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Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu – Week of August 24

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu   Week of August 24 We survived the first week of school. Yay me!  Did your kids go back yet? Did you survive too?

I wish our school started after Labor Day, like other parts of the country. Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer and it just makes sense to start school after that date. Of course starting later would mean wrapping up the school later and that’s not good either. I like closing the school year just in time for Memorial Day, the holiday that symbolizes the start of summer. Since students, teachers and parents can’t have longer summer break, it’s no wonder why the school calendar is designed the way it is. Maybe I just like long breaks and summer?

Speaking of Labor Day, have you made your plans yet for Labor Day? If you need some Labor Day entertaining and cookout suggestions, the Sunday Supper Movement has some tasty twist on the typical Labor Day fare.  As my contribution to the Sunday Supper recipe list, I shared a Mango Riesling Coulis. Served over vanilla frozen yogurt, ice cream or an icebox cheesecake it’s cool, refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

We haven’t made any plans for Labor Day but at least I know what’s on the dinner menu for the week.

Sunday – Mojo Marinated Butterflied Grilled Chicken with Zucchini and Tomato Orzo

Meatless Monday – Grilled Vegetable and Cheese Paninis

Tuesday – Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa

Wednesday – Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner) – Vegetable, Egg and Potato Skillets

Thursday – Lightened Tilapia Picatta over Pasta

Friday – Pizza

What are your Labor Day plans? What interesting recipes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

Pinning and Planning – Week of August 16 {Dinner Menu}

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Where did the summer go?! I know it’s so cliché but I feel like summer rolled through quickly like a Florida thunderstorm. Although my kids and I did so much this summer, there are still so many summer activities left on our list and it breaks my heart to say so long to summer so soon.

Of course, my kids are ready for school with their new backpacks, lunchboxes and school supplies. They are excited about seeing their friends every day and all their new teachers. All three kids will be in afterschool activities this year, so healthy lunches and snacks full of protein and good carbs will be crucial this year.

During the school year, I dread making lunches every day, even though I know lunches packed by mom are much healthier than the school lunches. But with three kids each with three different requests, it can be a bit overwhelming. I typically chop and prepare lunches at night to save time in the morning. Then in the morning, I throw it all into the lunch box with an ice cold blue block.

Since sandwiches become boring, I’ve been pinning fun and easy lunch ideas that my kids will love. This pin provides a month’s worth of lunch ideas and a printable checklist to make sure you offer your kids a sampling of each of the food groups.  Have you seen the #RocktheLunchbox campaign from Applegate? These lunch ideas are guaranteed to make your kids smile at school.

Tomorrow, the Sunday Supper Movement will share over 50 recipes for kid-approved lunches, after school snacks, sweet treats and quick, easy meals for busy school nights. As my contribution, I will be sharing my green monster smoothie recipe. So stop by tomorrow to take a feast your eye upon the smoothie cleverly named a “Hulk SMASH Smoothie” by my kids.

As for dinner, with it being the first week of school and the first week adjusting into a regular routine, I’m planning easy and quick dinners. Here is how our dinner menu looks for the week.

Sunday – Grilled Buffalo Wings with Grilled Figs and Blue Cheese Crumbled Salad

Meatless Monday – Healthy Vegetable Samosas with Kachumber Salad

Tuesday – Ground Turkey Tacos

Wednesday – Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner) Veggie Omelets with Baked Home Fries

Thursday – Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Friday – Pizza

When do your kids go back to school? What types of lunches and snacks do your kids like to eat? 

What interesting recipes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

Pinning and Planning – Week of August 3 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of August 3 {Dinner Menu}Can you believe it’s August already and only 15 more days until the kids go back to school?! Wow. Where did the summer go?! Can I get a summer vacation re-do?

I spent the weekend taking advantage of the tax-free shopping to buy my kids running, shoes, backpacks and uniforms. I try to purchase most of the school supplies a little at a time throughout the summer so it doesn’t hit our budget all at once. Honestly, I’ve noticed better prices on school supplies before the tax-free weekend. So, it pays to watch the sales. This weekend, I managed to save $90 on three pairs of running shoes at Fit Niche which was worth the wait.

Later this week, my request for a summer redo will be answered when my family and I soak up the last days of summer at the TradeWinds Resort. I’m so excited! We haven’t been back to the TradeWinds since last summer and it will be the perfect way to celebrate summer coming to a close.

Next weekend, my family and I will be attending a Back to School BBQ hosted by Lennar Tampa at the K-Bar Ranch.  My fellow Mommy Certified Lennar Tampa Bloggers will be there. Come join us to learn more about Lennar homes and meet the Mommy Certified team. This family-friendly event will offer FREE food music, and games for the whole family.

