What We’re Eating

Hey y’all!

We have some exciting news!

Yep…you read that right. I quit my job. In the middle of a pandemic. In the year 2020 which has already been very strange. And, without a super clear plan set in place. But friends, we are very happy with our decision.

We thought about it all summer, had many discussions, I cried lots of tears and our hearts were very heavy when we decided to finally go through with it. It has been the most crazy, freeing, scary, passion building experience I have ever been through.

But, needless to say, with a change in employment, came a change in our budget. So, not that I didn’t focus on our budget before, but now we will be even more focused on budget friendly meals or ones that can be stretched. So, let’s jump in!

What We’re Eating

August 1st – August 7th

Saturday: Panini with assorted Italian meats, havarti, arugula and pesto aioli

Sunday: Baked potatoes with turkey chili and cheese (didn’t use this meal last week) πŸ™‚

Monday: Crunchy cabbage salad with sesame ginger dressing and grilled chicken breasts (this was such a hit last week we are having it again!)

Tuesday: Jalapeno, green onion bun-less turkey burgers with W’s famous baked french fries (friends, they are to die for!)

Wednesday: Tamale pie

Thursday: Rigis πŸ™‚ (W loves rigatoni with my homemade red sauce; we call it Rigis)

Friday: Date night!!!!! Ahi tuna poke bowls with homemade sushi rice, cucumber, avocado, radish, and all the other yummy poke bowl toppings

Dessert for the week: Keeping it simple with a square of dark chocolate here and there πŸ™‚

Y’all, I love to make ingredients go further by using them for more than just one meal (turkey for chili and burgers, ground beef for tamale pie and rigis; stretching meals with lots of extra veggies mixed in. A good time to clean out your fridge too!). We eat a lot of leftovers and always try our best to use all we can so not much goes to waste, if anything.

Our meals this week are budget friendly and have allowed us to have enough money left over in our weekly budget for a date night of poke, which isn’t always the most cost friendly meal. But, saving during the week on meals and having date night at home with games, homemade cocktails, and quality time together, allows us to splurge a bit on the meal itself.

I hope y’all have a really nice week! We will keep you updated on all of my new adventures. I am so excited for this new chapter in our life. My future is wide open…

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hello my friends!

Rainy season has officially begun here and I couldn’t be more excited! Me and rain go way back. Ever since I can remember, when it would get stormy out and the rain started to fall, all I wanted to do was be out in it. Feeling the drops on my bare skin. And I still do that to this day. My heart skips a beat and I run to any door I can find and wait for that oh so familiar feeling of those tiny droplets hitting my skin. Makes my heart feel so calm. Like I can let out a breath I’ve been holding in. Even W knows now how the rain makes me feel and opens any door or window that is close so that I can see and hear it. I’ve often wondered if it’s the Native in me that makes me feel so connected to rain…

We have a busy week ahead, so needed some quick, low maintenance dinners that can be put together in a flash. We always like to balance healthy meals with some that…aren’t so healthy, but feed our hearts and souls. Enjoy friends!

What We’re Eating

July 25th – July 31st

Saturday: Crunchy cabbage salad with sesame ginger dressing and grilled chicken

Sunday: BBQ beef and beans with rice – good for Sunday since it cooks slow and is low maintenance

Monday: Mushroom egg rolls – not Chinese egg rolls, more like an egg pancake rolled up πŸ™‚

Tuesday: Loaded Italian pasta salad

Wednesday: BBQ chicken sandwiches with slaw and oven fries

Thursday: Baked potato with turkey chili

Friday: Peanut butter and jelly pancake bake!

Dessert for the week: Raspberry Jell-O pie!! A childhood favorite πŸ™‚

We can’t wait to update y’all on our recent life changes! They are good and scary and happy and make my stomach hurt πŸ™‚ Change is hard friends. We think about it, we plan for it, we dream about it, but when it actually happens, it can be one of the scariest, hardest things we have ever done. No amount of planning can prepare us completely can it? And unfortunately change doesn’t always turn out as rosy as we imagined. But it sure does make life interesting…

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hey y’all!

I seem to be at a loss for words this week friends. I’ve been sitting here staring at a blinking cursor for-what-feels-like-ever, and can’t come up with anything insightful to say. W and I have had a busy week and are grateful for a little downtime. Although sometimes the weekends feel more busy than the week. Anyone else?!

Let’s jump in and maybe more words will come to me πŸ™‚

What we’re eating this week!

July 18th – July 24th

Saturday: Grazing dinner

Sunday: Focaccia…we didn’t make it last week

Monday: Salmon packets with carrots and broccoli with marinated vegetable salad

Tuesday: Pasta Scallopini, which isn’t really scallopini but we call it that πŸ™‚ Maybe I’ll post the recipe soon

Wednesday: Chicken quinoa bowls with pico de gallo, black beans, lime, shredded cheese and corn

Thursday: Panino! Italian meats, havarti, arugula and pesto aioli

Friday: Pork with homemade rice pilaf and sauteed vegetables

Dessert for the week: Low sugar Jell-O with Lime Vitality for a summer twist!

As I sit here listening to Gilmore Girls and deciding what to organize next in our house, I am relieved. Relieved and at peace that I am surrounded by my family, whom I love so much and is so supportive, that I have the things I need and that I have had this amazing opportunity to try and make a dream of mine come true. To write for strangers on the internet πŸ™‚

If you are here and reading this right now, give it some love, share it with your friends and family if you think they would love it, and help support a gal that is daring to dream.

Until next week friends.

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hi sweet friends!

I hope you had a really nice week! Did you find some inspiration from last week’s post? If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen our grain bowls…they were my favorite meal this week!!! Turmeric grilled chicken, homemade hummus and baba ganoush, roasted sweet potatoes and onions and of course, lots of healthy grains! Yummm!!!!

We have some repeats from last week making an appearance this week…I’ll explain πŸ™‚

What we’re eating this week!

June 27th – July 3rd

Saturday: Freshly (more about this down below)

Sunday: Freshly

Monday: Freshly

Tuesday: BLT wraps (from last week)

Wednesday: Italian tuna pasta (from last week)

Thursday: Sausage and rice with broccoli (from last week)

Friday: Freshly

Dessert for the week: Low sugar strawberry jello with fresh fruit and light whipped cream

This week is super simple friends! To be honest with you, I over-planned last week because I forgot we were getting a Freshly order. Thankfully, I have a couple shelf stable meals from last week that we can use this week. Little tip, I always try to plan one or two shelf stable meals for the week just in case something comes up and we don’t cook. That way we don’t waste food. I’m a waste not, want not kind of girl πŸ™‚

We are trying Freshly for the first time and are super excited about it. W and I had recently talked about wanting a break from cooking, doing dishes, taking the time to plan, and suddenly a coupon for Freshly showed up in the mail! If we like it, I will reach out to the company and see about getting y’all a code to use. My business is obviously still really small so I’m not sure that I’ll get one, but no harm in trying right?!

I am relieved to have some extra time that won’t be used cooking and cleaning because W and I are contemplating some serious life changing decisions right now and I need to focus my time in other places. I just asked my mom today, “how do you know you’re making the right choice?” and she said, “you don’t.” Not the comfort I was hoping for, but she’s right. You just have to pray and have faith and hope and do your best to make the right decision for you.

Not as much inspiration this week but it was nice talking to you friends. I hope you have an amazing week!

xo

S