Each week I make a food plan and occasionally I actually cook close to what I planned. Not usually but occasionally. I think I was a little over 50 percent successful this week, but no matter what happens, we eat (too much) and life goes along its merry way.
This is what was planned:
Chili, coleslaw, cornbread
Vegetable soup, cornbread
Carnitas, over rice or caulirice, tossed salad
Cajun chicken, stewed okra, tomatoes and onions, caulitato salad garlic bread,
Veggie meal: peas, okra, squash
Seared scallops, asparagus, mashed potatoes or caulirice
This is what actually happened:
Monday: Monday started out with a bang and I got so much work done early, then I crashed and from about 2 o'clock on I was a worthless human. Fortunately I had remembered to take some chicken out of the freezer before I became a total sloth.
Cajun chicken over rice or over nothing, stewed tomatoes with onions and okra, green beans
Tuesday: The evening was was gorgeous. It was perfect for grilling the steak I had lingering in the refrigerator . Son 2 and DIL2 ate with us Saturday and I had thawed 3 steaks. TheHub and I always share just one, but I thought they would each like their own. Son2 came into the kitchen as I was getting them ready for the grill and said they were too big for each of them to have one apiece. So I didn't cook it and now I am glad for my thawing error. It was delicious!
Grilled steak, mashed potatoes (or none), tossed salad
Wednesday: I bought produce from a local truck farm on Saturday and had some things that needed to be cooked or processed for the freezer. I chose cooking since we love veggie meals. After we finished TheHub was in mourning because the season for delicious fresh summer produce is just about over.
Veggie dinner, lady peas (or none) , air-fried okra (or none), squash, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber
Thursday: We dropped our Costco membership over 2 years ago, because we just never used it. Now TheHub was ready to rejoin. I was ambivalent about it, but because there was no real reason not to, we went online to re-up. Next thing I knew we were in the car on the way to Costco. I will admit I found a few things I used to buy there still in their inventory. I also found a couple of keto bargains there__Rao's marinara sauce was about 2.50 a jar cheaper.. Of course I bought some pecans (but honestly I will buy some local ones if I don't get down to my SIL's farm, because nothing tastes better than fresh pecans)
and a large bottle of olive oil. I will probably give some of it to my sister.
I am going to be really nerdy and keep a total of what we saved on each purchase by buying it there just to see how long it takes to recoup the membership cost. After we reach that I will keep a list of the savings to see just how much, if any we saved. A small codicil: If TheHub goes rogue and buys crap we don't need I am counting that as stupid money, and will not use it in my total. I am only counting things we use regularly that I would buy normally.
When we were finished shopping it was later at night and I claimed I did not feel like cooking. ( I had forgotten I had a pot of veggie soup in the crockpot.) Instead we decided to pick up something on the way home.
Wings Stop korean wings, mild wings (one of us likes heat less than the other__wuss!) parmesan french fries (or none) mixed spring greens (another Costco find and it was a great deal)
Friday: The night was rainy and there was no reason for us to go anywhere, so we decided to hang out at home (Oh yeah, Covid! We always hang out at home) Dinner was a no brainer since it was already made and just required warming.
Veggie soup AKA Stuff salvaged from the fridge that was about to ruin. No keto cornbread was made. The world continued to spin.
Saturday: Game Day here! We turn on the tv at 9 so we can watch (really listen to ) ESPN Game Day
while we did some chores.Then at 11 we start intermittent watching. That means we watch a couple of plays, get up and do something, come back and watch a couple more plays, repeat until the game is over__unless it is a really good game, and then we might actually watch the last quarter. Bama played at 6:30 so we did a pizza take out.
Marco's deluxe pizza or pizza bowl (which is keto friendly)
Sunday: The day was fairly ordinary, but not cool enough to have the planned chili. I still had an ace up my sleeve, in the fridge.
Carnitas over rice (or none), steamed asparagus, spring greens with tomatoes
I did none of the baking I had planned for the week. It was ok but by Friday I was getting a little itchy to have something like a keto cookie. I can only blame myself because I did have time to make some, I just didn't do it. So this week has some baking I need to do, badly before I self sabotage.
Keto dinner rolls (Maybe)
Keto coconut custard pie and/or Keto maple cake
And now for the planned meals:*
1. Grilled tuna, broccoli, tossed salad, potatoes (or none)
2. Chop Suey over rice or cauliflower rice, daikon salad
3. Chili, coleslaw, keto cornbread
4. BLT salad, keto dinner rolls or regular rolls
5. Veggie meal: Butter peas (or none) squash casserole, air fryer okra
6. White sauce keto pizza bake, tossed salad
7. Take out
As usual these are only suggestions and can change based on my mood, lack of interest, or the way the wind is blowing.
Have a good week on plan, off plan or with no plan at all!
* Let me explain that TheHub is not a picky eater and as long as he has some bread, potatoes, rice or noodles with his food he never complains that I am cooking keto compliant foods. He really does like the keto cornbread also, so I don't have to make two separate "breads"