This Week in Pinterest Food: June 9 (part 1)

Well. Welcome to the first “This Week in Pinterest Food”!  I am a pretty good cook, and found myself in a rut of crap, bland recipes before we went on vacation at the end of the school year. Eating crap, bland food in restaurants during that vacation week reinforced that I needed to mix things up with our meals at home.

I struggle with my weight, and by “struggle” I mean “accept my largess and try to eat healthier but don’t stress about it too much”. Mostly I’d like more energy, but I have trouble giving up Coke. I’ve had success in substituting a cup of coffee in the morning for one of my two daily Cokes, but want to bring in more veggies and variety.  So here’s what I tried this week from Pinterest the first part of this week (links go to my pin for the recipes). Part two, which will cover Thursday (barbeque!) and Friday (homemade pizza!), will go up on Saturday.

Sunday, for dinner:

  • Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak – Grade: A+. This is the second time I’ve made this. The first time I didn’t have balsamic vinaigrette so I used soy sauce instead. Both came out good, so consider that a valid substitution, but I like the vinaigrette better. I served it with steamed broccoli.

Monday, for dinner:

  • Grilled Marinated Pork Chops – Grade: A-. Olive oil, soy sauce, and lime juice are the main components. I would probably leave out the cumin next time (because it always smells like armpits despite my best efforts to like it). Despite the cumin, this was a very flavorful marinade that I would make again.
  • Baked Kale Chips – Grade: A+. OMG YAY GREEN VEGGIES. My son loved this, and my daughter was a fan of crinkling them up for confetti. But still, getting one kid to eat a green vegetable? Total win. I made more later in the week for me during the day as a snack while I worked.
  • Baked Squash Chips – Grade: B+. The main problem with these is that the squash has too much moisture to crisp up nicely with these directions, so they were disappointing. I was the only one to eat part of it, and they were disappointingly soggy after two minutes out of the oven. But fear not! I tried again later in the week… (to be revealed in part 2!)

Tuesday, daytime snack:

  • Scottish Shortbread – Grade: A-. I couldn’t get my dough to score before baking without crumbling the top, so I just cut it right out of the oven without a problem. They are crumbly, but very rich and delicious. Also, I used regular salted butter and omitted the 1/2 tsp of salt, and the taste is still great.  I’m still munching some on these during the week.
  • I had a haircut so my husband made hot dogs for the kids for dinner. I was too full of shortbread to eat a hot dog. 🙂

Wednesday, for dinner:

  • Shrimp Tacos – Grade: A-. We have tacos a lot, and I wasn’t sure if the kids would be game for shrimp only so I made some seasoned ground beef as well.  These are simple to make and you can whip up yogurt dressing in advance (I will try to kick the flavor of the yogurt dressing up a bit in the future – it was blander than I expected). I was not a fan of the cabbage, and thought they tasted better with fresh lettuce, although I did prefer the corn tortillas to the flour ones I had for the kids.  A pleasant surprise was the invention of the “surf and turf” taco my husband and son made. I ate all the leftovers Thursday for lunch.