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!
***Picnic at the park
- We had a picnic at the park with some friends. I packed sandwiches, watermelon, carrots, pistachios, applesauce, and water.
***Fiesta Chicken Nachos
- I had a meeting at 4:00 and then we had swimming lessons at 5:15 so we needed an easy and quick dinner. I pulled out some of the fiesta chicken and refried beans from the freezer and we made nachos. I made half chicken and beans and the other half just beans. I topped them with a combination of white cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese. We had salsa and watermelon on the side.
***Homemade Falafel from Gimme Some Oven
- I decided to make these again tonight. I gave each of the boys one and then also made them a turkey sandwich in some pita bread. We had some fruit on the side. The boys each ate their falafel without complaining but didn’t ask for seconds. I’m always happy when they try new things.
- My husband humored me and ate his but he wasn’t that into it. I thought they were great again, but a little salty. I’ve made this before and it wasn’t salty the first time so I’m wondering if I somehow accidentally added too much. If you’ve never had falafel before it’s definitely worth trying. It’s basically garbanzo beans, garlic and herbs. We had ours in half a pita with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and red onions.
- I made the corndog muffins one more time to get them just the way I wanted them. They turned out great and everyone liked them. An easy and super kid-friendly meal. Go ahead, try them!
- We had watermelon, pear, and steamed broccoli and cauliflower on the side.
- I knew I would be making a homemade chicken pesto pizza for the next night’s meal so I went ahead and made this easy sautéed chicken recipe and set some of the chicken aside for the pizza. This is a great multi-purpose chicken recipe. It’s perfect for salads, pasta, alone or on pizza! I ended up using some of the leftovers in the sweet potato skins we had later in the week as well.
- I served the chicken with my Asian Inspired Green Beans, brown rice, and cantaloupe (not pictured.)
- The boys don’t love fresh green beans so they didn’t eat all of theirs. But they both tried it without complaining. I’m good with that. I dice their chicken and they like to dip it in ketchup.
- My husband took my older son to his soccer team party. It was at CiCi’s pizza so I was more than glad to let him go on this one. If I’m going to eat out I’d rather not have CiCi’s. 🙂 I decided to make some homemade pizza for my four year old and myself. It was kind of funny because before they left my older son said he’d rather have my pizza. He loves his mama’s pizza!
- I used some of my homemade pizza dough from the freezer. I make the crust very, very thin. Like paper thin. I love it this way. Then I made half of the pizza with red sauce, tomatoes and olives for my 4 year old. The other half had pesto, tomatoes, and probably 3 T of chopped chicken leftover from the night before. I used a combination of mozzarella and white cheddar cheese on top. Words cannot even describe just how good my pizza was.
- I think one of the reasons it was so good was that I used fresh pesto that had just been made. My basil plants needed to be trimmed so I made the pesto about an hour before making the pizza. (If you have a basil plant, the more you harvest it the more it will grow!)
- I also made these whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies made with coconut oil. They are SO good. I mean really really good. Every time I make something like this I am reminded why I don’t bake much. I just don’t have a lot of self control when it comes to sweets. Even though these are “healthier” than most cookie recipes (or store bought cookies) they are still a treat and should be eaten in moderation. Eating several large spoonfuls of the dough and then a few cookies is not moderation! Just being honest here. Gonna have to exercise more self control tomorrow when they are still sitting on my counter.
***Healthy Sweet Potato Skins from Pinch of Yum
- I spied this recipe on Pinterest a while back and have been really wanting to make them. They seemed like the perfect healthy combination: sweet potato, spinach, and garbanzo beans. I have been really trying to expand my horizons and try some new meatless meals. Plus, I want my kids to be used to trying new and different things. The problem is that my husband can be a little picky. So I knew these might not go over too well with him. I would say I liked them. Didn’t love them but I did like them. My husband was not a fan. Both boys tried them but didn’t eat more than that. But I was still so proud that they tried something new without a battle. We’ve come a long way! If you like sweet potatoes and like to eat meatless meals you should take a look at the recipe. It might be perfect for you.
- We had some leftover corndogs from the other night so the kids had some of those as well. We also had leftover broccoli and cauliflower and some pineapple.