Menu Plan Monday: It's Fall

September 27, 2015
It's officially Fall and I am craving carbs, like potato soup, but Houston doesn't understand that it's Fall. It's still acting like Summer. Like SoCal, but worse. Much worse with the humidity. Well, except for today, today it's cool and rainy and finally a day I can wear jeans!

This week's fall inspired menu will include seasonal vegetables and warm comfort food.

Monday: Beef Pot Roast/Brisket with roasted vegetables (The Whole30 pg 214)
Tuesday: Ratatouille (pg 288) and Meatballs (pg 226)
Wednesday: Chicken with grilled asparagus

Thursday: Salmon and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Dairy Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Friday: Surf'N'Turf Salad
Surf'N'Turf Salad
Breakfast will be these wonderful Blueberry Muffins and/or Eggs and Bacon. Lunch will be leftovers (if I'm lucky), or tuna and avocado.

Menu Plan Monday: My Brain Is Stuffed!

September 20, 2015
Now that I am back to cooking for 4-6 people (ok, there are only three of us, but teenage girls on growth spurts might as well be footballers in training) I have to plan larger meals. And I had just gotten used to planning perfect portion control for two people. My brain is over-full with all of the things that I need to get done, but top of mind is:
What's your trick for feeding the Always Hungry?

Monday: Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday: Pineapple Burgers

Thursday: B.L.A.S.T.

Friday: Chile Verde - No one is tired of this yet.

Saturday: Jambalaya

Menu Plan Monday: Currying Favor

September 7, 2015
This week I just asked what everyone wanted to eat. I'm still not sure I remember everything correctly, but two different kinds of curry were asked for. That works for me. Curry is easily and naturally Whole30 (especially now that I have switched to using coconut cream), and free of everything Joy can't eat without massive modification. Actually, everything she asked for this week I can cook without modification.

Monday: Curried Turkey Cutlets with Dried Apricots
Curried Turkey Cutlets with Dried Apricots
Curried Turkey Cutlets with Dried Apricots

Pasta Primavera

Wednesday: Curried Chicken - Indian Style
Chicken Curry

Thursday: Beef Broccoli  - I really need to pick up some coconut aminos, but the last few times I have made it with just the spices and seasoning have gone over fairly well.
Beef Broccoli

Friday: Chili Verde
Chili Verde

Saturday: Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad
Strawberry Chicken Avocado Salad
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Cabin Fever

September 6, 2015

... In the summertime. Not the dead of winter when it would make sense. Nope. In the middle of summer.

I hate you, Gulf Coast. I hate your humidity that keeps me trapped indoors. It's entirely too hot and humid to do anything enjoyable outside. Too hot and humid to even make the run to the car to drive to someplace else where the AC is set at freezing temperatures. What is it with establishments here? The AC seems to be set at 65 everywhere I go! Why should I leave home just to go someplace else indoors where I can't get comfortable and just chill out?

I hate how inactive I have become. The bugs, they eat me. I look like a horned melon in places. Allegra can only do so much. I hate going outside. But that can't be right because I love the outdoors. At least I did before I started becoming dinner and dessert for the mosquitoes and biting flies.

This is the first Labor Day Weekend in memory where I am not doing something active, social,  or outdoors. I should be camping, BBQ'ing, sun-worshiping at the beach (what the heck! 100F in Galveston!), or otherwise enjoying the last 3-day weekend before Thanksgiving and shopping hell. The cabin fever is affecting everyone in the house. Angsty teen, angry Hulk Hunk, bored pets, and stabby Mom. Not a good combination. If I was by myself, I would marathon all the shows I missed over the last few months while sipping on some Firefly Vodka Sweet Tea, but alas, that's not the case.

Everyone wants to do something. I mean, it's the last gasp of summer, right? We need something to do before we kill each other.


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