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Between hubby’s travel schedule for work, my nephew’s birthday and our mini-vacation to the TradeWinds, there won’t be many home-cooked meals this week. I will, however, be sure to pack a few healthy, homemade snacks like my Hummus and Quinoa Tabbouleh as well as fresh fruits and veggies.

As for the rest of the week, here is how our dinner menu looks:

Sunday – Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice

Meatless Monday – Pizza for Cameron’s Birthday

Tuesday – Lentils and Pasta with a Garden Salad

Wednesday – Publix Subs for a Picnic on the Beach

Thursday – RumFish Grille

Friday – Grilled Fish Tacos with Summer Salsa

Saturday – Back to School BBQ

Is summer winding down by you and are you ready for fall? Have you finished your back to school shopping? What recipes are you pinning and planning this week?

Pinning and Planning – Week of July 6 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of July 6 {Dinner Menu}I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had such a fabulous Fourth of July hanging out our friend’s house. Our lives are so busy these days, but it’s wonderful that we can pause the madness for a bit and just spend time enjoying each other’s company and catching up.

These were the first friends my family made when we moved to the area over eight years ago and over that time, these friends have become our extended family.  Over the years, we’ve celebrated new babies and watched our children grow from preschool playmates into high school students.

This Fourth of July was more than celebrating our country’s freedom. It was also our chance to celebrate how much we mean to one another and our friendships with some fireworks and great food.

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Speaking of great of food, I will be sharing my first ever #WeekdaySupper post for the Supper Supper Movement tomorrow (Monday). The recipe, Mashed Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos, is something I have been working on and refining for some time and I will finally be sharing it tomorrow. YAY!  So stop by again tomorrow to see this really tasty Meatless Monday dish.  For your viewing pleasure, here is a sneak peek.

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It would appear that the Iron Chef genes have been passed onto another generation, because my youngest daughter, Emmalynn, has requested a cooking birthday party for her 9th birthday. She planned a lovely hands-on kid-friendly menu for her friends including Fruit Kabobs, Mini Caprese Salad Skewers, Pizza and Create-Your-Own Sugar Cookies.

Basically for the pizza, Iron Chef Allan will throw together some dough for the girls to roll and flatten and the we’ll offer the girls a variety of toppings for them to create their own personal pizza to their liking. Then, for dessert and the Create-Your-Own Sugar Cookies, we’ll make a basic sugar cookie batter and the girls can mix their own ingredients (mini M&M’s, colored sprinkles, etc.), to add their own flare to each cookie.

As for all the other tasty things we’re cooking up this week, here’s how our dinner menu looks for the week.

Sunday – Salsa Verde Pepper Jack Turkey Burgers

Meatless Monday – Grilled Summer Veggies and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Tuesday – Tilapia and Sweet Potato Hash

Wednesday – Chicken-Mushroom {and Spinach} Quesadillas

Thursday – Mojo Roast Chicken with Quinoa Tabbouleh

Friday – Healthy Chicken Salad with Bibb Lettuce

Saturday – Chef Emmalynn’s Cooking Birthday Party

What’s on your dinner menu this week? What recipes are you pinning and planning? 

Pinning and Planning – Week of June 29 {Dinner Menu}

Did you know that Monday is Social Media Day? Every day is social media day for me, but I guess I should step up my game tomorrow. There are few local events happening in Tampa to celebrate the day (a lunch event at the Yard of Ale and one at Golfer’s Grail in the evening). I’m hoping to make the Mashable evening event with my two older kids in tow. I think they will enjoy practicing their golf swing and social media skills.

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I love that Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year. I love when holidays bring a long weekend and this year, we’re celebrating with a patriot potluck at our friends’ house. I’m looking forward to swimming, fireworks and the chance to catch up with old friends. Life has been so busy for all of us these days and I love that the holiday weekend allows us the chance to pause those busy schedules and spend the day together.  It’s been way too long!

For our contribution to the patriotic potluck, Allan and I are bringing Buffalo Chicken Burgers, Patriotic Potato Salad, and a new recipe I’m concocting, Quinoa Berry Cobbler. Fortunately for me, my friends are just as good food conscious as me and they love trying new flavorful healthy dishes.

Speaking of healthy patriotic dishes for the Fourth of July, I’m definitely making this red, white and blue “Spangled Smoothie” for my kids. It has some lengthy steps, so I guess I’m going to need to make it the night before. Otherwise, we’ll be drinking it for lunch.

Here’s what other yummy things up I’m cooking up for the week. Presenting this week’s dinner menu!

