I wanted to have fun this week, and also make weeknight dinners as kid-friendly as possible without boring me or my husband. I brainstormed three theme burgers, and I’m really happy with how they were received (e.g. eaten without complaint). It wasn’t all burgers, all the time, though. In between, we enjoyed a Smoked Salmon Tart with a unique salad, and Vegan Sloppy Joe’s with Gluten-Free Flatbread. For brunch on Saturday I made a batch of Sweet Potato Pancakes, and for snacking, Apricot Bars.
We enjoyed brunch as a family this weekend with Sweet Potato Pancakes. The pancakes were sweet enough on their own; of course, our boys had to drizzle maple syrup over the top of theirs, but I spread a bit of organic apple butter on mine. I made them extra-big, just for fun!
Instead of a classic American beef burger and deep-fried french fries, we made Black Bean Burger Lettuce Wraps with homemade oven roasted fries. Spoiler alert: my sons did eat their burgers on Brioche Buns, but they both added lettuce and avocado, so it still felt like a health win!
I’ve been experimenting with making my own breads without wheat (or gluten) and I’ve been amazed by the wide range of base ingredients and seasonings that can be used to create savory and sweet bread loafs. And while the Gluten-Free Flatbread we served with Vegan Sloppy Joe’s (with Low-FODMAP Barbecue Sauce) made me happy because it reminded me so much of soft, warm pita bread, my older son absolutely LOVED them, eating four in one sitting.
I went all-in on an Indian-theme burger – Curried Turkey Burgers topped with Mango Chutney Salsa, a deconstructed chunky version of the classic Indian condiment. The color correction on this photo is a little wonky; trust me, the flavors were spot-on!
I’m having a lot of fun with a little cookbook I found a few months ago. All the recipes use almond flour, and are gluten-free. I paired a Smoked Salmon Tart with an original New Potato, Egg, and Dill Salad.
As much as I enjoy planning and cooking healthy meals with my husband and family, I love coming up with sweets that don’t have to be thought of as “treats” but as healthy additions to a well-rounded diet. These Apricot Bars fit this description; they’re naturally sweetened with dried apricots and just a touch of honey. They’re filling and easily portable for an afternoon snack.