Menu Plan Monday – August 12

Portland Collage

I got to spend this past weekend in Portland, Oregon for the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference. I took part in a focus group for the Corn Refiners Association. It was a great conference and I enjoyed spending time in Portland, which I had never visited before. It was a fast trip though so I didn’t have as much time for sightseeing as I would have liked. Though I did squeeze in a tram ride and some good walks. I was impressed that it is a very pedestrian and bike friendly town. It is also very family friendly from what I could tell with lots of green space and parks. I hope I get to go back soon and explore more.

Portland is definitely a food lovers dream – so many restaurants and food trucks on every other block it seems. I received some great suggestions for places to eat. My favorite meal was at Clark Lewis, which had come highly recommended from a friend. I started with a Beet Salad and finished it will some grilled lamb, both of which were divine and so fresh. Farm to table is very popular in Portland. My other favorites were Southpark, where I ate steelhead, a fish similar to salmon and 23 Hoyt, a sister restaurant to Clark Lewis.

Portland Eats Collage

I did  have some yummy treats too. I had read about a placed called Waffle Window, and I have such a weak spot for good waffles. It literally was a window, in the side of a building where you order your waffles, which come with all kinds of creative toppings. I opted for the Blackberry Lime that came with blackberries and lime curd topped with whipped cream (which looks pretty in the picture above but I scraped off to the side – too much for me!). On another recommendation, I sought out Salt & Straw, known for their creative local handmade ice creams. I did a split scoop of Cinnamon Snickerdoodle (perhaps my favorite cookie ever) and Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero (which I was told was not to be missed). It was divine. And okay, I did try Voodoo Doughnuts as well. Nothing like walking into a mindful eating talk carrying a box of donuts (which I was sharing)!

So back to reality this week and happy to get back in  my kitchen. Here is what is planned:

Monday: Curried Veggie Burgers with Zucchini

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde and Broccoli (bumped from last week)

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Pumped Up Sesame Salmon Bites with Kale Chips and Strawberries

Saturday: Evening Out

Sunday: Simple Supper

Have a wonderful week. For more menu planning ideas, go to Menu Plan Monday on I’m an Organizing Junkie!