A Week with the Leakes: Dinner & Treats

Here is the final installment in our “Week with the Leakes” where we documented every single thing the four of us ate for an entire week (our last name is Leake😉)! I’ve already posted breakfast and snacks and lunch, and today is dinner and treats. We recorded all of this during a random week in November.

As I mentioned, this series is just a snapshot of our lives. While it isn’t always a true representation of our diets as a whole (or easy to get the photo – some are blurry or not well lit), we did our best to share what a typical week of meals looks like at our house. And, even though beverages aren’t pictured, our drink of choice is usually water.

My husband and I might have a cup of coffee (usually a Maple Mocha or latte with honey for me) or glass of wine (or a beer for him), and the kids sometimes have an occasional glass of milk or juice, but other than that it’s pretty much just water to drink around here!


Our week of recording our meals kicked off with dinner at our friend’s house. We brought the dessert (pictured down below) and the rest of the food (burgers, salad, crackers with cheese & tomato relish, chips & dip and homemade popovers) was provided by others. I do technically consider the handful of chips each of us had a treat since they are deep-fried!

Real Food Dinner A Week with the Leakes

Family Dinners

This is what the rest of our dinners for the week looked like…

  • On Sunday I made Butternut Squash Salad (with a homemade tahini dressing) and a Veggie Pasta Dish (that will be featured in my next cookbook!)
  • Monday I made Ricotta and Kale Quiche, pork tenderloin and a salad for dinner.
  • Tuesday we experimented with a Cabbage Roll Recipe (with sausage and whole-grain wild rice inside that ended up being too time-consuming and messy, but it was edible!) along with cooked carrots on the side.
  • Wednesday I made the Cajun Alfredo Pasta with Shrimp (from my first cookbook).
  • Thursday the kids had leftover pasta from the night before while the adults had a date night out (see below).
  • Friday my husband made Shortcut Chicken Pot Pie for himself and the kids while I was out with friends (see down below).

A Week with the Leakes: Dinner

Other Dinners (Out)

We had a couple of nights out mixed into the week.

  • On Thursday Jason and I tried a new (to us) restaurant and had a mushroom and beet appetizer, scallops, chicken and a braised beef cheeks dish.
  • Friday I went out with friends and shared the pictured appetizers with the table. My main dish was a salad.

Real Food Dinner: Dinners out


On average we have a “once a week treat.”  On occasion, we end up splurging a little more often. It’s nothing I stress about because I feel like we all eat pretty well (i.e., not highly processed) most of the time! Again, this is just a one week snapshot; things do of course vary somewhat from week to week.

    • Saturday we went to a potluck dinner with friends and brought this platter of homemade whole-wheat cookies to share.
    • Sunday (the day we woke up at the crack of dawn for a gymnastics meet) I let my 10-year-old get a double chocolate frappucino from the Starbucks in the arena. I ordered a latte with whole milk and one little packet of honey, not really a “treat”, but I happened to photograph them together!
    • Monday my 12-year-old went on a school field trip and wanted to get a bagged lunch like everyone else. I also shared this on the lunch post, but her entire meal pretty much ended up being a “treat” between the Rice Krispie Treat, chips and white bread because they ran out of her requested lunch.
  • On Thursday at our adult date night out, we ordered some cocktails (that were yummy, by the way).
  • On Friday when I was out to dinner with some girlfriends, we were celebrating a birthday, so I shared a chocolate dessert with 6 others (I had two or three bites .. and it was good, too!).

A Week with the Leakes: Treats

That concludes our latest Week with the Leakes. We’d love to hear from you in our upcoming Reader Real Food Diaries series if you’re interested in participating!

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7 thoughts on “A Week with the Leakes: Dinner & Treats”

  1. First time on your website. I loved seeing your pics for the week, which were healthy, but also included a few treats. Thanks for keeping it real.

  2. We have been eating a lot of lean cuts like pork loin and fish with salads. I am going to take a closer look at your healthier Cajun pasta dish.

  3. Really enjoyed this series and got a lot of meal ideas from it. Thanks for posting, gives an idea about how to make real food realistic!

  4. I’m still amazed at the school lunch… even when I was in school 15+ years ago they provided some kind of fruit at the very least for field trip bagged lunches. I’m also astounded that she requested a vegetarian meal and they didn’t make sure they brought enough to accommodate that.

    1. Agree Megan! Our school bagged lunches include not only a fruit but a vegetable as well. (and yes it also has chips and usually a small cookie).

    2. By law they have to provide a fruit and/or veggie even in a field trip lunch unless your school does not participate in the National School Lunch program and does not receive any reimbursement for free and reduced lunches you are required to serve by law. (Our school has only a 8-9% free and reduced population but we could never afford to serve everyone if we didn’t get reimbursed.) (Or if you are at private school anything goes!)

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