With three back to back birthdays, the month of July feels a bit like the holidays in the Run DMT home due to the all the family gatherings planned to celebrate each birthday. Just as the confetti settles from one family birthday fiesta, there’s another one to organize and of course, another menu to plan. What will we serve to feed all these people?
To honor each birthday kid, we always serve the birthday kid’s favorite food. In the past for Liam’s birthday, we served Iron Chef Allan’s pizza. Emmalynn, my little vegetarian, loves cinnamon rolls for breakfast and lentil soup or mac cheese for dinner which we typically serve with grilled wings or burgers for the adults and/or meat eaters.
However for Emmalynn’s birthday this year, we decided to serve another of Emmalynn’s favorite vegetarian black beans and rice and Cuban Pulled Pork for the meat eaters. It seemed like the perfect meal to feed a crowd of big eaters and boy was it ever! That meal was a hit and for that, we’re serving it again for Liam’s birthday. And a big pot of pulled pork typically means enough leftover to make Cuban sandwiches. YUM!
Last week, my family and I took a road trip to Orlando and we ate at the House of Blues for the first time. I loved the NOLA feel and décor, but I found the Voodoo Shrimp spellbinding. What a yummy dish! I can’t wait to recreate a copy cat, lightened up version this week.
As for the rest of the week, the dinner menu looks equally magical.
Sunday – Sticky Asian-Style Ginger Grilled Wings with Asian-Style Broccoli Slaw
Meatless Monday – Grilled Veggie Hoagies
Tuesday – Lightened Up House of Blues Copy Cat Voodo Shrimp with white rice
Wednesday – Skinnytaste’s Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad
Friday – (Leftover) Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwiches