Meal Plan 03/19/2018 - 03/23/2018

I'm having surgery next week and it's messing with my ability to manage life. I am having difficulty adulting. I just don't wanna. This week is a HelloFresh week is what I'm saying. I don't have to meal plan, I don't have to grocery shop, I don't have to do any prep. All I have to do is open the box and follow the recipe and we'll have nutritious, home-cooked meals. (This post isn't sponsored; I just love HelloFresh. They've recently started offering boxes with four meals instead of three so they are taking almost all of the mental load of food management for me this week. I'm jazzed.) 

If you're interested in trying HelloFresh, use my referral link for $40 off your first box (and I get $25 off my next box and I'll love you forever).


Monday: We get HelloFresh on Tuesdays so I still have to think about Monday. I'm going to go super simple for Meatless Monday and make cheesy scrambled eggs, roasted asparagus, and buttermilk pancakes

Tuesday: HelloFresh Salmon en Papillote with Couscous Pilaf and Snap Peas and Tarragon-Chive Herb Sauce

Wednesday: HelloFresh Sage and Browned Butter Pork Chops with Roasted Broccoli and Citrusy Potato Salad

Thursday: Indonesian Chicken Fried Rice with Crunchy Chili Cashews

Friday: Sumac-Paprika Steak with Tomato Chickpea Mash and Roasted Cauliflower

What's on your meal plan this week?

Meal Plan 03/12/2018 - 03/16/2018

I struggled to make last week's meal plan but I was glad to have done it once I stopped my grumbling. I didn't manage to stick to it for the duration of the week, and full disclosure: we ended up ordering pizza on Friday, but I'm still calling it a success. It motivated me enough to stick with it this week. It was nice to feel less frantic in the kitchen and when I did manage to cook, we had lovely leftovers to take to work for lunch the following day. 


Monday: Instant Pot Fiasco Beans for Meatless Monday (I saw these on Holly Burns's Instagram Stories and haven't stopped thinking about them since. I'm guessing the rest of my family is not going to be enthused so I reckon I'll have a lot of leftovers to take for lunch this week.) I'll serve with Bang Bang Broccoli and quick pickled red onions and purple cabbage. 

Tuesday: Spaghetti Bolognese (Shawn's on spaghetti squash)

Wednesday: Panko-crusted chicken tenders served with roasted sweet potato spears, leftover Bang Bang Broccoli, and a lemon garlic yogurt dip.

Thursday: Leftover roasted sweet potato spears topped with leftover spaghetti sauce. I'm planning to melt cheddar cheese on top and add a sprinkle of spring onions for a sort of chili-fries-esque comfort food dish. Is it Thursday yet?

Friday: Instant Pot Coconut Fish Curry made with whatever looks good at the fishmonger. I'll serve it on top of steamed rice with Thai Cucumber Salad on the side. 

Look, I realize how basic I'm about to sound but here it is: the best thing I've done in the kitchen lately is meal prepping on Sunday. It's not enough to make my plan and do my grocery shopping; I need to get a head start on the week. I'm extremely fortunate to only work in the office three days per week but those three days are an absolute shit show if I don't prepare in advance. Today I soaked my beans for tomorrow's meal, and prepared my sides. I made Tuesday's Bolognese sauce and froze a portion for Thursday's meal. It took a couple hours to get it all done but it's going to make my week run more smoothly so it was worth it.

What's on your meal plan this week? How do you prep for the week?

Easter Baskets and Holiday Extravaganzas

We're not a religious family so Easter is very much about the chocolate in our house. Do you do Easter baskets? Egg hunts? Big family dinners? We're still figuring out what works best for our family, especially since Poppy has allergies we need to accommodate. It wasn't as difficult last year when we could swap out the yummy treats in her Easter basket for books and socks. 

It's also becoming difficult to enjoy a little extravagance when every holiday brings with it an influx of stuff. Sometimes it feels like we're drowning in stuff. I'm not pointing any fingers (because let's be real, I'm the worst offender) but it seems like we're in a never-ending cycle of accumulating things and then struggling to find places for them. 

How do you handle holidays? Do you enforce a "consumables, only" rule? Do you ask others to not indulge your kids so you have the opportunity to without feeling like things are getting out of hand? Do you shut up and roll with it because really there aren't that many holidays in the year? 

Meal Plan 03/05/2018 - 03/09/2018

I'm desperate to get back into the habit of meal planning but I feel unenthusiastic about shopping for food, preparing food, eating food, trying to convince my family to eat the food, and doing it over and over again. What utter nonsense is this?! The only way I'm going to get back into the habit of a weekly meal plan is to actually, you know, meal plan, so here we go (imagine me gritting my teeth and snarling as I type this, okay? Accuracy matters.) 


Stupid Monday: Red Lentil Coconut-Miso Soup for #meatlessmonday. Literally no one but I will eat this soup, I guaran-goddamn-tee it. 

Whatever Tuesday: Tacos with some sort of protein. Probably chicken because Poppy is obsessed with chicken right now (she requested it for breakfast at 7:30 this morning. Tiny weirdo.) 

Ugh Wednesday: Instant Pot Chili and cornbread.

Crap Thursday: Blessed leftovers.

Fiiiiine Friday: snacky dinner with veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, salami, pickles, extra garlicky olives even though the sight of olives on a plate is enough to give everyone else in my house a case of the vapours, chicken wings, and devilled eggs (my dudes, the Instant Pot was worth it for the easy hard-boiled eggs alone. My goodness.) 

What's on your meal plan this week?