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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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Pinterest Inspired Valentine’s Day Cards

I *heart* Pinterest.

Who doesn’t? Am I right?

I’ve been pinning all sorts of Valentine’s Day ideas since I first joined Pinterest. You may remember the Valentine’s Day cards my kids and I made a couple of years ago.

I pin fun holiday ideas all year round.  You do too, don’t you?  Pinterest puts new meaning to “Christmas is July”.

I had my eye on this crafty car Valentine for my little guy for a while.  I knew it was the perfect Valentine for my little car enthusiast’s preschool classmates.  To recreate it, I purchased a pack of cars and 40 count small heart treat bags at our local dollar store.  I designed the card on PicMonkey and assembled it to look like this.  The text reads, “Valentine, You make my heart race.”

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When I showed Emmalynn the assortment of Pinterest-inspired Valentine’s Day cards, she loved the s’mores craft.

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To recreate this Valentine, I used the same loot bags as above and purchased s’mores making items at our local supermarket.  With very thoroughly washed hands, Emmalynn assembled little s’mores kits for her classmates which included two graham cracker squares, individual Fun Size Hershey’s and pink one large marshmallow.  Again, I designed the card on PicMonkey and affixed it to the little bag with Scotch tape. The text reads, “Valentine, I need s’more friends like you.”

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Since Allana is my moustache lover, she loved the “I moustache you a question” Valentine’s Day Card for her middle school friends.  We used her Christmas portrait, added some text and a moustache on PicMoney, because she felt it was necessary to add a handlebar moustache to her own face.  Then, we uploaded the cards to Wal-Mart’s photo center to print them.

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We found some fun fuzzy facial hair at the dollar store which Allana affixed over the word mustache.  She like the idea of hiding the word “moustache” under the actual moustache.

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I love PicMonkey for creating fun things like this as well as fun graphics for blogging and photo editing too.  Right now, PicMonkey is offering my friends (We’re friends, right?) one day of free PicMonkey Royale (their cool upgrade option).  So give PicMonkey a go!

PicMonkey is normally free, but with my special link, you can play like a Royale and test out all the cool fonts, designs and photo editing options that aren’t normally free.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Run DMT!

Pinning and Planning – Week of February 9 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of February 9 {Dinner Menu}A week from today, I will be running in my sixth marathon, the A1A marathon.  Although I’m feeling good about my training and my overall performance, I have been ridiculously ravenously hungry for about two weeks now. Despite nourishing and hydrating appropriately, I don’t know what has changed to cause my hunger development.

Last year while we were all training to be Marthon Maniacs with Disney Marathon followed by Clearwater Marathon, my running partner, Daffodil, sent us daily hydration and nourishing reminders so our bodies would be ready for multiple marathons. I need Daffodil to do that again for me.  (Hint…hint… Daffodil)

Since it’s not Daffodil’s job to be my coach and nutritionist (I honestly don’t pay her well enough for that job.), I read an interesting article at Runner’s World about how much protein runners should eat related to how much your workout.  It’s a quick an interesting read and definitely pin worthy.

Basically, “if you run an hour most days, you need about .6 gram of protein per pound of weight (run more and your needs go up), compared with .36 gram for couch potatoes. That means a 150-pound runner requires 90 grams a day.”  Based on that little tasty little tidbit, I know I am not eating nearly enough protein, which is probably why I feel like I am starving all the time.

The article further sites a study by the University of Missouri which “found that eating a high-protein breakfast (with 35 grams of protein), as opposed to one low in protein (with 13 grams), curbed participants’ appetites later in the day and reduced cravings for high-fat, high-sugar snacks in the evening. that little  curbed participants’ appetites later in the day and reduced cravings for high-fat, high-sugar snacks in the evening.”

Given that interesting protein-packed information from Runner’s World and my marathon next Sunday, there will be lots of lean meats on the menu this week.  Conveniently, fish and Greenwise organic meats are on sale this week at Publix. So, thank you for that Publix. That was very good timing indeed.

Since Chinese New Year is still happening Hot Stuff, I added another Asian-flare dish to the menu this week.  It’s also Valentine’s Day this Friday, but we prefer to stay home.  I’d like to surprise the kids with heart-shaped pizzas for our usual Friday pizza night.  Iron Chef Allan and I will be attending a Yelp Elite Event on Wednesday night, so the Yelp’s Cure to What Ales Ya Event will be our pre-Valentine’s date night, although attending a craft beer event isn’t probably the best idea before a marathon. Let’s hope the beer isn’t what ales me during the marathon.

Here’s what’s on our dinner menu for the week:

S – Grilled Steak and Fritas (Unfried Parmesan Steak Fries) with a mixed greens salad

Meatless Monday – Spinach Lasagna Rolls

T – Lightened Tilapia Picatta

W – Yelp’s Cure To What Ales Ya

Th – General Tso chicken with Steamed Broccoli and brown rice

F – Heart-shaped Pizza for Valentine’s Day

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

Pinning and Planning – Week of February 2 {Dinner Menu}

PinningPlanning RunDMT Pinning and Planning   Week of February 2 {Dinner Menu}Gung Hay Fat Choy!

It’s Chinese New Year!

Yeah, yeah I know, it’s also Super Bowl Sunday and if you need a great game day appetizer, try Iron Chef Allan’s Grilled Buffalo Wings.

Also, Family Foodie and the #SundaySupper team have compiled a delicious list of Game Day dishes to nosh on during touchdowns.  These Baked Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers from Skinnytaste look great too.

Honestly, I’m in the mood for a burger. I want to chow down on a burger between touchdowns during the big game. I don’t even care who wins. I just want to watch the commercials and eat a burger, preferably, Skinnytaste’s Salsa Verde Burger. Then, wash it all down with a Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale.

Iron Chef Allan cleverly called today “Souper Bowl Sunday” and is planning to put on a big pot soup. He hasn’t told me what soup he will serve yet, but I hope it compliments my burger. Slurp!  Nom….nom…nom…Slurp!

As I mentioned, it’s Chinese New Year and I love holidays that revolve food. Every Chinese New Year, I serve our favorite, fun Chinese dishes and my kids really enjoy the change in the dinner menu.  Try adding some Asian flare to your dinner menu this week, with these tried and tested Run DMT family favorites.

Quinoa UnFried Rice

Chicken Pot Stickers

Sesame Noodles for Chinese New Year

To bring your family some good fortune in the year of the Horse, follow Steamy Kitchen’s Chinese New Year Good Fortune Guide and learn what foods to eat.

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Between Super Bowl (or Souper Bowl) and Chinese New Year, it’s a good week for a foodie!

Here’s what’s on our dinner menu for the week:

Super Bowl Sunday – Skinnytaste’s Salsa Verde Burger

Meatless Monday – Honey Roasted Vegetable + Smoked Gouda Baked Penne

T – Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps

W – Crock Pot French Onion Soup and a Mixed Greens Salad

Th – Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry Noodles

F – Pizza

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

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