Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for April 26th

marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 26thDon’t those cookies and brownies look amazing?  Those brownies are my absolute favorite brownies in the world, hence the name, Robert’s absolute best brownies! They’re rich, fudgey and basically a chocolate lovers dream.  Those chocolate chip cookies are the bomb, seriously, they’re the best chocolate chip cookies!  Try one of them, or try them both, and you will be a happy camper, that is, if you like sweets! I made both of the above desserts as a thank you to to one of my favorite corporate catering clients for their business this past year. I walked in with a full container of sweets for all of my gals, and left with an empty container and a very happy client! That’s the way Marin mama likes to do business, it’s all about making the clients happy!

It’s been a busy week for me as I’m winding down with Paradise Foods, as they’re being acquired by Nugget Market today!  Yikes!  It’s bittersweet because I’ve grown this catering business immensely this past year, met so many wonderful people, and now I’m having to say goodbye!  I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do next, but it’s time to start a new chapter in my book of life, and I’m excited, a bit nervous, but ready to go out on my own and see what I can create!  I’m going to be sure to share my journey with you all!

This week was one of those weeks where the kids just came home from school with friends galore. My house felt like Marin mama’s after school care most afternoons, but for those that know me, know that I adore a house full of kids, so I loved every minute of it!  I love the happy and crazy energy that kids bring to a house. I love the laughter and believe it or not, all of the noise. I’m pretty lucky because my kid’s really have some amazing friends!  I had to scramble and make a last-minute dinner Wednesday to feed these 5 adorable kiddos below.  Zoe’s two friends popped in for dinner, as well as Eli’s bud, so I knew a dinner of cheesy baked tortellini and roasted broccoli would fill this gang up, and it did!  I seriously love all of these kiddos!

IMG_3708Besides baking up sweets galore and cheesy entries, I did manage to eat healthy at lunch time! Avocados are super tasty and ripe right now, so I toasted up some Ezekiel bread, took half of an avocado and smashed it onto the bread with a fork, and then topped it with some coarse sea salt and raw sunflower seeds. It was so easy and super tasty. I loved the crunch the sunflowers gave to the sandwich.

IMG_3762I also made up a new kale salad for lunch this week that was Zoe approved.  It’s not my typical kale salad, as there isn’t any lemon in the dressing. The salad has a spicy ginger dressing topped with this super crunchy and tasty seed brittle! Yum!

kale salad with spicy ginger dressing and seed brittleI also made a batch of my favorite quinoa cakes! I was craving them after an Instagram follower made them up and shared her photo with me. These are cheesy, but they’re made with quinoa, so I don’t feel too guilty eating them!quinoa cakesOk, I’m off to watch Eli’s baseball game, GO GIANTS, so here’s my weekly menu…… 

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cold pesto pasta with chicken and sundried tomatoes_

cold pesto pasta with chicken…

So I have this friend who is as obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes as I am with kale, and we all know how obsessed I am with kale, so you can only imagine. He puts sun-dried tomatoes in anything and everything, scrambled eggs, pasta, chicken dishes, cookies and brownies, you name it (just kidding on the… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for July 6th

Marin mama’s weekly…

Isn’t Eli such a cutie?  I love this picture of him posing with his new favorite yogurt drink, Slingshot!  Slingshot is actually a local product made and developed here in the Bay Area, which I think is pretty cool. The drink is pretty genius in fact, as there’s a little packet of goodies wrapped around… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for June 22nd

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It’s official, I have a high schooler now!   Zoe had her 8th grade graduation this past Thursday and there was not a dry eye in the house.  Seeing all of these kids that I’ve known since kindergarten walk down the aisle one by one to take their seats, blew me away.  They all looked… 

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almond butter brownies

almond butter brownies…

ALMOND BUTTER BROWNIES!!!  Yes, you heard me right, almond butter brownies, not chocolate fudge brownies, so I apologize for those of you that were looking for something chocolately, next time!  These are a bit of a healthier brownie, if there is such a thing as a healthy brownie. These brownies are made with 6 simple… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for May 18th

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I hope all of you moms out there had a fabulous Mothers Day. I seriously had one of the best Mothers Days yet.  It was a day filled with love and play from start to finish.  I started off the morning with huge hugs and cards and from both the kids, I went on an amazing run… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for May 11th

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Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there!  I took this above picture on my run a few weeks ago because I was feeling loved, and just felt like drawing a heart in the dirt to express that feeling and symbolize the moment!  Running makes me feel like that, it makes me feel alive,… 

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farro and chicken salad with dates and cranberries

farro and chicken salad with…

It’s official, Marin mama has been slacking on the blog.  I promised this recipe to you all last week and I never posted it, so I’m sorry!  I’m still trying to manage working full-time, making quality time for the kids and friends, as well as making sure I have some time to play and enjoy… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 13th

Marin mama’s weekly…

Yesterday the kids and I had a day in the city.  We had to go shopping for new spring clothes as well as a graduation and party dress for Zoe, so we decided to make a whole afternoon and evening out of it.  The shopping trip was a success as we found 2 dresses for… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 7th

Marin mama’s weekly…

Ok, I know I’m a day late here, but I took the weekend off from the blog and got out and played, as it was so gorgeous out! It’s totally ice cream eating weather, as you can see from the above photo of Eli and his buddy Isaac, and ice cream eating weather makes me… 

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ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

ham and gruyere stuffed french…

Easter is just around the corner and this ham and gruyere stuffed french toast is the perfect entrée for Easter brunch or dinner.  Actually in my opinion, this stuffed toast is good anytime of year and anytime of day. I baked this up the other night for dinner and it was amazing, and needless to… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for March 30th

Marin mama’s weekly…

Yes, that above photo is the start of something amazing I tell you.  I baked up some ham and Gruyère cheese stuffed french toast the other night for dinner (I will post the recipe this week) and it was amazing, and needless to say it got the double thumbs up from both of the kids…. 

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