Monthly Archives: August 2011

Mental Health Day

Sometimes instead of waking up early on a Friday and going into work, you need to just say no.

You need to wake up a little later than usual.
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You need to drink your coffee out on the back patio with a good book.
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You need to think about nothing except the span of free time ahead of you.
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(Also, maybe think about getting a pedicure.)

You need to pick some tomatoes.
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And then because you haven’t in a while, you may need to pick some more.
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And really, that is all that is required.
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I took this morning off because we were going to a game night with some friends last night. Correction, I took this morning off because we were going to a game night on a Thursday night and I am now officially too old to socialize with wine on weeknights and still be productive at work the next day. It’s all about planning, see. Today sits in front of me and I really have no plan and I kind of love it. I’m going to putter around the house, tidy odds and ends, finish up some projects, hit up Goodwill for some leg warmers (more on that in another post), checkout a paper store in town that’s been calling my name, and whatever else I feel like.

And on that note, my second pot of coffee is done brewing and it’s not going to drink itself. Happy Friday, friends!


My Workout Essentials

There’s nothing worse than harnessing your motivation, pumping up the volume and heading out for a great workout only to have your pants slide down, your shirt get all stretchy OR WORSE: your bangs flop in your face the whole time. OHMYGOD, with the bangs. Can. Not. Stand.

Sometimes I think the clothes make the workout.

After 10 months of intense CrossFit workouts, I have gotten my clothing choice down to a science. Here are some pieces I can’t live without, and one I’m dying to try.

(Clockwise from the center)

1. Moving Comfort’s Fiona Sports Bra – It is not hyperbolic to say this sports bra has changed my life. (Thanks, Sizzle!) Previously I was rocking the Enell (on Oprah’s recommendation, of course) because as us endowed ladies know, not any sports bra will do. I liked the way the Enell fit, but the way it looked left a lot to be desired. It was basically a harness, and while effective, it was not pretty. Fiona is both! And I love her! And she is HALF THE PRICE of the Enell. Score.

2. Mossimo Long and Lean Tanks – While I’m not super lean, I am definitely long, and I never have to tug or twist these tanks to ensure they are sitting right. They fit well, come in a range of cute colors, and they’re Old Navy cheap without being Old Navy quality.

3. Goody Stay Put Headbands – So hey, I have a weird shaped head. Did you know? Well now you do. I don’t know what it is but stretchy, athletic-type headbands just slide right off. That’s a lie, I know what it is. My head is funny and my hair is slippery, bad combo for headband wearers everywhere. I’ve tried them all and most of them can go kick rocks as far as I’m concerned. Weird heads, unite! But these ACTUALLY work on my head. So if you are in the same predicament, they’ve worked for me. Check them out. And if you are not in the same predicament: um, jealous!

4. Old Navy Compression Capris – So I know a few sentences above I just gave Old Navy clothes a dig, but I have to rescind that for a moment because they’re athletic line? IS AMAZING. I have multiple pairs of their compression pants and they are great quality, super cheap and let’s just say the seams give great ass. Yep, I said it. I know you always hear that about Lululemon, and that is probably the case. But my great ass can’t fit into those yet, and I enjoy spending around $20 on workout pants. If you are in either situation — go forth and purchase. Again, if you are not: Jealous. 🙂 (One day, Lulus. One day!)

5. Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes – I generally head to the gym straight from work and I hate getting sweaty with makeup all over my face. I also hate wearing cute professional outfits WITHOUT makeup on my face. Obviously this is a conundrum! I fianlly bought these and threw them into my gym bag on a whim, and it’s been love ever since. Best $4.99 I ever spent. I don’t find they dry out my face, and I don’t have to suffer through running with drippy, sweaty raccoon eyes. I know — The Glamour — I have it.

