Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: BLT Quinoa Salad and Memories of Spain!

Madrid, SpainA tree lined street in Madrid, Spain

So, what did everyone do for St Patrick’s Day??

We had a rare “quiet” Saturday here since SiSi and Big Tex’s baseball and softball games were cancelled due to the stormy weekend in San Diego.

I made waffles in the morning, then we ended up running some errands as a family, to buy SiSi some new purple Vans {the soles were coming off her old ones}, search for a new point-and-shoot digital camera for our up coming family vacation {sadly my old Panasonic died on me}, and stock up on some Ayala’s Herbal Water at Cost Plus.

We also ended up eating lunch at Z Pizza, our first time there, and let me tell you my Gluten-Free California Pizza was fabulous!  The crust was thin, which I like, and it was LOADED with tomatoes, onion, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and black olives.

I’m kinda’ craving a slice right now…

Later that evening, the kids went over to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a sleep over, and Ian and I went out sans kiddos.

The first part of the evening was a work function for Ian, which fortunately we didn’t need to stay for the green beer/beer pong after the dinner was over

Just sayin’.

After that, we wrapped up the evening with a cocktail  in front of the fire at The Grand Del Mar before heading home.

My berry lemonade {limoncello, acai vodka, and some other yummy stuff} was WAY better than any green beer.

Even better was the next morning, when we got to sleep in, then enjoy coffee and Home/Food/Travel channel tv in bed sans our darling kids.

It was blissful, to say the least 🙂

One of the travel shows I watched was on Barcelona and Mallorca, which inspired me to go through our old photos from our trip to Spain a {in 2005} which I am sharing with you today.

La Sagrada FamiliaLa Sagadra Familia in Barcelona, Spain

I hope you enjoy the photos and this weeks dinner menu!

Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu March 19-25


  • Spanish Tortilla {Eggs, potatoes, onions}
  • Steamed Artichokes with Caesar Salad Dressing for dipping
  • Tangerines


  • Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Cara Cara Orange Salsa Fresca. Corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, chopped tomato and avocado, grated cheese, and white sauce {Greek Yogurt mixed with a little mayo}
  • Fresh pineapple



  • BLT Quinoa Salad from Kitchen Corners
  • Raw veggies: Carrots, broccoli, cucumber
  • Apple Slices with Cinnamon


You can also check out my weekly menu here on my Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu Pinterest Board.

Barcelona, SpainStrolling the streets of Barcelona.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

How did you celebrate St Patrick’s Day?  Any point-and-shoot digital camera recommendations?  How often do you get to enjoy a Sunday morning relaxing in bed???

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  1. Glad you enjoyed the time sans kids ;)Love the gorgeous pics of Spain and your menu ideas for the week!Haven’t made fish tacos in a long time,thanks for reminding me 🙂

  2. I would LOVE to go to Spain! That’s definitely on my wish list.
    I wanted to check out that broccolini and pumpkin seed recipe but the link didn’t work (just an FYI) but I pinned the salsa fresca because cara cara oranges are my favorite!!
    We have a Z Pizza hear in C-bus too. I hear their GF pizza is wonderful, but I haven’t tried it yet.

    • I hope you get to go to Spain one day Gina. I loved it, and am dreaming of a trip back 🙂 I sent you the direct link to the broccolini recipe-thanks for the heads up!

  3. Gorgeous pictures! Makes me feel like sailing away — and dining– with you.

  4. sounds like a perfect weekend 🙂

  5. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photography!
    A lazy Saturday sounds PERFECT to me…they don’t happen nearly enough, do they?
    I like your mahi recipe with your fruit salsa…I imagine that would be quite spectacular! I love your desserts every night of a fresh fruit…what a good mom!!
    Happy rest of the week to you!!!

  6. Ahhh…I used to live in Spain and miss being there SO much- this is painful to look at because I just want to BE there!!

  7. Where to start. First, some point and shoots can upload to your smartphone (eyeing one from Olympus) not sure why all of them don’t do this considering people are abandoning small cameras for this reason. Second, your menu looks amazing. No off nights for you and multiple dishes. Impressed. Did you go with kids to Spain. May do Spain (or Italy) with the family this summer. Let me know your “spicy” tips.
    Have a good day EA.

    • Will have to check out your camera suggestions Lauren-would love one that uploads to my smartphone! No kids in Spain, but when we go again we will take them for sure! We did Barcelona, Madrid, and Mallorca. Loved them all, but especially loved all the amazing architecture in Barcelona. You should definitely consider going with the family this summer, although you wouldn’t go wrong with Italy either 🙂

  8. The pictures make me want to get away to Spain!! So much better than freezing at the beach in a tent, right!!

    Love the meal rotation. Makes me want to get more organized!

  9. I have never been to Spain but have always wanted to go. It looks gorgeous!
    I am loving the sound of your pink lemonade. Delicious! 🙂

  10. Sounds wonderful. I’d love to go to Spain one day. Love your weekly menu. WOW, you’re super organized. Love how you’re linking to other bloggers’ recipes. That’s so nice. The BLT quinoa sounds unique. THanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for sharing your photos and your menus – I really like the sound of the BLT quinoa salad. I find it a great thing to have menus drawn up but then be flexible enough to ditch one or two if a better offer comes along! Hope the storms have passed, but it’s great to have a quiet weekend with family; As my daughter gets older (she’s almost 16) I treasure them more than anything else. Enjoy your young ones!

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