Hope you had a nice and relaxing Labor Day week end! Ours was quiet, it was all about absorbing that first week of school and falling into our new routine. This week’s meals were still focussing on the healthy side but we have also had a few opportunities to eat out. That of course made the intention to stay on the right track a little harder. Here is how it went.m
Saturday: At our home, there is always one night where I’m taking it easy cooking wise and this was the night. So I relied on trusteed Jovial Spaghetti with Rao marinara sauce and called it a night. I simply added a Arugula Salad to feel a little less guilty.
Sunday: We headed downtown to see the Taylor Swift exhibition at the Grammy Museum. While my daughter was dancing to Shake it off, I was fomenting my plot: finding a restaurant in one of the hottest areas in town. Faith & Flower was just few blocks away from the museum so we decided to walk there for a brunch. We ordered a Roasted Mushroom Pizza, a classic Margherita and a Arugula Chicory Salad. It was good, although not memorable. The brunch has always limited options though so it might be worth it to check the regular menu.
Monday: I had promised my daughter some pancakes over the week end so I made my lovely Banana Oat Pancakes.
Tuesday: For lunch, I made a Leftover Salad: Arugula, Lentils, Roasted Red Pepper, Hummus and Pita Bread.
Then I started to work on my dinner meal: Moroccan-Inspired Swiss Chard Rolls. I made this recipe for our last Christmas Eve dinner and remembered that we really enjoyed it. For some reason, I also remembered that it was very labor intensive but it really isn’t too bad for a week night meal if you have an hour or so to spare.
Wednesday: We ate the leftover Swiss Chard Rolls and I made a Spinach Omelette for my daughter.
Thursday: Salmon is pretty much a staple in our house but I wanted to shake things a little and try something else. I remembered a Ina Garten recipe that I used to make. The fish is first seared before finishing cooking in the oven which gives a really nice crust. We enjoyed it with plain Brown Rice and Broccolis. Basic but always nice.
Friday: There is a short cooking segment on Disney Jr., called That’s Fresh, with Helen Cavallo. The recipes are so fast that it is always very appealing to me. The other night, there was a recipe for chicken: good old fashioned Chicken Tenders and also a grown up version, where the chicken breast had basically been tenderized. I hadn’t made this in a very long time so I thought I would try again to re-introduce chicken to my daughter who can be picky with meat. I served it Arugula Salad for us and a Cauliflower Fried Rice. On a side note, I never tried Cauliflower Rice before and it is surprisingly good! A lot more similar to quinoa in texture though…
Have a great week end everyone!