Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit or vegetables), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.
August 30-September 4
Pictured above is one of our greatest discoveries in Cincinnati, found at Jungle Jim’s, aka the most insane grocery store you will ever step foot inside of. Think of a normal grocery store, multiply it by ten, then add a wide variety of very legit of international markets and more beer and booze than you’ve ever imagine, and add (fake) jungle animals. Now you’re getting close.
One of the international sections is Great Britain, and while snagging some Tim Tams from the Australia section right next to it, I looked in the freezer and behold, there was blood pudding, one of our favorite and much missed breakfast foods from our honeymoon in Scotland. We grabbed a roll just to see how it compared to our memories and, I will confess, it then sat in our freezer for many months. I think we both felt a little trepidation, since blood pudding can be amazing (one place we stayed in Scotland got their’s from the same place that that Queen gets hers), but it can also just be scary. Last week, before Josh left for a work trip, I finally busted it out and made fried eggs and blood sausage for breakfast, and it was SO GOOD. Maybe not quite as great as what the Queen eats, but pretty dang good for frozen blood pudding found in Ohio.
Moral of this story? No clue. Just try things.
- Oatmeal with cinnamon, bananas, and maple syrup
- Avocado toast
- Vegetable tacos- poblano peppers, fresh corn, black beans, charred zucchini, tossed with lime juice, spices, and a little mayo
- Lemon mint hummus with carrots and cucumbers
- Shakshuka pizza– excited to try a new (to me) dough!
- Fried trout sandwiches– also on p. 144 of Smoke and Pickles
- Sweet corn and summer squash gnocchi
- Red lentil dal