Monday, July 2, 2012

My Dinner Diary: Week 6

Lentil Tacos
My little Monkey slept pretty late Monday (6/25/12) morning which gave me time to do a few things, like plan the week's meals.  I had hopes to grocery shop after a meeting I had with the young women leaders, but after buckling him in the car seat I realized it was going to be a nightmare shopping trip (one of those days).  So the meal for Monday changed to something that I didn't need to get ingredients for.  And what is easier than tacos?  It seems I eat this sort of thing a lot so thankfully I really like them and thankfully I don't get tired of them and thankfully my hubby eats whatever is put in front of him without complaint.  I made Lentil Tacos.  All ya do is cook some lentils like normal, but add taco seasoning (I made my own) to the water.  Then you get out a tortilla (preferably whole wheat), slop on some taco seasoned lentils and add whatever other toppings you like (tomatoes, onion, cilantro, avocado, cheese, fresh lime or lemon juice).  Oh, and enjoy!  We had the missionaries from our church over for dinner and they enjoyed the "healthy" food.  I also made a frozen treat that was a big hit.  All it consisted of was frozen strawberries, bananas, almonds, and a little canned coconut milk.  I blended it all up then let it freeze for a bit before serving.  

Corn Tortilla Tacos
Today (6/26/12) was a fairly non-productive day since I was dealing with a bladder infection.  Thankfully my good friend T.H. was able to watch the Monkey while I went to Urgent Care.  I was trying so hard not to have to take antibiotics, but the pain got the best of me.  Anyway, I had little motivation to make a meal due to that and it didn't help that my hubby wasn't home to eat either (working late and checking out another sailboat possibility).  You all know by now what my go-to meal is...corn tortillas.  I basically just added all the leftover ingredients (besides the lentils) from Monday's meal and some Frank's Hot Sauce to a corn tortilla fried in a little coconut oil.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012:  Well, this is what I get for erasing my whiteboard with my calendar of what I did and ate before I wrote this.  Yep, I cannot remember..  I know I visited with my sweet neighbor who I visit teach at church.  It was a gorgeous day.  I know I had the young women over for a campfire and stories from our family histories in the evening.  They roasted marshmallows, but I resisted (I used to be quite a pro at eating roasted marshmallows).  As for clue.  Sorry.

Cilantro-Lime Rice, Garlic and Lemon Salmon, &
Cucumber-Tomato Salad
Thursday, June 28, 2012:  I made the yummiest dinner.  Oooh, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.  I cooked up some brown rice and added lime juice and cilantro.  I sliced cucumber and tomato and drizzled on some olive oil and white wine vinegar and added crumbled feta.  But the salmon was delicious.  I had some frozen salmon from Costco that I placed on oiled tin foil.  Then I spread some minced garlic, put a little dill weed and topped with sliced lemons.  I sprinkled some salt and pepper as well.  I loosely wrapped the tin foil around the salmon pinching the sides closed  and baked for about 20 minutes or so at 450 degrees.  Seriously good.

can't find my food picture so here's a cute one of the Monkey.
no, he's not potty trained.  he just wanted to wear his
underwear 'cause his friend that was over was wearing his.
Friday, June 29, 2012: My hubby actually had his off-Friday off of work.  We didn't do a whole lot, but it was nice to have him around. I took the family out to dinner with my gift certificate I received for coaching track this season...that was nice of the club.  We went to a local place called Spiro's.  We'd never been there and probably would've never gone if I didn't get that gift certificate.  My hubby loved his pizza.  And if you're looking for something that is not healthy, but super tasty, this place met that criteria.  I did have some really good corn and squash soup.  And the Monkey really liked it too.  My pesto pasta  Not too flavorful and white flour noodles.  I did ask if they had whole wheat noodles and they do sometimes on special.  My hubby said he would definitely go again.  I could pass, though I'd get that soup again.

Here are the pictures I took of our meal at Spiro's.
corn and squash soup

pesto pasta

mushroom and olive calzone
Whole Wheat Tortilla Pizza
Saturday, June 30, 2012:   The hubby worked part of the day.  I spent a long time comparing prices for our family vacation coming up while my hubby watched the Monkey.  We just made pizzas on whole wheat tortillas for dinner.  Simple and quick for a later dinner.

Sunday, July 1, 2012:  I wanted to experiment with oat groats today.  I thought it turned out really good.  I cooked the oat groats according to package instructions.  During the last 10 minutes I added canned coconut milk, a little brown sugar, shredded coconut and cardamom.  Then I sprinkled mixed nuts and seeds on top with along with some more shredded coconut and brown sugar.  I loved it.  My hubby was not in love with the cardamom spice like I was.  Cinnamon would work just as well if you're not a fan either.


Mishqueen said...

I absolutely LOVE Spiros. It's one of the only great places in P.O. to eat. Even their salad has a fantastic Roquefort dressing, and I don't even like bleu cheese. Not a diet food, though!

Also recommended--the cheesy bread with the meat sauce. The curry soup. The Mediterranean pizza. The club sub. Yum!

Mishqueen said...

Also, sometimes the issue of whether someone likes Cardamom or not is an issue of amount.