I’ve noticed that it’s popular for bloggers to do a “What We Wear” post from time to time. Usually these are bloggers who have brands sending them clothes as sponsors of the blog. I don’t have anyone sending me clothes (But hey! I’m up for it if there is anyone out there dying to do so!), and I’ve already spent quite a bit of time talking about what I’m wearing right now with my capsule wardrobe posts. (Haven’t seen them? You can catch up here: Empty Hangers, Full Life and Opening the Capsule.)
I like this general idea, though, and thought that I’d take it in a slightly different direction for this week’s post. I give you — What We Eat!
On Monday, I posted a fantastic breakfast recipe. I hope you checked out Not Yo Granny’s Bread Pudding and gave it a try! For breakfast, we tend to do a variety of oatmeal and egg dishes, broken up with a few yogurt and cottage cheese options. It really depends on a.) my level of hunger combined with b.) Theo’s level of impatience for breakfast and subject to c.) the demanding cries of a baby who also happens to be hungry. Some mornings we just eat whatever is nearest.
I do a menu each week for lunch and dinner. I talked a little bit about my meatless meal planning in an earlier post, so I won’t go into too many details here. I will, however, show you what this week’s menu looked like:
breakfast burritos (with sausage for Mike and Theo)
bean and rice burritos
Mexicali chopped salad
broccoli and quinoa
Italian sausages (veg sausages for me)
dinner with friends
lunch – leftovers
dinner – manicotti, grilled asparagus
lunch – grilled cheese, veggies and hummus, fruit, chips and salsa
dinner – fish, rice, brussel sprouts
black bean burgers (me)
cold cuts (Mike and Theo)
hot dogs (Theo)
applesauce spice cake
homemade gummy snacks
And look! Pictures! (Roll over the picture for food details.)
For each meal, I always try to have a balance of veggies, carbs, fruit and protein. We get a large amount of our carbs and proteins from whole grains and other non meat sources, but my hubs and oldest son occasionally eat animal protein as well. My meal plans are largely just an outline, or a jumping off point, and I fill in the details mid-cooking. For example, I planned on making a chef salad one night, and here is all that ultimately went into it:
a blend of cabbage and carrots (coleslaw blend from supermarket)
slices bell peppers
sharp cheddar cheese
roasted sesame seeds
hard boiled egg
roasted chicken (for Mike and Theo)
topped off with my favorite homemade dressing!
Then served with crusty french bread, lots of butter and a side of fruit, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, healthy, complete meal!
Menu planning and cooking takes a lot of time and effort, and to be honest there are plenty of times I get tired of doing the work. Those are the weeks that I beg the hubs to cook (read: get takeout), or do really, really simple things that don’t require much prep-work or cooking. All in all though, I try to make this a priority because when we eat well, we live well.
I’d love to hear from you on how you meal plan, or if you have any favorite go-to recipes for busy nights. I’m always happy to share recipes too, so hit me up with a comment and let’s keep the conversation going! Happy friday, friends!