Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for May 3rd

Weekly dinner menu for May

Happy Sunday peeps! It’s 10:00 and I’m honestly sitting here struggling with what to say to introduce this weekly menu.

I’ve been typing text..

then deleting it..

re-typing something else..

then deleting that.

This is honestly how I’ve spent the last 2 hours, so I’m just going be honest and admit to you all that I’m at a loss for words today, and I’m in a total writing rut. Whew, that felt good and liberating.

To be honest, there really wasn’t anything exciting, or should I say blog worthy that happened this past week. It was my last week working for Paradise, so I kind of spent the week finishing up and closing up shop, which is exciting, but sad and scary at the same time.

So, I’m officially in limbo land now with work and with life. I don’t plan to stay here long, as that’s not my personality, (and it’s sort of boring) but for today I’m here, and I’m accepting that it’s ok!  Limbo land is sometimes where we have to be before we expand, open up and make that next move.

OK, so this week wasn’t a total wash, as I tried a new meatless taco recipe which I think you will all love. I made up some sweet potato tacos with avocado creama. These tacos are SO GOOD and totally Zoe approved!  Eli was at a 3 hour baseball game when I made these up, so he didn’t get to try them, but he was totally ok with that!

I’m going to post the recipe for these tacos this week.

Squash tacos

Besides being in a writing rut, I was in a food staging rut, so my creative friend Kimber came over and helped me stage the tacos. I think we did a pretty great job, and we make a great team!

Thanks Kimber, you rock!

Kimber Hirsch

Ok, so since I don’t have anything else exciting to share, let’s just move onto this week’s menu….

Monday night dinner

Meatless Monday!  Broccoli rabe and shallot ravioli and crispy garlic bread. This is such an easy meatless Monday 30-minute meal. I typically use broccoli rabe in lieu of green beans because we just LOVE broccoli rabe and tend to eat too much of it, but that’s ok, I can think of worse addictions. Zoe absolutely loves this garlic bread!  It’s truly one of her favorite things, and it’s so simple, crispy and just overall yummy!

Ravioli in skillet

Tuesday night dinner

Citrus-marinated chicken, 5-minute roasted Brussels and popovers. My kids have been begging for this chicken. It’s funny because lately I’ve been running into a lot of friends and readers who are making up this chicken. The marinade is super simple to throw together, and it’s a perfect weeknight recipe, as the marinade only has to sit on the chicken for a minimum of 20 minutes. Yippee! You can use either chicken thighs, drumsticks and breasts, or all three if you want. I typically use bone-in skin on breasts that I have the butcher cut in half, so they absorb the marinade better. The chicken gets all crispy under the broiler and then you top it with the reserved citrus marinade, and wow, talk about tasty. Lately, I’ve been topping my roasted Brussels with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice and some parmesan cheese! If you don’t have time for making popovers, (even though they literally take 30 minutes) you can just sub in some crusty french bread.

citrus marinated chicken

Quick and easy roasted brussels sprouts

popovers and rosemary

Wednesday night dinner

Another meatless night! Broccoli rabe pizza and roasted broccoli  See, I told you we were broccoli rabe obsessed. Wednesday nights are busy and we eat at 5:30, as Zoe has 3 hours of dance, so I want a simple meal.  I figure if I’m already cutting up broccoli rabe for the pizza, why not cut up some extra to roast up! My kids love and it don’t complain, thus making dinner even easier!

Broccoli rabe pizza

See how happy my kids get with roasted broccoli?  How could I not make it for them!

Thumbs up for roasted broccoli

Thursday night dinner

Pasta with kale, lemon and toasted walnuts. Wow, I’m realizing that we’re having a pretty carb heavy week, but I love carbs, so it’s all good. This pasta is easy, kid approved and makes enough for two nights, or it’s great for leftover lunches. We typically use whole-wheat pasta when making this up, which I show you in the post. 

Whole wheat pasta with kale


So, there you have it, my boring weekly menu post 🙂

Sorry guys! I hope this menu at least gave you some dinner ideas to try.

Have a great week everyone, and I’m hoping to be back next week with a more exciting post for you all!

With love Jackie
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9 thoughts on “Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for May 3rd”

    1. jackiegrandy

      Hi Sue! I agree with you! Colorful veggies make for beautiful photos! I adore Brussels as well and wish they were available year round!

  1. Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog! We especially love your popovers, broccoli lemon pasta, and chocolate chip cookie recipes in my house. Thanks for all you do!

    1. jackiegrandy

      Hi Kathleen! Thanks so much for saying hi and letting me know what some of your favorite recipes are! Those are some of our favorite recipes as well. I’m glad to hear that I have another popover fan out there. 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn

    1. jackiegrandy

      Ha! We will see girl where I go from here! I’m trying not to be fearful about being in limbo, but instead having faith that there is something bigger and better for me out there! 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn

  2. Writing ruts and life limbos happen are are totally okay! I am wishing you clarity and happiness with your next steps 🙂
    That photo of Eli and Zoe with the broccoli always cracks me up!

    1. Awww… Thanks so much Emma! I’m happy to hear that you love the weekly menus. I need to get back on that train! I will, I promise! xoxo, Jacquelyn

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