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

Meal Plan: March 22-March 28

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.

My new office mate is kind of awkward
My new office mate is kind of awkward

March 22-March 28

Happy first full week of spring! Let’s ignore that fact that we might get a sprinkle of snow here on Friday, because that’s not what spring is about. It’s about dreaming of fresh produce that will hopefully arrive so soon, and the thought of being able to wear shorts again and sit outside without getting chilled.

The good life.

Total cost: Roughly $141

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $5.03

Breakfast

  • Homemade granola– with yogurt and frozen berries/bananas- double batch
  • Avocado toast

Lunch

  • Curried chicken salad with lettuce cups- recipe to come

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 15-March 21

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.

Spring means tulips
Spring means tulips

March 15-March 21

It’s starting to warm up here in Cincinnati, and little flowers have started to appear. There are hardly words to describe how happy this makes me.

Sometimes this time of the year is tricky, because I’m ready for spring and summer meals, but the weather can be fickle and we’re still waiting on the good produce. Patience comes into play, but all the sunshine really helps.

This Friday is the first day of spring! We’re almost there.

Total cost: Roughly $121

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

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 8-March 14

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.

Mushroom Ramen! SO GOOD
Mushroom ramen with roasted pork belly! SO GOOD

March 8-March 14

I believe that spring MIGHT be on its way now. This week we have highs in the 50’s and 60’s, which makes me so excited I could… do something dramatic. Not sure what, at the moment.

We had a fun weekend celebrating Bockfest, a huge beer festival here. We kept things pretty low-key, but it was a great chance to hang out with friends and learn a little about our new city. Cincinnati is a city that really loves its beer, and is extremely proud of its beer-centric heritage. Also, there’s a goat and a Sausage Queen involved. It’s a whole thing. Who knew?!

Total cost: Roughly $113

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

Breakfast

  • Sprouted sesame toast with bananas and halva chocolate spread (recipe to come)
  • Huevos rancheros- with these beans

Lunch

Snack

  • 3 layer nut free dream cups (recipe to come)

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 1-March 7

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.

Pretending it's spring
Pretending it’s spring

March 1-March 7

Happy March! Even though we’re still getting snow, March is confirmation that spring is, in fact, on its way. Thank goodness. Over it.

I started a new job last week, hence the severe lack of recent posting. The mental exhaustion that comes with a new job takes me by surprise every time. Hopefully soon I’ll be in the swing of it and will have more time and energy to try out new recipes. For now, we’re a little bit more survival focused.

Total cost: Roughly $111

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $3.96

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner