Meal Ideas

I really enjoy cooking, but always fall back on the same recipes.  Branching out this summer with some new recipe ideas for our combined meals with my parents, meals for our family of four and lunches for the girls and I when we are home.

COMBINED MEALS:  Four adults and two kids.  Looking for great recipes and often use ideas from the book "Bread and Wine" by Shauna Niequist as well as from the website Epicurious.

Epicurious recipes:
1.  Fettucine with peas, asparagus and pancetta
2.  Pineapple-glazed chicken with jalapeno salsa
3.  Roast pork tenderloin with carrot romesco

Bread and Wine Recipes:
1.  Blueberry Crisp (sans walnuts)
2.  Simple Chocolate Mousse 
3.  Salt and Vinegar Potato Salad

Bon Appetit recipes:
1.  Lemon and White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse
2.  Chicken Roulade
3.  Portuguese Baked Eggs

1.  Turkey and Spinach Sliders 

Being home means a totally different lifestyle in eating compared to when I'm working.  Meals can be slower and we can have more time.  Breakfasts are often spent in the Taj Mahal upstairs and lunches are somewhat sporadic in their timing - sometimes earlier, sometimes later.  Compared to our 30 minute work lunches and our breakfasts eaten in the car on the way to work, I get really excited to try out new things and enjoy time with our girls!

1.  Healthy Ideas
2.  Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal
3.  Baked Oatmeal 
4.  Baked Oatmeal II
5.  Cinnamon toast Shapes - use cookie cutters to cut out shapes; sprinkle with butter and cinnamon

1.  Healthy Protein Shakes
Let's face it - it's sometimes hard to want to eat much of anything when it is over 100 degrees and you've been at the pool all day.  Planning to try some protein shake ideas.  There are SO many varieties!

A.  Purple Shake 
B.  Chunky Monkey
C.  Green Monster Shake
D.  Chia Berry Smoothie
E.  Popeye the Sailor Man Smoothie
F.  Fruit Smoothie
G.  Mixed Berry Smoothie
H.  Peach Banana Smoothie

2.  The Un-Sandwich Wich
We are not sandwich people.  Not that they are bad!  I ate so many my first years of teaching that I just can't stand them anymore.  The occasional grilled cheese with tomato soup is great on a winter day, but other than that, I just don't eat them.  The girls are the same way.  Riley will have a peanut butter and honey sandwich, but grows tired of them quickly.  It makes it hard to find creative lunches, but I'm thinking the Un-Sandwich Wich is the way to go.  Basically, all the parts of the sandwich but not stacked together.

1.  Rolled turkey, salami, chicken or ham
2.  Mustard for dipping
3.  1-2 slices of cheese
4.  1/2 a bagel

3.  Pasta
The girls love basic pasta.  Riley loves it with a special seasoning sauce that Jeremy picked up from a restaurant we absolutely love.  The sauce is black pepper, sea salt and a touch of garlic.  You can make your own as well!


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