what we ate for dinner


For our family (maybe most families?), dinner is the only meal where we are all together. My toddler is usually hungry around 6pm, which means we eat dinner as a family around the same time. That leaves me about half an hour between getting home from work and dinner time. I try to make dinner stress free by prepping ahead on the weekends. Cooking dinner is also less stressful when you plan ahead what to make and shop for the ingredients ahead of time.

On Friday evenings, I try to decide on the 2-3 dishes that I want to make for the following week, since we do our grocery shopping on the weekends. On Sundays, I do my meal prep.

So here’s what we’ve been eating lately.

Bake Salmon (frozen aisle from Costco)

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Zuppa Toscana soup (less the gnocchi) and added baked cauliflower

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Porchop + veggie sides

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Eggplant parmesan (my toddler likes to help with making dinner)

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Baked egg muffin for breakfast for the week

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Honey and chicken dish in the slow cooker

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Potsticker noodles

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Baked chicken apple sausage with veggies

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Zucchini soup (our favorite)

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Crispy eggs (cooked with ghee) on top of a salad, dressing is balsamic vinegar

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Egg Roll Stir Fry

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Damn Fine Chicken from NomNomPaleo website

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Roasting vegetables on Sundays


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Eggplant parmesan (again!)

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Panda Express teriyaki chicken, with cauliflower rice and roasted parmesan broccoli

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More roasted veggies, seasoned with something spicy

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making a batch of protein pancakes to eat throughout the week. I like eating it with fresh strawberries and agave syrup.

enjoying a few sunny days by staying outdoors. We visit different parks and hangout by the duck pond

filling our bag with library books during our visits. H chooses his own books while I grab the books I’ve put on hold. I’m on a reading streak lately.

eating donuts on the weekend. I get donuts from work on Fridays and I take some home to enjoy on the weekends

cooking this week:  golden cauliflower soup and kahlua pulled pork in the slow cooker

reading One in Million Boy by Monica Wood

dining out at a Sushi place on Friday night then visited the pet store (just to browse) afterwards. We hardly go out to restaurants because we prefer cooking at home, but it’s good to eat out once in awhile

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    going to Home Depot’s workshop for kids. My 3 year old is a little too young for the workshop, so I helped him build the wooden crate and he did all the painting. He was very proud to receive his own apron and pin. spending time with my girlfriends after work Friday for […]

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meal prep & what I pack for snacks


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  watching the movie SING. It was H’s first time watching a movie at the theater.  We brought some healthy snacks and sang along. He asked to go home right before the movie ended, but explained to him that the fun part is coming. So he asked to sit on my lap instead. dining out […]

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