Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! If you are missing your mom this weekend, I am holding space in my heart for you.  When a parent leaves us, it is a void that is impossible to fill. If you need to nudge your loved ones to make you something special, check out last week’s dinner planner for some lovely and healthy-ish brunch ideas. Also, don’t be afraid to tell your partner and/or children how you want to spend your day.  Not everyone can read minds, if you know what I mean.  For my monthly online cooking class students, your May class was uploaded last week.  It is a breakfast/brunch theme!  If you want to join my fabulous cooking class community, we’d love to have you and I would love to help you be a better and healthier cook!  

For my local LA friends, come join Catherine McCord and me on Monday, May 15th at Zibby’s Bookshop in Santa Monica at 6:00 pm!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: 


Meatless Monday: one pot farro with cauliflower and golden raisins. I like this with shaved parmesan cheese and a simple green salad on the side.  But you can also add a fried egg on top.

Tuesday: Greek sheet pan chicken, roasted asparagus (400 degrees for 8-12 min depending on thickness of the asparagus)

Wednesday: Branzino with green olive and fennel tapenade, sauteed onions with cooked lentils (saute sliced onions in olive oil with salt and pepper until lightly golden. Add in pre-cooked lentils and warm through. Taste for seasoning.  Add a pinch of turmeric or garlic and chili flakes or plain.  It will be great with the fish and tapenade.)

Thursday: Mixed greens with green beans and cherry vinaigrette, grilled steak or chicken or poached chicken, or vegetarians can add cooked quinoa to the salad

Friday: edamame falafel sandwiches from the foodie physician, carrot salad

Saturday brunch: baked morning glory millet porridge 

Sunday: Chicken kabobs with chimichurri and garlic rice, pita, or grilled caesar-ish romaine salads 


Here’s what you can do ahead if it helps you: 


Wash salad greens 

Cook the one pot farro and reheat the next day


Marinate chicken for sheet pan


Make olive and fennel tapenade


Blanch green beans and cool in an ice water bath. Drain and pat dry before storing in fridge

Make cherry vinaigrette


Make falafel mixture


Cook millet and assemble millet porridge

Make chimichurri



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