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  1. Sunday, July 21, 2019

    Week 633 Weekly Menu

    Hello from Cape Cod! Since the whole family is together in one house, we are for sure going to be cooking some dinners this week, so here’s our (tentative) plan!

    Week 633 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - Taco Night; Tuesday - Grammy's Orange Chicken; Wednesday - Cookout Night; Thursday - Lobster; Friday - Lentil Rice Bowls; Saturday - Dinner on the Road; Sunday - Spaghetti Bolognese

    MONDAY:
    – Taco Night

    TUESDAY:
    Grammy’s Orange Chicken with Rice
    – Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Cookout Night (for meat eaters and vegetarians, including Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Drizzle)

    THURSDAY:
    – Cape Cod Extravaganza Dinner! Lobster, corn on the cob and more!

    FRIDAY:
    Lentil Rice Bowls

    SATURDAY:
    – Dinner on the road…leaving the Cape (waaaah!)

    SUNDAY:
    Spaghetti Bolognese

    Your turn! Share your menus in the comments below. And have a great week!


  2. Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Week 632 Weekly Dinner Menu

    This week we are heading to New England for our annual visit. Which means my menu this week is basically useless to all of you! πŸ˜‰ So, please pretty please make sure you post your meal plans in the comments to provide inspiration for everyone!

    Week 632 Weekly Dinner Menu: Traveling through New Hampshire and Cape Cod this week, all food is to be determined!

    MONDAY:
    – Eat up all leftovers in the house

    TUESDAY:
    – Airport food

    WEDNESDAY:
    – New Hampshire – food tbd

    THURSDAY:
    – New Hampshire – food tbd

    FRIDAY:
    – New Hampshire – food tbd

    SATURDAY:
    – Cape Cod – food tbd

    SUNDAY:
    – Cape Cod – food tbd

    For this trip we will be driving a Toyota Sequoia (thank you, Toyota!). We’ve been toying with the idea of getting something other than a minivan and have been curious about the Sequoia, so I am excited to see how we like it! Minivans are super sexy and cool, though, so the Sequoia has its work cut out for it.

    Thank you all in advance for your menus! Have a great week!


  3. Sunday, July 7, 2019

    Week 631 Weekly Menu

    Hi all! I relied heavily on the menus shared last week to inspire my menu this week. Thank you all who post your weekly meal plans, they are so incredibly helpful!

    Week 631 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - Naan Pizzas; Tuesay - Roast Pork Tenderloin; Wednesday - Chicken Kebabs; Thursday - Leftovers; Friday - Taco Salad; Saturday - Eat out night; Sunday - Grilled Salmon

    MONDAY:
    – Build-Your-Own Naan Pizzas on the Grill

    TUESDAY:
    Island Roasted Pork Tenderloin
    – Rice and salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Lemon Rosemary Chicken Kebabs

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Taco Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Grilled Salmon
    Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes and Salad

    Your turn! Share those menus in the comments below!


  4. Sunday, June 30, 2019

    Week 630 Weekly Menu

    Hi Everyone! San Diego experiences some pretty serious May Gray and June Gloom every single year and this year was no exception. This weekend, heading into July, the sun has finally come out…right on cue! I hope you all have a happy, sunny 4th of July!

    Week 630 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - Shepherd's Pie; Tuesday - Tacos; Wednesday - Eat out at City Taco; Thursday - 4th of July Cookout; Friday - Leftovers; Saturday - Eat Out Night; Sunday - Naan Pizzas on the Grill

    MONDAY:
    – Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

    TUESDAY:
    Cora’s Taco Recipe (with ground turkey)

    WEDNESDAY:
    City Taco in North Park

    THURSDAY:
    – 4th of July Cookout 

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Build-Your-Own Naan Pizzas on the Grill

    You know the drill…share those weekly meal plans in the comments below!


  5. Sunday, June 23, 2019

    Week 629 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Hey there. So, I totally spaced it last week with menu planning. Apparently I am in full on summer mode? Goodness. Here’s this week’s plan!

