Leftovers I WANT to Eat for Days!

I know that isn’t the prettiest photo to start my post with and to start our FOOD THEMED week with… but just read it.  Is your mouth drooling yet?  Cause mine is…

AGAIN.

It was drooling when I found all those recipes, it was drooling while I was doing the prep work, and now it’s drooling again even though I ate that meal for dinner yesterday and a couple hours ago for lunch.

I wish I had more so I could eat leftovers again tomorrow!!

As a last minute way to coordinate everybody’s schedules for Mother’s Day, I decided (on Saturday) that I was just going to cook a meal for my Mom and Mom-in-law (and of course the rest of my immediate family too…).  Thank goodness my parents and in-laws are all fabulous and all get along great, and THANK goodness for my mom-in-law letting me and my family invade her house last minute.

SO, anyway… Saturday afternoon I came up with this rockin’ menu, and yesterday I served it up in spread-out courses to my loved ones!

Because (in my humble opinion), all these recipes were AWESOME… here are a few photos and the links to the recipes…

Course 1: Brussel Sprouts Crostini

Course 2: Black Bean, Corn, and Edamame Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing served with Spicy-Sweet Glazed Shrimp.  (PS.  I did the shrimp on the stovetop in a pan not on the grill, and I subbed sweet chili sauce for the sriracha)

Course 3: Rockin Salmon with Creamy Herb Sauce served with Cauliflower Bites (PS.  Because the Herb Sauce and the sauce the Cauliflower bites called for were somewhat similar I just used a double batch of the Herb Sauce for both recipes!)

Course 4: Summer Peach and Balsamic Pizza (PS.  I used nectarines because I couldn’t find peaches… and I would make this recipe again and again and again and again… you get the idea…)

Course 5: Easy Blackberry Cobbler served with Vanilla Ice Cream (PS.  I used a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries… delicious!)

And that is it!  It might seem crazy to you… but it was far less stressful to me to plan a 7-recipe, 5-course meal for 8 people than coordinate a restaurant reservation for all of us, haha.

Plus, I found it so nice to be able to spend several hours with my family, talking, laughing, playing cards, and eating good food in the comfort of home!  Happy Mother’s Day to me ;)  Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day Weekend too!

Sam

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