Meal Plan (gluten free, dairy free) Feb 22-28

I was reminded last night while chatting with a friend just how hard eating real food is. To me, its gets boring and redundant. I am a self-proclaimed non-cook and non-foodie and often say that if I could afford one luxury it would be a personal chef. Eating real food and cooking around food restrictions takes time, preparation and flexibility. I spend more time planning meals and going to the store. It forces me to think ahead for the week. And I have to be okay to try new things at the risk of throwing it all away in the trash. I get bored really easily with food. I won't lie, almost every week by Thursday I opt for popcorn rather than leftovers for dinner. That's a whole meal, right? Here is what we ate last week.

Sunday - Campfire Pouches (Publix recipe). I have been on a kick to clear out cluttered spaces and the first one was a glass cabinet in the kitchen that housed recipe books. I NEVER use recipe books. Pinterest and my iPad are my go-to's for recipes. Plus, most of the recipes that my recipe box contained were filled with gluten and dairy which no longer works for this tribe. However, I did find this tucked away and decided to give it a try. It was pretty good and Scott enjoyed the leftovers with rice and a fried egg on top.

Campfire Pouches
Campfire Pouches

Monday - leftovers

Tuesday - Crockpot Chicken  (1 lb chicken breasts covered with Progresso chicken and wild rice soup. Cook for 4 hours on high) + sautéed green beans (cooked in skillet with some EVOO) + rice

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Black Bean Soup + leftover rice + avocado. This is a super easy and fast dinner to pull together. Seriously. You need to add this to your meal plan.

Black Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - It was a beautiful day here in Atlanta so we grilled some chicken marinated in Trader Joe's BBQ sauce and served it up with hummus + Trader Joe's quinoa chips. Sometimes simple is perfect.

Since we had an unexpected few snow days (with really no snow), we had the chance to play with friends. On Thursday, we made PB cookies and PB Banana mini muffins for our guests. Both of these were devoured in minutes.

Maybe I should start playing the lottery to afford that personal chef. Things to ponder.