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Come Sit At Our Table

I'm back from the mountain trip with the girlfriends, and we had a great time!  Recap post coming soon, but today I will share what we ate over the past week at our home.  Pull up a chair to our table, won't you?

Monday


Last Monday, I cooked a meal that Ian raved over.  For years now I've been loving a recipe from the Whole Foods website circa 2004/2005 called Italian Caper Chicken (I've searched all over to find if it still lives online with no success).  It's similar to Chicken Piccata -- minus lemon, plus lots of capers.  I served this with Mom's recipe for Painless Spinach (thawed frozen chopped spinach with 1 T. butter, garlic, lemon juice, s&p) and halved fresh okra from the farmer's market that I coated lightly in olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, and cumin.  Just roast that at 400* until crispy, and even a non-okra fan will fall in love with them.  Ian said they were like "okra fries."

Tuesday



Tuesday I have my late workout class, so I prepared the salmon patties ahead of time and stuck them in the fridge (similar recipe).  I also prepared my homemade pepperjack squash casserole 90% of the way so that all I had to do when I got home was add shredded cheese to the top and broil it.  The salmon patties just needed to be pan-sauteed.  I also put together salads that contained romaine lettuce, avocado, pine nuts, blue cheese, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Ian's a "sauce guy" ... so at the last minute, I whipped together a tasty topping for our salmon patties from spicy deli mustard mixed with some mayonnaise.


Wednesday
Ian had Wing Night with the guys; I grabbed a cobb salad (my favorite) from Dean & Deluca after hitting the gym.

Thursday



This was our last meal at home together before I left for the mountains.  We had grilled andouille chicken sausage, grilled balsamic squash, grilled avocados with hot sauce and cheese (recipe here), and cheesy roasted onions.

I can't describe how amazing the grilled avocados were.  We used mozzarella cheese and Texas Pete.  I didn't have a lime on hand so I omitted that step; however, next time we'll give that a go.  I originally saw this idea on Pinterest, and it is one I can't wait to make again.  This week.

Ya'll, you eat it with a spoon. 
With a spoon.
Hungry yet?


Sunday


After returning home from the weekend trip, I had all intentions of going out to the store to get dinner items.  Not so much.  Ian and I were working on a little painting project, and then we got caught into the downward spiral that is the Sunday showing of Office Space on TV. 

It ended up being one of those "hmmmm, what's already in my fridge/freezer/pantry" nights.

We had buttermilk ranch grilled chicken tenders (I bought the rub from Williams Sonoma and mixed it with breadcrumbs), fries from the freezer (I mixed the bag of Alexia sweet potato fries with some Checkers frozen fries), and baked beans.

I also made us fried okra as an appetizer.  :)  We weren't healthy yesterday, but we ate well!

I am linking up with Rachel for her Menu Monday series.

23 comments:

  1. Ok, I am SO hungry after reading your post! Yum!

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  2. Um yes, I would LOVE to come sit at your table! I'm going to try that first chicken recipe b/c Cameron loves capers!

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  3. yum! Those grilled avocados look great!

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  4. What a fun post! Lots of those items look super tasty. I am not sure how much I'd like grilled avocados... I feel like the texture might be too soft for me!

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  5. Please teach me how to cook like this!!! Seriously, you're awesome.

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  6. All of that food looks SO good! You must b ea really good cook :)

    <3Hima

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  7. Yum! I haven't been much for cooking latley but am getting back into it now that I'm feeling better!

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  8. Yummy! I am dying for a grill and these dinner are making me so jealous!
    -Katie
    Athomewhenimwithyou.blogspot.com

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  9. Your Thursday night menu has my mouth watering....yum....love that is was all grilled-that means my husband could cook that night.
    Glad I found your blog :)

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  10. April, I think I will be trying out quite a few of these meals! I really want to start planning dinners so that we can eat healthy this summer. Could you post the recipe for the buttermilk ranch chicken tenders? All your meals look so good! And I've decided to make the grilled avocados for lunch tomorrow! I can't wait to try them out! :)

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  11. Everything looks so scrumptious! Thanks for sharing. These posts always inspire me. :)

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  12. I MUST try those grilled avocados. I am so intrigued!!

    Thanks for linking up this week!

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  13. I mean, if you put something (even backed beans) in a cute little white bowl it looks like you spend hours cooking! Everything looks delicious. That chicken is for me...not a huge lemon fan and love capers!

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  14. Yumm looks delish!!

    (I say as I pop Sushi in my mouth that I ordered from the restaurant down the street!) In my defense, our kitchen is totally torn up right now! :)

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  15. You have inspired me friend, I love the way you throw things together! Im going to attempt to link next week! Yum yum yum!

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  16. All kinds of yum! Those grilled avacado's are so up my alley it's not even funny. And, I think they would pair really nicely with the salmon patties that you featured as well.

    You're such a good wifey! :)

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  17. Oh my goodness! Looks like a week of some seriously delicious food! xo

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  18. I love avocados plain - eaten with a spoon ;) So I must try those. Thanks!

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  19. Cheesy roasted onions?! That sounds amazinggg! Can you send me the recipe?

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  20. do you use can salmon when you make salmon patties??

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