Weekend Update

Feels weird to post about our weekend knowing so many people went to bed on Sunday likely reflecting on their own weekend, and woke up to their world turned upside down. I wrote this post on Sunday night before hitting the hay and as we crawled in bed we smelled smoke. I headed to the kitchen to make sure all the burners were off and we hadn’t left the oven on. We had no idea we’d awake to the terrifying news of widespread fires throughout the North Bay on Monday. We’re so grateful Roberto’s parents who live in the area are fine, but the number of people who have been displaced is devastating. If you’re looking for ways to help see here.

On Friday night we celebrated my stepdad’s birthday at local South Indian restaurant, Dosa, which was amazing! We had only been once before and were stuffed before we even got to the main course (yes samosas, yes lamb sliders, yes yes yes). The cocktails were excellent as well; I ordered their Gin & Tonic and Roberto got the Steph Curry, but we ended up trading 😬.

I slept in again on Saturday which is super out of character. On weekdays nothing can get me out of bed (#chronicsnoozer), but on the weekend I’m typically up and at em at least 3 hours before R. Once we got going we went for a run down along the Marina Green and got to see all the setup for the Fleet Week festivities. After we whipped up a quick breakfast (let’s be honest, brunch) and got cleaned up we headed to my friend Marissa’s for the airshow. She is the hostess with the mostess and had the best view from her roof! I’ve seen the Blue Angels more times than I can count growing up in San Francisco and it never gets old or less impressive. The weather always manages to be perfect and it’s such a great weekend out.

After taking in the airshow we got in our grocery shopping and headed to the movies for the first time in a long time. Roberto loves scary movies and we really wanted to see ‘It’, but there weren’t any seats available at Kabuki so we headed to our local theater and saw ‘Battle of the Sexes’. It was so excellent!!! I wish I had daughters to take to it. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know much about Billie Jean King and her story, but it was so inspiring… highly recommend! ‘American Made’ is on our list too. We ended the evening with a nightcap at California Wine Merchant. Perfect little date night!

On Sunday, we got all our cooking done early and headed to another friend’s roof to take in one final showing of the Blue Angels (like I said… never gets old!!!). Roberto whipped up some Frosé using a recipe similar to this one and it was delish. The cherry on top of a great weekend? Postmating a Sunday night burrito from Tacobar… YES.PLEASE.AND.THANK.YOU.

Menu for the week:

 BreakfastLunchDinner
Monday 10/9K - Broccoli, Turkey, Green Onion, and Goat Cheese Frittata
R - Arugula, Fried Egg, Sausage and Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
R - Leftover Moussaka
K - Sushi (not in the original meal plan 😬)
K - Leftover Moussaka
R - Jerk Chicken Tacos (1/5)
Tuesday 10/10K - Broccoli, Turkey, Green Onion, and Goat Cheese Frittata
R - Arugula, Fried Egg, Sausage and Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
K - Leftover Moussaka
R - Greek Turkey Meatballs and Shepherd's Salad (1/4)
Jerk Chicken Tacos (3/5)
Wednesday 10/11K - Broccoli, Turkey, Green Onion, and Goat Cheese Frittata
R - Arugula, Fried Egg, Sausage and Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
R - Jerk Chicken Tacos (4/5)
K - Work Lunch
Work Event ❤️
Thursday 10/12K - Broccoli, Turkey, Green Onion, and Goat Cheese Frittata
R - Arugula, Fried Egg, Sausage and Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
K - Jerk Chicken Tacos (5/5)
R - Greek Turkey Meatballs and Shepherd's Salad (2/4)
Pistachio-Crusted Salmon (2/2)
Friday 10/13K - Broccoli, Turkey, Green Onion, and Goat Cheese Frittata
R - Arugula, Fried Egg, Sausage and Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
Greek Turkey Meatballs and Shepherd's Salad (4/4)Cal Game!

Whole30 Moussaka

We made this Whole30 fave moussaka last week and of course had leftovers since it makes a ton of servings and I may or may not have splurged on CMG Friday which is becoming our best/worst payday Friday tradition (yes we’re geeks and refer to our lunch spot by ticker 🤓). We gotta stop the bi-weekly burritos and the nerdy abbreviations.

Turkey Meatballs

Roberto made up his own recipe, but this zucchini one from Gina is excellent. I think he just put onion, oregano, Italian seasoning, and lemon pepper in his. He made his usual Shepherd’s salad with fresh tomatoes from our friend’s family garden (thanks, Roscoe!) and cucumbers, olives and feta. I eyeballed some greek yogurt sauce from this recipe.

Jerk Chicken Tacos

This recipe is from Gina’s first cookbook and I’m including it below. We made it in our latest obsession, the Instant Pot, instead of the slow cooker and it worked perfectly. It took about 8 minutes in the Instant Pot, but if you only have a slower cooker it will take about 2 hours on high.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2tbsp Jerk Seasoning
  • 1tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice

Season chicken with a little salt and jerk seasoning then toss in slow cooker/Instant Pot with the liquid. She includes a mango salsa, but Roberto isn’t into sweet and savory so we’ve been sticking to our homemade aioli. You can whip up a quick mayo using light olive oil, an egg, and an immersion blender (recipe here). From there I use a 3 to 1 ratio of mayo to Sriracha. Roberto is obsessed and thinks it’s some magic secret sauce but it’s literally just a few ingredients. We have the mild version of the jerk seasoning and it’s still super hot so don’t forget some avocado to keep your tacos cool and creamy!

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Another super simple easy recipe. We have this little food processor that has stood the test of time, but we’re debating upgrading our gear to a bigger processor like this or this. We’re pairing the salmon with asparagus and sweet potatoes for a complete meal.

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