8 March, 2015  |   3 Comments

Meal plans, 2 weeks of ‘em

Coming up soon, James is taking some time to hang out with his family. I’ll be alone with the girls for many days in a row. I planned our dinners for two weeks at a time instead of one week at a time.

When I write something like the above sentences on the internet, I hear the following clucking concerns in my head after I publish,

“She shouldn’t be telling the internet that.”
“Who in their right mind would be interested in some middle aged mom’s meal plan?”
“Who does she even think she is?”Meal plan, next two weeks

“She shouldn’t be telling the internet that.”
I’ve shared a lot of things on the internet, it has given me deeper friendships than I’ve had in real life. Up until the current iteration of the internet, the benefits of sharing my life online have far outweighed the risks. I’m not sure about today’s internet. I’m still taking the risk.

“Who in their right mind would be interested in some middle aged mom’s meal plan?”
Thankfully, I don’t care much about the second one. I like having a collection of our dinners. Looking back on them reminds me of where we were in our lives when we were eating those dinners (Smug Marrieds! Insuffrable Infant Parents!). And now, while we muddle through the Season of Our Beef Stroganoff.

But Who Do I Think I Am?

Meal plan, next two weeks

That’s the big one.
I’m closing in on the second half of my life and I’m still not sure.
How do you know who you are?

These are the questions I’m trying to answer this week — to get just a little closer to answering Who Do I Think I Am?

1. How do I envision my ideal day? Not with today’s current constraints (kids, pets, debt, fear) but what activities will I be doing from minute to minute?

2. Where does the “ideal me” spend her money and time?

3. How do my current insecurities affect my current relationships?

4.If God is a woman, and she is on my side, what would I ask of Her? What is she asking of me?

5. What brought me joy at eight years old?

Where were we? Oh right, meal plans.
This weekend’s Shamrock Shakes are going to ROCK.

 

22 February, 2015  |   Comment

Meal Plan, this week

Since I’m not posting on Instagram until Sunday, April 5, please enjoy my meal plan!
Meal plan, February 22

This week we have a fancy Oscar party, lots of meetings, Lego club, Lego class and Lego Lego. Lego, Lego, Lego.

26 January, 2015  |   2 Comments

Recipe for Whole 30 HJ Burgers

One of January’s challenges is keeping on the Whole 30 while feeding the rest of my family.
They love me, but they will not participate in any such thing.

It’s totally cool.
I get to eat burgers like these.

We get around the meals with food like Whole 30 HJ Burgers. I eat these meat patties wrapped in butter lettuce with onions, bacon and mayo. They eat these burgers with delicious hamburger buns and Zesties. We’re all happy.

Ingredients for HJ Whole 30 BurgersIngredients
1 pound hamburger
1/2 pound pork sausage
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp kosher salt

Fixins
Bacon
Lettuce
Tomato
Mayo
Mustard
Avocado

Directions
Mix the garlic salt, seasoning salt, kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Crack and beat the egg in another small bowl until blended.
Cut 12 pieces of wax paper into pieces roughly 8×8 inches square.

Wash your hands.

Unwrap the meat onto a large cutting board.
Squish the meat together, add the garlic salt and pepper and seasoning salt and the egg.
Continue to smoosh together with your hands.
Create a shape unlike any found in nature and laugh and weep at the same time.

Scoop into snowball sized balls. I can make 10 of them.
How many can you make?

Squish meat balls to a thickness somewhere between 1/2 and 1 inch.

Stack the hamburgers in between the pieces of wax paper.

Put the hamburgers in the refrigerator while you pull the rest of the fixins together — wash the lettuce (dry it too), slice tomato and onions, frizzle the bacon.

Heat a cast iron skillet (we use this griddle from Lodge) over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.

Cook each burger for about 3 minutes per side. You can do this on any flat pan-like surface.

For the rest of my family, I add the cheese after I flip the burgers.

For me, I go cheeseless.
It’s a sacrifice I make for one month, every year.

Then we toast the buns that I won’t eat and I serve the burgers with all the fixins.

So, what are you eating by the end of January? Any new foods in your rotation? Any tips for lettuce wrap burgers? Tell me these things.

19 January, 2015  |   1 Comment

Meal Plan Monday

Prediction: This week will overflow with loving words. #mealplan

Last night, you’ll see we had roast chicken. Sunday’s roast spiced chicken was flavored with a mix of 1/4 cup ghee, 1 tablespoon seasoning salt, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp rubbed sage and garlic rubbed under the skin. Since I am Whole 30-ing it this month, I like to frontload the week with foods I can eat for lunch. Last night’s chicken leftovers will go in Monday’s lunch.

Sunday, January 18
On Sunday, I also made Wednesday’s butternut squash soup. The flavors just get better over time. Sunday night I also cut the beef and carrots for Monday’s pot roast.

Tuesday, January 20
Tuesday is taco night. Due to what’s in the fridge, I’ve already changed the taco meat from pork carnitas to old fashioned ground beef tacos. My picky family goes loco over ground beef tacos. I use Penzey’s Taco Seasoning. Ha! Now you can too! Taco night leftovers also do well in breakfast burritos or taco bowls the next day.

Tuesday night I’ll also make the spaghetti and meat sauce for Thursday’s dinner. I doubled up on meal prep on Sunday and Tuesday — one of those things that don’t take as much effort as it looks in writing — just requires a little preplanning!

Wednesday and Thursday, January 21 and 22
I have late night meetings on both Wednesday and Thursday, so I’ll make sure at least half the meal is pre-made. Poor James has things hard enough, juggling tap and drama and ballet and a full time job and people.

Friday, January 23
We’re extending the fun of James’ birthday for another 40th birthday dinner with our friends. We’re really excited about this one.

Saturday, January 24
Wrap the whole week up with a Helpie Selfie. We’ll have a leftover party just in time for next week’s meal plan.
(You know how that is.)

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