Dinner · How to · meal planning

Weekly meal plan – 3/19/16

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I know that at least two days this week, we won’t be home for dinner, so the planned menu is a little light this week.

Here is what is on the menu this week:

Sunday: Sheet pan chicken tikka masala I will halve this recipe (I’ll use 1 lb of chicken), but keep the amount of spices the same. I’m also going to use sweet potatoes instead of Yukon Gold.

The rest of the week will include: Pasta with roasted cauliflower. Since I’m halving the above sheet pan chicken tikka masala, I’ll have leftover cauliflower to use in another recipe.

Fish tacos. I don’t have a recipe for these. I just kind of make it up as I go. But these look close to what I like. (I’ll likely use wild-caught Alaskan cod. Something wild-caught always)

Turkey burgers. This is our go-to recipe. I could make these things in my sleep.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Dinner · How to · meal planning

Weekly meal plan – 4/10/16

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I’m inconsistent with some things – like blogging and exercising. Let’s leave it at that. But I’ve actually kept up the meal planning, which has been great. It really is a time saver and we waste much less food now.

I’m going to try to add meal prepping into my week now that I have a more consistent work schedule. I think having some things prepped will also save me time during the week and I won’t feel the need to go out too often for lunch.

Here is what is on the menu* this week:

Sunday: Lemon orzo risotto

Monday: Vegetarian tortilla stew with crispy tortilla strips

The rest of the week: sweet potato and black bean enchiladas, Thai chicken lettuce cups, miso salmon with roasted carrots

*All of these links aren’t the exact recipes I will use, but they’re pretty close to what I’ll make. Maybe someday I’ll get back to photographing my food and typing out my exact recipes. Again, inconsistent …

How to

How to Make Almond Milk

Why would you make almond milk when there are numerous brands readily available?

Because it’s fun. And delicious. And easy. And fun.

What can you do with it? Anything you’d do with ‘regular’ milk – cereal, smoothies, put it in your coffee, put it in your tea, or drink it straight up!

Homemade Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

4 cups of cold water

Vanilla extract (optional)

Salt (optional)

Directions

Soak the almonds in the cold water overnight in the refrigerator.

Place the drained almonds and 2 cups of fresh water in a blender (you can use up to 4 cups of water. I like the milk a little thicker and creamier, so I started with 2 cups and that worked for me), a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt (if using) and blend on high until the mixture becomes creamy. This should take 2-3 minutes.

Prepare a bowl or container and place a mesh bag or fine mesh strainer inside the container and pour the mixture in to strain. I strained mine twice to make sure it was really smooth.

Transfer to a pitcher or glass jar and BAM! you just made almond milk.

This almond milk tastes really clean and light – much more ‘natural and clean’ tasting than anything you can buy in the store. I left it unsweetened, but if you’re so inclined, add a tablespoon of natural sweetener (agave or brown rice syrup), or better yet, blend a dried date or two with the soaked almonds.

This recipe makes about 2 cups and should keep for about a week.