Meal Plan: May 24-May 30

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.

Our neighborhood feline stalker
Our neighborhood feline stalker

May 24-May 30

A cat has started appearing more and more often on our neighbors’ roof, watching our every move. This, of course, makes our cat Minerva FREAK OUT and climb furniture and claw at the window while threatening to knock over various pots of succulents. It’s super fun (sarcasm).

Maybe the cat is just jealous of all that we’ve been cooking?

We’re celebrating Memorial Day quietly this year. Honestly, after years of Josh working retail,  it didn’t even cross our minds that this year we could have gone somewhere for the long weekend. Oh well. There’s always next year.

Instead, we eat!

Total cost: Roughly $142

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $5.07

Memorial Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Carrots and cucumbers

Dinner

Meal Plan: May 17-May 23

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.

Honeysuckle cordial in process
Honeysuckle cordial in process

May 17-May 23

BIG NEWS: our neighborhood farmer’s market started this weekend! Okay, I realize this might not be considered big news by some (most), but we’ve been waiting all winter for this. The main Cincinnati market is open year round but is… underwhelming, as well as a decent drive from us and requires paid parking, so we haven’t gone much since we moved. Our neighborhood market is just a 5 minute drive away, if that, and surprisingly good. We shopped at several stands that I can see us hitting regularly, got our knives sharpened (and I have two new cuts on my thumb to prove it), and I know it’s just going to get better once we move on in the season and more exciting produce comes our way.

Seriously, the highlight of the week.

Total cost: Roughly $135

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.82

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks

Dinner

Meal Plan: May 10-May 16

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 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.

Pretty Cincinnati
Pretty Cincinnati

May 10-May 16

My parents are in town and Josh is in and out of town this week, leading to countless meals out and a Mother’s Day feast at home.

Cincinnati has become absolutely gorgeous in this weather and we’re loving every minute of it after that brutal winter. A Yankee I am not, and the cold isn’t being missed in the slightest. We’ve been taking countless walks and sitting out on porches and patios as often as we can. Our neighborhood farmers market opens this coming Sunday, and we’re excited to see how good it is. I’m sure as many strawberries will be purchased as possible.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: April 26- May 2

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 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.

New plants, with custom rope hangings by Josh
New plants, with custom rope hangings by Josh

April 26-May 2

I got herbs planted this weekend! I also planted a few flowers around our front porch so we don’t have the sad, unloved house on the block. We’ll leave that crown for someone else.

Our neighborhood farmers market opens this weekend, and we’re very hopeful that it will have some solid vendors, since it’s so easy to get to, unlike the main Cincinnati farmers market.

Fingers crossed for strawberries!

Total cost: Roughly $113

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.04

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal and smoothies

Lunch

Snack

  • Grapes

Dinner

Meal Plan: April 19-April 25

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 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.

Surprise blooms in our yard
Surprise blooms in our yard

April 19-April 25

Last week, Josh had to travel to Indianapolis for work, and since it’s only a short drive away, I decided to tag along. This was a lot of fun, but definitely resulted in a week of less than stellar dining choices.

I need vegetables.

This week is a much needed reset in preparation for farmer’s market season (which makes me so excited), and delicious too. Sometimes you just need to eat a lot of green things.

Total cost: Roughly $121

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.32

Make some cleansing broth

Drink warm water with lemon every morning

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Meal Plan: April 5-April 11

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 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.

Easter lamb shanks and cake
Easter lamb shanks and cake!

April 5-April 11

A Monday post on a Monday! It’s an Easter miracle!

I hope everyone had  wonderful weekend. Ours was full of good food, daydreaming, and being bums, which is pretty much perfect in my book.

For Easter, we braised lamb shanks. This was our second year to do this recipe and I really think it might be our official Easter tradition. It’s mindblowingly good. The hardest part is the fact that your house smells amazing for hours before you can eat it, which is kind of a tease. Oh lamb, you’re just too good.

Total cost: Way too much. It was Easter.

Easter

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Cobb Salad- lettuce, turkey, avocado, sprouts, sunflower seeds, croutons all with Caesar vinaigrette

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 29-April 4

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 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.

Potatoes with soft eggs and bacon vinaigrette
Potatoes with soft eggs and bacon vinaigrette

March 29-April 4

This is getting ridiculous. I’m going to have to start setting reminders to post on Sundays nights or something…

In exciting news, Josh and I booked our flights to Portugal for two weeks this summer! My daydreams now all look vaguely like the seven hills of Lisbon, and I love it. I need to start finding some portuguese recipes to try out in preparation.

Total cost: Roughly $152

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $5.43

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner