Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for May 5th

Marin Mama's weekly dinner menu - May 5th

So I apologize for not getting my weekly menu out last week. We had such a busy week and weekend that I just didn’t have time to write-up my normal Sunday post. I mean how can I write a post on what I’m making for dinner that week when I didn’t have time to even think about dinner? Trying to plan a weekly menu takes time and thought, so I decided to wing it for a week and fly by the seat of my pants. Well, I flew by the seat of my pants and didn’t bother to view the weather forecast for Monday, and guess what? The temps soared into the high 90’s and my super polite family sweated over a bowl of roasted red pepper soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Zoe looked at me as she was trying to sip the soup and said, “Mom, I’m sorry to tell you this, but it’s too hot for soup.” Poor planning Marin mama! We all went out for ice-cream after dinner to cool ourselves down. I ended up doing take out two other nights because it was way too hot to cook. Hey, I’m not complaining at all, I actually really like the heat and it was nice to have a few nights off from cooking.

I was at Whole Foods on Friday and was super giddy because guess what I saw?

Organic heirloom tomatoes

Yep, heirloom tomatoes, which are one of my favorite summer treats. I can’t wait till they’re in full season and for the prices to drop a bit, as $6.99 is a bit steep. I’ve been craving my heirloom tomato soup all winter. I also have a great recipe for fried green tomatoes as well as an heirloom tomato pizza that I can’t wait to try and share with you all.  Yummo!

So, I made my first and last batch of scones this week. Yes, I baked in the heat, but it was in the morning, so it wasn’t too bad. The scones were ok, but nothing like the scones we get at the bakery. I could attempt to make them again, and I may down the road, but for now when I crave a scone, I’m just going to buy one from my favorite bakery. There are just some things that you just can’t replicate, or could, but don’t need to bother with. That’s how I feel about scones for now. Here’s the Instagram that I took of them.


I’m also super addicted to these dosa chips right now and I need to stop buying them because I am eating a bag at a time. Seriously, they’re that good!  Carolyn, they’re back in stock at Paradise, so check your mail later this week as I’m sending you some!

Dosa chips

Ok, let’s move onto this week’s menu!

Sunday night dinner

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  We’re celebrating tonight by making some marinated flank steak tacos (recipe soon) and serving them up with some tomatillo and avocado salsa, chips for dipping into the salsa and some watermelon. I also made up a batch of my dad’s homemade sun tea, and for dessert, I’m whipping up a batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies.  It’s going to be a yummy dinner at the Grandy house.

Tomatillo and avocado salsa

Arnold Palmer

Chocolate chip cookies stacked

Monday night dinner

Ina’s summer garden pasta and crispy and easy garlic bread. I’m so excited because I saw a bunch of organic cherry tomatoes at Whole Foods last week. I’ve been craving this pasta ever since my Instagram buddy, Melinda, photographed this pasta on her Instagram feed last week.

BTW, have you all checked out the video that Zoe produced last summer of me making this pasta? It’s on the side bar (hey, I just noticed it’s right next to this paragraph) as well as on the post for that recipe. If not, you should, because its super cute, and she produced and edited it all by herself. We’re planning on making more videos for the blog this summer and even videos where I actually talk into the camera. I’m a bit nervous about the speaking part, because anyone that knows me knows I’m sort of a spaz and I talk a lot! I also say the word “like” and “you know” quite a bit, but I decided I had to get over myself and just let the video roll and be what it may! I’m hoping to put one together in June, so stay tuned.

Ina's summer garden pasta

Garlic Bread slices on a cutting board

Tuesday night dinner

Crazy Tuesday, so I’m serving up leftovers!  It’s basically a repeat of Monday night’s dinner with the addition of some lacinato kale salad.  How I love leftovers!

Kale Salad

Wednesday night dinner

Buttermilk roasted chicken, roasted asparagus and roasted fingerling potatoes. Wow, it’s truly a roasting kind of night and if it’s warm enough, I may even try the chicken on the grill.

Roasted chicken


fingerling potatoes

Thursday night dinner

Another leftover night, gotta love that. I’m taking the leftover buttermilk chicken and serving it up over some kid friendly caesar salad along with some fresh whole-grain bread. I will use that bread as well to make up some fresh croutons.  The croutons are my kid’s favorite part, and I always make up more than I need for the salad because my kids sneak in and consume a bunch as they come from the oven.

