Hi everyone! I hope you had a lovely week full of healthy food (in moderation, of course). Here’s a recap of what we ate.
Friday + Saturday
I was in St. Joe for a solo writer’s retreat (full post on that experience coming soon), and I didn’t want to cook one BIT! I ate sandwiches (sandwich thin, deli turkey, mayo, pickles, salt and pepper kettle chips (yes, ON the sandwich)), fruit, and eggs with tomatoes and spinach (veggies that didn’t need to be chopped 🙏). It was AWESOME. I have no idea what G really ate while I was gone, and that’s fine. I needed a break from the dinnertime responsibility, and I came back REFRESHED.
We had burrito bowls with white rice, frozen corn, sauteed bell peppers and onions, and seasoned ground turkey (turkey from the deep freeze). My father-in-law and brother-in-law ended up eating with us while they helped G fix his car, so this was perfect, quick and delicious.
We had the MOST BEIGE AND UGLY dinner. I unearthed frozen cauliflower, and I sauteed that with paprika and garlic until it was defrosted and a little brown (hit it with enough salt, and it is really delicious). We had frozen chicken apple sausages from Aldi, and I sauteed them with onions until everything was browned. We ate them on buns with BBQ sauce (G) and yellow mustard (me).
In the interest of having leftovers for G’s upcoming lunches, I also made a pot of basmati rice. Lunches: sausage, frozen green beans, cauliflower, rice. Simple, filling, CHEAP AF.
I was the MOST SAD on Tuesday when the news of Kate Spade’s death broke. I wrote about it in detail on my Instagram, but in summary: it breaks my heart that someone who brought me such joy could be hurting so deeply.
My sweet husband knew that I was struggling, so he surprised me with wine, peanut M&Ms, and La Croix (he really knows me, huh?). We enjoyed that wine (and some more we found in the fridge 😜) with my ultimate comfort food: mac and cheese! I made this recipe minus the pumpkin and roasted garlic and added garlic powder instead. It was creamy and delicious, and splashes of pasta water added the body the pumpkin usually does to the sauce. We also had sauteed chickpeas and frozen green beans. Truly comforting and all from the pantry.
It’s true that I don’t advocate for emotional eating, but sometimes food can be the hug that you need at the end of a long day. As long as it’s occasional, I think it’s just part of being human.
I had dinner at a girlfriend’s house, and she made the easiest and most delicious dinner: ground chicken lettuce wraps with frozen egg rolls and gyoza from Trader Joe’s. 👍 Thanks, Taylor!
Leftovers! While I prep for dinner guests Friday after work. Come back next week to hear what I fed Grant’s buddies who came over to help him with yard work. ♥
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