Meal Plan 06/17/2019-06/21/2019

We went away for the weekend and had a lot of fun but did not eat a lot of vegetables. French fries were in heavy rotation. Pizza made an appearance every single day. We are desperate for some lean protein, whole grains, and leafy greens is what I’m saying.

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Monday: Grilled Tofu Satay served with steamed broccoli and kale.  

Tuesday: Cobb Salad.

Wednesday: Honey-Lime Chipotle Chicken Fajita Bowls.

Thursday: Falafel Salad with Tzatziki.

Friday: We’re celebrating the dads with a belated Father’s Day feast. Sous vide flank steak served with Chimichurri Sauce, corn on the cob served with cilantro lime compound butter, Smitten Kitchen’s Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, and a simple green salad for dinner, and Strawberry Shortcake with local berries for dessert.

What’s on your meal plan this week? 

Meal Plan 06/10/2019 - 06/14/2019

I’m feeling very angsty that it’s time to figure out what my family is going to eat AGAIN. Didn’t I JUST do this? Why is this so annoying? I usually love food.  

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Monday: ramen-ish. (Broth with spiralized zucchini instead of noodles, mushrooms, shredded pork, jammy eggs, lots of green onions, cilantro, and sriracha.  

Tuesday: leftover shredded pork tacos served with fresh guacamole and purple cabbage slaw.

Wednesday: I’m at the cancer centre and I’ve decided to stop pretending I’m a functional adult on cancer centre days. It doesn’t matter how many times I’m there, or how many years pass, cancer centre days are hard. I’m rolling with my emotional eating and planning to make buttermilk pancakes, crispy bacon, and cheesy scrambled eggs. If I have time I’ll stop by the green grocer and pick up some local strawberries so I can pretend we’re eating a balanced meal.

Thursday: barbecued chicken served with green salad.

Friday: out for dinner with friends.

What’s on your meal plan this week? 

Happy World Gin Day

Today is World Gin Day and judging from the notifications I’ve received from friends tagging me in World Gin Day-related posts on social media, my personal brand game is strong (and not at all concerning, thankyouverymuch).

I was introduced to the simple perfection of the G&T when I lived in England and I’ve remained loyal ever since. I love the different layers of bitter flavours in the gin and tonic, and how they play off the sour citrus flavour of the lime. Others may resort to soda to cut back on sugar (not mentioning any names, *cough* Shawn *cough*) but I refuse to deviate from my One True G&T (extra lime, fancy tonic, lots of ice but make it big so it melts slower we’re not animals).

My favourite gin changes from time to time. I love trying new blends from different distilleries, and contrary to what my social media presence may indicate, I don’t actually drink all that often, so I haven’t really had the opportunity to remain loyal to one gin. My current favourite is the Empress Gin from Victoria Distillers (a gorgeous indigo-coloured gin that changes colour when you add tonic and, uhh, also tastes great if you need your gin to do more than just perform visually).

The trick to making a great gin & tonic, in my humble opinion, is using giant ice cubes. Giant ice cubes look cool, yes, but they’re functional too. They melt slower which means your drink stays cold longer without becoming diluted. It’s science.  This is the ice cube tray I use.

Once you’ve figured out your gin and ice situation, you just need to decide what your mixer and add-ins will be. My favourite tonic water is Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic but if you’re looking for a non-pink option that tastes more interesting than your standard tonic, their Elderflower Tonic is also great.  For my G&T accoutrement, I’m loyal to lime but I’ve been known to venture into the world of grapefruit (give me all the bitter). I’ve tried both cucumber and lemon but neither did it for me. Once I had a fancy restaurant G&T that had lavender in it and I spent the entire meal picking dried lavender buds out of my teeth. It was not a great G&T experience.

What’s your drink of choice? Are you a gin enthusiast? What’s your perfect G&T?

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Meal Plan 06/03/2019 - 06/07/2019

I’ve fallen out of my meal planning habit and it’s made my already chaotic life that much more unorganized and annoying. Life runs so much smoother when I don’t have to think about what we’re having for dinner after a long day of work / school / daycare / activities. I like having a plan so we just need to walk through the door and get prepping without any faff.

I’m going to meal plan the shit out of June, is what I’m saying. I’m going to use this last month of the school year to get back into a bit of a routine in the hopes that we can continue it somewhat through the summer (dream big, Hills, dream big.)

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Monday: Baked Pineapple Salmon served with steamed broccoli and corn on the cob.

Tuesday: Blackened Salmon Tacos served with fresh guacamole and Mayo-free Cilantro Lime Coleslaw.

Wednesday: Chicken Gyro Salad

Thursday: Barbecued cheeseburgers served with raw veggies and homemade ranch dip.

Friday: Spicy Soba Noodles with Shiitakes.

What’s on your meal plan this week?