Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Dinner Diary: Week 1

My goal is to share what I eat for dinner every day.  This dinner diary has a few purposes. One, it's a fun way to journal about my day as there are always events surrounding dinner and what goes into making it.  Two, it helps me try to make healthier choices since I will be sharing what I am eating with you. Three, it shows that dinner is not always an extravagant meal and sometimes my choices aren't perfect.  Four, I hope you will get ideas on what to serve your families for dinner.  So here's is my first post of my dinner diary:

Monday, May 21, 2012:
My bro-in-law celebrated his birthday today with a surprise potluck get together put together by my sister.  I used to always enjoy potlucks with all the chips, cookies, meatballs, etc...that they usually entail.  Times have changed over the last year and a half or so.  Now I bring something that I can eat knowing that might be all I eat.  Today I made a yummy pecan-cranberry quinoa salad that is from Robyn Openshaw's, "12 Steps to Whole Foods" book.  I also thought ahead a little and brought a portion of Costco's Spring Mix salad with some cut up tomatoes and cucumber.  I used the avocado salad dressing, again from the 12 Steps book.  At the potluck, I ate 1 BBQ chip off the plate of my sister-in-law (I used to eat practically the whole bag and good thing when I went to get some later the bag was empty).  I also had some of the pulled chicken with BBQ sauce that I dipped with tortilla chips.  I almost took a super sweet cupcake my sister made for the birthday boy, but exercised some will power to resist.  Instead, for my treat, I ate some of the candy popcorn (made with coconut oil, shredded coconut, nuts, and agave) I brought that was leftover from a previous potluck I helped host over the weekend.  Overall I was pretty pleased with my food choices.

Pecan-Cranberry Quinoa

Tuesday, May 22, 2012:
Whenever my husband goes out of town dinner becomes whatever is leftover in the fridge.  This time is no different.  My boy and I did some shopping in the evening and didn't get home until 7pm.  This was actually good for my boy because he seems to eat better when we eat later.  I made my famous corn tortilla quesadillas.  I fried them in coconut oil and placed some shredded cheese on them to melt.  Usually I stop there for my boy, but this time I added some canned white beans that were left over from  a recipe I tried in the morning.  For me, I added some chopped tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and Frank's Original Hot Sauce.  I also had some of the same salad I ate on Monday.  I was quite pleased because my boy ate 2 whole corn tortillas with the beans.  On the second round he saw the beans sticking out and almost refused to eat more, but after taking a couple of the beans off he plowed through it.  This is always exciting for me to see my boy eat something else besides oatmeal and bread.  I enjoyed my meal as well.  After putting my boy to bed I dished up some Breyer's vanilla ice cream (hey, it at least has real ingredients unlike other brands out there) and watched a PBS show on Hulu about organic farming and what not.  

Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

Wednesday, May 23, 2012:

A busy night indeed means my little boy was given leftover oatmeal to eat at our friends who so kindly watched him while I went to my church's youth group activity.  After arriving home and putting my boy to bed I tried to figure out what to eat.  I came up with something quite tasty, healthy, and easy.  What shall I call it?  How about, whole wheat hummus and veggie tortilla with avocado sauce.  I was pretty pleased that I ate something so good for me so late at night, though I have to admit I probably (no, really) ate 3 bowl fulls of Honey Bunches of oats throughout the day. But they are gone now so that won't be a temptation anymore.  We only had them in the house because we buy favorite cereals for our local family members' birthdays.  And why did I eat my dad's birthday cereal?  Okay, it was my husband's fault...sort of.  I have fallen behind on making my granola for breakfast and he needed something to eat.  Thus, the birthday gift theft.  Don't worry I will be getting my dad his cereal.  It's not needed until November anyway, I was just ultra prepared.  Maybe being keeping cereals, I am not eating, in the house for that long is not such a good idea after all.

Whole Wheat Hummus and Veggie Tortilla

Thursday, May 24, 2012
After spending a beautiful late afternoon at the beach (super fun since we ran into a friend  from church and her boys so we both had playmates) me and my boy came home and video chatted with the hubby.  Again, it was super late by the time we were done, so what to do about dinner?  Corn tortillas once again.  Hey, who says you can't eat the same thing over and over again.  My boy gobbled up his corn tortilla with cheese and the hummus mentioned earlier in the week, that I actually I made by mistake (story some other time).  I had one with cheese, tomato, cilantro, and hot sauce.  One is definitely not enough so I warmed a whole wheat tortilla like last night.  I put cheese, hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, and hot sauce this time.  

Friday, May 25, 2012
My husband returned this evening.  I had planned to make pizza, but then remembered our tradition that when he goes out of town he gets to take the family out to eat upon his return.  It's a good tradition.  Tonight we tried a local restaurant we've never been too called, Amy's on the Bay.  We really enjoyed the food and the outdoor seating with a view of the bay. When ordering I was asked what sides I wanted.  My hubby was just smiling as I am listening to the side dish options because, though it takes me a minute to decide, he already knows what I am going to choose.  I got the Artisan blend salad with honey mustard dressing to start and the main course of Copper River Salmon and roasted red potatoes, all of which was delicious.  So though I don't love it when my husband goes out of town, it sure is fun to look forward to going out to eat upon his return.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
While my husband was slaving away in our yard mowing, and cutting, and chopping down weeds and brush in the late afternoon I decided I ought to at least make dinner for him.  I made my go-to meal of brown rice with stir fry vegetables.  The vegetables are usually just what I have on hand.  This time it was shredded carrots, sliced celery and red onions, and canned tidbit style pineapples.  I seasoned it with minced garlic, a little pineapple juice, and Bragg's Liquid Aminos.  This meal is fairly quick, easy and healthy.  We eat this a lot.

Brown Rice and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Sunday, May 27, 2012
I usually like to have simple meals on Sunday, like whole wheat pancakes and what not.  We had friends from church coming over to share dinner, but after looking in the fridge I realized we didn't have any eggs.  Though I'm pretty sure there are pancake recipes out there that don't use eggs I didn't have one and didn't want to search to find one.  Instead, I decided to make our homemade pizza.  It does require some work, but it's oh so yummy. Our pizza dough is made from hard white wheat flour.  It's good, but I keep wanting to make it even better.  We really love gourmet pizza around here I want mine to be amazing! We had variations of the following toppings; mushrooms, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pineapple, peppers, and of course, mozzarella cheese, and homemade pizza sauce.  We also enjoyed salad with it and homemade ice cream for dessert.  I really enjoy making good food to share with friends, especially when they like what I make, or at least pretend to.


Jaime said...

Bonnie! These are great dinner ideas. We do the corn tortilla thing quite often. I have a wonderful quinoa recipe that I will send you the link for. It is one of our favorites. We do quite a bit of gluten free when we can.

Jaime said...

here's the link http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Quinoa-and-Black-Bean-Salad-12245 you can read about it on my blog, I made a few minor adjustments to the ingredients because Andrew can't have whole kernel corn. The dressing is what makes this salad divine!