I have a week of food coming your way. And I’m pretty proud of myself because despite Kyle being out of town I did a decent job of still making myself quality meals…as opposed to just half-assing it and rummaging through the fridge after putting P down.
Once again, they’re all out of order.
When I’m planning the week ahead, I have a vague idea of when I’ll do certain meals based on their hands-on time and my schedule, but I like the option to switch it mid-week if I don’t feel like a certain dish that day or if something comes up and I don’t have enough time to prep.
BBQ chicken, grilled corn, and kettle salt & pepper chips. Holy moly are these chips addicting. If you haven’t tried them, consider this post your PSA and stay away. I used TJ’s BBQ sauce (the Bold & Smoky Kansas City style one) for the chicken.
Asian slaw salad
This was easy and delicious and I plan on making it again. I used 1 bag of cabbage, 1/2 bag broccoli slaw which I tossed in TJ’s soyaki sauce in the morning so it would wilt and get soggy by evening.
Then I added 2 chicken breasts which I baked and shredded (some went to P so maybe 1 1/2 breasts), 2 chopped stalks of celery, 3 green onions, 1 can of mandarin oranges, and more soyaki sauce.
Just before serving I added sesame sticks on top. These weren’t in the picture until after P was asleep (sesame and wheat are allergens for him).
This week’s al fresco had lots of the old (Mary’s crackers, smoked trout and fried green beans), with a few new (goat gouda, fig jam [!!] and fresh blackberries). Yums all around.
Thoughts on the new Mary’s cracker box? Kyle and I had a long discussion about the reason for the change and their (possible) new marketing goals. Because we are weird.
This is the sprouted quinoa strawberry salad from Terry Walters’ Clean Food. I wish all cookbooks were organized by recipes in a seasonal way.
I added chicken because Kyle requested so. And let’s be real, P doesn’t turn chicken down…ummmm…ever. So my new favorite thing? Tomatillos!
And we already discussed the 4th so that’s the end of the post!
But before I sign off until next week’s menu, let’s discuss the chocolate in my life lately, okay?
(above) endangered species natural coconut creme filled dark chocolate
(below) righteously raw maca & cacao maca bar
Usually, I stick to the pound plus bars from TJ’s (I eat way too much chocolate to not). But when Kyle’s out of town, he encourages me to treat myself. So I did!
I’m sorry to say the first wasn’t my fave. The creme filling was weird and tasted artificial or something to me.
The maca bar, however, is the ISH. I actually bought another a few days later because it was THAT good – even though it was a whopping $5. I’ve been a righteously raw bar fan for a long time, but this was my first time branching out after a serious caramel streak.