Meal Plan: July 5-July 11

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.

The best breakfast/brunch in Nashville
The best breakfast/brunch in Nashville

We snuck away and spent the long weekend in Nashville with friends and family, and it was exactly what we needed and long overdue. We got a chance to check out a new restaurant in town too, Fifty First, and after eating almost every dish on the menu, I can say with sincerity that it is a fantastic addition to the Nashville food scene.

Also, if you eat almost everything on the menu, you will fall into quite the food coma that night.

Or so I’ve heard.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Carrots and cucumbers

Dinner

Meal Plan: June 28-July 4

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.

Scene from a great weekend
Scene from a great weekend

June 28-July 4

This weekend involved grown up things like getting belts replaced on our car (that noise, UGH) and lots of cleaning. We made up for it with 3 mile walk and afternoon hangout on our deck in perfect weather, complete with a pitcher of a  muddled peach/peach syrup/thyme/tonic water situation that was so delicious and a perfect reminder that beverages don’t always need booze to feel special.

When Shutterbean was recently posting all sorts of porky deliciousness on Instagram, I kept waiting for a recipe to appear on her blog. It finally did, and served as a jumping off point for this week’s meals! We don’t normally eat this much meat in a week, but price/labor per meal, this is a total winner. Plus, your house will smell incredible while the meat is cooking. I’m excited to toss the pork with different flavors and broil it to bring different flavors to the different dishes we’re making.

If this goes well, I think the chicken that is currently taking up way too much room in our small freezer will be getting the same treatment soon.

Maybe next week we’ll go vegetarian to make up for it (maybe).

Base recipe

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  • Pork taco soup- leftover pork broth seasoned with salt, taco seasoning, and a squeeze of lime; some shredded pork; black beans; corn; fried tortilla strips on top
  • Pork spring rolls- rice paper, rice vermicelli, pork, avocado, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, basil, mint, and a dipping sauce of some sort
  • Pork bowls- cilantro rice, grilled peppers and onions, tomatoes, pork

Meal Plan: June 21-June 27

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.

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Beauties from The Peach Truck

June 21-June 27 Happy Monday! This is my first meal plan in a few weeks, and I’m noticing a lot of black beans. We obviously missed certain flavors while in Portugal, though now I’m missing fresh seafood, caipirinhas, and delicious pastries so… can’t win ’em all. My huge project(s) this week is figuring out all of the ways to use the giant box of peaches we stood in line for half an hour to buy from The Peach Truck. Worth every minute. So far I’ll be making a cake, hand pies, peach butter, canning them, freezing them, and who knows what else. Will report back with all of the (successful?!) finished products. My house is going to smell like heaven. Blew the budget to buy all of the things to process the peaches. No regrets.

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Meal Plan: May 31- June 6

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.

Grow!
Grow!

May 31-June 6

It’s the first day of June, and it’s 53 degrees outside.

I find this extremely confusing. Shouldn’t it be a high in the 80’s today? At least the produce doesn’t seem to be confused, since I was able to get two cartons of crazy good strawberries at the market yesterday. It’s the best time of the year!

In case you woke up to a cool spell as well, you should make spicy cumin lamb hand-smashed noodles. They’ll warm you right up.

I *might* have made them again last Friday. Twice in one week. You could say we’re big fans.

This week is a busy one for us, full of exciting things, so the meal plan is slightly abbreviated, but delicious!

I hope everyone is as excited about June as I am.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Carrots and cucumber

Dinner

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.

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