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!

*** Annie’s Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese and Veggie Patty (for me)

what we ate

  • Since we are short on time on Sunday nights we go easy.  I made Annie’s whole wheat macaroni for the boys and a veggie patty for me.  I served it with steamed broccoli and cauliflower and fruit.

***Homemade Falafel from Gimme Me Some Oven

what we ate

  • You can’t really see exactly what I ate in this picture but in the pita are 3 little falafel, lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tzatziki sauce.  Oh my goodness, this was GOOD.  I was taking food to a friend this evening so I took all of this over to her house and cooked it there.  We all really liked it.  Just SO MUCH FLAVOR!  If you like your foods super simple you may not be a fan of this.  There are onions, garlic and over 2 cups of fresh herbs.  It calls for 1 1/2 cups of parsley.  Do you know how good parsley is for you?  And cilantro?  Ok, I guess I’ll stop gushing now.  Oh and the tzatziki sauce…so good.  I am going to make that sauce again as a dip for veggies.  It’s basically greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and dill.  YUM!
  • My husband made ham and cheese sandwiches in pita bread with fruit for the boys while I was gone.  (I can honestly say that my husband and boys would probably not like the falafel.  They prefer dishes with a little less flavor.)

***Corndog Muffins made with my cornbread recipe

what we ate

  • I made a batch of my cornbread batter and used 4 hot dogs to make “corndog muffins.”  I cut the four hotdogs into thirds to make 12.  I lined the muffin pan with parchment liners and put one hotdog piece in each slot.  I then poured the cornbread batter in each cup until it just covered the hotdog.  I cooked them at 400º for about 12 minutes.  The kids and my husband loved them.  We used ketchup and mustard for dipping.
  • We had roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese on the side.

***Brown Fried Rice with Chicken and Vegetables from The Lemon Bowl

Chicken Fried Brown Rice

  • I’ve made this recipe several times and my husband and I always really like it.  I make a few changes/substitutions to make it to our liking.  The kids don’t love it because all the foods are mixed so I do try to give them parts of it separate.  I also gave them fruit, leftover corndog muffins and carrots.
  • I had some rice and chicken in the freezer that I used for this recipe to make it a really quick dinner.  If the rice looks a little purple it’s because this is actually brown and black rice mixed.  Black rice turns purplish when you cook it.

***Corndog Muffins

Corndog Muffins

  • We used up the rest of the hotdogs and made corndog muffins again.  We had watermelon and strawberries on the side.  I am so excited that summer fruit is coming back!
  • I may be making the corndog muffins again soon.  They tasted great but I want to play around with how I cook them to make them with less cornbread surrounding the dog.  I’ll post the recipe when I get it just right because they really are pretty good.

***Pesto Tuna Melts from Belle of the Kitchen

what we ate

  • I’ve made this one several times before.  My husband is gone tonight and since he doesn’t like tuna I knew it was the perfect time to make it.  The boys and I both love it.  I make theirs like a grilled cheese and eat mine open faced with a little parmesan cheese and tomatoes on top.

***Bean and Cheese Nachos with my homemade refried beans

what we ate

  • I made nachos with organic corn chips, cheddar cheese, homemade refried beans (from the freezer,) salsa, and guacamole.  I’m the only one that likes guacamole in this house so I just made a little.  The others had some cantaloupe on the side.
  • Nachos are a hit with everyone and take little time to prepare, making them win-win!

5 thoughts on “What We Ate, Week of 4/19/15

  1. Thanks for posting your weekly recap! I am meal planning for the week right now and it is very helpful. Can’t wait for the corndog muffin recipe

  2. I think I will try the cornbread muffins this week! I think everyone will like them! I’m brainstorming about the bread/dog ratio though- will definitely be interested if you figure something out for that.

  3. Have you thought about having two quarter pieces in each muffin? Or maybe making them in a mini muffin tin with smaller pieces? Not sure that will help the issue….

    • Yes, I did think about a mini muffin recipe and have seen some out there but I love my parchment paper liners for the regular size muffin and haven’t found good liners (that don’t stick) for mini muffins. So, I really prefer the bigger muffins for easier clean up and no need of spraying the muffin cups. That’s a silly reason but I am all about the easier clean up and non sticking muffins! I really think next time I’m going to try to make 15 – 17 muffins and still use 1/3 of a hot dog in each and just fill it with about 1 T or 1 heaping T of the cornbread mix. The cornbread recipe really worked well for these because it held together nicely. I would reduce the cooking time to 8 – 10 minutes probably if I made that many. Maybe I’ll try again next week. The kids really did like them but they really pulled out the hotdog and ate it and then ate the cornbread rather than eating it like a corndog. Laine and I ate them together and liked them.

      Definitely give me feedback if you make them!!

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