Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 30th

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Today I thought I would share with you 10 random facts about myself.  There really is no rhyme or reason to any of the below facts, just a small sampling of who I am.    I actually like to clean.  I’m not saying I’m a big fan of cleaning the toilets or bathrooms, but I like to vacumn dust and organize.  It calms and centers me when my house and space is organized. I make my bed every day. I’m not a computer person, strange coming from a blogger, right?  Being on the computer for more than an hour at a time drains me.  I need people, interaction and nature. I really wasn’t a fan of vegetables until about 8 years ago. …

orecchiette pasta with pesto, sausage and green beans

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, Pastas, weeknight dinners 18 Comments

orecchiette pasta with pesto, sausage and green beans

Don’t judge this pasta by the above photo.  This pasta tastes much better than it looks. Trust me!  I have made it 3 times so far, and it’s been a hit each time.  Eli’s words the other night, “mmmmm, this is just so good.”  That’s all I needed to hear. This pasta is one of those super easy, weeknight throw together pastas. I prepared it and had it on the table in under 30 minutes. It’s also a one-bowl meal, which makes it even better. Another thing I love about this pasta is that the green beans cook with the pasta.  You just throw them in for the last 3 minutes with the pasta and drain them both together.  LOVE …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 23rd

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Are any of you parents as exhausted as I am?  September has just been non-stop, and I was so exhausted on Friday that I actually fell asleep on the couch at 7:45 (I’m such a party girl).  I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.  I did force myself to wake up from my little catnap at 8:30, as I knew if I stayed asleep that I would be up at 1:00 in the morning.  I also had to stay awake as Zoe was out at a birthday party, and didn’t get home till 11:00 (gasp).  John and I had our first glimpse of what it’s going to be like waiting up for a teenager and I’m not sure …

how to make a “mean green juice” without a juicer

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mean green juice without a juicer

So, there’s this new juice bar that just opened in Corte Madera for all you locals called, Juice Alley.  It’s an amazing little juice bar that has tons of different organic juice concoctions, vegan snacks and bars. I’m so excited as I love green juices and I also love that it’s right next to my gym.  What a great and healthy treat to pick up after a hard workout, right?  So, I tried their kale and ginger juice.  Let me just tell you that it was amazing and the ginger just popped in my mouth. I knew I was going to have to figure out how to replicate it at home, as this daily juice thing was going to turn into …

crispy & easy garlic bread

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crispy and easy garlic bread

I honestly love where I live.  I just dropped off some of our favorite chocolate chip cookies to Zoe’s locker at school, as she has a reunion party with one of her favorite 6th grade teachers today.  As I was driving home, I just felt a sense of gratefulness, pride and love for where I live. There’s such a sense of community here, and everywhere I go, I always run into a familiar or friendly face.  It’s small town living, and I love it! Anyway, I just thought I would share that with you all!  So, I’m in the process of planning out my weekly menu for next week, (which I posted for you on Sunday) and I put garlic bread on the menu.  I realized that I haven’t …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 16th

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Last week I was a crazy cooking mama. I was trying all sorts of new recipes, some were successes, and some were destined for the compost (aka, my tofu and kale salad).  I also baked our favorite chocolate chip cookies for a celebration at Zoe’s school, as well as cooked up a skillet cookie for dessert.  Needless to say, I am “cookied out” this week.  So, you might notice that Thursday has moved from leftover night to take out night.  I have really tried to make it a leftover night, but I’m literally in the car from 3:30 till 7:00 shuffling the kids around from one activity to the next. Eli eats dinner first at 5:00 before his soccer practice. …

spaghetti with cheesy broiled tomatoes and basil

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spaghetti with cheesy broiled tomatoes and basil

Here’s an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy, and the best part is that you can have it on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Yes, you heard me right, dinner in under 30 minutes. What mom or dad doesn’t like that?  Another great thing about this pasta is that it’s made with fresh and whole ingredients, so you can feel good about feeding your family a quick and easy dinner. The heirloom tomatoes topped with parmesan and mozzarella taste like mini pizzas, but without the crust.  My kids even begged for thirds on the tomatoes.  I used heirloom tomatoes, but you can also use beefsteak, roma or vine-ripe tomatoes, whatever tomato strikes your fancy. These …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 9th

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See that tofu and chickpea dish in the above photo?  It looks great, right?  Well, it wasn’t, it was truly a dish fit for the compost. I went to Cafe Gratitude on Friday to say goodbye to my friend Em, as she is heading back to London.  We had a great lunch and we talked about food, blogging and photography, basically all the things that food bloggers like to chat about.  Anyway, I had the best lunch ever.  I was so inspired by my lunch that I came home and immediately cooked up this warm tofu, chickpea and kale dish for dinner. I was so disappointed when I took my first bite.  It just didn’t gel and the flavors were …

heirloom tomato soup

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Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had one of those dishes that stands out so much that you remember it and crave it years later?  Well, this soup is one of those dishes.  My girlfriends and I went to Calistoga for a girls weekend a few years back, and we stayed at the Solage resort in Calistoga.  It was such a luxurious and fun filled weekend.  The resort’s restaurant, Solbar, is amazing.  Everything on its menu is seasonal, local, organic and scrumptious.  We all had a cup of this soup and our taste buds were in heaven. We all kept commenting that we couldn’t believe there wasn’t any cream in the soup, because it tasted so creamy. I have been searching for this recipe and thanks to Pinterest, I found it.  How strange and …

Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for September 3rd

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This menu is a day late, but it’s Labor Day weekend and therefore not your typical week, so I’m counting today as Sunday.  I’m proud to say that I stuck last week’s weekly menu, and it really made my life easier.  I spent way less time at the grocery store, and I seriously think I gained an extra hour each day because I was not looking through cookbooks, blogs or magazines fretting about what to cook for dinner.  I honestly suggest to you all to get a weekly menu in place, as it will make your life easier.   This is the week where all my kids’ activities begin to ramp up, so goodbye to ease and relaxation, and hello craziness.  This week’s …