Food inspiration, or what's for supper?

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  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971
    AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Posts: 2,896 Member
    This is what the large five week menu does for me. Even if I'm pretty tired, if things are thawed, and it's on the menu, it's usually easier for me to just do it than to not do it.
  • Athijade
    Athijade Posts: 2,818 Member
    This is what the large five week menu does for me. Even if I'm pretty tired, if things are thawed, and it's on the menu, it's usually easier for me to just do it than to not do it.

    I would love to get more into doing it this way, even just a couple weeks at a time. The getting started is the hard part. By the time the weekend comes around, I have so much to do and I am so tired. And I have no real help cause it's me and the cats.

    Sorry... I am just feeling really frustrated about it right now.
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 10,718 Member
    Even Alexandra with her five week menu plays with a bunch of Staples.

    I guess this is where individual differences come in. But that's where filling the pantry and the fridge with relatively self-stable items you've determined over time to be relatively filling for their calories comes into play so that you can make something reasonable reasonably fast.

    Also: food as druggery--just no. But it doesn't always have to be super exciting. Basic staples are ok too!
  • Athijade
    Athijade Posts: 2,818 Member
    I am going to try and make it easy on myself so maybe I can do it.

    For breakfasts I will do hardboiled eggs and some sort of carb. Either fruit, yogurt, english muffins, or mini bagels.

    For lunches I will do either frozen meals (with extra steamed veggies) or salads. Both with a side of fruit.

    For dinners I will follow the idea of keep it simple stupid. Bowls are great for this. I have tons of simple and easy recipes. If I want something fancier I can do it on a weekend and try to make sure it will leave me leftovers so I don't have to cook again the next night. Maybe I can at least get to prepping the veggies and protein so I don't have to chop as much each night I cook? I could most likely do that after I get back from my shopping as I put stuff away.

    So baby steps?

    And I know I was coming up with excuses and I need to stop doing that. That is why I trust you all when I am like this. You don't judge and hate on me, though you do point out just enough that it helps me snap out of it. And you are always there with amazing ideas.

    So what I am saying is... thank you. Thank you for letting me be me with my quirks and whining. Thank you for your support and ideas. Just... thank you.
  • lauriekallis
    lauriekallis Posts: 2,764 Member
    edited May 11
    Right back at you, Athijade. And it sounds like you are putting together a manageable / sustainable system.
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 10,718 Member
    🐹 huggies @Athijade 🤷🏻‍♂️

    I really like your extra 🐇 plan. In fact I often do it myself -- frozen dinner with extra veggies. Sometimes replacing the rice with veggies too! (MFP, and crono, can both enter negative grams FYI to deduct the 150g of cooked rice from the frozen dinner 😎)
  • lauriekallis
    lauriekallis Posts: 2,764 Member
    Just got invited for veggie stirfry dinner at the moving to Newfoundland son's house. <3 We will start building some positivity into this now...I hope.
  • Bella_Figura
    Bella_Figura Posts: 2,986 Member
    edited May 11
    I was doing a turbo ride at 7pm which interfered with dinner, so I just had a sausage sarnie and 100g McCain french fries (bangers and chips both air-fried). Followed by a banana.

    Post ride I had a protein ball and some greek yoghurt.

    Lunch was a huge bowl of roasted vegetable couscous. Yum.
  • lauriekallis
    lauriekallis Posts: 2,764 Member
    Dinner was good - though I was kinda floored when I turned the corner and saw a huge garbage bin in their driveway. This is all too new for me to be ready for that level of reality.

    I thought the stir fry was delicious - so did The Boy. Mom and Dad didn't, so they didn't eat theirs. Awkward time. Hopefully this passes soon.
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 10,718 Member
    Laurie... fingers crossed things turn out nicely for one and all!

