well.  My kids ate the soup and my nephew tried it.  My 3 year old niece looked at it and declared that she didn’t like it (without tasting it, of course).  You can’t win them all!
  • Most soups are even better on day two and this soup is no exception.

***Quiche

quiche2 quiche

  • My boys love quiche so I thought we’d make that for the cousins to try as well.  We made two.  One with just the crust, egg, milk, and cheese mixture.  The second had 1/2 the crust and we added tomatoes and spinach.  I am happy to report that everyone loved the quiche.  I had my 5 year old nephew help me make it because we felt like he’d be more willing to try it if he knew what went in it.   And we were right.
  • The kids had the leftover quiche for breakfast the next day as well.

***Tostadas

tostadas

  • I was tired from our travels home so I wanted something super easy for dinner.  I had some corn tortillas and wanted to make tostadas with them.  I dried them out in the oven for 10 minutes at 250º F.  Then I sautéed them in avocado oil in my cast iron skillet to get them crispy.  I use the word “sautéed” because I wouldn’t say I fried them.  I just drizzled a thin layer of oil in the skillet and sizzled them for 30 seconds or so per side.  We topped them with refried beans from the freezer, cheese, lettuce, cilantro, guacamole and salsa.  The tostadas were delicious!

***Salad with Carrot Ginger Miso dressing from Whole Foods

what we ate

  • My sister introduced me to a yummy dressing from Whole Foods while I was visiting.  I bought a bottle and made a salad that I thought would go well with it.  I used romaine lettuce, carrots, red peppers, celery, green onions, cucumber, toasted sliced almonds, and toasted sesame seeds.  I tossed a few pieces of chicken from the freezer in the salad as well.  We had steamed broccoli and strawberries too.
  • When I make these types of meals I usually make the kids something to go with it.  I do make them a salad but I don’t make it their main course.  They each had a 1/2 grilled cheese, small salad, carrots, cucumber, strawberries, and broccoli.  They were still hungry so they had a banana and some granola.  Sometimes I feel like dinner is never ending!

***Perfectly Seasoned Hamburgers (recipe coming Monday)

what we ate

  • For our Fourth of July family dinner we had hamburger sliders, roasted corn, and brussels sprouts.  It was the perfect holiday meal.  My husband didn’t think brussels sprouts were very festive but I just couldn’t help myself.  🙂
  • I purposely made these burgers into sliders because I knew the portion would be perfect for the kids.  Plus, it helps me watch my portions as well!  I ate mine open faced with lots of veggies piled on.  My husband had two.  And I ate what my four year old left on his plate.
  • My seven year old ate his and asked for a second.  He has tried burgers before but has never liked them.  I’m so happy to report that he loved these.  My four year old loves burgers so he happily ate most of his.

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