So I’ve got my laptop, my iPad, a nice cold glass of ice water and a couple of lawn chairs…all I need to finally sit outside and enjoy this gorgeous weather! I don’t even care that the glare on my screen is so bad I can barely see what I’m typing. I can edit later. The fact is, I finished my food prep in record time today, the kids (and husband) are napping and I have the backyard and the very missed sun all to myself!
Food prep went really fast today and I owe it all to my hard work from the last couple of weeks. We have so much extra food in the freezer left over from previous food preps, that I was able to eliminate making a few meals. I was even able to tackle a couple brand new recipes I’ve been building in my head for the last week.
We’ve been eating the Coconut Protein and Pumpkin Protein Breads for several weeks now, so I though it would be fun to come up with two totally different flavors for us to enjoy. I was so excited by the blood oranges I found last week, that I just had to find a way to incorporate them in a daily meal option. My other challenge to myself was to make a protein bread that incorporated vegetables and fruit, like carrot cake or zucchini bread.
To my surprise, both recipes came out great! I was worried they would have no chance of turning out since baking, in general, can be tricky, it gets even trickier when you bake with ingredients that aren’t butter, sugar, AP flour or any other normal and unhealthy baking ingredient.I can’t wait to share these recipes, I plan to have them up early this week.
Until then, here’s what I made this morning…
For Daytime Meal Options:
- Boiled Eggs
- Blood Orange & Cardamom Protein Bread
- Afternoon Glory Protein Muffins
- Almond, Coconut, Goji Bars
- Salsa Chicken
- Chili-Spiced Sweet Potatoes
- Turkey Skinikopita
- Whole Wheat Pita
- Tzatziki Sauce
I have to say at this point in my post, I am sweating my ass off. Love this weather! I’ll take heat over cold any day. Seriously.
Moving on….Today wasn’t the only day for trying new things. Justin has asked me make him stuffed peppers for a couple weeks now, so I figured I better give it a whirl. Before yesterday, I had never eaten a stuffed pepper. Something about rice and tomato sauce just sounds weird to me, but it was alright! Justin’s mom used to make them when he was a kid, and I could tell this one qualified as comfort food for him. It was nice to see that my food was able to take him back to the good ol’ days.
That being said, here is the breakdown of what we ate this weekend and what our dinners this week will be…
Pizza Friday! After writing my pizza post last week, I just had to make it again. I even went into proactive mode and purchased all my ingredients for the cauliflower pizza crust on Thursday so I could have it ready to top on Friday, but once I popped it in the oven, I completely forgot about it. I never thought cauliflower could get that black, but it did. It was a tad bit on the crispy side as well. haha. That’s what I get for being proactive! I learned my lesson. So Friday after Justin got home, back to the store I went for round two. My second attempt was successful and we were able to enjoy our cauli-pizza after all. Yay.
For breakfast I made some clean, protein packed, blueberry muffins along with some bacon and eggs. The muffin recipe is absolutely a work in progress. It has been a while since I have enjoyed a piping hot blueberry muffin. I love them, but making them without butter and sugar was difficult. They turned out okay. We were all very underwhelmed. They were impossible to get out of the little paper muffin liners for some reason and despite my addition of a little sucanat, they lacked any kind of sweetness. The recipe I threw together made 18 muffins so it was even more upsetting that the potential for them to not be eaten by anyone but me was extremely high. Justin didn’t disappoint though, by the end of the day, there were only four left. He had a little help from Cohen though. The muffins actually got sweeter the longer they sat. It was odd, I expect that sort of thing to happen with chili, not muffins, but I’ll take the win!
For lunch we had left over pizza and dinner was Justin’s stuffed peppers. Overall, a successful day of eating!
This morning, Justin really wanted to make breakfast so he could try out a new recipe he found online. This doesn’t happen very often, not because he has no interest, he does, but I have some thing about him cooking in my kitchen. I clean as I cook, Justin does not, enough said. I have to say, I was rather impressed with him this morning. He did a much better job keeping the kitchen in order than he has in the past.
He made some coconut flour pancakes with peanut butter and bacon and scrambled eggs. Interesting would be a good word to describe our breakfast. I much prefer my bacon on its own and my peanut butter far, far away from my bacon.
For lunch we had leftover pizza, of course, can’t let that stuff go to waste can we?! For dinner, we had one of our all time grill favorites, Ring of Fire Chicken. This is an Alton Brown recipe that we discovered last year, and since the weather was beautiful, we decided to take full advantage of it! Check out Alton’s recipe here. We skipped the brine part to cut back on the sugar and salt, and I was shocked to see that I was out of Cocoa (a very important ingredient to this recipe) but I made do with the copious amounts of other spices we have in our possession. I roasted some sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts to go along with the kicked up grilled bird….a great dinner if I say so myself!
Monday – Thursday
It’s leftovers…all week! I will be raiding the freezer for dinner until it’s all gone. This will hopefully do a few things for us; 1. clean out our freezer, 2. give us plenty of time to clean the house for showings and 3. allow me to relax!
Until next week, happy eating!