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Whew. Like I said in my last post, this past week has been a whirlwind! So crazy busy! It was fantastic, but I’m reading for routine again. I’m pretty worn out!
One part of routine is meal planning! I have so much food here that meal planning should be a breeze!
Here’s my plan:
- Eggs in tortillas with cheese (and Cholula)
- Green smoothie (I use cashew milk now and collagen for protein to cut down on dairy… I might also use some of my homemade Greek yogurt) and toast
- English muffin with fried egg and cheese
- Granola and homemade Greek yogurt
- Sandwich (ham and cheese or peanut butter and raw honey), veggies and hummus (or ranch), and Triscuits or Flaxseed and Quinoa chips
- Cottage cheese, boiled eggs, veggies and hummus, Triscuits or Flaxseed and Quinoa chips
- Quesadillas with sour cream and salsa
- Bean and cheese burritos
- Dining hall
- Monday- Homemade meat sauce (though I don’t have squash and zucchini so it will have less veggies), pasta, and steamed broccoli
- Tuesday- Tacos
- Wednesday- Burrito bowls (pinto beans, brown rice, cheese, sour cream, guac, hot sauce)
- Thursday- Dining hall
- Friday- Pizza (homemade or frozen… not sure yet)
- Saturday- Dining hall (lunch and dinner unless we decide to take a day trip somewhere)
- Sunday- Leftovers
- Veggies (carrots, broccoli, and celery) and hummus
- Fruit (apples, apple sauce, and oranges at the moment)
- Triscuits and cream cheese
- Flaxseed and Quinoa chips
- Tortilla chips
- Mixed nuts/almonds
- String cheese
- Triple Zero yogurt (or Simply Gogurt for the kids)
- Boiled eggs
- Peanut butter/cheese crackers
- Pop Tarts (I love them)
As always, there are a mix of “whole foods” and processed foods. I have learned a great balance with this and feel content with this.
I hope you have a great week ahead!
Like I said in my post yesterday, I have a lot of food, and I’m trying to find something new to cook! I also have two instant pots and try to make most things in there.
As usual, my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are in a list to choose from. My dinners are specific for the day.
- IP breakfast casserole
- Smoothies (Cashew milk, Greek yogurt, frozen banana, frozen spinach, and peanut butter) and toast 🍞 with homemade bread (and maybe some boiled eggs)
- Eggs and toast 🍞 or tortilla
- Egg (fried) on English muffin
- Homemade Greek yogurt and homemade granola
- Oatmeal, egg, and fruit
- Sandwich 🥪 , veggies 🥕, and crackers
- Boiled egg 🥚, salami or summer sausage, veggies 🥦 and hummus, and Triscuits
- Soup 🥣
- Monday- Baked potatoes 🥔 and IP cheesy broccoli 🥦 soup 🥣
- Tuesday- Instant pot Chicken 🐓, rice 🍚, and broccoli 🥦
- Wednesday- IP shredded Mexican roast soft tacos 🌮 (with venison roast)
- Thursday- IP homemade Mac n cheese 🧀 and veggies
- Friday and Saturday- Dining hall (here at camp)
- Sunday- IP Sloppy “does” 🦌 and fries 🍟
- Triple Zero Greek yogurt
- Peanut butter crackers
- Clif bars
- Granola bars
- Veggies and hummus
- Apples or bananas and peanut butter
- Pretzels and cookie butter
Next week, most lunches and dinners will be in the dining hall. Can’t wait! It saves us so much money and time, and it is a great way to get to know the staff
Prep for meals
- Veggie tray
- Move frozen meat to the fridge
- Make breakfast casserole
- Thaw steel cut oats
- Bake bread (only because we love it!)
I buy pre-cut veggies when I can and already boiled/peeled boiled eggs. I know it costs a little more and it’s worth it at this point. I may go back to prepping these things eventually. I’m also probably going to reduce the amount that I make Greek yogurt. It hasn’t been turning out!!
My Plan for the week
- Monday- Robert and I will go to town to pick up the love seat and maybe have a lunch date. We are making dinner for my mentee.
- Tuesday- I’m reading to Levi’s class, AA, lunch, library time, then a birthday party for a little one here that’s turning one.
- Wednesday- Bible study at noon (at my house), and I might have a friend over for coffee.
- Thursday- Day at home, then AA at 7:00pm
- Friday- Rest day, and I might have a friend over for coffee.
- Saturday- Family day
- Sunday- Church, lunch with the pastor, counseling, maybe the park
As you can see, Monday and Tuesday are my only busy days this week! That’s much different from last week!
Also, daily chores will happen and my schedule chores will happen.
I hope you have a great week! What are your plans for the week and for meals?
There is some misunderstanding about what carnitas are, so for this purpose, the carnitas I’m talking about are shredded pork tacos.
I honestly don’t ever measure how much seasoning I use so I’m going to do my best to give some measurements, but you can always add more or take away based on your taste. I know that I rarely follow a recipe as is :-).
We make these often when we have people over because it is so easy to make a larger batch. I have two instant pots: an 8qt and a 6qt. Typically I make the carnitas in one and beans in another.
I am lucky in that our store (HEB) has carnitas already cut up and easy to use. I am able to easily layer this way. You could use a pork roast just as easily, though, you can’t really layer with that.
These are the seasonings that I use.
- 4lbs of pork roast (or carnita meat)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1-2 bell peppers, diced (I usually use red, yellow, and/or orange)
- 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced very fine
- About 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 orange, cut into fourths
- 2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons chili powder (we use dark red)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1 tablespoon cumin
Basically, I just layer them in the instant pot. One layer of meat, one layer of seasoning, one layer of veggies, then repeat. I top it by squeezing the orange over it and leaving the oranges in.
I then set it on high pressure for 55 minutes.
I usually let it natural pressure release for 10 minutes or so.
After it is finished, we shred it and eat!
My favorite tortillas are some that I buy from our local store. They are basically homemade. I also love the type that are a mixture of corn and flour.
Robert makes his “famous” guacamole and we also top them with cheese, sour cream, and maybe some more cilantro.
Life has gotten a lot different for me lately in what I am able to eat. Dairy has become a problem. I can’t eat ice-cream :-(, drink milk, or eat an excess of any other type of dairy. I can … Continue reading