Birthday celebrations, family, and lots of eats.

I think I spoke too soon last week when I said that I thought spring was here. It’s been cold and windy this week, and I don’t think it’s going to warm up much next week either. Boo.

But I’m here once again with more dinner ideas and recipes for you all! I had a lot going on this week, so I really didn’t cook dinner until mid-week!

Sunday: Take-out pizza and salad from Mellow Mushroom

My sister and her family moved this weekend (only two miles from where they were living), so David and I picked up pizza and salad to bring over so to they didn’t have to think about cooking after a weekend of moving with two little ones. I forgot to take a picture of the food, but I did get some photos of Giuliana with her Uncle Dave. She wanted to sit on his lap and feed him her pizza. She sure does love him!

Monday: My birthday dinner!

Monday was my birthday, so David and I went out to eat at Maggianos, a nice Italian restaurant near us. When I saw salmon on the menu, I knew that’s what I wanted so I ordered the salmon salad with a a side of gluten-free spaghetti. I couldn’t go to an Italian restaurant not get pasta! David got his favorite Italian dish, Chicken Marsala, with a side of mashed potatoes. I forgot to take a picture until we had already started eating, so the photo is not the best. But all the food was delicious!

We then headed over to my sister’s house for dessert and to watch the season finale of The Bachelor. David and I picked up gluten-free cupcakes and gluten-free hummingbird cake from a gluten-free bakery near us, and oh my gosh…SO GOOD!

(And serious kudos to my husband who tolerated watching The Bachelor with my sis and I. I didn’t want to miss watching The Bachelor Finale with my sis, but I also wanted to hang out with my hubs on my birthday. I think he spent like 99% of the time catching up on social media on his phone, but I’m still glad he was there. 🙂 )


Tuesday: Leftovers

We had leftovers from both Sunday and Monday, so our dinner consisted of the random leftovers before we headed to small group.

Wednesday: Ground turkey stir fry

I originally had a different meal planned, but I was missing a few ingredients and I didnt want to go back out to the store. I had some ground turkey in the freezer that I thawed, along with a bunch of veggies, so I opted for a stir-fry. I sauteed some garlic, carrots, and onion in sesame oil and then added ½ lb. ground turkey. Once the meat was cooked, I added some veggies (peas, brocolli, cauliflower rice), along with a homemade stir-fry sauce that consisted of coconut aminos (gluten-free soy sauce), almond butter, and a dash of ginger and chinese five spice. I am seriously obsessed with the flavor of this sauce! It is so good! You could easily leave out the chinese five-spice if you wanted, and it would still be delicious.

Weekly Eats Week 9

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, pancakes and roasted veggies

I never get tired of breakfast for dinner, as you can tell in these weekly posts. We had a banana that was turning brown, so I decided to whip up my easy gluten-free pancakes that consist of a ripe banana, two eggs, a dash of cinnamon, and then whatever else you want to add. I typically add chia seeds and protein powder or collagen if I have it. You literally just mix everything together and then cook them in a pan like you would any other pancakes. I also sometimes feel like the batter is a little runny, so I’ll add a couple tablespoons of coconut flour to thicken it up. I added a couple scrambled eggs and roasted broccoli on the side.

Weekly Eats Week 9
Cheesy eggs (I leave the cheese off of mine), topped with a few cherry tomatoes I had in the fridge, roasted broccoli, and my easy gluten free pancakes.

Friday: Lemon Pesto Salmon from Running In A Skirt with asparagus and baked potato

I found a dairy-free pesto at Trader Joe’s that used cashews instead of cheese and since I haven’t had pesto in so long,  I knew that I had to try it! I found an easy salmon recipe that called for lemon and pesto, so I baked that up, along with a baked potato and roasted asparagus.

Weekly Eats Week 9

David thought the meal was great, and I thought it was okay.  The flavor of the salmon was good, but I think I am just getting tired of salmon. I bought a big bag of frozen, wild-caught salmon from Costco awhile ago, which is why salmon has been on the weekly rotation. But I think I’ll have to take a break for a little bit. I also thought the asparagus were a little tough, but you win some, you lose some.

Saturday: Leftovers from the family birthday lunch

Both my sister and I have March birthday’s, so my parents planned a joint birthday celebration for us. We all meet at my sister’s house and ordered take-out Chinese/Thai food from a restaurant near them. We got a several different orders to share, and I was able to find a dish that was gluten-free which was great. My mom also made her famous (well, I think it should be famous), Boston Creme Pie, which my niece G couldn’t stop talking about all day. “I wanna see the birthday cake in the fridge.” “Birthday cake.” “Birthday Cake.” “I want birthday cake in fridge.” It was super cute…but I also wasn’t the one that had to give her the news of “It’s not time for cake yet…”

Dinner Eats Week 9

It was so great to have my family all together again and such a fun celebration. My mom, sister, niece, nephew and I also had a dance party in the living room which was super fun and will always be such a great memory for me. I think it was a combo of the babies laughing and having fun, along with being with the people I love that made my heart so happy.

All that to say, we had leftovers from lunch and ate that for dinner. My mom came back with David and I to stay with us because she was leaving for Florida in the morning and was going to ride MARTA to the airport. We live super close to MARTA, so it just made sense, and it gave us some extra mother/daughter time (aka a trip to Costco so I could use her membership card. Thanks mom!!!)

I hope your week was filled with much fun, family and love too!


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