    Newfoundland I hear is beautiful and many an artist have visited and even lived extensively in the picturesque towns and villages--> :innocent::mrgreen: (I'm shovelling for all I'm worth here!)
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 10,718 Member
    a sausage sarnie and 100g McCain french fries (bangers and chips both air-fried). Followed by a banana.

    That's funny Garfield! So today someone (not downstairs) gave me a box of Costco spinach pies--and since it started fighting for freezer space with the previous box of Costco spinach pies they gave me a while back... I cooked a tray for dad and downstairs--and snuck out 580 Cal for me! BUT, back to the funny, one of the options I contemplated was making a bunch of shoestring potatoes. I've got just about 600 Cal worth of them in the freezer... but they didn't really look like much, so I skipped! Then again, six baby spinach pies don't look like much either!
  • lauriekallis
    lauriekallis Posts: 2,764 Member
    I would love to live there...lots of rocks and water...I love painting rocks and water! But will have to let some time pass to let my daughter-in-law establish their nest before I would consider such a thing...sometimes, me thinks, mother-in-laws are a bit much.
  • Bella_Figura
    Bella_Figura Posts: 2,986 Member
    Laurie I absolutely think you should up-sticks and move too! I'm absolutely sure you must have the soshul skillz to do so without upsetting the DIL - after all, won't their lives be so much harder if they don't have you around to spend time with The Boy when they're working or they want some alone time? Your presence will be enriching for all concerned! You need to start selling it it as a positive enhancement to their Newfoundland life. You don't have to be in their pockets all day to be a huge asset as a nearby babysitter.

    Actually you could use reverse psychology and just say something casual along the lines of: 'Gosh, it'll be an adventure for you guys to spend all your free time together as a threesome! Though I expect you'll need to arrange some sort of childcare for when The Boy's on vacation and you're both working...."

    Plant that seed and watch it grow from a minor "huh, we hadn't thought of that!" into a huge oak tree of a "Holy s**t, we'll never get 5 minutes to ourselves for the next ten years! And childcare will bankrupt us!...Ma, you wouldn't consider relocating to Newfoundland would you....?!?!?"
  • lauriekallis
    lauriekallis Posts: 2,764 Member
    Dinner tonight: Veggie weiner slices sauteed in BBQ sauce (lol - sounds kinda fancy), little gem potatoes, greenbeans and butternut squash (from frozen). Woohoo. Sounds pretty good for a fifteen minuteish meal with no prep time.
  • conniewilkins56
    conniewilkins56 Posts: 3,271 Member
    I am baking a chicken!…grilled asparagus and baked potatoes!…..
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 10,718 Member
    edited May 12
    I really like the plant the seed idea and watch it grow -- it should be done for sure, hopefully both subtly and effectively.

    But beyond that I don't see how Laurie
    gets a win without letting them cope with a hurricane season or two.

    Also not sure that Newfoundland is the best resession proof location in Canada?

    Our Laurie will cope magnificently and in a few years things will play out!!!

    Reminder Laurie that the forums are searchable and your screen name is not super stealthy!
  • PAV8888
    PAV8888 Posts: 10,718 Member
    Hmmm.... Laurie you're giving me ideas since I have the same veggies at home!
  • lauriekallis
    lauriekallis Posts: 2,764 Member
    Thanks, PAV. Points taken. Stealth is not one my my strengths, for sure.
  • Bella_Figura
    Bella_Figura Posts: 2,986 Member
    Hmmm...not my healthiest ever day, though super-yummy!

    Breakfast: Sourdough toast with 10g butter and a dollop of homemade rhubarb and ginger jam
    Lunch: Knackebrot, houmous, carrot sticks
    Snack: A HUGE (145g!) ciambella....OMG, this is the first ciambella I've had since our last trip to Rome and it was as good as the authentic Italian ones...hardly surprising, though, as the baker is from the castelli romani....
    Dinner: More sourdough with vintage cheddar and cherry tomatoes. Followed by a Border dark chocolate coated ginger biscuit.