We start the next dish details round-up with a meal you’ve already seen here before. (Full disclosure, I am eating a microwaved chimichanga from the freezer section while I type this. Not all our meals are well-rounded or glamorous.)

Crunchy Roll Bowls

What can I say, we just really like these Crunchy Roll Bowls from Pinch of Yum.


Noel is our resident pizza master. He uses a recipe from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook that has a leisurely version if you have time and a rushed version if you don’t. If you want to hear any of Noel’s pizza tips/tricks, let us know! We served this with a Caesar salad mix I picked up at Costco and cheesy breadsticks.

Grilled Chicken, Rice Pilaf, and Asparagus Packets

It was a beautiful day so we ditched our current meal plan in favor of grilling. We served the chicken with a rice pilaf from Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything. The star of the meal though were these asparagus puff pastry bundles. So, so good.

Gnocchi Soup

We made this gnocchi soup using the instant pot version found in the recipe notes. We were hoping our daughter’s love of gnocchi would make it so she’d be more willing to try this. It sort of worked. A comforting soup. Beware though, if you make the recipe as written, it makes a lot.

Bakewell Tart

We fell in love with this Bakewell Tart in the early days of the pandemic. Even Noel really likes it which says something because he is a chocolate lover to his core.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

This Shrimp and Avocado salad was tasty and came together pretty quickly with Noel and I dividing and conquering with the prep. I forgot to buy cucumbers, so we used celery instead. Next time, I will serve it with bread because we could have used a little something extra to fill people’s bellies.

Smoky Potato and Kale Soup

This soup is like a riff on Zuppa Toscana. It has smoky flavors and uses chorizo instead of Italian Sausage. I thought it was pretty good, but it wasn’t really well received with the whole family. Noel had a bad experience with chorizo years ago and apparently it still haunts him. The pretzel rolls I served with it were well received though.

Fish Tacos

We used a mash-up of recipes for this. We used this recipe for the seasoning, but didn’t grill it. (We have in the past, make sure you really oil your grill or you’ll lose a lot of fish.) We topped it with the slaw from this recipe, plus other delicious toppings.

Pot Roast

I go really simple with my pot roast. I season with salt and pepper, sear both sides using the saute function on the instant pot, add 1/2 C beef broth, add any other desired seasonings (rosemary is a favorite), and cook for 120 minutes. Served alongside roasted potatoes and steamed asparagus.

Night Before a Trip fridge Clean out

The last meal is just to keep things real. We were getting ready to head out of town on a trip and were just trying to clean out the fridge. I literally ate toast (Jalapeno cheddar sourdough from a fabulous local bakery) and a cherry chocolate smoothie for dinner. It was delicious.

Written by Audrey

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