Hey y’all! I’m finally feel a lot better, which is good because I was starting to sound like an 80-year-old man. I was pretty creepy. Three cheers for steroids. Yup, I’m a roider.
Anyway, I’ve gotten a few emails asking about how I cook dinners for the family. It’s hard since Ryne and Maddux eat meat and I only occasionally eat seafood. Dinners can be tricky if you don’t plan ahead. It’s always good to meal plan, because it saves money, it saves time, and it keeps you from eating junk. Which is exactly what happens if I don’t think about what I’m going to eat each night. I used to plan dinner around Ryne’s meal and then eat whatever I found in the kitchen. That sucked.
I also really want to get back into it after falling off the wagon a bit, so I thought I’d track my progress on the ol’ blog. That way, I can help myself and answer your questions at the same time. Win, win. This week in particular, I wanted to discuss the types of dinners I make that both Ryne and I can enjoy. Maddux usually eats whatever we’re eating, too! Love it.
This “week” of meals is actually only five days, but you get the point. It’s also a more laid-back week of meals. I’m going to have a busy week coming up, and I already know I’m not going to have time for dinners that take more than a few minutes to throw together. Without further ado, here is what we’ll be grubbing on this week:
The best part about this week of meals is that I had to buy very few individual items. I’m going to prepare enough grilled veggies (zucchini and squash) the first night to last for the pizza and quesadilla nights as well. The ground beef I brown for his pizza, will also be used for his quesadillas the next night. I bought whole wheat tortillas to use for both the quesadillas and buffalo chicken wraps. I could have used them for the pizzas, too, but I chose to buy flatbreads for those. The spinach for our salads will also go in our quesadillas and buffalo wraps. Can you tell I like to leave few things leftover?
Anyway, here is the full list of groceries I bought for the meals:
- Mahi Mahi Filets (I also bought a few scallops for fun!)
- Yellow Squash
- Whole Wheat Tortillas
- Whole Wheat Flatbreads
- Fresh Mozzerella
- Blue Cheese Crumbles
- Shredded Cheese
- Extra Firm Tofu
- Lean Ground Beef
- Chicken Breasts
What I had on hand:
- Blackened Seasoning
- Russet Potatoes
- Marinara Sauce
- Bacon (for Ryne’s pizza)
- Black Beans
- Guacamole (yes, I’m using this and fresh avocado. addiction.)
- Buffalo Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Brown Rice
- Eggs (for the fried brown rice)
- Frozen Peas (again, for the rice)
Of course, I also picked up some fresh fruit and other “snacks”, but we’re just talking about dinner today. 🙂 As you can see, I didn’t have to buy much for five decent dinners. It’s pretty nice to keep it simple sometimes!
If you meal plan, I’d love for you to leave a link in the comment so that I can get some ideas! I’m going to be more diligent about it, that’s for sure, so I could always use a fresh perspective.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go eat dinner. All this food talk has me starving. Yes, I’M COOKING DINNER AT 8 PM! Crazy. I’m usually crawling into my pajamas right now. HAPPY FRIDAY! 🙂