Kid Friendly caesar salad

Friday night dinner

TGIF!  We’re going out for a quick bite and then were off to see the new Iron man movie. Woo hoo!

Stay tuned for this garbanzo and kidney bean salad that I will be posting this week. It’s the perfect salad to bring to a picnic, pair with a burger or just have for lunch.

Garbanzo and kidney bean salad

Have a blissful Sunday!

With love Jackie
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10 thoughts on “Marin Mama’s Weekly Dinner Menu for May 5th”

  1. I made that sun tea today and it’s amazing and so easy! My family also LOVES those choclate chip cookies. Actually everything we make from your blog is a hit! Love this weekly menu so please keep it going. It helps me plan my menu each week. Candice 🙂

    1. Hi Candice! So glad you love that iced tea. It’s my dad’s recipe so it makes me happy to hear that you enjoy it as well. Glad you enjoy the weekly menu! It’s always nice to hear feedback from readers on what works and what doesn’t, so thanks! I can’t wait to hear what else you have made! Have a great night! xoxo, Jackie

  2. Awww, thanks girl! I’ll anxiously check my PO box daily for the dosa chips;) Kids are dying to make the rice crispy bars so that’s on the after school “to do”! I love the tomatillo and avocado salsa, will have to make that soon. We had a weekend of softball tournaments so haven’t done my menu yet this week so thanks for the inspiration. I think I’ll make the buttermilk chicken, never have. Cat has requested the Bahn Mi sandwich (remember the one I posted on instagram?) so that’s a definite. Still hot there? Is raining:( I guess that’s a good thing as we had such a light winter. Have a good week.

    1. jackiegrandy

      Hey girl! Always good to hear from you 🙂 It was grey here yesterday, but the sun is out in full force this morning, but I just heard that we may have some thunderstorms later today. Cool!
      The rice crispy bars would be a perfect after school baking activity. We made our favorite chocolate chip cookies yesterday and I have to say, those are the bomb! OMG. I think it was the best batch I have ever made. I let the sugar mixture rest for 15 minutes and they were super chewy and crunchy at the same time. You should make those up with the kids one afternoon as well. Use bittersweet chips though. I think I’m too lazy to make that Bahn Mi sandwich. Why don’t you make it for me sometime and I can test it out, better yet, I will photograph you making it and then post the recipe on the blog! I can’t wait for you to move back so I can photograph all the wonderful creations you make! Have a great week girl! xoxo, Jackie

  3. Hi Jackie! I didn’t realize it was in the 90s where you were at. Wow! We have been getting some nice weather here, low 80s and I’m loving it. I don’t like it when it gets into the 90s though, that’s a little too hot for me.
    Everything on your menu looks delish, as always! The scones look great too. I know what you mean about the effort to bake scones that you can get at a local bakery that are even better. I’m not a big scone baker – I’ve tried it and they were okay, but I haven’t made them since either, that was probably 3-4 years ago!
    I love how you have your dad’s sun tea in here. My dad used to make that all the time when we were living at home but I don’t think he’s made it in a long time. Rick will make it every once in awhile too. It’s fun to look outside and see that jug of tea sitting out in the sun. 🙂
    Next time I make chocolate chip cookies, I am trying your recipe. I’m so used to making the toll house recipe on the back of chips and don’t really venture out to trying new CC cookie recipes and you have me convinced to try it next time.
    Hope you are getting a little reprieve from the heat today. I’ll talk to you soon! xoxo, Sharon

    1. jackiegrandy

      I love that you get the scone baking thing. I think I could make them fabulous if I kept trying, but I don’t love scones that much to keep plugging away at them. I really just made them for Eli and John as Zoe’s not a big scone girl. I get a happy heart every time I see it brewing on the deck as well. Yes, you have to try the cookie recipe. It’s from cooks illustrated and it’s their tweak on the classic toll house recipe, so they basically made it better. You will love them. Every time I make them, people rave. It’s not my tweaks that make them WOW, it’s really cooks illustrated. Have a great day girlfriend! I’m going to click over and check out that cinnamon bread recipe that you just posted. 🙂

    1. jackiegrandy

      Hey Gina! Actually we didn’t love that taco recipe, but if you’re looking for a good one, try my cilantro lime chicken tacos. So good! xoxo, Jackie

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