While we’ve been doing a mix of cooking, takeout, and freezer meals, I am really starting to miss restaurants! I miss the ambiance, excitement of going out, and delay between courses. No matter how many times I try to recreate this it’s just not the same at home! I wonder if we could get Mazen to play restaurant and be our server….that’s something he might like! Here’s a recap of my meals from the past week…
Date Night In with Pippin Hill
We had as close to a meal out as possible with a special treat from Pippin Hill, one of our local farm vineyards. On Thurs, Fri and Saturdays they are offering a takeaway Sliders Party Pack including local beef sliders with pepperjack cheese and herb aioli, a chefs choice shared side (ours was a roasted potato, artichoke, and olive salad!) and a bottle wine, of course.
DIY cheese plates optional but recommended because this was delish!! I had fun putting it together, Plenty style. Pippin Hill gave me a special 15% off code for my readers – Get 15% off your takeaway order OR WINE with the code KATHEATS! For all of you in VA, MD, DC, NC, FL and CA, they offer free shipping for orders of 3+ bottles. Order here.
Taco Night x2
Cook once, eat twice! It’s clearly our favorite meal these days. Mazey too!
Breakfast For Dinner
When you are almost totally out of food, breakfast for dinner always works! We snuck all the bits and bobs of leftover veggies into omelets and had frozen JM Stock biscuits to go with.
This is my favorite recipe to cook these days: Gordon Ramsay’s Shrimp Scampi! We’ve made it at least 5 times this year. Thomas braved the grocery store after 14 days and I was craving fresh shrimp!
Takeout from Mas
A classic Cville restaurant! We ordered the smoked roma tomatoes (my FAV!), a mango and pinenut salad, the giant shrimp and tuna with aioli x2. Plus some manchego and jamon as an app. It was the perfect Saturday night at home!
A less exciting Sunday night – leftover quinoa cakes from Plenty, frozen roasted broccoli I prepared using the Eating Bird Food method with sesame oil and sesame seeds, and a Bold Rock rose cider! The portion looks small because we ruined our appetites eating leftover Pippin Hill cheese board
On to some lunches!
Arugula salad with quinoa cakes and homemade ranch. I took a stab at making the Plenty ranch dressing which calls for sour cream, mayo, lemon juice and a bunch of herbs. It was very good! I an arugula salad and added carrots, peppers, and marcona almonds, plus two of the quinoa cakes I had in my freezer. Thumbs up!
Daily Harvest Flatbread
This purple monster is the kale + coriander flatbread with sweet potato, red cabbage, kale, cauliflower and spinach. This really is the best new way to eat a salad’s worth of veggies! I added some cheese on top because I love cheese. (Try some with $25 off).
Taco Salad lunch!
Kale + Arugula salad with a biscuit
I’m happy to report that the Sheet Pan Pancakes froze + thawed beautifully! 60 seconds in the microwave and they were good as new.
We had biscuits from The Pie Chest (via Plenty) and JM Stock in our freezer – that’s why you’re seeing so many! So, so good!
Smoothie time –
Yogurt bowl with oats and PB&J.
T Daddy Surprise
We got a knock on our door this weekend and opened it to find a pizza box full of Insomnia Cookies! Thomas had ordered them to surprise the rest of us. Mazen and I were thrilled!
Hope you guys are eating well <3