What’s for Dinner? Volume 6

It’s baaaaaaaaack!

I’ve made all of this since last Wednesday – and I took Mother’s Day weekend off for Thai food (my favorite!) and dinner out at Chili’s (don’t knock it – the selection is great and no one gets pissed when your toddler spills his entire cup of lemonade on the floor). I was trying to make up for four straight days of a total lack of motivation where I didn’t even PRETEND I was going to cook anything and we had fast food every night.

Also, I have washed more dishes this week than in the past MONTH. Baking makes a god-awful mess.

Recipes can be found on my Pinterest board, or linked below.

1. Teriyaki tilapia with herb salad, served with garlic rice (the kind that comes in a pouch and takes 90 seconds to microwave) – Real Simple
2. Coconut Chicken Dippers – Kraft Food (dipping sauce made with mayo because Miracle Whip is disgusting)(and the first recipe I ever repinned!!)
3 & 4. Orange-Almond Cake – Martha Stewart (Not as awesome as it looks, although I’ve been eating the leftovers all week so I’m not saying it’s terrible)

5. Carnita-Style Beef with Roasted Peppers and Onions – Tasty Kitchen (pretty good, not outstanding)
6. Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Martha Stewart (toddler & I loved it, but it was a lot of work for glorified mac & cheese)
7. Kale Chips – Things We Make (ok, so, *I* ate some them because they are satisfyingly crunchy and salty, but my family thought they were gross)
8. Strawberry Shortcakes with Mint and Whipped Cream – Epicurious

9 & 10. Banana Strawberry Pineapple Bread – My own recipe, which can now be found on Tasty Kitchen. It’s seriously, seriously delicious.
11. Zucchini and Bacon Three Cheese Lasagna – Kevin & Amanda (PICK OF THE WEEK)
12. Cayenne- Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa – Martha Stewart (10 minutes from fridge to table & super yummy)

I’m adding that lasagna to my short list of favorite family meals. I actually made it with turkey bacon to make it pretend-healthier and it was still delicious. If I was making it for a vegetarian I’d just leave the bacon out altogether and it would STILL be delicious. And not to toot my own horn but my bread is some of the best quick bread I’ve ever tasted. It’s just the right amount of moist and dense without being practically mush in the center like banana bread can be. But the real star is the pineapple, which is like little surprise bites of joy. That’s right: SURPRISE BITES OF JOY. No modesty here people. I’m a damn good baker.

What did you have for dinner this week?

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6 Responses to “What’s for Dinner? Volume 6”

  1. clairetweet says:

    Hi Suzanne. So sorry your family thought your kale chips were gross! You have made so much lovely looking food this week. Well done!

    Claire at Things{we}make

  2. Amanda says:

    I can’t bring myself to make the kale chips- nothing seems appealing. Now the homemade potato chips I found on Pinterest are damn addictive. I am thinking your bread recipe would be great to make and toss in the freezer for breakfast after Zoey comes. Thanks!

  3. raincheckmom says:

    My favorite this week was Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/broiled-tilapia-with-thai-coconut-curry-sauce-10000000348346/)

    I had take-out Thai for Mother’s Day and this recipe was far better! I served it over white rice – but the healthier choice would have been brown.

  4. Londonmum says:

    can you explain to me some day how on earth you find the time to look after a toddler and a new born and then make cool crafty things and then… cook proper, real food every day??? I seriously have no idea how or when you do it. Wow.

  5. Barbra says:

    yay for kale chips! I made them once recently (flavored with a splash of balsamic vinegar) and I really enjoyed them. my husband, not so much. he tried one, then ate another one just to make me happy. he won’t touch them again.
    kudos to you for cooking so much. i only have one 6monthold and can’t handle a real meal everyday. i’m better than i used to be though

  6. Kimberly says:

    I love your plates :)

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