It’s 4pm. The meat I took out of the freezer for tonight’s meal isn’t defrosted. We could eat the chili I took out for tomorrow … but wait – that’s frozen too. Did I mention there’s a huge football game on? Which means D isn’t going to want to pull himself away from the TV long enough for family dinner. So – perhaps we’ll just have snacks for dinner. I take out some frozen shrimp (cooked of course) and stick it in some water to thaw. Cheese & crackers, shrimp, and wine. Sounds like a good enough dinner for me.
Verdict: I ended up making a shrimp and rice casserole and roasted brussels sprouts. I knew I needed more sustenance than just snacks for dinner. Breastfeeding makes this mama hungry! It was decent. Better than snacks.
It’s Sunday – which means we pack our dinner and take it with us to church. Easy peasy … stick the chicken chili from the freezer (defrosted of course) in the crockpot. Make some pumpkin cornbread muffins. Toss in some applesauce and we’re ready to go!
Sometime this morning I realized that in my planning and preparation for this project, I didn’t think about breakfast. Or lunch. I really need to get better about planning those two meals. Before A is old enough to know we’re supposed to eat more than just one meal a day. Since we didn’t explicitly say no dining out, we went to La Parilla for lunch. Yum.
D’s birthday. We’re headed to the Botanical Gardens to see the Christmas lights. Although I wanted to make him a special birthday dinner, we really won’t have time for it if we’re going to make it to the lights and back before sweet little A turns into a super crankbox … so Crockpot Fried Rice it is. Pull out some frozen veggies – and some of that leftover turkey – and we might just have a masterpiece in the making.
Verdict: D makes a mean fried rice. This did not even begin to compare. But – it was super easy. And pretty tastey. If I need a quick crockpot meal in the future, I might turn to this one again – but it definitely isn’t my favorite way to make fried rice.
Today went off without a hitch. I ate leftover fried rice for lunch. D went out to lunch with his dad. For dinner, we had:
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard-Thyme Sauce – This turned out so much better than I ever expected.
Sweet Potato Home Fries – This *might* just be my new favorite way to eat sweet potatoes.
Patty-pan squash with basil – This was terrible. I couldn’t even finish a small portion. I’ll never make it again.
A has croup again. Which makes for a tired, cranky baby. And a tired, cranky mama.
We were supposed to go to church tonight for dinner – but since we have a sick, and contagious, child – guess we’ll be staying home. For lunch – D had leftovers from last night. I had leftover fried rice. And pita chips with hummus. And yogurt. Quite the assortment!
For dinner – I pulled out all sorts of creative. I needed quick. And easy. And meatless – since all of our meat was frozen solid. Our CSA box came – with fresh sweet potatoes! I remembered seeing a recipe for sweet potato & black bean burritos … so I read through a few recipes, combined some of my favorites, and tried my hand at it. We need to do a little tweaking to the recipe – but it is, I believe, a keeper. It’s one of the best quick creative meals we’ve had in a while. We’ll post the recipe just as soon as we’ve mastered it!
Neither A nor I slept very much last night. This croup thing is exhausting. Thank goodness for pumpkin cornbread muffins in the freezer. They make a delicious breakfast to wake up to.
I failed in the lunch department again. No leftovers in site in the fridge. Guess we’ll meet D for lunch somewhere.
For dinner – I had planned to make enchiladas with leftover Thanksgiving turkey – but I never made a note of the recipe I planned on using. My Weelicious cookbook came to the rescue – the Mexican Enchiladas did not disappoint! We halved the recipe – but next time we’ll make the whole thing and freeze half for later. Yum!
The day started out strong with my favorite slow-cooker oatmeal for breakfast. But then…
I broke the rules.
Whole Foods had an incredible deal on wild caught salmon today. One day only. So I caved. And bought some. For tonight. And two more to stick in the freezer. Ha! I’m supposed to be cleaning out my freezer and what do I do? Go buy something else to stick in it. Oh well. The deed is done. And the salmon was delicious.
The other items I left the store with:
Take and bake pizza – because once again there was no planning for lunch today
Cilantro – hey, that’s a spice, right?
Wine – because they said it went well with salmon. And it too, was on sale today only. I’m a sucker for wine sales.
Avocado – the littlest loves it. And I got it for free. So that means it doesn’t count, right?
Whole wheat flour
All in all, not so bad. I almost got pimento cheese and bread, but I was a good girl and put it back. I know I know … I cheated pretty big with the salmon & the wine, but I have to say I am pretty proud of sticking to my guns on everything else!
Next week I’ve got a special book club meeting planned. And I will not be breaking the rules for it. I’ve got some delicious treats planned … so stay tuned!
Goals for next week:
Plan for lunches.
Eat breakfast every day.
Stop going out to eat. Even though it wasn’t in the original stated rules, it’s cheating, don’t you think?