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. If you are just now starting to cook more at home and your kids are used to eating only a few things, take it slow. It has taken about 3 years for my kids to get to where they will mostly eat whatever we eat. I’ll honestly report on each recipe and let you know how the family liked it.  Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes!

Parmesan Pesto Tuna Melts from Belle of the Kitchen

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  • I don’t use mayonnaise often because it’s hard to find a version that has a healthy ingredient list but I thought the recipe looked good and I had some tuna in the pantry and homemade pesto in the freezer so I went for it.
  • To be honest, my husband didn’t love it because he isn’t fond of tuna.  The kids and I loved it.  I made theirs like a sandwich to make it more kid friendly and made mine open faced.
  • I served this with steamed broccoli and added celery with peanut butter and carrot sticks for the kids.

Zoodles and Meatballs from Skinnytaste and 100 Days of Real Food

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  • This was just my second time to use my spiralizer and I was excited to try another “zoodle” recipe.
  • I used the Skinnytaste recipe as inspiration for the zoodles but I made the meatball recipe from my 100 Days of Real Food cookbook.
  • The meatballs were delicious!  I made them and put them into a pot of warm red sauce (store bought) while I made the zucchini noodles as directed on the Skinnytaste recipe.  I served it with parmesan cheese on top.
  • My husband and I loved it and were once again pleasantly surprised with how much we really do like the zoodles.  The kids loved the meatballs and each tried a few bites of the zoodles.  They did not like them.  I will keep serving them and hope one day they will like them more.  I added some peanut butter and celery and bananas to the kids plates.

Leftover meatballs, pasta with pesto sauce, and sautéed green beans.

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  • I love leftovers so much!  I baked the uncooked leftover meatballs from the previous night.  I only had a few left so I needed something filling as side dishes.
  • For the pasta – I cooked some whole wheat pasta according to package instructions.  In another pot I warmed a bit of olive oil and about 1 T pesto (because that’s what I had left in the fridge.)  Once warmed I added a dash of 1/2 and 1/2.  When the pasta was done cooking I added it to the pesto mix.  We topped it with parmesan cheese. (You might notice I have a bit of an addiction to parmesan cheese…)
  • To add some veggies to our plate I made our favorite green beans: Asian Inspired Sautéed Green Beans.

Quinoa and Black Bean Veggie Burgers from Can You Stay for Dinner

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  • This was a new recipe for us.  I am always trying to find more meatless meals so I was excited to try this one out.  I served them on top of a bed of lettuce with roasted veggies on the side.  I gave the kids cantaloupe with theirs too.  They each only ate 2 no thank you bites of the brussel sprouts.
  • The verdict:  I really liked it and the kids each ate theirs too.  My oldest did complain the whole time about how it was falling apart though.  My husband is another story.  He is always so sweet to eat what I serve and not say anything negative. But I know what it means when he’s quiet during a meal.  He definitely was not a fan.

Black Eyed Peas, Cornbread and Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower

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  • I pulled some black eyed peas out of the freezer and warmed them on the stove.  These were left over from January.  I always make a huge batch of them and freeze lots of leftovers.  The freezer is your friend!!
  • I served them with honey cornbread (recipe coming soon) and steamed broccoli and cauliflower.  I steam fresh broccoli and cauliflower and then add a little butter and garlic salt and pepper.
  • The kids don’t love the black eyed peas so they each only had a few bites.  But they both like cornbread and will eat broccoli and cauliflower.

Homemade Pizza

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  • I make my pizza dough in my bread maker.  I’ll share the recipe soon.  The kids love to help me make the pizza and although it’s usually a hassle to let them help me I try to embrace the chaos.  I want them to come to appreciate cooking and the satisfaction of a home cooked meal they helped make.
  •  I make half of the pizza with red sauce and half with pesto.  I prefer pesto and my husband prefers red sauce.  The kids like both.  Today we just topped the pizza with cheese, tomatoes and olives.
  • I served the pizza with the leftover steamed broccoli and cauliflower.  As you might guess, everyone loves pizza night.

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