Rhyming title… super cool.

Weekly Eats

Last week was a short week to meal plan for, since we only needed a few dinners and lunches before heading away for our weekend plans.

On Sunday night, we made six grilled chicken and plum salads to get us through our lunches until Wednesday.  And we didn’t use just any plums, we used grilled plums!  Grilling the plums brought out extra sweetness in the fruit, which we thought paired well with the greens we used.  I think next time we grill our plums, we’d use an even more bitter green as a base.

Grilled Chicken and Grilled Plum Salad

And here’s the lineup of how our dinners turned out:

Grilled shrimp and veggie skewers, with a side caprese salad

Shrimp and Veggie Skewers

Grilled eggplant and chickpea salad, a nice blast from the past.

Grilled eggplant and chickpea salad

Grilled salmon, with sautéed Swiss chard and grilled garlic scapes on the side

Grilled Salmon and Swiss Chard

A random throw together taco night before heading down to the Cape… leftover salmon pieces, black beans, red onion, pineapple chunks, and bok choy.

Bok Choy and Pineapple Tacos

For the 4th of July, we had plenty of food!  Here are some highlights from Thursday and Friday.

Patriotic Treats

Fun breakfast… plain Chobani yogurt with sliced strawberries, Uncle Dan’s quiche, a blueberry muffin, and some sliced cantaloupe.

4th of July breakfast

The red, white, and blue salsa that we brought for an appetizer…

Red White and Blue Salsa

An assortment of awesomeness for our BBQ dinner…

4th of July BBQ

I also made a red, white, and blue trifle for dessert.

Patriotic Trifle

Another highlight were the steamers enjoyed by the marina at The Summer Shanty, my favorite Cape Cod bar.

Summer Shanty Steamers

Other food from the included various munchies, brownies, sandwiches at the beach, and lots of adult beverages.

Last week I encouraged readers to share their own patriotic treats with me via social media, and I did have a few people send things in.  I figured this would be a good place to share.

–> Kaylin @kaylinberube sent in this amazing looking watermelon fresca cocktail via Instagram.  This is a Tone It Up Girls concoction!

4th of July cocktail

–> On Twitter, Mary @marykcurran sent in a picture of a festive dip her friend made for the 4th of July party they had.  I bet this was delicious (minus the olives for me!).

4th of july dip

–> Amber @amberwilliams76 also sent in a yummy picture on Instagram.  She said her friend baked these beautiful cupcakes!  So colorful!

4th of july cupcakes

And finally, Liz texted me a picture of her white chocolate covered strawberries.  She says they didn’t come out right, but I bet they still tasted so yummy.

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Thanks for sending pics of your treats, ladies!  So fun!

Finally, the last meal and treats I want to share with you today are from Jen‘s wedding.  First, lunch from the restaurant at the hotel:

Desmond Hotel Restaurant Lunch

Second, my dinner plate at the wedding:

Salmon from Jen's Wedding

And last, hands down my favorite (of many) splurges from the week:

cupcakes from Jen's wedding

Un-frickin-believable cupcakes.  So good.

Have you ever grilled plums before?  What was the best thing you ate last week?  Anyone else make any patriotic treats they’d like to share?  Favorite splurge?

This week’s meal plan is off to a good start.  We were able to do a lot of Sunday food prep yesterday.  Coming up this week for lunches include grilled beet salads, farro and veggie salads, and avocado egg wraps.  And for dinners, pesto chicken skewers and veggie burgers.

…I just love food so much!