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!

***Hotdogs

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  • We had four leftover hotdogs that we decided to grill.  I bought some corn on the cob and we cooked it on the grill as well, using this method.  We had fruit and carrots on the side.  It was all very good and seemed to be the perfect summer meal.  As an added bonus, we were able to enjoy the outdoors and eat on our patio.
  • The buns were really big compared to the hotdog so I only ate part of my bun.  One way I (sometimes) save calories (and a lot of added bread/carbs) is to keep most of my sandwiches, burgers, etc. open faced.

***Pork Tenderloin from Chef Mommy

what we ate

  • I bought some pork tenderloin for a good price at Sprouts the other day.  There were two loins in the package.  I mixed up the marinade from the recipe linked above and let it sit overnight.  I made one of the tenderloins and put the other in the freezer (with the marinade) for an easy dinner ready to cook straight from the freezer.
  • I served the tenderloin over brown rice and we had roasted asparagus, onions, carrots and red pepper on the side.  For the veggies I roasted them in olive oil and salt and pepper for 15 minutes at 425º F.

***Tuna Patties adapted from Simply Recipes

what we ate

  • We made a variation of the tuna patties linked above.  I had some homemade whole wheat bread crumbs leftover from the meatballs so I used that instead of the white bread.  I also switched up the herbs and left out the hot sauce.
  • I ate mine on a salad and the rest of the family had their salad on the side.  We also had fruit.
  • My husband said he liked these better than the salmon patties.  I think both recipes are great.
  • My four year old asked me where the yogurt dill sauce was.  He was extremely sad that he didn’t have the same sauce from the salmon patties to dip into!

***Leftover Pork Tenderloin from Chef Mommy

what we ate

  • We had leftover pork tenderloin from the other night.  I just warmed it up in its juices in the oven on 350º.  We also had maple and cinnamon baked sweet potato and roasted veggies.
  • For the veggies, I tossed asparagus, broccoli, and onion in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and roasted them at 425º F for about 15 minutes.  I added a sprinkle of parmesan to the asparagus and broccoli at the end.
  • I love meals like this when I can look at my plate and see 1/2 – 3/4 the plate is veggies.  I try to think through my meals and make sure they aren’t all meat or all some form of wheat or grain.  Sometimes they are but I try to balance those nights with meals like this.

***Chipotle

what we ate

  • We spent the night at Great Wolf Lodge and decided to leave for a bit to eat dinner.  We noticed a Chipotle right down the road and decided to take advantage of it because they use pretty decent ingredients and have good food.  My husband had a burrito, the kids had quesadillas and I had a burrito bowl.  I also ordered guacamole and we got some chips.  the kids chowed down on the guac, which they don’t normally do.  They were hungry!  I was happy they were both trying something new.

***Leftovers

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  • The portion sizes at Chipotle are pretty big so I ended up with half my burrito bowl leftover and the kids had rice and beans left.  I had my leftover burrito bowl for dinner and my husband had the rice and beans, plus grapes and peanut butter celery.  The kids had chicken nuggets, fruit and the leftover pretzels from our trip.  This is how we roll when we are all exhausted.

***Pesto Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Mozzarella in pita pockets

what we ate

  • It was time to harvest basil again so that means it was also time to make pesto!  There is nothing better than fresh, homemade pesto.  So so tasty.
  • The boys love these sandwiches.  They always ask for seconds, though to their dismay I usually only make one for each of us.  They did both have a banana and some fruit too.
  • We also had steamed veggies on the side.

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