Hello, hello! I hope your Monday is off to a fabulous start!
Mal and I tag-teamed this week’s meal planning and grocery shopping. Usually, I always have a few meals in mind that I want to make for the upcoming week, but I was totally tapped out yesterday. I asked Mal for some ideas, but he replied: “You know what I like.” Um, thanks, Mal. Super helpful. Ha! But, I kind of get where he’s coming from. Some people just aren’t planners when it comes to food and that’s okay.
While I enjoy meal planning—selecting recipes, creating lists, and figuring out how to fit all of the different pieces together—Mal would rather just wing it and eat whatever fancies him when the time comes. I typically don’t have a problem with this—there are nights when we eat grilled cheese sandwiches or hit up Lime Leaf for dinner—but neither of these are super healthy options and getting take-out is often pretty expensive. Plus, when we order out, we don’t eat what’s in our refrigerator, so there’s always a chance it will go bad, which drives me crazy. I just can’t see food go to waste. There are people starving in our country! I guess I’d just prefer to save money where we can and not waste food, so I really try to make good meals plans and stick to them.
Long story short (that was quite a tangent, wasn’t it?), Mal usually just goes with the flow when it comes to what we eat during the week, which I am thankful for because it makes meal planning fairly easy. Even still, I bugged him for a couple of meal ideas this week. He suggested chicken stir fry, which is a super easy, quick, and healthy meal. (We make it with these steam-in-bag veggies from Whole Foods.)
Once we had chicken stir fry on the menu, I started to rack my brain for some more ideas and then I remembered the Whole Foods app that one of my CrossFit friends recently told me about. (FYI: This post is not sponsored by Whole Foods. My friend raved about this app, so I immediately downloaded it and have loved it ever since. I thought some of you guys might find it helpful too, which is why I am sharing it.)
The Whole Foods app has all sorts of great features (the On-Hand Search and shopping lists are especially cool), but my favorite thing about it is the “Sales Flyer,” where you can enter your local store and it tells you what is on sale that week. Whole Foods is definitely more expensive than your average grocery store, but if you shop the sales, it is totally affordable—and, of course, you can’t beat the quality!
And, with that said, here’s this week’s meal plan, which was inspired by the sales at my local Whole Foods:
- Sunday: Lime Leaf leftovers
- Monday: Crab cakes + Kale & Apple Salad
- Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash Bake (recipe coming soon)
- Wednesday: Chicken stir fry
- Thursday: Brown rice bowls
- Friday: Get-together with friends
- Saturday: Burgers on the grill with parsnip fries
The Dollop Book of Frosting Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered to win a copy of The Dollop Book of Frosting! Here are your winners:
My favorite sugary treat is a huge bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with sprinkles and ANY donut with frosting!
My favorite treat is a carrot cake cupcake! I love the cream cheese icing and nuts mixed into the batter and sprinkled on top!
Congrats, Lauren and Devon! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.
At the end of her blog book tour, Heather is also giving away a grand prize package of frosting fun stuff (and of course a signed copy of The Dollop Book of Frosting) to one lucky winner! To enter, just leave a comment on the Dollop Facebook wall or tweet to @heathercupcakes and use #Dollop. She’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 20th!
Questions of the Day
Are you a planner when it comes to food?
What’s your favorite food-related app?
P.S. Happy National Guacamole Day! Here’s one of my favorite recipes: Edamame Guacamole!