6. New Balance Minimus MT10s – I guess we should get this out of the way first — I’m a pretty staunch barefoot enthusiast. After reading Born to Run I thought the author was doing a little passing of the peace pipe if you know what I’m saying. But then I thought — why not try it? And a year later, I am a TOTAL peace pipe smoking convert myself. I generally wear a pair of Vibram Five Finger Flows, but recently a little hole ripped in the toe. Conveniently it was during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so I used that as an excuse to pick up a pair of these New Balance/Vibram hybrids and so far they are pretty great! While my first love will always be the Five Fingers, the Minimus gets a lot fewer stares and questions from strangers. And maybe this makes me a giant meanie, but I don’t like making small talk about my shoes when I’m sweaty and in my running clothes. It still has a Vibram sole but it’s a tiny bit more versatile, so for that, it is becoming my regular CrossFit shoe.

7. Old Navy Active Zip Hoodie — This last item is technically not one that I own (while all the others are) but I do love a sporty little zip up, and as the temps cool I’ve got my eye on this. I’m THAT in love with Old Navy’s active line that I think I’m going to try it. Lulu, I think Old Navy has its eye on you with it’s affordable stuff with pretty seams. Take Note!

What items can you not live without when working out? I’m always looking for game changing items — let me know!


What’s In My…Pantry?

Well I’m so glad you guys liked What’s In My Fridge? That was kind of fun, so I guess the next logical step in the kitchen tour is What’s In My Pantry? Though I should confess right away that we use the term pantry loosely around here.

One of the best things about going Paleo is that we no longer have much packaged food lying around. In that sense, we’ve reduced our pantry stash to only a few cupboards. Technically it’s only these two cupboards:
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That’s a real technicality though because since going paleo our spice drawer has doubled in size and we now have produce cropping up on every available inch of real estate in our tiny kitchen. For example, this is the sideboard in our kitchen, and there’s not much room to breathe unless you can make a Carmen Miranda hat.
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I like to leave a cookbook open just because it looks pretty and is good for inspiration. But if we are being totally honest here (and I like to think we are) I also keep it out because it covers up our mess of cell phone chargers.
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Just down the way from that sneaky little cookbook is more “pantry-esque” food storage. AKA, where the garden goes to chill. This is like the garden lounge. My squash are all gathering around and having cocktails together before they get in the hot tub. While I’m gathering inspiration from cookbooks that cover clutter, my vegetables seem to get inspiration from Jersey Shore.
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Speaking of Jersey Shore, let’s go back to those cupboards shall we? Here’s where we store our cooking fats and protein powder. As you can imagine, Garrett is the real protein powder hound in this house. Wait until you see the backup stash.
The Pantry

My favorite fats to cook with are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and regular olive oil (for things like homemade mayo and stuff that needs a milder flavor.) (See also: Butter, duh. But that was in the fridge.) I have some olive oil cooking spray back there too but I rarely use it.
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We generally buy in bulk and then just refill our little containers that we keep within reach of the stove.

Next to that stash we have basically all the unperishable things we keep on hand. And really, it ain’t much.
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And that’s it for the pantry tour. I can tell you it is significantly less that what we used to keep on hand. We do have a shelf out in the garage where we keep canned tomatoes/paste but I try not to keep too much of that on hand during the summer since it gets BLAZING HOT in the garage. It’s pretty bare right now and not worth a photo.

What do you think? Are we total nut jobs? Is my crazy! caveman! diet! still seeming that crazy?

Wait…maybe don’t answer the nut job question.


What’s In My…Fridge?

    Last week on Offbeat Home I was introduced to You Are What You Eat — a project by Mark Menjivar who profiled 35 refrigerators and their owners through photographs to see how their lifestyles and identities correlated with what food they kept on hand. As someone who may or may not have looked inside a medicine cabinet or two that didn’t belong to me, the voyeuristic nature of the project was sort of thrilling. I mean who doesn’t love a little sneak peek into someone else’s life, right? Don’t shake your head at me, you know you do too. You’re busted — you read blogs!

