Meal Plan: January 31-February 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.

Such an asian cart at Jungle Jim's
Such an asian cart at Jungle Jim’s

January 31-February 6

January has come and gone, and over all, it was a pretty great month. I cooked quite a few recipes from actual cookbooks, which is something I’ve been wanting to do more, and I did a great 30 Days of Yoga routine from Yoga with Adrienne, who has become a favorite of mine. I’m not really into resolutions, but I love a chance to learn more and feel better, and January just happened to be the right time to dig in to my yoga practice this year.

My goal for February is based on a friend’s request for me to make some cupcakes using the MadTree Rubus Cacao beer, which is a seasonal beer from our favorite local brewery. This one is brewed with raspberries and cocoa nibs, and is totally delicious, so I’m thinking a chocolate cupcake with a can of the beer in the batter, and then maybe topped with a chocolate ganache, also flavored with the beer? We’ll see. I’m not a big fan of buttercream frosting, so ganache is totally the way I’m leaning. Will report back with the results.

This week has two carryover dinner from last week, because the unexpected batch of bolognese wound up being stretched for multiple dinners. SO GOOD.

Breakfast

  • Black bean and avocado bowl with pressure cooker cuban black beans
  • Oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon
  • Ultimate breakfast sandwich-This was Sunday morning’s breakfast, and it was delicious. The hash brown patties from Trader Joe’s might be our new favorite breakfast food

Lunch

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

Snack

  • Apples, carrots sticks, and cucumber slices

Dinner

Meal Plan: January 24-January 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.

Adulting like a boss
Adulting like a boss

January 24-January 30

I’ve come to realize that when it’s cold outside (and inside my poorly insulated kitchen), I’m often drawn to the same meals, week after week. My brain is numb and can only handle so many new ideas. I know that when things start to warm up, so will my creativity, along with my desire for things that are light and bright. Until then, we cozy up with hearty meals and hibernate a bit.

This week’s plan includes 6 dinners instead of the usual 5, because yesterday afternoon Josh requested bolognese, and I just couldn’t say no. In hindsight, I’m so glad I made some, since it helped soothe the sting of the Patriot’s loss.

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Massaged kale with curried chickpeas, radishes (I’ve been cooking large batches of dried chickpeas in my pressure cooker. So fast and delicious) 

Snack

  • Bananas

Dinner

Meal Plan: January 17-January 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.

Hiyashi Somen
Hiyashi Somen

January 17-January 23

Last week we made our first recipe from Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes, and we loved it so much we made it again later in the week. With that success in mind, I decided that we should try several more recipes from the book this week. Still leaning heavily towards buying this sucker after I have to return it to the library. Such a great cookbook.

Two of the recipes I actually planned together. I knew I wanted to try the rotisserie chicken ramen, which calls for a chicken carcass, but didn’t want to buy a rotisserie chicken just for that purpose. Instead, Josh tried one of the roast chicken recipes from the book last night for our dinner, cut up the leftover chicken to go on our salads for the week, and now I have a lovely chicken carcass in the fridge, just waiting to be made into soup. This is one of the best ways we can justify spending more money on higher quality meats. One chicken can go soooo far if you plan well.

Breakfast

  • Steel cut oats with cinnamon apples (cut the sugar back a good bit)
  • Avocado toast

Lunch

  • Salad with leftover lacquered roast chicken, apples, edamame, cucumber, and carrot ginger dressing p. 248

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: January 10-January 16

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.

Someone refuses to do downward dog during 30 Days of Yoga
Someone refuses to do downward dog during 30 Days of Yoga

January 10-January 16

Winter has come, and the coziness of our dinner choices are evidence of that fact. Saturday night we were out late with friends, and I was fine in a  light leather jacket. Woke up 8 hours later to a snowy, winter wonderland. Very pretty, SO COLD.

I went to the library and checked out a copy of Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes, and I want to cook all of the things. Expect to see quite a few meals from this book over the coming weeks, and probably in the future too, because I’m absolutely going to buy this book.

Breakfast

  • Avocado toast 
  • Scrambled eggs with leftover roasted sausages and tomatoes with balsamic- recipe to come

Lunch

Snack

  • Valencia oranges

Dinner

Meal Plan: January 3-January 9

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.

New favorite show!
New favorite show!

January 3-January 9

Happy New Year! We spent most of the weekend hanging out with friends, and I made the rather sad discovery that any more than two beers in one night means that I will feel ROUGH the next day. This isn’t an issue with any other booze, but a sad discovery never the less in such a beer centric city. I’ll be the one beer girl. Please send me all the bourbon, vodka, and gin.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Satsumas

Dinner

Meal Plan: December 27-January 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.

Many drinks for me at a friend's house to finish up our trip.
Many drinks for me at a friend’s house to finish up our trip.

December 27-January 1

It feels VERY strange to write January on this post, and to know that it means 2016. CRAZY.

We spent last week back and forth between Memphis, my home town, and Nashville, the home of our hearts. It was a perfect trip, full of great food, friends, family, and presents (yay!). We were beyond excited to find that Nashville finally has its very own L&L, a classic hawaiian restaurant chain, and you better believe we stuffed ourselves with spam musubi, mac salad, chicken katsu, and whatever else we could fit in. We’re already scheming about a return trip.

The week before we left was a little more busy than anticipated, as so many holiday weeks are, so two meals got carried over into this week. We also just needed one less dinner because of when we got back in town, so only 4 recipes made the cut this week. This works out well, since we’re out of quite a few pantry staples, and those can really add to the costs for the week!

I will not apologize for making cured egg yolks yet again. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

  • Satsumas

Dinner

Meal Plan: December 13-December 19

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.

Operation: Fill the house with plants
Operation: Fill the house with plants

December 13-December 19

My kitchen looks like a bomb went off in it, which is extremely typical for a Monday morning. Between our normal weekend cooking, plus making dip for a party on Saturday that resulted in the dish being scraped clean (always the highest compliment), and three frozen bananas and butter set out to thaw for a batch of banana bread for some friends… once again, I’m tempted to burn that mother to the ground. Thank goodness we have a dishwasher here, unlike our New York apartment.

Off to hide the lighter fluid. From myself.

Party Dip

Breakfast

  • Steel cut oats with cinnamon, maple, and bananas
  • Avocado toast

Lunch

Snack

  • Pears

Dinner