Did you miss me, or maybe just the meal plan? I am back from a holiday in the sun and ready to take on some new spring recipes. While away, we cooked some meals and ate out for others. We visited Palm Springs and Newport Beach. We ate at some really great restaurants on the coast: Pizzeria Mozza, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens and True Food Kitchen. Every meal was incredible, I especially loved my lunch at Farmhouse. In Palm Springs we made simple dinners, mostly large salads with grilled proteins.
Now I am back home and spring has sprung! I am ready for the change in season and also in produce. I have already started thinking about my garden and what I am going to plant this year. We arrived home last night and ate some grilled cheese that my mom packed for us. We will be eating at home Tuesday-Thursday with potential for dinner out on Friday and then we are hosting friends Saturday.
- Egg roll in a bowl from the @theseasonmom I love a one bowl dinner. I decided to add a few more veggies: red pepper, snap peas and edamame. I also made some brown rice, so that my husband would feel more satisfied. You can also find a similar recipe from @skinnytaste
- Warm shrimp and potato salad from @betterhomesandgardens my kids are still loving shrimp so I think that this will be a hit. I love a salad packed with veggies and protein for dinner.
- Pork loin chops with potato packets from @betterhomesandgardens as well will have had potatoes the night before, I am going to use sweet potatoes and cut them into fries. I am also going to add some green vegetables to the meal, probably some roasted broccoli or asparagus.
On the weekend we are going to host friends for a BBQ, I am thinking of making the chicken caesar burgers from @iowagirleats or I found a recipe for jalapeño turkey burgers that sound amazing! We will also BBQ some sausages for the kids and bake some tots as a side dish.
While away I purchased a few new products to try. I absolutely love going to grocery stores while on holiday. I like to see what other products they offer and ones that I cannot get at home. This time I think I may have brought back a bit too much! I ended up bringing home some chickpea pasta called Banza this is for my bestie who is Celiac. I also got her some snickerdoodle cookies from @simplemills. I got two boxes of crackers, one is a cauliflower cracker and the other is a cheese cracker from @vansfoods. I tried the cauliflower crackers today and they are very good, crunchy with lots of flavour. For my kids I brought home some @annieshomegrown gummy candies and birthday cake graham snacks. I am also trying out two new bars for the kids, a bar from @thinkkidsproducts that is a protein bar vanilla cupcake flavoured. The other bar is from @larabar it is a cinnamon swirl snack bar. Both bars are gluten free and safe for school lunches, I wasn’t looking for GF, it just so happened that both were. For myself I got a bag of @getskinnydipped dark chocolate cocoa almonds. I have read and listened to a lot of bloggers talk about these almonds, and let me tell you they do not disappoint!
There is no grocery list this week as my husband did all of the shopping. If I decide to cook on Friday I will add the recipe to the blog.