    So since I talk about food, meal planning and my Crazy! Caveman! Diet! so much around these parts, I thought you guys might appreciate a little peek into my refrigerator. Although my first confession would be that we actually have two refrigerators. For two people. I KNOW. (But one was a hand me down from a friend and it behaves so quietly out in our garage!)

    What I loved most about Menjivar’s Project were the labels on each picture that described who the owners were. So to start, it’s only fair I write one for us:

    //Household of 2 Adults// Northern California// Eating a Paleo Diet for about a year//Still Refuse To Give Up Booze//

    So let’s start with the inside fridge, shall we! Yes, we are the kind of people who hang crap on their refrigerator door. I was this way when I was single, but for Garrett it took some convincing. I think we have reached a happy agreement of a little crap, but not too much.
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    It should be noted that this is the world’s largest and most energy INEFFICIENT refrigerator. I can’t wait to get a new one. The storage space is also inefficient. Don’t believe me?
    Have a look:
    Inisde Fridge - The Whole Shebang

    I know this looks like a competitive game of Tupperware Tetris, but it isn’t. It’s a competitive game of Sterilite Ultra Seal Latching Container Tetris. Get it straight, yo. And the key players are FIERCE.

    Inside Fridge

    So that’s the main section. Up top we have a smorgasbord of things in jars, hard boiled eggs and avocados that are too ripe to leave on the counter. Down Below is where it gets interesting. Down below is THE SAUSAGE DRAWER.
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    According to the drawer’s 1970s label this is the dairy case, but while we do store a bit of cheese in here, this is reserved for SAUSAGE. And hot damn if this chicken chorizo from Costco isn’t rocking my world lately. Too bad I found out it’s being discontinued at my Costco. WHO DO I NEED TO CALL ABOUT THAT?

    Below sausage are veggies. Tons and tons of veggies.
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    Greens!
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    On the fridge door we have what I lovingly refer to as Bachelor’s Paradise. Which for the record is nothing like Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. Although I will admit to fantasizing about what it would be like if every time I opened the refrigerator door some type of super gangsta rap played. It would be like a music box, only BETTER!

    Anyway, Bachelor’s Paradise is a land where you own every type of mustard ever made. And the number of hot sauce bottles rivals the salad dressing 2:1.

    Welcome:
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    The top of the freezer door has an eerily similar Bachelor touch. Let’s see if you can spot it:
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    Oh who am I kidding, the bottom of the freezer door looks a bit bachelor as well:
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    But at least you know you never have to drink out of a warm glass at our house, yes? Yes!
    The inside freezer is pretty boring right now. Shrimp, (MORE)booze, and lemon juice. Do you freeze fresh lemon juice in ice cube trays? Best Trick Ever! That way when you need a TBS or two, you have it right there and can just throw it in your pan, or defrost. No slicing and squeezing lemons. I enjoy it.
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    Inside Freezer - Booze Shelf
    Anyway, shall we venture out to the garage. It’s not scary out there when the light is on.

    The Outside Fridge
    The outside fridge should really be called the beverage fridge with lettuce overflow. We store produce that can’t play tetris out here and then mostly our favorite things to drink. And as you can see, our favorite things to drink are sparkling.

    There’s sparkling alcohol:
    The Sparkling Booze Stash
    (and you know…a big container of dates because…well, just because.)

    And then there’s the sparkling non-alcohol, and this is where THE TRUE ADDICTION is revealed:
    The Sparkling NON-booze stash
    We are nothing without our fizzy water.

    Or our coconut water for that matter.
    Passion Fruit Coconut Water
    I can’t live, if living is without you, Passion Fruit Coconut Water. Who sang that song again???

    Last but not least is our freezer. It’s pretty bare looking these days, but it is super convenient to have in the winter when I cook big batches of soups/stews and can just freeze them for later.
    Outside Freezer

    So that’s What’s In My Fridge. Is it what you expected? Did anything surprise you? (Fridge Photo Outtakes are here)

    Shall I show you What’s In My Pantry? Or keep that my dirty little secret?


