In advance of Mother’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day to anyone who is a mother or mother-to-be!  If you are missing your mom this weekend, I am holding space in my heart for you.  I know how hard it is to lose a parent. 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.  For my monthly online cooking class students, your May class was uploaded this 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!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week:

Meatless Monday: one pot farro with cauliflower and golden raisins, miso roasted eggplant

Tuesday: Shrimp and mixed vegetables with coconut-basil sauce, brown rice

Wednesday: Baked chicken with tomatoes, olives and capers (I’m going to stir in some spinach at the end), roasted smashed potatoes

Thursday: Branzino with green olive and fennel tapenade, grilled asparagus

Friday: Sesame Noodle Salad from WhatsGabyCooking, for protein add blanched shelled edamame, hard boiled egg, rotisserie or poached chicken.

Saturday brunch: cherry cacao açaí bowl

Sunday: Chicken Shawarma p. 188 from KM, with accompaniments (lavash or cauliflower rice, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olives, tahini, yogurt). I have also used the spice mixture + 1 tsp garlic powder and 2 Tbs. olive oil on cauliflower florets and done a roasted cauliflower shawarma!


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


Cook brown rice

Break cauliflower into florets  (you can make the farro dish now and reheat tomorrow)


Cut vegetables for shrimp


Cook potatoes


Make olive and fennel tapenade


Marinate chicken for shawarma


I have LOVED seeing all your creations of my recipes on Instagram. If you make any of my recipes, please tag me @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman so I can check them out!

My cookbook, Quicker Than Quick, is on sale for $14.99 on Amazon!  If you have 1 minute, would you mind leaving a review on amazon?  I would be so grateful, thank you! Take a peek at my first cookbook “Kitchen Matters”!

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