I’ve been doing a rough meal plan for each week and it’s been helpful to organize the fresh meals, frozen meals, ingredients we have on hand to use up, Plenty nights, and plan some takeout nights. All three weeks we have steered off course quite a bit for random reasons. In the above, for example, we had plenty of Shrimp leftovers so we had that for two nights instead of the one planned, which bumped the steak night. Also we forgot to actually BUY a steak on our grocery trip, so there’s that! We’re still trying to do a mix of home-cooked meals, pantry/freezer staples, and takeout to support the restaurants we love.
A newish restaurant in Cville we have yet to dine in is Conmole! We ordered takeout last week and it was FAB! They specialize in Oaxacan Mexican cuisine, and we ordered the sampler package which had plenty of food for the two of us: a tamale, a big beef empanada, the cauliflower side (which we loved!), the pork mole verde that came with tortillas and rice.
Caprese Pasta Salad
We enjoyed my Caprese Pasta Salad another night with grilled chicken sausage tossed in. Loved this combo!
We made veggie and cheese omelets and toasted Pie Chest biscuits on the side.
We have realized that all dinners don’t have to take an hour to cook. In fact, a lot of our dinners lately have felt more like lunches. Like this night we had biscuits again with arugula salads. (The kids probably had quesadillas.)
I usually order one night’s entree from Plenty per week. Last week it was Turkey Burger Sliders with potato wedges that we all loved! I get a 4 person serving and there is usually enough for leftovers for lunch one day too.
Birch had pasta, avocado, cheese, and chicken and ate NOTHING here! He was not happy despite the fact that we know he likes avocado and cheese if it’s shredded. He is not a fan of meat at all.
But here’s a dinner he DID like! Cheesy eggs, sweet potato wedges, a pouch. (OK he did not actually eat those zucchini sticks.)
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
One food he’s been all over this week are these sweet potato wedges, cooked in the air fryer. They were perfection.
Leftovers –> Lunch Salad
We also ordered Vivace take out and had some delicious pizza! Plus a salad with a side of their bread and olives. I took the leftover olives, bread and salad dressing and made my own salad creation for lunch the next day. I am all over arugula these days as a salad base.
And here’s another leftovers-turned-salad lunch. Slider + quinoa and kale with lentils from Plenty.
Plenty also offers breakfast bakes, but I usually have them for lunch! This one was packed with tomatoes and veggies and came with a side of fruit.
On weekdays I usually make smoothies, oatmeal bowls or yogurt bowls for me and the kids. PB&J oatmeal at its best!
And if I do make eggs, it’s with toast and fruit!
PB toast before a morning run. If I have a more basic breakfast like this, I’m likely to have a little snack after my workout – or even an early lunch in the 11:00 hour.
Hope y’all are doing well over there!