What’s For Dinner?

I’m aiming for another week of 5 workouts, which means lunches need to prep me for a good butt-whooping and dinners need to come together relatively quick.

Last week I kicked ass and took names at the gym and had the cleanest week of eating I’d had in quite a while. It felt notably better, so I’m going to try for a repeat this week.

Here’s what we’re eating:

Monday

Lunch: Grilled Southwest Chicken Thighs + Summer Squash with Blue Cheese Butter

Dinner: Cobb Salad with Rotisserie Chicken (Hooray for Costco!)

Tuesday

Lunch: Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats + Salad w/ almonds + cranberries

Dinner: Paleo Fried Chicken + Garlic Cauliflower Mash + Broccoli

Wednesday

Lunch: Green Curry Chicken + Broccoli Slaw

Dinner: Peppered Grilled Flank Steak with Tomatoes, Avocados + Onion Jam with Grilled Salad

Thursday

Lunch: Chicken Chorizo + Peppers and Onions with Salad

Dinner: Grilled Cajun Shrimp with Remoulade + Spinach Salad

Friday

Lunch: Greek Salad with Ground Gyro Beef (it was so good last week it’s making another appearance!)

Dinner: BLTA Burgers with Baked Zucchini Fries + Salad

Saturday

Lunch: Brunch!

Dinner: Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps + Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Sunday

Shop!

I’m thinking I’m going to brave cooking lamb next week — maybe for Sunday dinner. Are you cooking anything next week that’s new to you?

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Always/Never

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Inspired by a conversation Garrett and I had last night about how I totally have a “type” when it comes to books, along with a discussion on Facebook yesterday about the movie version of The Help  (PS — Have you ‘Liked’ HollyWouldIfSheCould on Facebook yet? ) and then MimiSmartypants’ post this morning (Whew!  That’s was a lot of inspiration!) I thought it would be fun to  make a list of Books I Always Want To Read and Books I Never Want To Read.  You should play along too!

Books I Always Want to Read

  • Books About The South — I don’t know why but if a book makes a mere mention on it’s back cover about palmettos or balmy, low-country nights, I’m in.  Even if it is some trashy romance type novel I would never normally read.  I think it’s because I’ve never been there.  Related:
  • Books About Savannah — I totally blame that terrible, short lived Aaron Spelling TV show from the 90s for my obsession.  God, tell me I am not the only person who loved that show and was totally devastated by the post-cliffhanger cancellation.  WHO KILLED TRAVIS PETERSON?  I will never know.
  • Memoirs of Food/Eating/Cooking — I can’t pass them up, sorry!  These types of books tend to either be transcendent and amazing or ridiculously awful, but I’m always up for a suggestion.
  • Books By/About Celebrities — I don’t mean your Tiger Beat glossy covered Justin Beiber biography, but celebrity memoirs (OBVI) and of course celeb forays into fiction.  It’s kind of a compulsion and I’m totally unashamed.  I don’t even need to like the celeb, it’s the morbid curiosity that pulls me in.
  • True Crime Stories/Mysteries — You know the books — the ones that could totally be a 48 Hours Mystery or a Dateline story.  Yep, I’m a sucker for those.

