Dinner With My Momma

The other night, my mom and I were buddies in the kitchen and whipped up a wonderful dinner. The idea and inspiration came together quickly and effortlessly, and we tag-teamed in the kitchen. Normally, my dad is around for dinner, but he went out to camp to spend the night. Jesse was supposed to have dinner with us, but ended up changing his plans. It was fine though … mom and I enjoyed our time together, as always.

I threw together the summer squash caprese noodle salad from my copy of Dianne Sanfilippo’s new book,ย Practical Paleo,ย and steamed some broccoli. My book actually just came in the mail that day (I had it shipped to my mom and dad’s) and I was excited to try something in it right away! Mom browned some chicken that she cut into tenders and then added a jar of her homemade marinara to it (I love my mom’s marinara sauce … it’s the best and so fresh). Before we knew it, dinner was ready and on the table.

Everything paired so nicely together and tasted wonderful. We made sure to wear spaghetti bibs in case things got messy. After all, you never know with tomato sauce. Sometimes, you think you’ve been so careful, but then look down to find some red/orange splatters on your shirt, and that’s the pits. The bibs help prevent that, as they are big-kid size (aka adult). My dear Grandma Boboltz is to thank for the bibs. She made them for our family many years ago, probably with my dad and sister, Amanda specifically in mind (those two were always the ones to drop/spill/splatter food on themselves). As you’ll see below, my mom got my picture with one on, but she wouldn’t let me take her photo. I guess she didn’t want her face all over the internet or something, even though her photos are already on Facebook!

Anyway, below is the recipe for the Practical Paleo, summer squash caprese noodle salad (Note – this book, which is much more than a cookbook is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend it. The information, guidelines, and meal plans for specific ailments is outstanding!).

Practical Paleo’s, Summer Squash Caprese Noodles Salad:

  • 4-6 zucchini/yellow squash (to yield 5 cups julienned)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped (I actually used garlic powder b/c sometimes raw garlic is too much for me)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

*Note – I also added some of my mom’s fresh oregano to the salad, which was a wonderful addition.


  1. Chop the ends off of the zucchini, and peel down to the center seedy section with a julienne vegetable peeler to make fettuccine-like noodles. (You can use a standard peeler if you don’t have a julienne peeler). Note – I cut the zucchini into thin strips with a knife instead because it worked better than the veggie peeler, and I didn’t have access to a julienne peeler.
  2. Combine the cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Toss the squash with the tomato mixture, and place onto a flat dish or into a bowl to serve.
Mom's fresh basil
Fresh basil from my mom’s basil plant.
Mom's oregano
I also added some of my mom’s fresh oregano to the salad.
Zucchini salad
Summer squash caprese noodle salad. Colorful, fresh, easy and delicious!
Mom tended to the chicken.
Mom tended to the chicken.
Me with my bib and dinner
Me with my handy dandy bib and plateful of food. Don’t mind the sheen to my face … I still hadn’t showered after a sweaty workout with Jesse at the gym, which was actually many hours prior! As you can see, I got a little sun on my face too.
Our lovely mother-daughter meal.
Our lovely mother-daughter meal. Food always tastes better when you share it with someone you love. I’m fortunate to share most of my meals back in Portland with Jesse, but when I come home, I get to share meals with my dear family.

9 thoughts on “Dinner With My Momma

  1. Almond Oats. August 15, 2012 / 8:03 am

    That recipe looks wonderful! And I love the bib haha. It’s cute!

    • paleoinportland August 15, 2012 / 8:11 am

      Haha, thanks! You can’t go wrong with the bibs. I actually need to get some of my own!

  2. girlmeetspaleo August 15, 2012 / 9:46 am

    haha LOVE the bibs!

    • paleoinportland August 15, 2012 / 10:10 am

      I know, right?! I really need some of my own. I think I’m going to ask my mom or grandma to make me some. It’s fun to wear a bib ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. SCD Griddle August 15, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    This post makes me miss my momma! What a great getaway from everyday life! Enjoy yourself.

    • paleoinportland August 15, 2012 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks, Theresa! It’s been great so far and it’s wonderful to spend time with my family back home. I feel very blessed.

    • paleoinportland August 16, 2012 / 4:14 am

      Thanks, I think so too. It’s pretty classy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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