Back in the saddle

Yeah so that whole meal planning thing...not doing such a good job at it. More like not doing it at all.

And that means I haven't been planning meals which means that I've been eating whatever it lying around OR just not eating meals (grazing) OR eating junk. In any case it's resulted in low energy and an expanding ass (my "loose" jeans - not feeling so loose this week).

Part of all this is that I've been lazy. Part of it is due to the fact that I've been playing the must avoid the neighbours game. Part of it is that I've had no motivation. Part of it is just plain laziness. Part of it is meal planning burn out from trying to figure out what to do with all those veggies I was getting delivered and wouldn't normally eat (I've cancelled the service). But I've had enough (and I can't afford to buy more clothes for said expanding ass).
So I'm jumping up on that horse and I'm back in the saddle again.

Sort of.

I don't think I'm going to plan an entire week (or 5 days) worth of meals. Why? Because I always have more leftovers than I plan to which results in a meal or two that I had planned being knocked off the list. So for now I'm going to plan on doing a couple of meals *and* planning lunches. In a couple of days I'll plan for the next couple of days.
This planning of lunches - VERY important. I've been seriously slacking on this whole lunch thing. Did I mention I haven't been eating properly???

I was lacking inspiration. So I do what I what I do when I'm lacking inspiration. I go to my cookbooks. And my favourite for inspiration is hands down Crazy Plates by Janet and Greta Podleski. It's a low-fat cookbook but trust me, it's anything but bland. It's healthy options for YUMMY food. I've tried many recipes from their books (I also own Looneyspoons but haven't bought Eat, Shrink and be Merry yet). I often end up modifying their recipes slightly (most often cutting the recipe in half or subbing a veggie from another one) but they are always tasty.

So this week I'm going to make their black bean soup (Bean Me Up, Scottyn- did I mention that these books are also fun?) to have for lunch. I can switch it up with other things as well but it's healthy and should help me be more productive in the afternoons. I don't know if I've mentioned it but I love soup for lunch, especially in the summer. I know that means that some of you will think I'm weird but soups don't sit heavy in my stomach, rarely make me feel ookey and usually have lots of veggies in them. This one has a nice dash of spice with jalapenos and chili powder. I'm also leaning towards their enchilada casserole (The Whole Enchilada). I will have plenty of leftovers from this if I make it full sized which I believe I will.

My plan is to head to the grocery store and buy ingredients for these two recipes which is serve several meals for me.

My shopping list:

  • cilantro

  • onions

  • red bell pepper

  • carrots

  • jalapenos

  • green onions

  • baby spinach (not related to either of the recipes but I want it for salads)

  • tortillas

  • chicken

  • beef broth

  • tomato sauce (BIG CAN)

  • black beans, canned (several cans)

  • lime juice

  • lemon juice

  • sour cream

As you can see it's a pretty concise shopping list. I happened to pick two recipes that have very similar ingredients (makes shopping MUCH easier). There are other ingredients I need that I happen to have on hand like brown rice, cheese, garlic, spices, etc. Also my list is vaguely arranged in order of what aisles I'll have to go in. All the produce together, then the meat (yes I know i said I hate chicken from the grocery store vs the butcher but it's just easier to do it this way in terms of the time I have this weekend), then the canned stuff, then citrus juices, then the dairy aisle. It makes navigating things *much* easier and should make for a faster in/out trip.

Ok, time to print off that list and get going!