Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for June 23rd

Marin Mama's weekly dinner menu - June 23rd

Happy summer everyone!  It officially turned summer on Friday, Whoo hoo! The kids and I have settled into a routine and I have to say that this has been one of my favorite summer’s thus far. I think it’s because the kids are older and not in that many camps, so we’re just together a lot and we’re really enjoying each other’s company. Zoe is keeping busy by babysitting regularly and she’s having a blast and gaining some independence. She really adores kids, (she’s sort of a Pied Piper) so babysitting is a natural for her. A lot of the kids she babysits are Eli’s friends and siblings so Eli likes tagging along on her job, sneaky kid.

Father’s day was a blast. John’s request was that we go on a family bike ride, so we got on our bikes and biked into Sausalito for lunch. We went to Fish for some seafood tacos.  It was great to see how much the kids have improved on their bikes.  There were some pretty big hills to climb and they went up them with ease.  Next family bike ride is up to the top of Mt. Tam.  We will take it slow and pack a picnic lunch and make it an all day event, but the kids are ready and eager to try the climb! I’m excited because I finally get some mountain biking buddies!

Zoe, John and Eli

Friday was summer solstice and John wanted to celebrate by watching the sunset, so he took us up on Mt. Tam after dinner to watch the sunset over the Pacific.  It was gorgeous and the weather was just perfect.  It was a great way to spend summer solstice and get connected with Mother Earth. Watching the sunset on and standing on Mt. Tam made me so grateful for this beautiful earth that we get to live on and enjoy everyday.  There’s really nothing prettier than Mother Earth.  She’s a magnificent painting that changes every second.

Zoe with ocean background

Can you all see the illuminated heart?  I saw lots of hearts in the landscape that night.

Mountain and ocean views

Zoe and Eli on mountain

I love this one of John taking a picture of the sunset.

John taking photo at sunset

There wasn’t a lot of creative cooking going on this past week, so I really don’t have any new food photos to show you. I did make a delicious carrot, ginger and miso salad dressing that I will be posting soon, but noting else too exciting.  It was a week of cooking old favorites and just chilling out. It was basically my week of summer.

Ok, so let’s move onto this week’s menu.

Sunday night dinner

Thai style chicken burgers and carrot, ginger miso dressing served over romaine and butter lettuce with sliced cucumber, heirloom tomatoes. We’re eating out on the deck tonight!

Thai style chicken burger

Monday night dinner

Paul McCartney’s refried bean tacos and lacinato kale salad.  It looks like it might rain today, which is totally weird for California at the end of June, but ok, so I’m cooking up something easy and tasty for meatless Monday.

Paul McCartney's refried bean tacos

Kale Salad

Tuesday night dinner

Pasta with walnut pesto, sausage and broccolini.  It still looks like it’s going to be a bit cool tonight, so pasta it is. We love this pasta and I especially love the walnut pesto. I have to say it’s one of my favorite pestos. It has such flavor from the toasted walnuts that it doesn’t need or require any cheese.  This is an easy weeknight one-bowl pasta.

Pasta with walnut pesto, sausage and broccolini

Wednesday night dinner

I’m going to try these black bean veggie burgers and serve the up with some kale and ricotta salata salad. I hope the kids like them.  I have made them before for myself for lunch, but this is the first time that I’m trying them out on the family. Fingers crossed.

Kale salad

Thursday night dinner

One-pan pasta.  Yep, pasta again this week, but we love pasta, and I need leftovers for Eli’s lunch, as he’s at camp this week. Pasta is an easy leftover to serve up for lunch.

One pan pasta top view

Friday night dinner

I’ve cooked all week and it’s summer, so we’ll be eating out tonight!  I’m thinking we might bike over to Larkspur for dinner.

Have a great week everyone!

With love Jackie
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12 thoughts on “Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for June 23rd”

  1. Allison Davis

    I watched your Kale Salad video and decided to try it….well it came out so yummy and it was so easy !!! Thanks so much for helping to turn me into a Kale lover 🙂

    1. Hi Allison! Yaaay! So glad that the video helped and inspired you to make the lacinato kale salad. I’m also glad it turned you into a kale lover 🙂 You should try the kale and ricotta salata one next. Those two salads are my 2 faves! xoxo, Jackie

    1. Hey girl! Those refried bean tacos are a staple in the Grandy house. So easy and tasty. BTW, I loved your Instagram of the frozen s’mores! 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

  2. What a great week you had! your kids look SO sweet – my girls do a lot of babysitting too and love it! Delicious and healthy week of meals – you are so wise in planning ahead – I find it saves time AND money!
    Mary x

  3. not only do i wish we lived closer 1. to meet 2. so i could sit at your counter and stare at your beautiful kitchen and eat your food and now 3. to have zoe babysit…my gosh what an adorable picture. I am so bummed to have missed out on the summer solstice…my hubby told me earlier that day and i ended up going to bed sooo early that night…love your photos. i’ve been having a hard time really cooking…it is just so darn nice out that i don’t want to come inside and cook…i mean i am still cooking but not the 4-5 days per week like before. I need to try your one pot pasta i keeping oogling over it. have a great week!

    1. Ok, you’re totally cracking me up girl, especially the comment about sitting at my counter, staring at my kitchen and eating my food. I’ve been cooking, but definitely not as much as during the school year. I cheat and take off a night or two when we’re out having fun. I mean its summer and summer is all about getting off the routine! Try the one-pot pasta, it’s easy and delish! xoxo, Jackie

  4. Hi! Just want to say I love your blog and I saw you at Fish on Father’s Day! Actually – you can see my little boy under the umbrella in your picture ! 🙂

    1. Hey there Nyree! Wow, such a small world. I just checked out the photo and I think I can see your son. Is he the one in the baseball hat? You should have said hi, seriously, I love meeting readers. So the next time you see me out and about, please say hi! So happy you love the blog 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

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