Meal Plan: August 23-August 29

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.

Just hanging out with Roger
Just hanging out with Roger

August 23-August 29

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Josh managed to get free tickets through work to the ATP World Tour tennis match here Friday night, and we certainly couldn’t complain about the seats. I will now expect third row seats every year. The rest of the weekend was spent running errands, trying on jeans that were all too short, and eating as much as possible.

The good life. Except for the jeans, curse them all.

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  • Lemon mint hummus with carrots and cucumbers

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Meal Plan: August 16-August 22

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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August 16-August 22

In my quest to conquer my fear of working with flour (outside of the usual cakes/brownies), I can now check off another category, the galette. The dough was easy and delicious, and the perfect way to showcase August’s heirloom tomatoes. I had even contemplated making pasta this week, but it turns out that the pasta machines from Josh’s grandmother don’t fit on our counters, so we’ll see what happens. Now I’m thinking about modifying the galette dough instead to make a sweet version with some of the peaches in my freezer… again, we’ll see what happens. Josh is going to try to recreate a couple of dishes we ate from Poi Dog when in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, so it’ll be a week of experiments!

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Meal Plan: August 9-August 15

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.

Do you see Rocky?
Do you see Rocky?

August 9-August 15

Last week we snuck away to Philadelphia, a city that I had never been to before. Josh had a store to open and one of my sisters and her husband moved there just days before we arrived, so I tagged along and had so much fun and walked enough to develop some good sized blisters. Oh, city life.

We also celebrated our 4th anniversary while we were there. Hooray! Last year we were in Hawaii to celebrate, and this year we hunted down a Hawaiian food truck and stood in the street eating and soaking in the general happiness of being together. Celebrating in extravagant ways is so fun and I’m glad when we can, but being together and eating out of styrofoam bowls is a thing of beauty as well. This was a year with no big anniversary presents, just lots of talking and dreaming about the future, and a bouquet of flowers bought while running errands this weekend. My heart is full.

While looking up recipes for this week, I stumbled across our plan for almost this same exact week last year, and apparently I have a lot of similar cravings each August, which makes me laugh. If it ain’t broke…

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Meal Plan: July 26-August 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.

Josh getting his sushi roll on
Josh getting his sushi roll on

July 26-August 1

Happy Monday! We had a great weekend, with the right balance of business and relaxation. We took a sushi rolling class on Saturday that was so much fun. I don’t know how often we’ll do it at home (spring rolls are way easier), but I love knowing that I can and having all the right tools! The class was led by the chef from Fusian, which is a local sushi chain that allows you to pick and choose your fillings/toppings and have it assembled in front of you, Chipotle style. Best sushi ever? Nope. However, it’s good and fun, and we’ve enjoyed having a location nearby this year.

We’re so happy to see tomatoes at the market, and will eat them as much as we can until the season is over (which also translates to baskets of cherry tomatoes on hand for snacking, as well as any used for cooking).

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Meal Plan: July 19-July 25

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.

My helpful(?) assistant
My helpful(?) assistant

July 19-July 25

July is more than halfway over! How?! This year has flown by, even weeks like this past one, that didn’t have anything special occur. Sometimes life is sweetest when it’s at its most simple.

We’re so happy to see tomatoes and corn at the farmer’s market! We had a surprisingly hot weekend, and it made it easy to grab them, as well as a watermelon, to celebrate the season.

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal w/ strawberries
  • Avocado toast

Snack

  • Cilantro hummus– sub basil, serve with carrots and cucumbers
  • Watermelon

Lunch

  • Thai farro bowl– sub quinoa for the faro, add lots of roasted vegetables

Dinner

Meal Plan: July 12-July 18

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.

Slight humidity outside I'd say
Slight humidity outside I’d say

July 12-July 18

Fun fact: Cincinnati has an average 81 days with less than 30% cloud coverage per year. 81 sunny days out of 365. All of the cities I’ve lived in before had over 100, and I can definitely see and feel the difference. This summer has been the coolest I have ever experienced, and it seems that at least half of every week has contained pouring rain and days of threatening clouds.

Dude, isn’t the midwest supposed to be tons of sunshine for all of the crops? I’m confused. I don’t dislike it as much as I would have thought, but it’s definitely taking some getting used to.

All of this is an elaborate way to explain why I’m still making things like chili in July. Plus, both the chili and the curry make a lot of leftovers, which means less cooking, which means fewer dishes.

Sometimes fewer dishes wins.

Also, my peach thyme sorbet has made it to round 1 of Food52’s contest for the best non-dairy frozen dessert! You can sign up to be a tester here.

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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.

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Snack

  • Carrots and cucumbers

Dinner