Adopting our pup Yo Biden has meant adapting a bunch of things, including our dinner routine. Typically, I plan and prep all of our meals, employing a survey-the-fridge-and-compile-something-creative, sans recipe. But since I've been coming home at lunch (I work close), Jon has been heading home a tad bit early, perfectly positioning himself as dinner-prep person. He's one who feels more comfortable rocking a recipe, so, today, he sat down with a cookbook—a great cookbook called Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach—and plotted out a bunch of meals for the week.
Here's what we're eating (recipes from the book + simple sides and family favorites):
Monday: Birthday party + leftovers
Tuesday: Sloppy Joes and sweet potato fries
Wednesday: Chicken + roasted beets + quinoa and peas
Thursday: Sweet & spicy tofu + green beans with toasted almonds
Friday: Asian BBQ Chicken + cilantro lime rice, sesame kale salad (family favorite!)
And here's what I purchased for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and sanity (flowers!):
In the produce section: Avocados (for toast, rice bowls, everything!), carrots (for soup - lunch - and snacks), kale and spinach (for sides and smoothies), onions (for Jon's fancy recipes), garlic (because we're Italian), strawberries (for snacks and yogurt parfaits), cilantro, dill, rosemary and thyme (for Jon's fancy recipes), sweet potatoes (for fries and more), beets (for roasting, because: yum), bananas (for snacking and smoothies and, once-brown-and-slimey, baking), limes and lemons (for everything, including my recent turmeric toddy obsession)
In the dairy (+ more section): Vanilla yogurt (snacks and parfaits), milk (for growing boys and coffee), almond milk (smoothies, overnight oats), eggs (for everything)
Meats and more: chicken breasts, ground turkey, extra firm tofu
Baking situations: flour (for pancakes and cookies), chocolate chips (ditto)
Staples and snacks: sprouted grain bread for toast and sandwiches, pretzels, peanuts, cashews, slivered almonds (again, Jon with his recipes), juice (because kids can't have coffee but still need a jumpstart), two kinds of ginger tea (because I consume like a grandma and go through boxes of this stuff every week).
Next up: Teaching the dog to cook.
What are you eating this week? How do you plan your meals?