#SundaySupper – Grilled NY Strip Steak with Chimichurri and Baked Frites

Meatless Monday – Cauliflower and Arugula Stuffed Portobellos with a Mixed Greens Salad

Tuesday – Tampa Bay Bloggers Tasting at Roux

Wednesday – Grilled Tilapia with Skinnytaste’s  Southwest Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley

Thursday – Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice

Fourth of July Potluck Cookout – Buffalo Chicken Burgers, Patriotic Potato Salad and Quinoa Berry Cobbler

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of June 29 {Dinner Menu}What’s on your dinner menu this week? What patriotic recipes are you pinning and planning? What are your Fourth of July plans? How are you celebrating Social Media Day?

Pinning and Planning – Week of June 14 {Dinner Menu}

Once again, I’m sharing my Pinning and Planning dinner menu post a day early because I’m participating in the #SundaySupper event tomorrow. For Father’s Day, the #SundaySupper team has compiled over 60 “Man Food” recipes and wine pairings guaranteed to make the special man in your life smile.  After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. My contribution to the Man Food menu line-up will be Iron Chef Allan’s copycat dish: Pollo al Peperoncino. So swing by tomorrow to see his latest masterpiece.

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For Father’s Day, we’re spending the day at my sister’s house for a family cook-out. My sister’s beautiful Indian Rock beach home sits on the intercoastal and whenever I swim in her pool, I feel as though I’m swimming in the bay. I always experience a calm, serene feeling when I visit there. And then, my kids splash and the moment is lost.

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Here’s this week’s dinner menu:

S – Surf and Turf cookout at my sister’s for Father’s Day

Meatless Monday – Baked Eggplant Bruschetta

T – Sunshine Veggie Burgers and Low Fat Coleslaw

W – Black Beans and Rice with Healthy Plantains

Th – Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

F – Pizza

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Happy Father’s Day!

What are you plans for Father’s Day? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

 

Pinning and Planning – Week of June 1 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of June 1 {Dinner Menu}National Burger Month may have flipped past us, however, Iron Chef Allan is still perfecting the “Best Burger”. He’s taken a page of our Bobby Flay’s cookbook to build the perfect burger, because this method guarantees juicy burgers. After all, Bobby Flay is known as THE grill master, so I’m sure he knows what he’s talking about.

We’ll test Bobby Flay’s burger secret later today.

Another one of Iron Chef Allan’s latest obsessions is Petto di Pollo al Peperoncino, a spicy chicken dish he fell in love with at Il Fornaio in San Jose. Without a recipe and just the description of the dish based the online menu, he will try to replicate the flavor profile like only Iron Chef Allan can.  It’s just what he does and why he earned the title Iron Chef Allan.

Summer vacation begins in two days, but the last day of school happen to falls on my sister’s birthday. As much as I love celebrating the last day of school with my kids, I am obligated to spend it with my sister to mourn the end of her thirties. At least that’s what I’ve been told by my sister. So like a dutiful big sister, I will comfort her in the Indian Rocks Beach sun drinking Prosecco poolside.

Then, the next day, I’m hosting my first charity fundraiser for the Danny Did Foundation at You Say When Yogurt and I will be attempting to sneak in dinner before dessert on Wednesday. If you live in Tampa, come out and show your support! RSVP here via my Facebook page. If you can’t join us, please consider contributing to my fundraising page.

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After that, it’s all summer fun all the time for my kids and me!

Here’s how our dinner menu looks this week.

S – Skinnytaste’s Salsa Verde Burger and Low Fat Classic Coleslaw

Meatless Monday –  Spinach Lasagna Rolls and a Mixed Greens Salad

T – Simone’s 40th Birthday

W – Pollo al Peperoncino with Mashed Cauliflower and Roasted Summer Squash and Eggplant Medley

Th – Baked Fish and Baked Chips

F – Pizza

When does summer vacation begin by you? What interesting recipes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

Pinning and Planning – Week of May 18 {Dinner Menu}

I love when Publix has a ton of Greenwise (their store brand of organic) meats on sale. The sale must be related to all the cook-outs people will be planning over the next week and holiday weekend. I few weeks ago, I tweeted a request to Publix asking for more Greenwise and organic deals in their weekly ad. The narcissist in me likes to think I made the reduced organic meat deals happen.

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You’re welcome.

Tomorrow evening, Iron Chef Allan and I will be sampling the sneak preview of the NOLA-style delicacies at the soon to open Roux. I cannot wait! Rouxmor has it they have beignets too!  I love Cajun-style and NOLA foods and previewing Roux makes me happier than a clam at high tide at the mouth of the Mississippi Bayou.

After what I imagine to be a rich evening at Roux, the rest of the week will be quieter and much lower calorie and low fat.  Then, on Saturday, the girls have the Color Me Rad 5K fun run. We had such a great time last year, the girls wanted to run it again.

On Saturday afternoon, Iron Chef Allan and I will be searching for our lost shaker of salt at the Margarita Festival with friends. Allan and I had such a blast last year, we couldn’t miss this fiesta.  This year, a handful of food trucks will be parked at Curtis Hixon and Street Surfer tweeted me yesterday to inform me that they will be serving even more varieties of nachos than the Beer Spring Fling.

