Summer Goodies! Meals + Treats
Another hodge-podge of a post with different snacks, desserts and meal ideas...keeping it simple over here- lots of grilling and simple sides!
First one needs no explanation- just a delish s'mores !
We took the kids to a cabin in the Blue Ridge, GA area for the weekend and it was lovely- of course, these had to happen while we were there!
Here is my disclaimer with this post--- we get a big Costco check each year and with it we stock up on meats we don't normally buy- the filet mignon, flank steak, frenched lamb, etc...we are not eating this super often and don't buy it much!
Filet mignon, mashed potatoes and side salad- This was Father's Day dinner- we brought out the fancy stuff : ) !
And Ben loves mashed potatoes and I don't make them a whole lot- he was a happy camper.
NOTHING fancy about the mashed potatoes- really just some butter and I actually used almond milk because that is just what I had- they were super creamy!
THIS was a huge leap for me- A while back a friend ordered some meat from White Oak Pastures- a somewhat close by farm in the Atlanta area and I thought, what the heck, I will order some duck. I had never cooked with duck before and it turned out so well!
Except I just used a red wine instead of the port-
AND made a simple mashed sweet potatoes to serve on- I just used a little bit of butter, cinnamon and a little bit of almond milk. That is also some roasted butternut squash...
An oldie but a goodie...
Korean Flank Steak -
1-3 T. sesame seeds
1/4 c. salad oil
1/2 c. soy sauce/tamari
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. ginger (scant)
1/4 c. brown sugar (I will honey instead sometimes) and I usually just use 1/8 brown sugar and it is still good!
2 green onions sliced (I don't always have these on hand and it is fine without them I think!)
Place steak in a glass dish. Pour on marinade and let stand overnight in refrigerator- flip occasionally-
Broil or BBQ 5. min each side-
Coconut Rice, Roasted Purple Cauliflower and freshly picked corn- courtesy of a sweet friend!
Next, is EASY Sunday eating-
I took out...hummus, tapenade, blueberry goat cheese, watermelon, carrots, rice crackers, chips + salsa and some multigrain crackers- dinner done. The kids actually loved it! Make yourself a "tapas" plate and you don't have to turn on the oven at all!
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For Ben and the kids served over rice, which I just wasn't feeling that night, so I just combined it with some golden beets for me and then made sweet potato wedges as well!
At the cabin, we kept it super simple- focus on a protein and veggies...here is one creation.
Brought kielbasa, raw sauerkraut, roasted some potatoes + a Salad!
Y'all, I made this straight up full of gluten and all the things blueberry pie so I went Betty Crocker style...
*Betty Crocker *
Luke helped with this one and first time with lattice work action!
With our blueberry bounty from blueberry picking, we made Blackberry Coconut Oatmeal Muffins
from the Heather Christo Blog- BUT true to Cristina-style, I used blueberries instead and left out the coconut and didn't put the topping on...don't be afraid to make it your own! They turned out well!
This is Trader Joe's Frozen Cauliflower Pizza Crust-
I just followed the directions on the box and then added fig jam + sliced peaches + goat cheese...pretty good!
Now to combine the blueberries + peach theme I have going on- we made these Peach + Blueberry Popsicles and I seriously can't remember what recipe we used...just google it and there is a plethora of options! They were eating these for breakfast : )
*Kid feedback* They prefer the blueberries to be blended in and not kept whole- duly noted.
Have a great week!!!!
Life Lately- keep scrolling if interested in food adventures!
Hole in the wall in Marietta- their spring rolls- if I could fist pump someone after eating this, I would.
Random new things-
*Roasted Golden Beets - Trader Joes
*Rambutan- Trader Joes- apparently I have been living under a rock about this fruit!
*Ball squash- Marietta Farmer's Market- I have never seen this squash before
*Golden raspberries- Trader Joes
*Green Matcha Chia Seed drink- Marietta Farmers Market
Morning Date with my girl- she requested the Marietta Farmer's Market and Bubble Tea- I am raising her right :)
IN THE RAIN- but she loved it and wanted to get wet the whole time!
Bigun's BBQ- on the way back from Blue Ridge- in my mind, you can't have BBQ without beef brisket!
Family Birthday Dinner- Yeah Burger!
Tried a new place in the ATL and it was so good! The kids were troopers!
Sharing their salad- just so you know, they weren't thrilled about it, but did it anyway- it was for my birthday!
This is Luke's picture taking skills...my girl Jen bringing me a Starbucks drink on my birthday...*sigh*
East Marietta- my parents treat us to a birthday meal every year and this is where I picked- this is the lamb....YUM.
Not complete without some sangria!!!