Guess what? We officially have a teen in the house, yep a teenager. My baby girl turned 13 this past Friday. I’m elated because I’m so proud of the young woman she’s turning into, but at the same time, I’m a bit sad because I miss my little girl. I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by. I mean she’s grown from this tiny little baby into…
this beautiful, confident, creative, intelligent and amazing 13 year old! Zoe has a spirit that truly shines. She’s just someone you want to be around because she is so full of life and has such a zest for life (her name Zoe means life in Greek). I marvel at her creativity and her intelligence. She’s teaching me to be more creative and to let out my inner child. She truly wants the best for everyone and will always be there for her family and friends. Zoe you rock, and I love you more than the universe and beyond!
Ok, lets jump into this week’s menu, literally!
Sunday night dinner: Spaghetti and turkey meatballs and kid friendly caesar salad. This is truly a Sunday night dinner because it’s one of those recipes that takes some time. It’s definitely worth the effort though, as it gives me two meals and some extras for the kid’s lunches.
Monday night dinner: Carrot ginger soup and quinoa cakes. Monday is the one night where I don’t have to struggle to get dinner on the table, as the kids don’t have any activities. This is the night where I have time to make a soup from scratch and some quinoa cakes.
Tuesday night dinner: Leftover night! Turkey meatball subs and kid friendly caesar salad. Tuesdays are now our super crazy night. Eli has baseball from 4:00 till 6:00 and Zoe has dance from 5:30 till 7:30. It’s one of those nights where I need something I can make up quickly for everyone as they get home, and these meatball subs fit the bill.
Wednesday night dinner: Broccoli lemon pasta. Wednesday is another night where were all together at the dinner table. Sometimes I make up something a bit more complex, but tonight I was something simple. I love this dinner because it’s simple yet nourishing. One-bowl dinners rock!
Thursday night dinner: Spaghetti squash tacos and lacinato kale salad. I love these tacos because once you cut open the squash (that is honestly the most labor intensive and scary part for me) you have yourself a pretty easy and healthy dinner. I also love cooking these up close to a weekend because the leftovers make great weekend lunches.
Stay tuned as I will be posting these dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt brownies later this week. Yum yum!