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.

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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Dinner

  • 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