Cajun food on Monday followed by bottomless margaritas and nachos on Saturday; now, that is a very good week, mis amigos. If you want to join Allan and me at the Margarita Festival this Saturday, enter to win tickets at the Tampa Bay Bloggers fan page.

With dining at Roux on Monday evening, I doubt Monday will be Meatless, therefore, this week, I’ve designated Tuesday as our meatless day.  Here’s how our dinner menu looks for the rest of the week.

S – Copycat Chipotle Steak Fajitas Bowls and Cilantro Lime Rice

M – Dinner at Roux

T – Caprese Panini and Tomato Soup and a Mixed Greens Salad

W – Butterflied Whole Chicken with BBQ Sauce with a Green Bean Salad and Unfried Parmesan Steak Fries

Th – Classic Baked Ziti Casserole and a Mixed Green Salad

F – Pizza

S – Margarita Festival

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of May 18 {Dinner Menu}What interesting recipes are you pinning and planning? What’s on your dinner menu this week?

 

Pinning and Planning – Week of April 28 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of April 28 {Dinner Menu}Once again, I’m switching things around and sharing my Pinning and Planning post a few days early. On Sunday, I will be joining the Sunday Supper Movement once more for the “Five Ingredients or Less Challenge” to feature one of my favorite comfort foods, Tomato Soup. Swing by Supper Sunday for a sneak peek of all the tasty Five Ingredients or Less recipe roundup and be sure to stop by here again on Sunday for my Tomato Soup recipe.

Speaking of tasty things, Greenwise NY Strip Steak is on sale this week at Publix, which stirred my inner and often curbed carnivore. We haven’t had red meat in a while and I believe when my body craves it, I need to eat it. I guess my red meat craving is twice as strong as normal, because I planned two red meat meals this week. Sometimes you just can’t fight the carnivorous cravings and you just need to succumb to some steak. The carnivore is strong in this one.

Besides not having steak in what feels like forever, it has been such a long time since we have enjoyed one of our favorite meals, Encebollado, which is a wonderful Latin steak and onions dish and one of Iron Chef Allan’s specialties.

Besides not having steak in what feels like forever, it has been such a long time since we have enjoyed one of our favorite meals, Encebollado, which is a flavorful Latin steak smothered in onions dish and one of Iron Chef Allan’s specialties. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

For more carnivorous-inspired, drool-inducing dinners, here’s our dinner menu for the week.

S – Encebollado with Black Beans and Rice and Baked Plantains

Meatless Monday – Baked Penne with Spinach and Sundried Tomato

T – Sweet Potato-Crusted Quiche

W – Steak Fajitas

Th – Bella Burgers with Low Fat Classic Cole Slaw

F – Pizza

What foods are you craving? What’s on your dinner menu this week?   What recipes are you pinning and planning? 

Pinning and Planning – March 2 {Dinner Menu}

Mardi Gras is in the air!  That means our dinner menu will be full of tasty Mardi Gras meals.  Since hubby is traveling out of town again this week, I plan to keep the Mardi Gras festivities and foods easy and simple.

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Allan will make a huge pot of gumbo that will last us all week. I may even need to freeze some of it.  Instead of the usual maple syrup cornbread that we serve with the gumbo, I’m serving a King Cake for a different sweet for the heat. It’s something special we do once a year for the kids and they love finding the little plastic baby inside the cake.  I found all these fun, simple King Cake recipes on Pinterest, but Betty Crocker’s Quick King Cake sounds like a winner to me.

Tuesday Day is Fat Tuesday also known as Pancake Day in our house.   Can you guess what will be on the menu morning and night on Tuesday?

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In addition to all the fun NOLA foods on the menu this week, we’ll also make something with mushrooms because my oldest daughter, Allana has been craving them lately.  A mushroom craving typically means a lack of potassium, iron, selenium or Vitamin D. Since Allana eats a lot of yogurt and drinks plenty of milk, I’m sure it’s not a lack of Vitamin D, however, she doesn’t like bananas. She hates them. Hopefully, a bit of mushroom stroganoff on the menu for Meatless Monday will fix that vitamin deficiency and craving real fast.

Here’s our dinner menu for the week:

S – Chicken AndouilleSausage Gumbo and King Cake for dessert

Meatless Monday – Mushroom Stroganoff

Fat Tuesday/Pancake Day – Iron Chef Allan’s Perfect Pancakes

W – Perfect Shrimp Po’ Boys

Th – Pasta with Asparagus

F – Pizza

What’s on your dinner menu this week?   Are you serving up anything special for Mardi Gras? What recipes are you pinning and planning?

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