Took that opening shot in the car via my iPhone last night. I thought it was cool because you can see all the hustle and bustle of the city, the Transamerica building and all the beautiful architecture of San Francisco right smack in front of you. I truly love living here and whenever I head into the city, I feel alive. My favorite part of heading into San Francisco is crossing over this beauty of a bridge. I have lived here a little over 15 years, and I never tire of this bridge. Zoe took this below picture last night through the sunroof and instagramed it.
She’s a natural I must say. BTW, she recently joined instagram, (privately with her friends) and she had to teach me how to use it, as I really had no clue. I will be adding an instagram button to my blog once I figure out how to do it. In the meantime you can follow me on instagram via marinmamacooks. I don’t have any cool pics yet because I’m just starting. I have a feeling that it will become another addiction, so watch out!
The kids had Monday off and it was so beautiful out that we decided to go to one of our favorite local lunch spots, Rustic Bakery. Here’s a photo I took of my lunch. Leek and potato soup and grilled cheese. Yum!
Here’s Zoe with posing with her lunch, an asian chicken salad, which is another one of my favorite lunch items. I tried to get a picture of Eli but he wasn’t in the picture taking mood.
Ok, one last shot that Zoe took and instagramed. I love this shot! Ok, it’s a no brainer for me, I choose Mt. Tam as my destination. That’s Mt. Tam in the background, for those of you not familiar with the area (btw, it’s much larger than it looks in the below picture).
Ok, enough with all the instagram photos (see, I told you I would become addicted). Let’s move onto what I ate and made this week. Since everyone I know is still working on their New Year’s resolutions of healthy eating, (blah blah blah) I decided that I would make and post two new healthy recipes in the next two weeks (after those two recipes, I’m being bad and posting a cupcake recipe). The first recipe that I’m going to post are those spaghetti squash tacos that I showed you last week. You won’t feel guilty shoveling 2-3 of these tacos down, as I did. I will post this recipe on Wednesday. Pair them with a kale salad and you will be feeling the love of healthy eating. Your body will truly be thanking you and then you can sneak in a cupcake for dessert. Hey, it’s all about moderation folks.
Speaking of healthy eating at night, why not eat healthy in the morning as well. Here’s my newest breakfast addiction. Yes, Jessica, I have given up my daily regimented cereal routine for this. It’s a mixture of hot quinoa, steel cut oats mixed with goji berries. I top it with some walnuts, cranberries and a bit of maple syrup and I’m ready to take on the day! It’s truly a breakfast of champions. The best part of this nutritious breakfast is that it can be quickly assembled the night before and left to sit out overnight. All you do the next morning is simply re-heat it. How easy is that?
I also tried a new kale salad last week. I really enjoyed the salad, as it was super easy to whip up and had a nice sweet flavor to it. Sadly, unlike my other kale salads, it doesn’t carry over to the next day. It’s really best served up fresh.
Whew, I covered a lot so far, so for those of you that are just here for my weekly menu, lets move onto it.
Sunday night dinner: Pan roasted chicken paillard, mashed potatoes with kale and kid friendly caesar salad. I’m going to whip out my trusty cast-iron skillet for 2 meals this week. I saw this chicken recipe in the most recent issue of Bon Appetit and I can’t wait to try it, as we love skillet baked chicken dishes. I will definitely keep you posted on the results.
Monday night dinner: Meatless Monday! Paul McCartney’s refried bean tacos and lacinato kale salad. This is such an easy and healthy Monday night dinner to throw together. The tacos literally take 20 minutes to prep and cook up, and the salad takes no time as I always have prepped kale ready to go in my fridge. I love easy Monday night meals!
Tuesday night dinner: Cauliflower soup with grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. This is an easy meal for a hectic night! I usually make up the soup over the weekend and then just re-heat it for dinner. Zoe actually makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches in our house. She makes them in the cast-iron skillet, and oh my, they are crisp and grilled to perfection. I have to get have her do a demonstration my cooking with kids series.
Wednesday night dinner: Cheesy baked tortellini and broccoli rabe. Need I say more?
Thursday night dinner: Sausage and white bean stew. This is another new recipe that I’m going to try. It’s a one-skillet, one-bowl meal, and it’s supposed to be quick and easy. I can’t wait to give it a try and let you know how it turns out.
Friday night dinner: TGIF! You all know the routine now. Fridays are now Marin mama’s night off, at least for the time being! This past Friday we went to check out this local butcher shop/restaurant called Belcampo, (which is located in the Marin Country Mart) for some burgers and milkshakes. The kids actually had the chocolate milkshakes. I had a glass of wine and John had a beer. Belcampo is a ranch located near Mt. Shasta that’s known for their sustainable meats. The kids and I ordered some cheeseburgers and John ordered a french dip sandwich. We also ordered up some french fries, of course, and these fried Brussels sprouts which were amazing. They were deeply fried (pretty much charred) and then tossed in a some sort of dressing consisting of lemon juice, sage and red pepper flakes. I love trying new and local restaurants, and this one had a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Here’s a photo of the kids with their milkshakes.
See you all back here Wednesday where I will showcase these spaghetti squash tacos!