Meal Plan: December 27-January 1

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.

Many drinks for me at a friend's house to finish up our trip.
Many drinks for me at a friend’s house to finish up our trip.

December 27-January 1

It feels VERY strange to write January on this post, and to know that it means 2016. CRAZY.

We spent last week back and forth between Memphis, my home town, and Nashville, the home of our hearts. It was a perfect trip, full of great food, friends, family, and presents (yay!). We were beyond excited to find that Nashville finally has its very own L&L, a classic hawaiian restaurant chain, and you better believe we stuffed ourselves with spam musubi, mac salad, chicken katsu, and whatever else we could fit in. We’re already scheming about a return trip.

The week before we left was a little more busy than anticipated, as so many holiday weeks are, so two meals got carried over into this week. We also just needed one less dinner because of when we got back in town, so only 4 recipes made the cut this week. This works out well, since we’re out of quite a few pantry staples, and those can really add to the costs for the week!

I will not apologize for making cured egg yolks yet again. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Satsumas

Dinner

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Meal Plan: December 13-December 19

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.

Operation: Fill the house with plants
Operation: Fill the house with plants

December 13-December 19

My kitchen looks like a bomb went off in it, which is extremely typical for a Monday morning. Between our normal weekend cooking, plus making dip for a party on Saturday that resulted in the dish being scraped clean (always the highest compliment), and three frozen bananas and butter set out to thaw for a batch of banana bread for some friends… once again, I’m tempted to burn that mother to the ground. Thank goodness we have a dishwasher here, unlike our New York apartment.

Off to hide the lighter fluid. From myself.

Party Dip

Breakfast

  • Steel cut oats with cinnamon, maple, and bananas
  • Avocado toast

Lunch

Snack

  • Pears

Dinner

Meal Plan: December 6-December 12

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.

Christmas, complete with a cat being creepy under the tree
Christmas, complete with a cat being creepy under the tree

December 6-December 12

Once upon a time, I didn’t blog three months. This wasn’t planned, though I have to say, major props to myself for making it exactly three months to the day.

Things have been a little crazy around here, but now we know that not only are we staying in Cincinnati, we’re also staying in this house, so I DON’T HAVE TO MOVE THIS YEAR.

I’m pretty sure the angels are rejoicing on my behalf.

I’ll probably do another post soon with some of our favorite recipes that we’ve made over the past few months that might not have made an appearance yet on the blog, because I’ve still been cooking just as much as usual. I’ve even tackled pie crust a few times, though I haven’t been blown away by the results (the fillings, however, have been delicious).

Does anyone have a crust recipe they swear by?!

Breakfast

  • Homemade granola– subbed in a little molasses with the maple syrup and some ground ginger and cloves with the cinnamon for a nice hint of gingerbread
  • Scrambled eggs with avocado and hot sauce

Lunch

Snack

  • Grapes and cucumbers

Dinner