Menu Plan Monday: Where's the Beef?

June 27, 2016
I have a feeling I have used that title before ... but hey, it's a different year. And now we are going Whole 30 this week because I need it.

Sunday: Lemon Pepper Chicken with Zoodles. Seriously, now that my local grocery store carries zoodles I buy 2-4 packages a week. It saves me so much time!

Monday: Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers

Tuesday: Paleo-Keto Taco (Salad) with lettuce wraps instead of blue corn tortilla shells. But this was one of the better pictures I have.
Taco night
Thursday: Spinach Fritatta
Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

Friday: Lamb Kabobs

Chewbacca Mom and Internet Celebrity

June 9, 2016
Today I had a discussion with a friend who was playing devil's advocate for Chewbacca Mom and can't understand my attitude about the situation. It started here:

It's Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton all over again, in concept if not practice at least. Candace Payne has done nothing of value to earn celebrity status, and yet continues to cash in on it.

Devil's advocate argument is that it doesn't matter, she's not hurting any one and no one will remember her in year. My point of view is that it does matter, because it's a reflection of today's society. We live in the Internet Age and everything that happens now gets documented now. There is no revisionist history anymore. Additionally, she's not helping anyone either. What should have been a simple moment of joy shared with friends has turned a woman into an Internet sensation who has garnered so much attention it's unbeleivable, so unbeleivable that within three weeks of being unknown there are people willing to pay for her autograph. For laughing. In a mask. Are we already living in a teen dystopian novel? Are we that selfish and voyeuristic? Then again, with Trump as the Republican presidential candidate, maybe we are.

I do not begrudge her the gifts, trips, and scholarships. Hell, I've done stuff for free or in exchange for trips and experiences for brands as well. But what gets my goat, and most of the internet it seems, is that now she is charging for her autograph and only donating a portion to a church in Texas, which some outlets have said is a charity, letting the reader make their own assumptions. Really? I used to tithe. Unless she's donating anonymously, she's getting that money back the next time she files taxes. Not to mention, what portion is she keeping to herself? To quote one article (which I can't remember at the moment) "capitalists are gonna capitalize".

And maybe I'm jaded, but her laugh is not infectious to me (truth be told, today is the first time I have seen the video. Blessedly, no one on FB sent it my way, and I probably would have had the same response then). I can tell that she's happy, but that, to me, sounds like an "OMG, I need stress-release like you wouldn't believe" laugh, you know, when you're at the point where your choices are "I'm going to break down and cry hysterically or I need to laugh" laugh.

And in the end, you have to wonder who bankrolled her Dallas FanExpo appearance. I mean, booths aren't cheap, are usually set up months in advance, not days or weeks, and her placement next to Joffrey? That must have cost a pretty penny. So really, how authentic is this phenomenom now?

Menu Plan Monday: Summer Salads

June 8, 2016
And the cleansing continues. Salads are also great for portion control as well as clearing out the system. Drink plenty of water!

Monday: Not feeling well, take out it is.

Tuesday: Steak and Dried Cherries Salad - one 3/4lb rib eye goes a long way for two people.

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Strawberry Avocado Salad

Thursday: Broccoli Chicken Salad with dried cranberries, modified from this recipe.

Broccoli Chicken Salad

Friday: Cirque! Hopefully dinner out.

Menu Plan Monday: La Mer

June 1, 2016
It's a short week what with travel, the holiday, and all the rest. The remainder of the week will be focused on eating clean and trying to get back on track.

Monday: Memorial Day gluttony
Tuesday: attempt to eat clean(ish) while traveling
Wednesday: Baked Cod and Chorizo. So many good flavors!

Baked Cod and Chorizo with Sweet Potatoes
Baked Cod and Chorizo with Sweet Potatoes
Thursday: Pan-seared Mahi Mahi with green beans and cherry tomatoes
Friday: Grilled swordfish with mixed green salad.

Hope to get everything back on track by the weekend.
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