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Monday, August 8, 2022

Moderate Success

I actually had variations of the meals I had planned 4 out of 7 possible times. I think I tied my previous record of staying on plan. When I make the plan I look in the fridge to see what needs to be used first and foremost.  Next comes checking the freezer inventory to see what is available. 
Currently I am buying very little and focusing on using what we have. Because the green beans and okra in the garden are really amping up their production, they will be included at a minimum of once a week. But as we know everything can change at the drop of a hat. 
As you have seen, I am not particularly chained to any meal plan.



What was planned:
1. Greek meatloaf, rice pilaf or caulirice pilaf, green beans, tossed salad 
2. Crustless tomato pie, salad
3. Crustless zucchini pie, cooked carrots, salad, 
4. Field peas, okra, sliced tomatoes, sliced cukes, coleslaw, keto cornbread
5. Hamburgers and fixings, cottage fries or roasted radishes
6. BBQ chicken, caulitato salad, brioche buns or keto buns or brown buttered noodles, salad, green beans
7. Take out, or out to eat

What we really ate:
Monday: We are lucky. The okra is too tall for Mr. Groundhog to reach and it has finally come into its own. 
Field peas (or none), fried okra (keto version) cold slaw, tomato slices, keto cornbread

Tuesday: This was one of those tray a new, to me, recipe
Crustless zucchini pie, green beans with carrots, cucumber slices

Wednesday: TheHub called me in the early afternoon to say he wanted to go somewhere to break up his workweek. Instead of dining out, we did a little shopping then picked something up to bring home.
Take out from Chipotle (chicken keto salad or chicken bowl

Thursday: As much as I love meatloaf, this might be my favorite way to have it.
Greek meatloaf*, rice pilaf or caulirice pilaf, Basque peppers, cuke and tomato slices

Friday: I had prefaced some chicken thighs while I baked the meatloaf Thursday night. Dinner was just a shred and zap away.
BBQ chicken sandwiches, pickles, pickled okra, chips ( or none)

Saturday: I had plenty of tomatoes to make the tomato pie, but we had eaten a late lunch, I was uninspired, and lazy.
BLT salad with primary focus on the L

Sunday: I had just finished the caulitato salad and was getting the burger patties out of the freezer when Son2 called to tell us we were on our way to drop something off at our house. (We are their storage unit while TGS is occupying their guest room) We did not have enough to ask them to eat here, but had wanted to take them out to our new favorite haunt anyway. Bonus: TGS had officially moved into their house and was with them.
Out to eat at The Electric 

I am experiencing a bit of food apathy right now and nothing sounds good or bad. Right now these are my ideas, which probably will change.
1. Asian lettuce wraps, tomatoes and cokes
2.  Fathead dough pizza, tossed salad
3. Squash, green beans, okra, pimento cheese biscuits
4. Tomato pie, mixed greens
5.  Hamburgers with fixings, caulitato salad
6.  Thai chicken salad
7. Take out or out to eat

* Some of you asked about the Greek meatloaf. I had posted the recipe a couple of years ago here

26 comments:

  1. I still haven't had coleslaw for a long while and when I see it in others menus I have FOMO. I feel really blah from ball park food yesterday so today is a good detox. Fruit and veg!

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    1. Nothing tastes better than ball park food while enjoying a game! I do understand the detox though.

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  2. Yes, coleslaw! I keep forgetting it.

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  3. I would love to have some fried okra! Crustless pies are one of my favourite.

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  4. Okra is a rarity in the stores here, and I have never grown it. Or eaten it.

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    1. It grows really well here. I grew up eating it every summer.

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  5. I hear you on the food apathy. All the usual stuff doesn't appeal - I was excited to find a container of chili in the freezer this morning. No thinking required for dinner tonight. :)

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    1. Nothing sounds good and nothing sounds bad. I think it is heat induced apathy.

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    1. It does not sound very good to me, but we will eat one way or another.

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  7. Mint? What a novel twist on an old favorite. The meatloaf my family most enjoys doesn't use tomato sauce either ... but scads of ooey-gooey cheddar cheese. (Inside and out.)

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    1. I had a friend who had told me to use the sauce over Greek chicken when I tried to make it. I also knew what seasonings she used when she made keftedes . I took her basic recipe added a little bit more garlic and beef and made it loaf style, then poured the lemon/oil mixture over it (Though I do use it also when I make Greek Chicken)

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  8. Your menus all sound so delicious. I wish I was that ambitious. Since our son moved out just hubby and I have been a lot more conscientious in cleaning up the leftovers, etc. and so oftentimes meals are spontaneous this and that, whatever is leftover. Since we've been helping out at the kids' new store, we have been off our routine and now I need to get back with it. My body is crying for the right foods and a routine again. This week should be better. I am trying to plan ahead better as well. Thank you for the ideas and encouragement. Now I just wish I had someone to cook it for me. LOL.

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    1. A cook at home would be great, but I had rather have someone clean the kitchen and let me cook.

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  9. Well done staying on the meal plan for the most part! I am not turning on the oven, right now, but, once cooler weather arrives, I want to make some pies!

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    1. We have a/c so I can use the oven, but only use it in the morning then reheat using the microwave.

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  10. That's a new song for me. When I first heard the lyrics, I was a little concerned, but then I heard it was chains of love and that wasn't so bad.

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    1. I heard that song when I was researching all the songs Carol King and Gerry Goffin wrote, shortly after going to the theater to see "Beautiful". They churned out an amazing number of songs.

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  11. You're reminding me I haven't had okra yet this summer! I'll be going to the grocery store tomorrow, so I'm adding it to my list. :-)

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    1. We only have to go to the backyard to get our okra. It takes harvesting about 3 days worth to get enough to cook.

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  12. i am impressed with your meal plans even if they don't always come to fruition. i only think a day or two ahead:)

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    1. There are times, even with a plan, I only think a few minutes before cooking about what I will be making.

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  13. Happy Friday. Hope all is ok your way. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  14. Thai chicken salad would be my pick for the week and perfect in hot weather, too :)
    Hopefully your apathy will soon go and enjoyment will be back on the agenda

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