Dinner

No Green Beer

Did you had a good St. Patty’s Day? We had a pretty good day.

I’d been sick all week off and on, with what I thought was food poisoning (came home sick on Thursday) but it lasted too long to be food poisoning. I called the advice nurse and she said that there was a stomach bug going around. Lucky me! But by Saturday night I was feeling a lot better.

We decided to go out to an early dinner at Tabor Tavern on SE Burnside. I’d never been but Michael found some good reviews online and we were both craving burgers. And they said they were kid friendly!

There were a ton of families with little kids there. That was a good sign!

We arrived at 5:15 (PARTY ANIMALS) and the place was packed! We thought we were being smart by getting there early. Oh well. I guess other people had the same idea–avoid the St. Patty’s Day crowd!

I was happy to see they have my favorite beer on tap! Always a good sign. And NO GREEN BEER!!

We got the Brussels Sprouts appetizer. It had bacon and lemon zest on it. It was delicious!! Logan had a few bites. He does not like Brussels sprouts but he loved the bacon. 😉

We saw a couple at the table next us who had a kid a few years older than Logan. They were SMART–they ordered the kids mac n’ cheese plate first and asked that it come out right away to keep their kid occupied while they waited for their entrees. Pro Move. We took note for next time!

These days Logan lives on mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese and bananas so we ordered him the kids fish n’chips for something different. He had a few bites of the fish but wasn’t a fan. He ate a ton of fries and the peas, so that’s good.

I got the classic burger that had onions, pickles and Russian Dressing and cheese. Michael got the Bleu Cheese burger. I got salad with mine. The burger was tasty but not memorable. Michael agreed. I’d definitely go back, though. It was a cool vibe, the rest of the food was really good (and I had the fish for lunch the next day and it was good!).

On Sunday, I went swimming and did the usual stuff around the house. Then the weather was nice enough after grocery shopping we all went for a walk. Lots of signs of spring! Thank goodness!

For dinner Sunday night, I tried making spaghetti squash in the pressure cooker. I found this recipe and gave it a try.

While the spaghetti squash was cooking, I simmered some sauce with meatballs.

The verdict? Amazing. Game changer. The spaghetti squash was cooked in 8 minutes and it was PERFECT. It shredded into spaghetti noodles like NOTHING. We were both in awe and decided we could have spaghetti squash once a week now because it was SO fast and easy!

Perfect perfect perfect spaghetti squash! Winner!

QUESTION: What did you do for St. Patty’s Day?

Snow & A Recipe

We had some snow last week! And lucked out having some extra time off from work because of the snow. So that was nice. Bella LOVES the snow. Logan likes it but is a little more cautious. He’s not quite sure what to make of it. LOL

The first photo was the night before (last Tuesday) when the snow first started) and the other one was the next morning!

Even though it was nice to get some nice winter wonderland for a bit, I am kind of ready for spring.

So this recipe popped up in my Feedly list somehow and I wanted to try it. It says it’s “Paleo, Low Carb and Whole30”. I liked that it was a low carb meal made with stuff we usually already have on hand in the house. And what better night to do it then a cold, snowy, icy night when we don’t have a ton of time to cook?

Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

Prep Time: 20 hours, 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 255

Fat per serving: 18.7g

Carbs per serving: 8g

Protein per serving: 14.8g

Fiber per serving: 3.8g

From: https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (get it here)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 5 green onions, sliced on a bias (white and green parts)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (get it here)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha or garlic chili sauce, more to taste (omit for Whole30)
  • 14 oz bag coleslaw
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Aminos or soy sauce(get it here)
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar (get it here)
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, and white portion of the green onions. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the ground pork, ground ginger, sea salt, black pepper and Sriracha. Sauté until the pork is cooked through.
  4. Add the coleslaw mix, coconut aminos, and rice wine vinegar. Sauté until the coleslaw is tender.
  5. Top with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54264

This would be a good recipe to do on a work night when you don’t have a ton of time. It’s even easier if you can get the prep done earlier.

I gave Logan a bath and got him ready for bed while Michael made dinner. He toasted the sesame seeds, which was a nice addition. The only thing we didn’t have for the recipe was the green onion. I’m sure it would have been better with it, but the recipe was still good omitting it.

I’d gotten a bag of coleslaw mix so that made it even easier–just throw the bag in the skillet!

We both liked the dinner. I think it would have been better with something crunchy on top–like maybe some crunchy Chinese noodles as a garnish? Other than that, dinner was great! I loved that it was low carb and low in calories.

YUM!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite super fast work night recipe for dinner?