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 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.
***Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Chips + Greek Salad
- My husband wasn’t home when I made pita chips the other day so he wanted me to make them again. I made them and then made a Greek salad for the adults and pita chips, hummus, and fruit and veggies for the kids.
- To make the Greek salad I just used romaine lettuce, tomatoes, some cooked chicken from the freezer, and homemade tzatziki sauce.
***Breakfast For Dinner
- I’ve been wanting to try these Oat Flour Almond Butter Pancakes from the Real Fit Real Food Mom blog. So I decided to make them and do breakfast for dinner since that always makes everyone happy. The whole family loved these pancakes. In fact, my 7 year old had four. I have a ton leftover for future breakfasts too, which is always a plus in my book. We dipped them in warm maple syrup. These are really filling and a great addition to your breakfast (or dinner) rotation. As an added plus, they are gluten free for those who can’t tolerate gluten.
- We had some scrambled eggs, watermelon, and strawberries with our pancakes.
- I came up with a new taco meat recipe with the idea to make a lot (to stock the freezer) and to add in some veggies, beans, and rice to stretch the meat. I’ve often added in beans and tomatoes but I don’t usually add rice or peppers. We all loved the recipe. And I love the versatility.
- My husband and boys had tacos and I had a taco salad.
***Super easy dinner
- Some nights I just want to keep it easy and fresh. This was one of those nights. We had steamed broccoli, fruit, carrots and celery with tzatziki sauce, and almond butter on multigrain crackers. A nutritious dinner doesn’t have to be difficult!
- The kids had seconds of fruit and some granola too.
- Just something to note: someone put a comment on Facebook when I posted this picture about how this looked like a great dinner to them but no way their husband would call this dinner. I hear that a lot from people. Many say that their husbands really want some type of meat with their dinner. Thankfully, my husband is pretty laid back. He has said before that he doesn’t want to do the shopping and cooking so he’s happy with whatever I make. Plus, he eats out on certain days of the week and usually eats more on those days so I will sometimes go lighter with dinner. In addition, I often put extra protein on his plate or he goes back for more. Believe me, he doesn’t starve. But if he really wanted more meat what I would probably do is keep extras of whatever I make in the freezer (like I already do) and pull out some meat for him on night’s like these. To be honest, if I didn’t have a family to cook for this is how I would eat on most nights. I loved it.
***Leftover Taco Skillet
- My husband and the kids had tacos. I stuffed a green bell pepper with the taco skillet and then topped with a little cheese.
- We had fruit and chips and salsa on the side.
***Spinach and Basil Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Tomatoes
- For the first time I added spinach to my pesto. I added in 3 cups of fresh spinach and it was still delicious. Spinach is an amazing vegetable that way. You can add it to just about anything and you really can’t taste it. So I made a pasta dish with spinach and basil pesto, cooked chicken, tomatoes, and whole wheat pasta. My seven year old had about 5 servings. He single handedly finished off the pot! I will write this recipe up soon because the whole family approved.
- We also had steamed broccoli and the boys had some fruit too. My husband loves to tease me about how much broccoli we eat but I love broccoli and it’s one green veggie that no one really complains about. It’s also super healthy so why not make it often?!?!