Welcome to Week 2 of meal planning!
This week is about good, fresh food fast. I’m on my own for part of the week so I want something healthy, yummy, and really easy to throw together.
Here’s the plan:
Overnight waffles: I promise that there will be a post this week about these. I am totally in love with them. When I first made them, they were good but lacked the crisp texture I liked. After freezing and toasting them, the crisp texture came back. Score!
This week I changed the milk I used and the type of flour. Win-win on both changes and it resulted in a healthier waffle.
Fish tacos: I love fish tacos. I usually order them when I go out and I actually actively look for them on menus, but do I ever make them at home? Nope. I made these last night and it was my first attempt at fish tacos. I used Wild Alaskan Cod and marinated the heck out of it (using this recipe) because I was afraid they would taste too fishy. The fish was outstanding, but the actual taco?
If you can’t tell from the pic, I put way too much stuff on top of the fish (homemade spicy lime coleslaw, guac, and lettuce). Next time, I need to highlight the fish and not all of the fixings. Lesson learned!
Trader Joe’s Punjab Choley:
Manatee is out of town this week for business. Normally, this would mean that I would be ordering takeout, but I am going to try and cook at home. I may come off as a Betty Crocker who does it all herself, but I am my mother’s daughter and if there is an easier way when cooking just for me, I will take it. This is pre-made, but there are no chemicals so it’s clean to me.
I plan on having it with a multi-grain mix, naan, and Greek yogurt. Yum!
Slow-cooker Thai Curry Lentil Soup:
This is another pre-made food, but again, no chemicals!
I will add some enhancements: diced tomatoes and more veggies. It just seems easier because I don’t have to measure out spices or deal with lentils and rinsing them. Yes, I know that makes me sound really lazy. And to be honest, at my core, I really am that lazy.
Asian beef lettuce wraps: This will be Manatee’s “welcome home” meal. I am adapting this recipe from Food & Wine into lettuce wraps and will probably just use ground beef and possibly, ground chicken OR ground pork. It depends on if I can make it to a store with good meat before the meal.
Curried Carrot Soup: This was featured on the cover of Vegetarian Times this month and I’m excited to try it.
Lombardino’s pizzas: I have some recipe testing to do this week so will be having friend over to help us with the tasting. We will be making: Grilled Asparagus Pizza, Port Poached Fig and Smoked Hog Jowl Pizza, Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza, and Winter Bianca Pizza.
For lunches and other meals, we will be relying on leftovers. Something tells me that we will have plenty of leftovers this week.
What do you think is worse: going out to eat or eating something pre-made?