Monday, January 21, 2013

meal plan

I don't typically plan out and write down our meals. I've been more of a new-menu-daily sort of chef; what looks good, what's in season (or on sale), what do I feel like cooking, today? 

Immediately after I had Zao's Sister, the art of cooking went out the window and it became all about survival, because now there are two and one of the two is perpetually at my breast. Dinner happened whenever it managed to happen and didn't have much rhyme or reason. (Breakfast for dinner, anyone?) 

Recently menu planning came back on my radar, and in such a fashion that I realized I had been really over complicating the simplest time saver on the planet. Thank you, Susan!

Obviously this snap was taken of the menu in progress. ;) In the future I'm not going to bother writing down breakfasts, unless there's something special planned. We eat the same thing every day, so it's kind of a duh situation.

Anyway, here's the break-down for the next few days:

eggs your way
breakfast balls (it's just fun to say. I made ours without maple syrup or onion)
liverwurst for me (yum!)
yam hash

grilled chicken
boiled eggs
green beans
leftovers, if any

citrus carnitas with cauliflower rice
grilled creole-style wild-caught shrimp with spaghetti squash
steak with zucchini and yam fries
meatballs with cauliflower mash & gravy
salmon patties with tbd veg
*all the above meals include a green veg, it's standard in these parts

snacks/meal additions
fruit (strawberries, blueberries, green apples, bananas, oranges)

Now before you get excited and say to yourself, "Man, that's a lot of meat!" or "Man, that's a lot of cholesterol!" or "Man, that sounds pretty freaking awesome!" let me state that if you are thinking the last statement, yes, you are correct. It does sound pretty freaking awesome. Thank you.

As a family we eat a lot of meat, and we eat a lot of cholesterol. We eat what some like to call a "Paleo Diet," although I must say I hate the word diet. Diet is a nasty four-letter word. I've eaten this way off and on for over a year and a half now, but both Zao and his Daddy are new converts. I intend to write more on the reasons of why we eat this way in future posts. Disclaimer: it is not my intent to convert anyone, or tell those that resist that they are wrong and going to food hell. It's just food. So fear not!

If you can't wait that long and are just burning for some information, as I would be in your case, you can read a summation here and here.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of meal planning but always reverted back to doing whatever and throwing meals together which often means someone running to the store for something needed. Tonight, I mentioned (since our budget has shrunk considerably) that maybe we should do meal planning but just so hate to get started. Looking at your nice chart gives me some incentive and would love to try using something like that. Hope your planning goes better than mine!!