    Week 629 Weekly Dinner Plan: Monday - Kebabs; Tuesday - Asian Chicken Salad; Wednesday - Lentil Rice Bowls; Thursday - Leftovers; Friday - Caprese Salad; Saturday - Out; Sunday - Grilled Salmon

    MONDAY:
    – Kebabs on the Grill
    – Rice Pilaf

    TUESDAY:
    – Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Caprese Salad
    – Fresh fruit

    SATURDAY:
    – Work party (pizza for the kids)

    SUNDAY:
    Grilled Salmon
    – Salad and roasted potatoes

    Please pretty please share your meal plans in the comments below! You guys are the best!


  6. Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Banana Oat Pancake Recipe (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

    I have another gluten-free, dairy-free recipe for you today…banana oat pancakes! There are a million blog posts out there sharing what is essentially this recipe, but I wasn’t loving any one version in particular. So, I ended up coming up with my own particular formula for this recipe. After a bit of tinkering I think the recipe is ready for public consumption! These banana oat pancakes are thick with great flavor and texture, almost like banana bread in pancake form.Β 

    Side view of gluten-free, dairy-free banana oat pancakes with blueberries on the side

    There were a few reasons I was not loving the banana oat pancake recipes out there. First, a lot of them use a blender, in which case the recipes calls for a measurement of rolled oats. I would rather have a recipe that lists a measurement for oat flour and skip the blender (at least at the time of making the pancakes…I do in fact use my blender to make my oat flour, but that’s another story for another blog post). I’m all about dirtying as few dishes as possible, so having to use the blender when wanting to throw together a quick batch of pancakes is annoying to me. Difference #1 from most other recipes: my recipe calls for oat flour and no blender.

    Top view of banana oat pancakes with blueberries, gluten-free recipe

    Second, most of the recipes had no fat source. I feel like a quick bread needs some sort of fat incorporated into the recipe to work to its best ability. I used coconut oil, but you could also use butter (if you don’t need to skip dairy).Β 

    Bite of banana oat pancakes, showing inside of the pancake on a fork

    Third, another feature that other recipes brag about is that they only has 3 ingredients! Two ingredients! No ingredients! πŸ˜‰ With this recipe the additional ingredients are items you already have in your cupboard (salt, baking powder, etc) and I think they totally make the pancakes better. So, I’m resisting the urge to cut down the number of ingredients just so I can say “only 3 ingredients.” When the ingredients are something you have around, go ahead and use them! The recipe is still simple and tastes better with a little extra love.

    Banana Oat Pancakes on plate with blueberries, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe

    If you are looking for a recipe that uses a blender or less ingredients, definitely go ahead and Google banana oat pancakes. My recipe below, however, is my favorite version of banana oat pancakes. Enjoy!

    Banana Oat Pancakes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
     
    Author:
    Serves: 2-3
    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (you can use butter instead if you aren't worried about dairy)
    • 1 average-sized banana
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup milk of your choice (I use oat milk)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1¼ cup oat flour
    Instructions
    1. In a large mixing bowl, melt the coconut oil (or butter if that's what you're using) in the microwave (takes about 20 seconds). If you are using coconut oil and it's already in liquid form, skip the melting step.
    2. Add the banana to the bowl and carefully mash the banana into the oil with a fork, taking care not to splash the oil all over your nice shirt! πŸ˜‰
    3. Add the egg, milk, vanilla and salt and mix really well with the fork.
    4. If you don't mind getting a small bowl a little bit dirty, whisk together the baking powder and oat flour and then add that to the wet ingredients. This will ensure the most even distribution of ingredients. If you really want to keep this to one bowl, add the baking powder and whisk it in well, making sure to stir until you don't see anymore little baking powder lumps, then stir in the oat flour and mix well.
    5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once the pan has been heating for 3-5 minutes, pour batter onto ban to form pancakes. I use my large cookie scoop, which makes 4-inch pancakes. The batter will thicken as it sits – if by the time you are pouring the batter onto the pan it is quite thick, don't be afraid to use your scoop/spoon/ladle to press the pancake batter out so the pancakes are not too thick.
    6. Let the pancakes cook on the first side until the edges start to look dry and you have a few popped bubbles starting to form on the top. (There won't be as many of these bubbles as with a normal pancake recipe, but there will be a few.)
    7. Flip the pancakes and immediately press them down to flatten them out a bit. The pancakes have no problem getting nice and thick, but you want to make sure they cook through, so forcing them to be a little less thick is a-okay. Cook until the second side is nicely browned.
    8. Serve with your favorite pancake toppings!
    Notes
    Makes 8 4-inch pancakes

