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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Week That Was

I have been creating a meal plan weekly though I rarely stick to it because, well, just because, This is what I thought might taste good for the past week. . .
1. White bbq chicken, cauliflower "potato" salad. something green (asparagus, green beans, broccoli?)
2. Grilled burgers and burger fixings, coleslaw, chips or not
3. Cauliflower bread ham and cheese sandwich
4. Keto sloppy Joe's, tater tots or radish "hash browns",  broccoli
5. Spanish pulled pork, sautéed cabbage, dinner roll or keto roll
6. Kraut and sausage,  cooked carrots, cucumber slices
7. Cauliflower au gratin,  green beans, apple carrot and raisin salad
8. Grilled steak, cauli mash or mashed potatoes, green salad

And this is what really happened . . .

Monday: I spent a few hours at Mom's house with her a/c guy (my a/c guy actually since I now have to do all the calling and arranging appointments for everything there) then tried to do a few more things at my own personal home. Time slipped up on me and I realized at about 6 I had forgotten to take something out of the freezer to thaw. Oops! Fortunately I had frozen several single servings of leftover spaghetti sauce. Frozen leftovers to the rescue.
Spaghetti with meat sauce, green salad, rolls

Tuesday: I was officially baptized into summer. The water was warm enough for swimming and I truly feel so much better once I can do laps! I counted this as the first day of summer, which required a meal cooked mainly on the grill and eaten outside on the deck.
White bbq chicken, cauliflower or real potato salad, green beans, roll or not.

Wednesday: I was feeling out of sorts and did not want to cook. Fortunately I had a good bit of leftover pork tenderloin in dragon sauce so I cut it up into little bites, warmed it then tossed it with a little plain yogurt and some red curry paste. Have no idea what I should call it other than salvaged food.
Leftover dragon pork, mashed potatoes or not, broccoli cauliflower and leek medley.

Thursday: I spent the day trying to get everything ready for a long weekend at the lake, swimming laps, then getting ready for our Mandarin class. Fortunately I remembered we would need to have dinner ready when we got back from class because Alabama's women's softball team was playing in the regionals and we wanted to watch it. We had a narrow window to eat.
Crock pot chicken fajitas in tortillas, or not, and cucumber slices.

Friday: After a little tending to Mom, a little baking and a little packing we headed to the lake. We planned on stopping at the closest grocery store to the lake place (about 12 miles away) to pick up some steaks to grill, plus a few odds and ends we needed. We do keep a pantry there and keep a few things in the freezer because sometimes you get to the lake and just don't want to leave to run to the store, but it is not a big deal to stop on the way. While we were there we both decided the sloppy Joe's I had originally planned (and packed frozen) sounded really crappy. It was easier to grab a something from the meat counter while I bought  the steaks.
Chicken breast tenderloins, sautéed zucchini and onions, tater tots or not, rolls or keto fake rolls


Saturday: We fully intended to eat steaks for dinner and had driven up to a local vegetable truck stop to grab some cucumbers and tomatoes for a tossed salad. While we were out we also found some beautiful sweet corn (for those who are not doing keto). As soon as we got back to the lake place Son2 and Dil2 called. They were in the nearby town and The Pig there was smoking ribs. They wanted us to know they were grabbing a couple of slabs, so dinner plans changed.
Smoked ribs, corn on the cob, cuke and tomato slices, coleslaw, caulitato salad, rolls (or not).

Sunday: TheHub and I left the lake late Sunday afternoon. We decided there were too many odd jobs around here that we needed to do Monday. We are having multi houseguests in a couple of weeks but have obligations for the next 2 weekends so we really had to get back. Can you say leftovers?
Remaining chicken tenderloins, tossed salad

Monday: This was supposed t be one of those days when I made major headway getting things done. Instead every single thing I touched turned to crap and I spent much more time cleaning stuff I did not intend to clean, but when you make a mess you pretty much have to fix it. After about the 5th screw up it was time for me to pull the plug on the day. For the record when it got time to make dinner TheHub would not let me touch the steaks for fear my bad mojo was still around.
Grilled steaks, tossed salad, mashed potatoes (or not) rolls (or not)

And this is the plan as of this minute for the week. Who am I kidding? I know it will change!

1. Taco salad
2. Grilled burgers with fixings
3. BBQ chicken thighs, coleslaw, tomato slices, rolls
4. Out to eat with our Mandarin class. (Chinese of course!)
5. Crack chicken over rice or cauli rice, tomato cuke and onion salad
6. Sloppy Joe's,  french fries (or not) coleslaw, tomato slices, green beans

28 comments:

  1. I hope your Mondayitis didn't carry through the week.
    We all have them, and they outsuck Dyson.

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    1. They do, don't they. Fortunately Tuesday was better!

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  2. We did bbq chicken thighs last night...so good! My favorite way to bbq chicken. I think a taco salad is in our near future!

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    1. I love grilled bbq thighs. TheHub is not fond of them, but . . .

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  3. Some days are just like that...nothing goes right despite our best efforts. Hope the rest of the week goes better.

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  4. Oh Anne I have those days on a regular basis. But it is nice to be able to laugh at you when you have one.:)

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    1. Finally at about 9 pm I gave up. I did take a shower then to hopefully wash all that bad mojo off.

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  5. I wrote my comment and did something wrong so it disappeared. If it shows up again, then please feel free to devote one of the comments. Or both of them. Do with me what you will.

    My son and I went to Costco on Sunday. They were out of Sister Schubert's rolls. How am I to go on? In the bakery section they had Keto Bites. My son said, Hmmmmmmm. I said, Ugh.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I need to go to Costo here and look for keto bites.
      Go to Publix and buy some Sister Schubert's!

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    2. Devote one of the comments? I'm so old that I'm mixing up words. I'm sure I meant delight or deny or debug or something . . . .

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    3. Funny, I guess I knew what you meant and did not even read it as devote.

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    4. I shouldn't have mentioned it then, but I hate it when I see an error in my writing.

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  6. At least you have a potential meal plan written down! I am hopeless when it comes to meal plans! Hope this week works out well for you.

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    1. I do have some potential plans, but I am pretty sure I will punt several times this week.

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    1. It is another "almost" food. You take riced cauliflower, steam it then squeeze the moisture out of it, add eggs, cheese, and a little salt. Make rounds (Engllish muffin size) and bake until they are set. It functions as a bread substitute.

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  8. Love taco salads! And sloppy joes! I haven't had those in ages, and keep meaning to make them. SO good, aren't they?

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    1. They are good, but we are having keto sloppy joe's so they are not quite as good as regular ones. TheHub loves them so I plan them a couple of times a month.

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  9. Your meanu sounds delicious, as always, Anne. I also love swimming in the summertime and feel so much better afterwards as it really helps with my arthritis.

    I like it when I can pull something from the freezer to have for dinner in a pinch when I've forgotten to thaw something.

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    1. Some nights we have what I call a smorgasbord when we have different single servings of whatever leftovers I have frozen. They are odd meals but it works for us, uses what I have leftover and cleans things from the freezer, so it is all good!

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  10. Do you make cauliflower items like rice, bread, pasta, from scratch by grinding up a fresh cauliflower? How do you do it?

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    1. I use my food processor to grind it, then steam it, press all the liquid I can out of it, then use it for bread, cauliflower mash or "tater tots". I actually buy the cauliflower rice frozen from Trader Joe's. It is easy and I can have it on hand all the time.

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  11. Did you say five things turned to crap? I'd probably give up after the second.
    This week's meal plan looks really good

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  12. Meal plans are just a concept in my house. Ii never goes as planned.

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