Books I Never Want To Read

  • Experimental Fiction — I read to relax, to get lost in a good story, to become informed.  I don’t need innovation in style and technique – I have HGTV for that.  I know this is sort of a sad admission since I think you are supposed to love this stuff if you have a degree in English but I just…I just can’t.  Or at least haven’t yet.
  • Zombie Books or Recreations of Classic Books Involving Zombies — I know, I know, I read vampire books and cheesy witch books, but draw the line at zombies.  Why no love?  Mostly because I don’t really GET zombies and why they are cooler and edgier that other creatures.  Besides, no one wants to make out with a zombie, right?
  • Worst Case Scenario Handbooks — Also something I just don’t find the slightest bit appealing.  Not because I don’t have a desire to  know what to do in an actual precarious situation, but mostly because it seems to be the manufactured “clever” way to talk about stupid things I’m not really interested in anyway.
  • Books With Post-Apocalyptic Themes, Young Adult or Otherwise — Oh, I’m just soooooo hesitant to read books like this.  I mean, listen people I find the real world depressing enough.  I read to escape, remember?  Not to escape to a reality that requires a Worst Case Scenario Handbook – No No No!!!
  • Books With Dragons On The Cover — I mean, this one is pretty self explanatory I think.  Not a fan of dragon-type literature.
  • Books By Famous Bestselling Authors And “Some Other Unfamous Completely Unknown Author” —  Why is this happening?  Whenever I see this it just makes me feel like Famous Bestselling Author is just trying to churn out books factory-farm style so they can roll around in their beds made of money.  It just turns me off.  You became famous writing books by yourself — WHY CAN’T YOU DO IT BY YOURSELF ANYMORE?  Complete sidebar:  this is exactly how I feel about famous bloggers who say things like, “Oh I just don’t have time to read blogs anymore, I’m just too busy to connect with others.”  Dude.  DUUUUUUUDE.  Don’t even get me started.

So — what books do you Always/Never pick up?


How To Meal Plan – Part Two: Getting Down to Business

So since we have already accomplished Part One: setting aside some time to plan, checking our grocery circulars and maintaining a Recipe Arsenal, that means it is business time (and if this song is now in your head I apologize — or do I? MUAHAHAHA!) So, hey —  let’s get to planning some meals, shall we?  It only takes a few critical steps.

1.  Take Inventory of Perishable Items On Hand

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Is your fridge overflowing with lettuce like mine was this weekend? Salad will definitely be making an appearance! Do you have produce that will turn into a science experiment if it is not consumed in the next week? All of a sudden you have Monday’s dinner side dish right in front of you, no? Food waste is one of the most frustrating ways to throw money away and there’s no reason it should happen. Check the status of your veggies. See what protein you have in the freezer. Then connect the dots to something you’ve been eyeing in your Recipe Arsenal and voila! Nothing goes bad, and you feel like a creative genius. Win-win.

2.  Consult Your Schedule and Be Realistic
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This is one of the most commonly missed steps in Meal Planning.  Listen, we all want to sit down to a 4 course meal that includes homemade Beef Wellington after a long Monday, but COME ON.  If you are going to be working late, trying to hit the gym and stopping by the post office on way home from work,  don’t plan the world’s most complicated meal.  You are setting yourself up for failure and who wants to spend time planning that?  I actually have two tabs in my Recipe Arsenal for Slow Cooker Meals and 15 Minute Dinners (Breakfast for Dinner, anyone?) because we have quite a few of those weeknights around our house, and that’s ok.  Acknowledge it and plan for it.

The point of meal planning isn’t to get a meal on the table every night that photographs right out of Food & Wine Magazine (though when you get in the groove of things,  heck, it could happen!)  The point is to spend minimal time getting that food on the table while still eating well EVERY NIGHT.  And knowing what to expect with your schedule is critical to making that happen.

3.  Choose Your Recipes and Set Your Them Aside

How To Menu Plan

So at this point you’ll choose some meals that will work with your schedule and the food you have on hand.  (Obviously some recipes will require ingredients you don’t have on hand — we’ll get to that next!)  Print those recipes from the internet or pull the magazine articles out of your Recipe Arsenal and store them in the front pocket of that binder.  Bonus points if you pay attention to detail and line them up in the order they’ll be consumed.  That way there is no searching for the recipe at each meal — it’s all stacked neatly (and potentially in order) within your reach when it’s time to cook.

