I wanted to share a little bit about our meals from the last two weeks! I feel like all I did was grocery shop, cook, wash dishes and EAT! To the point where I don’t even want to look at food anymore. I even let Kevin order Chinese the other night –> something I opted out of (blech!).
Meal planning has been something I really enjoy doing for a few reasons…easier grocery shopping, spend less money, we waste less food and it makes my week less stressful when I already know what’s for dinner (or Kevin can start something if I’m running late). Aside from our day to day planning, I also do it when we have parties or people come to visit. I want to spend my time enjoying company, not stuck in the kitchen!
I used a planner from Erin Condren which are very pricey – and I’m not sure if it was worth the money, but it was great for meal planning! This planner breaks down the year by month (split between two pages) as well as weeks (broken down into morning, noon and night).
I know I’ve shard similar items before – but here is my breakfast “quiche”. I’ve become a HUGE breakfast person over the last two years or so and these really kick-start my day. I never make it the same way – mostly because I use whatever is in the fridge at the time. Eggs, egg whites, milk or cream, potato, onions, peppers and some sort of bean are always included. The meat is hit or miss along with some leftovers – yes, I’ve added quinoa, rice, even pasta to this dish. Why not? I cook the onions, peppers, mushrooms, beans (kale, spinach, tomatoes…) and meat ahead of time and let it cool. This is a GREAT dish to make if you’re raiding the discount produce section of the grocery store. Mix everything together (grease the pan with Avocado oil as it has a higher burning temp, then lay down the potatoes), bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until egg sets.
Oh em GEE! These Turkey Empanadas were out of this world. My company gifted a Cookbook a couple years back consisting of recipes collected from employees and customer’s, this happened to be one of those recipes. Kevin made these ahead of time which we wouldn’t suggest as they stuck to the plate HARDCORE! But the dough is easy and really great, filled with ground turkey and veggies. We made an easy dipping sauce, paired it with a beer and VOILA! I can link up the recipe if anyone is interested.
Went a little “easier” on Christmas dinner this year to lessen the burden – but that doesn’t mean the meal has to be unhealthy and tasteless! We had a Pork Roast (which brined overnight), Sweet Potatoes topped with Goat Cheese and Honey and a Tomato and Corn Casserole. That casserole alone will make you drool!! All recipes can be shared if there’s interest.
Hope everyone had a filling Christmas and New Year’s – now time to crack down and keep that waistline in check. I hope to share some more healthy alternatives to everyday (comfort) favorites soon!