Me and my little family have just have the most wonderful day. (I and my family? Me and my family? Whatever is the correct grammar, pretend I put it at the beginning of that sentence.) Today we decided to take our girls on a little adventure. It’s late, I don’t have much battery left on my laptop and the cord is all the way downstairs, so I’m not going to type it all out, but it was magical! A wonderful day.
Sunday – This was a family party, potluck style. We brought a gigantic green salad that people seemed to like, I just threw together a bunch of lettuce and veggies I had on hand, then I roasted some chickpeas in the oven (toss chickpeas in olive oil with some salt, pepper, and other seasonings, I used garlic pepper this time, bake in 400 degree oven until crispy) and I tossed those on top. Marquis made a dressing from scratch, it was a cheesy ranch type thing that was super yummy. I didn’t watch him make it, though, so I can’t even begin to tell you how it was done. And no picture, sorry! We also enjoyed all the other potluck offerings.
Monday – Pasta e Fagioli soup. I found the recipe here. I left out the tomatoes because I forgot to buy them and because Marquis isn’t really a fan of cooked diced tomatoes in soup anyway. My Parmesan crisps didn’t turn out as pretty as hers, I think I need more cheese next time. This was a yummy, easy meal, though!
Tuesday – Chicken with warm mango salsa. The recipe for this is coming on Tuesday, so watch for it! Very yummy stuff. Served on brown rice with asparagus sauteed in coconut oil on the side. (Update: Recipe is here.)
Wednesday – Beef tacos. I have no recipe for this, just because it’s so simple. We took some of the beef that was left over from last week, sauteed it in a pan with a teeny bit of beef broth, then served it on corn tortillas with lettuce, tomato and avocado. Marquis also made a sauce out of plain yogurt, cumin, salt, pepper, and some other seasonings he doesn’t remember that we also put on the tacos. Our 5-year-old loved it so much she had three of them!
Thursday – Mac’n’cheese with broccoli and sausage. I forgot about dinner this night and needed something fast and easy (I’m always saying that, aren’t I?). I quickly cooked up some orzo pasta, whipped together my Easy Peasy Cheese Sauce, and threw it all together in a pan with some steamed broccoli and a little bit of leftover sausage we had from the soup on Monday. If I had more time and ambition I would have toasted some bread crumbs with some butter and garlic, thrown those on top and baked it for awhile, but instead it was served as is, and everyone seemed to love it anyway. Way better than mac’n’cheese from a box, and in about the same amount of time!
Saturday – This was our grand adventure day! We took sandwiches and fruit with us for lunch, but because we were off adventuring longer than planned, and because I hadn’t done the menu planning/shopping for the week, we decided to grab a bite on the way home rather than try to figure out something. We found the cutest little sandwich shop, and while I wouldn’t call the selections really clean eating, they did give us lots of fresh vegetables and it was a clean place with a nice atmosphere, attentive staff and yummy food. They were even awesome about my 5-year-old’s food allergies. I’ll be doing a full review about this place coming up soon, but it seems like I’ve already given away the ending, having I? Oops! Oh, well.