How To Menu Plan

A quick note:The reason I’m so pro-paper recipes (even though that seems so old school) is because I find it helpful to make notes on my recipes when I’m cooking.  Sometimes it’s about a change I’ve made, or something that didn’t go exactly as written.  This way each time I make a particular recipe I get closer and closer to perfecting/customizing it.  Perhaps it’s because Garrett and I are giant food nerds and like to sit around while we eat saying things like “You know what would make this perfect?  The slightest pinch of red pepper flakes!”  (holding our pinkies up in the air, of course)  You don’t have to be that dorky. But in all seriousness, if you don’t have a recipe on paper, you can’t make any amendments, so take that tip for what it’s worth.

4.  Make Your Grocery List
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So we’ve chosen recipes that use up our perishable food but unless you have a grocery fairy (WHY, OH WHY DON’T I HAVE A GROCERY FAIRY?) you still need to hit up the grocery store for some new ingredients.  I mention this because I want to share these two grocery list game changers that I read in an Ina Garten cookbook once.

The first is when you write an item you need on your list, note how much you need.  Instead of writing “Green Onions”, write Green Onions (1/2 Cup).  That way you make sure you get the right amount. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a list that included something like “Onions,” picked up 2 or 3 at the store and then half way through the week I run out.  This will save you a mid-week trip back to the store.

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The second is after you write down all your ingredients you need to purchase, take the time to rewrite that list organized by categories. Divide your piece of paper into headings according to how your grocery store is organized: Meat, Dairy, Produce, Canned Items, etc. Then add your list items under each heading grouped together for efficient shopping!

Life changing!

Once you get your shopping done, all that is left to do is enjoy your delicious meals all week long.  And with a few minutes of planning one day per week, this can be a reality!

Bon Appetit!

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If that was helpful, wanna see What’s In My Fridge?


How To Meal Plan – Part One: Pre-Work

If I had to pick one organizational tip to shout from the rooftops to anyone who wants to save time, stick to their health goals and cook AMAZING food it would be this: Plan Your Meals.

How To Menu Plan

I used to resist this idea thinking it seemed a bit restrictive — Why plan, I’ll probably end up wanting something more exciting than what’s on the menu! I don’t want to be boxed in! Nobody puts Baby in a Corner! — Well, you get the idea right? But inevitably I would come home from work too tired to be creative and would end up spending lots of time standing in front of the fridge sighing and ultimately slapping together one of the same old recipes (or if I was lucky, talking Garrett into going out to dinner!)

Having no control over creativity is one of the most common concerns I hear about meal planning, but after a few years of doing it successfully, I can honestly say I cook more exciting things (and more often!) because I take a little bit of time to do some planning once per week. This week I thought it would be fun to break down how I do it, and today we’re going start with the Pre-Work that ensures your Meal Planning becomes and efficient, well-oiled machine.

Pre-Work

These are the 3 small habits that you can easily cultivate that will help inspire an awesome Meal Plan that you will want to eat.

1. Set Aside Time and Make A Routine Of It

I spend 30 minutes to an hour meal planning every Sunday morning and then I shop Sunday afternoon — the same routine each week. Sundays work for me, but maybe Tuesdays work for you. Cater it to your schedule but keep it consistent because carving out a bit of time makes it easier to stay in the habit. Sure I have to deviate when we have other stuff going on, but since it takes the same amount of time to Meal Plan as it does to watch an episode of Real Housewives, I know I can find the time.

It may seem super luxurious to have an hour to yourself to sit down and think about What’s For Dinner, but really when you factor in the time you spend standing around and wondering what to cook, moving things around in the fridge, figuring out if you have the right ingredients, asking your partner what they feel like eating — over 7 days — you are actually saving time here.

2. Read Your Grocery Circulars
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Ours come every Wednesday and usually I flip through them to see what catches my eye as soon as they arrive. It’s the lazy-man’s way of figuring out what is seasonal and bonus points if you can find a few good deals to score. I’m not an extreme couponer and we have lots of room for improvement on our grocery budget, but I find starting with the grocery circulars give me some inspiration for what types of protein/veggies/fruit will be in abundance for that particular week. Then I just marinate.

