HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO
Have you noticed this holiday has increased in popularity? In recent years you hear about it more and it is seems to be celebrated more. I thought it was just the world I lived in as I had grown up and it was a holiday adults enjoyed, but in doing some research about Cinco de Mayo for Little Miss Mixture I found that it was declared a holiday the United Staes would celebrate in 2005. So in fact it may not be the world I live in, but it seems everyone is abiding by the concurrent resolution that was signed June 7, 2005. Regardless of if it is my world or everyone, I am going to jump on the bandwagon as there is something about a Mexican cocktail and some chips and salsa that just makes the day.
How are you celebrating? If you are at all interested in celebrating at home the food blogs have been inundated with recipes over the past week. I realized as I was writing my Taco post clearly my idea to be ahead of the holiday was not an original. That is okay because I have been pinning away this week. Mexican is generally in our weekly rotation and not just in honor of the 5th of May, so now my list of “to try” has doubled.
1. Cinco De Mayo Smoothie
I tried to be creative and fun this morning. Of course it was one of those days where everyone else in the house seemed to be moving slow so my cuteness was lost in the rush to get out of the house, but the taste was not.
Cinco De Mayo Smoothie (reversed)
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Frozen raspberries
Blend together and pour into glass
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Coconut
Blend together and pour into glass. This layer was slightly thinner which made it hard to layer, so the addition of a frozen banana might have worked better.
Green Layer (variation of one of our favorite green smoothies Tinker bell Smoothie)
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 cup Mango
1 cup Baby Spinach
1 cup Frozen Pineapple
Blend together and enjoy.
2. Meatless Monday – There is a movement to increase people to eat less meat by going meatless on Monday. Our family has increased our vegetarian meals over the years and while I am not an official Meatless Monday blogger, or at least not yet Let’s Have Mixture will include meatless meals that we find satisfying. If you do not think you can go meatless consider decreasing the portion of meat at your meals. This is beneficial in helping increase your intake of vegetables and healthy grains. Going meatless also has positive impacts on overal risk of chronic disease as well as global benefits to our planet.
3. Our week in Food – May is busy with a lot of evening activities wrapping up and meetings at school and what not so this past week’s meals would probably be considered one of my lazier weeks. Just a glimpse ahead at the coming week will be the same because someone or all of us are busy 3 of the 5 school nights. We all have these weeks and my goal is to help you determine how to keep feeding your family balanced meals rather than hitting up the drive thru.
Monday – Taco Redo – Mr. Mixture had an evening function so Little Miss Mixture had Taco Night and I had a Taco salad.
Tuesday – Leftovers – It may not be pretty but most recipes make more than 2 1/ 2 can eat. On the bright side it allows choices having family members pick what they want.
Wednesday – Pork Chops with Honey Pecans, Truffled grits with Mushrooms, and Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Thursday – Grilled Steak for some Grilled Chicken for others, Roasted Beets & Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Friday – Shrimp Pesto Pizza
Saturday – My night off for Ladies night & Daddy Daughter Date Night
Sunday – Chicken Shawarma and Grilled Asparagus
* Be on the lookout for some of our week in Food recipes in future post.
Hope your week is off to a good start!