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Monday, July 25, 2022

It's Hot And I Don't Want To Be In The Kitchen

Weeks come, weeks go and I am fickle. Most of the time what I think I will want to eat/bake/cook on Monday when I chart my food course for the week, are at odds with how the day went or what I feel like doing when dinnertime actually rolls around. This week we did not really stay on our plan much at all. So what's new?


What was meant to be prepared:
1. Cobb salad, crackers
2 Turkey burger cheeseburger salad
3. Veggie meal (TBD)
4. Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad
5. Bbq chicken, basque peppers, caulitato salad
6. Takeout or out to eat
7. Sloppy Joe's, roasted radishes, coleslaw

What my lazy self actually made:
Monday: I like when TheHub actually requests a meal because it means I don't have to think at all.
Spaghetti bolognese,  tossed salad

Tuesday: It was just too hot to cook
 Cobb salad

Wednesday: TheHub had a meeting and did not know if he would be home for dinner or eating there. I was not cooking for a maybe meal. I just pulled what I had pre-made for dinner and called it enough for me. TheHub was on his own.
Caulitato salad

Thursday: It was veggie night at the O.K. Corral  
Squash casserole, okra, corn on the cob

Friday: Neither of us felt like cooking, but one of us (me) did not want to get gussied up tp go out to dinner. Take-out was the compromise.
Chicken, green beans, coleslaw, biscuit (or none) takeout from Jacks

Saturday: We took a little day trip so other than morning coffee, everything we consumed was bought at a restaurant. I don't usually eat a true meal at lunch and by the time we had lunch and dinner I was stuffed. 
Lunch was tomato pie (each of us) and a shared slice of peanut butter pie
Dinner was chicken and Brussels sprouts (me) or hamburger and pasta salad (TheHub)

Sunday: Publix had their Porterhouse steaks on sale at what used to be the regular price for steaks.(Ugh!) Since TheHub had been craving steak for a couple of weeks I bought them. The store had packaged them in sets of two for the sale.(intentionally to make you buy more???) That was fine with us. For a couple of years we have been splitting a steak because we do not eat meat in the same portions we did at one time, so one was thrown on the grill and the other in the freezer.
Grilled steak, tossed salad, dinner roll, chocolate  and strawberry crepes (take out from the Saturday lunch restaurant)

I asked TheHub if he wanted anything in particular for dinners, like I do each week. Most of the time I get either "nothing special", or a shrug and a sound that I translate as "I don't know". This week he was really chatty and four days of the plan are his requests. 

What me and my big mouth got myself into:
1. Lasagna in a bowl, tossed salad
2. Cobb salad
3. Sloppy Joe's, green beans.
4. Pasta salad, or Impasta salad (keto version)
5. Browned buttered noodles or keto noodles tossed with parmesan cheese, broccoli, tossed salad
6. Tomato pie, tossed salad
7. Take out or out to eat

And what is needed for this week. Not much!
Tomatoes, mixed greens, romaine, scallions, zucchini or spaghetti squash. palmiri noodles, feta cheese (for Greek vinaigrette ) 

Have a great week staying on plan, going off plan, or with no plan at all


21 comments:

  1. I am shocked when Tommy has a suggestion when I ask. Even when I cook on the stove and use the oven at the same time, the kitchen never comes near warm. I have to be standing less than a foot from the oven to feel it. Sometimes, I feel warmth from the coffeemaker which is not used every day. I am lucky. My kitchen was always hot, hot, hot in the summer even with ac, ceiling fan, and box fan at the same time.

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    1. I have a gas cooktop that throws out a good bit of heat, plus my kitchen gets a good bit of afternoon sun which warms it quite a bit.

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    2. The kitchen never gets sun and the afternoon sun is on the front of the house. At my house, the sun set on the kitchen windows on both sides of the corner kitchen. It was brutal in there without any extra heat. I finally planted two trees to mitigate the heat. But, the larger window where all the heat came in had a tree that did not survive.

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  2. I don't do menu plan at all because I never followed through...:-) I sometimes changed 20 minutes before the dinner should have been on the table.

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    1. Me and thee, Angie! Yet I still plan knowing I will most likely not do what is planned.

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  3. Hooray for those rare meal suggestions. They help. A lot.

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  4. I love cobb salad; I am sure I have told you that before!

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    1. I like it too as long as I can dump the egg on TheHub

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  5. I like reading your meal plans, even when you don't always follow them, and then, I enjoy reading what you actually had! :D I made a meal plan for this week, based on what I have on hand, because, having gone over the budget, already, I'm not going grocery shopping this week!

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    1. I don't think I ever really follow a plan.
      I am planning on picking up just the few items I need for the week, and possible extra ground chuck (on sale) to freeze

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  6. Still looks like you ate very well, despite the heat. I have lots of ideas about what to make for the week, because I see so many great recipes, and I probably manage to make two of them each week. Otherwise stick to trying to be healthy, loving that its winter here though, so cooking is enjoyable..

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    1. I love to cook, just not during this oppressive heat.

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  7. Love, love Cobb salad. No one in my family ever has any idea for the menu, bu then magically have strong preferences when food shows up on the table. Amazing how that works. ;-) We're eating whatever we have on hand this week, as we're heading out of town over the weekend. Chicken curry, fajitas (use up those peppers!) & whatever else is lingering.

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    1. I think the strong opinions once food is about to be on the table is what I really object to and I do hear those sometimes.

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  8. Do you think you will be more motivated to stick to the plan since it has specific requests? I'm not sure that would make a difference to me.

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    1. I will try to be nice and at least make some of them. Right now I would say the tomato pie is the outlier.

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  9. I like to at least pretend menu plan. It gives me something to look at if I'm struggling with no ideas.

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    1. I think that is why I pretend plan also. If nothing else it lets me see what I really DON'T want to cook.

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  10. Hello! It has been so hot! I have been planning plenty of cooking outside on the grill! The hubby does all that. See my secret plan there! Have a cozy evening. I am currently reading an autumn cookbook!

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    1. Nice plan! TheHub and I generally tag team with the grilling. I usually get it started and put whatever we are cooking on the grill, then he takes over.

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