    Β 


  7. Sunday, June 9, 2019

    Week 628 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Well, as predicted, I totally did not use my menu last week! We had school events every single night and I never had time to cook or even go grocery shopping. So, I’m just copying and pasting last week’s menu. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually done this, so you’re witnessing a first! πŸ˜‰

    Week 628 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - Turkey Burgers; Tuesday - Asian Chicken Salad; Wednesday - Chili; Thursday - Spaghetti Bolognese; Friday - Leftovers; Saturday - Eat out; Sunday - Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing

    MONDAY:
    – Cheeseburgers (with ground turkey)
    – Roasted Potatoes and Salad

    TUESDAY:
    – Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Chili

    THURSDAY:
    – Spaghetti Bolognese (with ground turkey)
    – Salad and garlic bread

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing

    Posting today’s menu is making me laugh…man, it was easy just copying last week! My grocery list is even already done. Haha! Sorry I don’t have much new inspiration for you for the week, but at least we can pull ideas from each other. Be sure to share your menu in the comments below!


  8. Sunday, June 2, 2019

    Week 627 Weekly Dinner Menu

    I have a couple carry-overs from last week’s menu because I really dragged out leftovers as much as I could this past week. Man, the last month of school gets so busy! I imagine this week won’t go as planned, either, but at least getting a plan and the grocery shopping done will help…hopefully!

    Week 627 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - Turkey Burgers; Tuesday - Asian Chicken Salad; Wednesday - Chili; Thursday - Spaghetti Bolognese; Friday - Leftovers; Saturday - Eat out; Sunday - Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing

    MONDAY:
    – Cheeseburgers (with ground turkey)
    – Roasted Potatoes and Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chili

    THURSDAY:
    – Spaghetti Bolognese (with ground turkey)
    – Salad and garlic bread

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing

    Your turn! Please share your meal plan in the comments below!


  9. Monday, May 27, 2019

    Week 626 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Happy Memorial Day! The holiday weekend has me running a bit late on menu planning, but I think it might be doing that a few of us if I were to guess! Here goes…

    Week 626 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - Tri Tip; Tuesday - Tacos; Wednesday - Lentil Rice Bowls; Thursday - Leftovers; Friday - Spaghetti Bolognese; Saturday - Eat Out; Sunday - Enchiladas

    MONDAY:
    – Grilled Tri Tip
    – Roasted Potatoes and Salad

    TUESDAY:
    Cora’s Mexican Ground Beef Tacos (with ground turkey!)

    WEDNESDAY:
    Lentil Rice Bowls with Lime Tahini Dressing

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Spaghetti Bolognese (with ground turkey!)
    – Salad and garlic bread

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Enchiladas

    Your turn! Share your meal plans in the comments below!


  10. Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Week 625 Weekly Dinner Menu

    I will admit, I wasn’t super excited to plan this week’s menu. But once I sat down, looked at everyone’s menus from last week as well as the calendar, it came together easily and nicely and I’m excited for the week. So glad I have this blog to keep me accountable, it helps tremendously, as do your menus you share each week. 

    Week 625 Weekly Dinner Menu: Monday - chicken caesar wraps; Tuesday - eat out; Wednesday - Grammy's orange chicken; Thursday - vegetarian curry in a hurry; Friday - leftovers; Saturday - Memorial Day Potluck; Sunday - hot dogs and hamburgers

    MONDAY:
    – Chicken Caesar Wraps

    TUESDAY:
    – Eat out night (this day is going to be bananas, so I’m being realistic!)

    WEDNESDAY:
    Grammy’s Orange Chicken
    – Rice and salad

    THURSDAY:
    Vegetarian Curry in a Hurry

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Memorial Day Block Party Potluck

    SUNDAY:
    – Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill
    Potato salad and garden salad

    Okay, people, share your meal plans in the comments! They are SO helpful and wonderful!