Happy Friday!!! This week’s cooking plan has some really nice Mexican themed recipes for Cinco de Mayo. We’re planning to make Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos, a fresh bowl of guacamole, and some salty margaritas. For dessert, we’re baking Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies from Isabel Eats. ? For lunches this week I found two unique salads, each packed with fresh veggies and protein. Gotta get ready for those swimsuits and balance out the margaritas and cookies ? I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Here’s what’s cooking this weekend in the Smallwood house…
LUNCH/DINNER PREP FOR THE WEEK:
All of the recipes from Cookie and Kate are so well done. Kate’s recipes never disappoint, and I’m sure this one will be super tasty. Quinoa is an amazing addition to any salad and any recipe with the words “Crunchy Thai Peanut”, has my name written all over it!
This is a “clean” version of a broccoli salad that would traditionally have mayonnaise and bacon in it. I love those broccoli salads, but I really like the idea of cleaning it up. This salad combines broccoli with red cabbage, raisins, almonds, and a creamy almond dressing! Salads like this are perfect for lunches. Make this salad ahead of time, and separate the salad into containers for easy morning lunch packing.
A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!!!
This is the newest Maple and Thyme recipe. Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos are packed with fresh corn, red cabbage, avocado, and queso fresco. Topped with a homemade cilantro lime crema, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorite taco recipes.
Guaranteed to be a favorite any time you make it, this recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. This will be a great addition to the tacos, or with a bowl of crispy tortilla chips and an ice cold margarita.
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BAKING AND STOCKING THE FREEZER:
We love loaf cakes. A slice of cake makes a great treat in the kids’ lunchboxes. Our kids are obsessed with our Orange Bundtlette Cakes baked in mini loaf pans. They basically love a slice of anything sweet and homemade in their lunchboxes. This Grapefruit Greek Yogurt Cake will be an interesting change to our loaf cake repertoire. I like to bake loaf cakes in mini loaf pans and then wrap and freeze the loaves. They are so easy to pull from the freezer any time you need a freshly baked morning treat.
As a kid, I used to get a Mexican Chocolate Cookie from Greenfield’s Market in Greenfield, MA where I grew up. The cookie was a little bit spicy and a whole lot of chocolate. I’m hoping these are similar. The kids will love these, they’ll eat anything that has a toasted marshmallow on it… ?
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see what’s cooking in your kitchens! Please comment here on Maple and Thyme or tag me on Instagram if you have a chance to make any of the recipes. Mother’s Day is just about a week away! If you haven’t shopped for your mom yet, and your mom likes to cook or bake, check out my Mother’s Day Gift Guide for some fun ideas.
Happy cooking and baking!
KITCHEN TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS THAT I’LL USE THIS WEEKEND:
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