Saturday, December 18, 2010

Easy Dinner and Awesome, Almondy Breakfast

Thursday’s dinner was easy and tasty. I made my Spaghetti Squash Bake and Salmon Cakes, and cut up an avocado. Fast, delicious, and healthy! Oh, yes, and I shouldn’t forget the ketchup… Smile

And for breakfast yesterday, I finally made Holly’s (Gluten-free) Almond Flour Pancakes. We LOVED them! They are made with almond meal instead of flour and taste very “almondy.” Delicious!

We are busy prepping for a little get-together tomorrow, and I’m trying to find the right balance between convenience and yummy home-made food. I hope I’ll find a middle ground…

Questions: What is your party planning strategy? What do you do to keep from getting overwhelmed? Any shortcuts/tricks you’d like to share?
Be well,


  1. oh look at those salmon cakes - delicious!

  2. I like the idea of almond pancakes. I have used almond flour in the past and love the lightness it adds to the final product.

  3. I would love to have a bite of the almond pancakes, please!
    I agree with Ina Garten who says that a festive meal should be 50% homemade and 50% prepared. She does deli cheeses and olives, etc for an antipasto platter and a nice bakery dessert with entrees she has prepared herself.

  4. The meals look good!

    Usually I plan my meals at least two weeks before Christmas but this year I still haven't. Going to sit down tomorrow because I need to make a shopping list before Thursday.

  5. mmm, I love using spaghetti squash in dishes of all kinds! And, of course, ketchup ;)
    I have never cooked with almond flour, but I'd love to try it sometime. This evening my mom and I will be experimenting with quinoa flour, which is new to me. Can't wait!

    Strategy for parties? PLAN AHEAD! Ugh, Nick wants to do a new years even party. I get stressed just thinking about it, I won't lie.

  6. I have no tips to share as I am still somewhat discombobulated lately but I will say my mouth literally watered when I looked at that Spaghetti Squash Bake recipe. It looks amazing!

  7. Gluten-free pancake sounds really awesome and I love the almond in it. Must be very tasty and aromatic. Not to mention about the dinner, it looks simply yummy! *Slurp* Hope you're enjoying your weekend and happy holiday to you!
    Blessings, Kristy

  8. I host either Thanksgiving or Christmas every year - sometimes both.

    First - keep it simple. It's not the time to try out a new recipe. I also try to come up with things that can be made in advance, so my actual prep on the day of the holiday is minimal.

    Make butternut squash soup days in advance for a first course - just heat and serve.

    I love making twice baked potatoes as side dishes, or a baked potato bar because those can be made a head.

    We use our gas and Weber grill for meats, thus leaving the oven available to heat up side dishes and bake rolls.

    BTW, love your spaghetti squash bake! :D

  9. I've never cooked with almond flour. I'm sure I would love these pancakes!

    Hope you have a successful and fun get-together! Making "to-do" lists days and days in advance always help me from getting overwhelmed.

  10. I hope your get-together went well :) I love dips that can go with raw veggies and crackers. The dips can usually be made ahead of time so you only have the hot stuff to worry about the day-of. Crock pots help to keep things warm too, which is helpful.

    I love almond meal, it is so rich and wonderful! I want to use it more, but it is SO expensive!

  11. Hooray for salmon cakes. I made them last week, maybe you saw them on my blog, and they were amazingly easy. Like way easier than I ever imagined. I have not tried almond meal, but I have some PB flour that I should try out for pancakes.

  12. Thanks for the pancake recipe! I'm excited to try these. Maybe for New Years Day breakfast.