This maybe by far our most expensive food experiment yet. At least grocery store wise. Though looking at our eating out habits over the last few months, it probably evens out. Hopefully this will keep us from having to hit the store more than once this week.
Heres to a less boring and easy cooking week.
On the menu for this week … (breakfast & dinner via the Whole30 Cookbook)
Tomato Bun Sloppy Joes with Ancho-Chili Butternut Squash
Slow-Cooker Italian Beef Roast
Jicama Street Tacos with Barbacoa
Scrambled Egg Breakfast tacos
Bars – Epic, RX, Lara
Nut Mix with Dried Apricots and Blueberries
Kale Salad with Chicken, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and artichoke hearts
I didn’t really follow any recipes for these, more inspiration and faking it. I ended up making two additional trips to the store for meat and snacks we could easily pack for the week.
Egg Muffins with Sausage, Spinach and Broccoli
Egg Frittatas with Spinach and Tomato
Spaghetti Squash with marinara and meatballs
Flat Iron Steak with Green Beans
Mini Meatloafs (Chicken Turkey and Beef)
Larabars – Apple Pie and Coconut Creme
Walnuts and Roasted Almonds
Dried Plantains with Garlic
Raw Green beans
Baby Carrots and Tessemae Ranch
Today is week 1, day 4 of my experiment with Whole30. We were prepared for the most part, but still underestimated the sheer volume of food we would need. Meal planing for breakfast and lunch has been going as planned for the most part for me, but the Hubs needs more food to function than I do. We’ve had two extra trips to the store to get enough snacks and meat to last the week. I may actually have to go to the store this weekend instead of using Instacart for groceries.
Day 1 Egg/Tomato/Spinach Frittata | Apple & Bell Peppers | Salad with broccoli and spinach | Stir-fry with chicken | Berries
Day 2 Egg/Tomato/Spinach Frittata | Larabar | Salad with Chicken | walnuts & almonds | pork chop & green beans
Day 3 Egg/Sausage/Spinach Frittata | bell pepper & walnuts | Salad with broccoli sausage & Spinach | dried mango & garlic plaintains| steak & greenbeans
Day 4 Egg/Sausage/Spinach Frittata |walnuts & almonds | Carrots with ranch, meatballs & green beans | larabar | Chicken Fajitas
I have noticed I do like something sweet before bed, but I also like fruit so it hasn’t been too terrible. I have bought the cookbook so I can plan better for next week. I’m sure this will be harder over the weekend and probably early next week. Normally we like to have dinner out on the weekend and maybe hit a brewery one afternoon. We’ll have to get creative and busy with other things.
Plans are all set, with the exception of our corporate housing but that will be set when we arrive, and now I’m having stupid thoughts.
We’ve made a terrible mistake! All the cities we are driving through are 60 degrees and lower
I’m never going to adjust to having to wear socks again
How are people going to be able to appreciate my toenail Polish!?
Clearly the weather is my only worry about this move. First world problems.
We are moving from our southern city to the PNW. Moving across the country is complicated. I’ve done it before. It’s more complicated with a dog, two cars, a rabbit and a company paying to do the moving. There are alot of moving pieces and a unknowns.
Things I do know: I will have a job and a place to work when I get there. My company has a nice office with people I already work with occasionally. Hubs will have a job and a place to work when we get there. There will be corporate housing and storage for our things. Our current home will be packed up and moved for us along with our cars.
Things I don’t know: When and Where. No set date on when we leave and no permanent housing set up because of this. We will have 30 days to figure it out when we get there.
Some things are about just learning what you can keep in control all at once. I cannot watch what I eat and control my intake without having the time to plan and cook.
Solution? Planned meal services for a couple nights and meal prep for the rest of the week & lunches. It takes time but then I’m prepared for the week. I also need to actually take the time to make dinner on the meal service days.
This week I am needing control at home because work is going to kill me.
I suck at being accountable to myself. There no consequences for myself.
So lets try this again.
- Eat out less
- No drinking
Next week’s menu
2 plated meals, 2 chicken meals, eat out Friday and probably Saturday. Sunday something easy.
Back to paying attention to what I’m eating.
Lasagna Roll recipe. My modifications: add mushrooms, only use ricotta.
Maybe I’m an idealist or too optimistic about this. Maybe I want so badly to believe that DT will just walk about with his middle fingers in the air and the Republican party and he’s just been a troll this whole time. He’s a liar we all know that. Maybe he will end up being crazy liberal in his actions. As long as he doesn’t resign as soon as he gets sworn in (cause DT is an idiot but MP is Satan) we might last 4 years without plummeting into a firey apocalypse .