I start brainstorming potential menu items that might sound good. Peaches in abundance? Maybe it’s time to try that Peach BBQ Sauce I’ve been eyeing. Is chuck roast on sale? (Buy One Get One Free this week – HEY-O!), so maybe I can bust out one of my good chuck roast recipes. Let the circulars spark your creativity.

3. Continuously Curate A Recipe Arsenal
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There is nothing I love more than finding new recipes, whether it is on the internet, from a cookbook, from a magazine, or from friends. While I do use electronic bookmarks like Delicious and Pinterest, I also keep a recipe binder in my kitchen with printouts, cutouts, emails, and old school recipe cards. It’s my catch-all of cooking inspiration.

It’s just a 3 ring binder with dividers and a few plastic pencil pouches (for index cards and scraps of paper) and whenever I print out a recipe to make (or cut one out of a magazine) if we end up liking it, it goes in the binder. That way I always have a large database to pull from.

Do what works for you — read food blogs, call your grandma, talk to your coworker about what they had for dinner — whatever will get you excited about dinner!

Then of course, it’s time to sit down and get to planning…

Check out: How To Meal Plan Part Two: Getting Down to Business


What’s For Dinner?

This chart always makes me chuckle — The Paleo Diet in a nutshell.  Jokes aside, I know that meal planning can seem super time consuming and overwhelming and I get asked quite a bit how I do it. So tomorrow I’m going to break down how I get 10-12 hot meals on the table each week while working dealing with normal busy life.

You know, How To Meal Plan LIKE A BOSS.

In the meantime, let’s get to the good stuff — what’s going on the table this week:

Monday

Lunch:  Pioneer Woman’s Brisket (adapted for the crockpot – 12 hrs on low — which I am cooking today) + Buttery Herbed Spaghetti Squash

Dinner: AndreAnna’s Asian Beef and Fried Cauliflower Rice Bowls (a perennial favorite around here)

Tuesday

Lunch:  Stovetop Carnitas + Sauteed Squash + Onions

Dinner: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak, Grilled Asparagus + Salad

Wednesday

Lunch: Greek Salad with Gyro flavored Ground Beef (inspired by my AMAZING lunch last week with Sarah

Dinner: Turkey Taco Burgers with Homemade Guacamole + Roasted Carrots + Onions

Thursday

Lunch:  Grilled Sausages and Leftover Veggies/Salad

Dinner: Breakfast For Dinner!  (To Be Determined, but I’m thinking it will involve sun-dried tomatoes and eggs for sure!)

Friday

Lunch:  Grilled Chicken Thighs + Hot Bacon + Cabbage Slaw (recipe coming soon — hot damn, it is easy and delicious!)

Dinner: Southwest Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries + Salad

Saturday

Lunch:  Paleo Orange Chicken + Steamed Broccoli

Dinner:  Italian Beef Stew

Sunday

Hit up the grocery store, lather, rinse, repeat.

 

So…watcha cookin’ this week, friends?  Any new recipes you are excited about?

 

 

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Please Excuse The Dust…

So hey — welcome to my new site.  Yep, that’s right after 5 years I thought it was about time to venture into the blogging world without the help of Blogger.

(If you are reading this in a reader, click through and Check it out!)

It got a bit of a face lift and everything…just in time for Kim Kardashian’s wedding. SQUEE!

A few things worth mentioning:

*First, none of this would have been possible without the fabulous Lisa! I have a serious lack of technical skills and to say she was the wind beneath my wings wouldn’t even be a tiny exaggeration. Got a project up your sleeve with no idea how to make it happen? Drop by and check her out. She was a rockstar!

*Second, I will definitely need a minute to get my bearings over here so expect a little bit of experimenting. But if things look a little wonky or don’t work quite like they used to — drop me a line and let me know: hawoodcock{at}gmail{dot}com

*Third, thanks for stopping by and being a part of my little ol’ website. You make my little corner of the internet feel like home, so keep that up, would ya?

Hope you all have a great weekend, and thanks for being patient while I redecorate! You’re the best!

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