Friday night I checked in to tell y’all that my priority was drinking wine and last night my priority was torturing my upper body and then drinking wine. Today I’ve decided I should write a blog post, work out, and then skip the wine. It’s like you can literally see me progress as a human being over the course of each weekend. Of course all of these things happen during Maddux’s naps or after he goes to the bed for the night. Kids have the darndest way of commanding your attention, don’t they? 😉 Just kidding. I spend the majority of my days begging him to give me a kiss, a hug, or even look my way.
It just happens to be nap time right now, so I have to entertain myself with other things. Blogging it is. A few days ago when I asked y’all to
blog for me suggest some topics for me to blog about, a few people emailed me about meal planning. Let me just preface this by saying, I am not an expert in this field. I haphazardly throw together meals more often than not, but I do go into the week with a general idea of what we’ll be eating.
I think the benefit of my style of meal-planning, is that it’s not a disaster if I get off track. I typically just pick general flavors or types of food we want to eat. That way, we can mix and match and it’s not a big deal. (I’ve even been doing so much better at using up everything we buy, which is huge because my fridge used to be a practical graveyard for past-their-prime vegetables.) The more you plan ahead, the more money you’ll save and the more cohesive your meals will be. For example, this week I practically put green onions and red bell pepper in everything. Use it or lose it, sista.
This week, though, I actually chose specific meals. I still left a lot of wiggle room for myself, because most of my grocery list could be combined in a million different ways in case we changed our minds. Which happens, like, every single night. I’ve also been actively removing meat from our grocery list. I used to try to make two similar meals a night, one with meat and one without. That gets old pretty quickly. I’m trying to get us down to a more more vegetarian/pescatarian diet. I used “the budget” as my excuse, with nary an argument from Ryne. I promised one night of shrimp, so I think that helped lessen the sting.
Apparently I’m five years old and plan our family’s meal around a single letter. I’ll never grow up. Anyway, I only chose five meals, because it’s inevitable that one or two things will come up during the week. We typically eat once at my grandma’s and once with my parents or Ryne’s parents. Five is also an awesome number, so there’s that.
Here is the break down of the five meals we chose if you’re interested:
Black Bean Brown Rice Bowl
Brown rice bowls are the best because you can put in whatever you want/have/need to use up. We used seasoned black beans, sauteed onions and red peppers, shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and green onions. I added sour cream, salsa, and crunched up tortilla chips after I took the picture. You should thank me because the bowl looked way prettier before I slathered it with all of that ugly deliciousness. I usually Instagram my “actual” food pictures and share the “prettier” versions on posts like these, by the way. Am I the only one that does that? Probably. I just hate seeing mushy, mixed up food anywhere but through the magical filters of the ‘gram.
Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Lasagna
I swear to you sun-dried tomatoes make this vegetarian lasagna more “palatable” for a meat eater. I threw this together quickly the other night and it was a hit. Really. No exact measuring. Don’t be afraid to go rogue, ya’ll. 😉 Before I assembled the lasagna, I just had to do a few simple things. I sauteed the spinach with some garlic and red pepper flakes. I mixed together ricotta cheese, 1 egg, parsley, salt, pepper, and some onion powder. I boiled my noodles, but you could definitely use the kind you just toss in there. I’ve never tried them, but I hear they are legit. Then I assembled my meatless masterpiece. I added my favorite sauce to the bottom of my pan and then layered: noodles, sauce, spinach, tomatoes, ricotta mixture, mozzarella, and parmesan. I repeated that until I filled up the pan.
Baked Buffalo Goat Cheese Salad
This is the first time I attempted to make these goat cheese medallions (fancy, huh?), and they turned out to be my new favorite thing. On top of that, they are incredibly easy to make. Buy a goat cheese log, slice it and form it into cute lil’ patties. Coat each patty in egg and panko. Bake at 400 degrees until they brown a little. Let them cool and then slather them with buffalo sauce. You can bake them again for a few minutes if you want, but I won’t tell on you if you don’t. These are going into the regular rotation for sure.
Breakfast For Dinner (!!!!)
This is a recycled French toast picture, but you get the idea. It just had scrambled eggs and spinach next to it this week. I feel like you guys probably know how to do both of those. But seriously, is breakfast for dinner not one of the single greatest things about life? I mean, how BA do you feel when you throw caution to the wind and eat a MORNING food at NIGHT? So thug.
Shrimp Fried Quinoa
We pretty much eat one Asian-inspired meal every single week. Any excuse to slather on the sriracha and soy sauce, am I right? Stir fries are also ridiculous easy, and I’m obviously a big fan of not measuring anything. In this stir fry (in order of appearance): butter, sesame oil, garlic, onion, carrots, broccoli, red pepper, quinoa, egg, soy sauce and peas. The shrimp were cooked separately and added in at the end. I didn’t want to overcook those bad boys, because that’s just sad. Oh, and I added green onion and sriracha after taking this photo, and then all was right in the world.
So, yep. That’s what a typical week of meals looks like for us. The best part is that it was really cheap, relatively easy, and pretty daggum healthy. I tried my best to keep the protein content pretty high for Ryne and I think I did a decent job. Quinoa, beans avocado, shrimp, egg, and sundried tomatoes are all really good sources of quality protein. I feel super smart right now, so I think I deserve to do nothing for the rest of the day. Except for the fact that I already told y’all I was going to work out and not drink wine. Those two things are going to take a lot of effort on my part. I better get my head in the game. See y’all later!