Monday, February 24, 2020

Weekly Eats: Another week, another breakfast burrito

A weekly roundup: eats, watches, and reads.
The same old same old and no complaints.  A mix of avocado toast and breakfast burritos.  Gratuitous breakfast burrito pic to start this post just to prove that they still exist - this has been a go to breakfast for years and I feel like I've overshared and overlinked to it, but what's a blogger to do?

Poor me, my husband was out of town on Saturday morning so I had to make my own special pre-long run breakfast.  I busted out the air fryer for bacon and french toast.


The wild rice pilaf that I made last week was delicious, but I only ate half of the portion shown and walked away from the rest.  Whatever is in quinoa that doesn't agree with me is also apparently in wild rice. (P.S. one of the points that the dietitian that I talked to last year raised was that I don't eat a lot of I know why.  Moving on....)

Monday: my favorite dinner of the year!  Our annual boy scout spaghetti dinner and you better believe that I cleaned my plate.  The stepsons worked the event and our neighbors came to hang out with us.

Tuesday (family meal): leftover palooza.  I stepped up and had the last portion of the baked ziti from Valentine's Day.

Wednesday (date night): chicken parm via the air fryer.

Thursday (fend for yourself night): veggie burrito

Friday (family meal): take out pizza.

Saturday (dinner for two): hubs and stepson #1 went on a boy scout skiing trip, but stepson #2 was sick so he stayed home and it was the two of us for dinner.  He had leftover pizza, I had spinach artichoke pasta, and then we went out on the town for a dog walk.  Speaking of stepson #2, it breaks my heart to report this, but I noticed that he's looking awfully skinny lately...which uh oh means he's gotten taller.  I had hubs take a back to back picture of us when he got home to confirm: the last time we took a picture was Thanksgiving and I was still a few inches taller but two months later he's just about closed the gap.  I'm still taller but barely.  My destiny to be the shortest member of our family will soon be fulfilled.

Sunday (family meal): hubs and stepson #1 survived the ski trip, so we celebrated with tacos.

I couldn't let the Instant Pot sit idle for an entire week, so I used it for cilantro lime rice.  I'm on the fence here:
  • Rice cooking time in the IP is only 5 minutes BUT it takes 10+ minutes for the pot to pressurize so the time saving isn't huge.
  • But it's nice to be 100% hands free on the rice, just set it and forget it.
  • Ugh to the google high hitter that says you need to add more water to rice to cook it in the IP...our rice ended up a bit soggy but now I know not to do that next time.
  • Cleaning the IP is more involved that just cleaning a regular pan, so that also eats into the time savings.
Meal Prep
We have tacos for days for family dinners this week.  I got serious and restocked my freezer:

Spinach Artichoke Pasta
Averie Cooks Sweet Potato, Corn, and Black Bean Enchiladas.  Pro tips: just double the recipe to start with, green enchilada sauce, and cut back on the cheese.

  • From the treadmill: season 4 of Suits
  • From the couch: finished the last season of Married at First Sight on Hulu, and rewatched a bunch of silent movies: Safety Last, West of Zanzibar, and It.
Long Bright River, I haven't had a lot of reading time so this one is going to take awhile, but I like it.


  1. I feel like I'm the only person without an Instant Pot! I haven't felt the need for it, though.

    Just finished reading The Most Fun We Ever Had. It was good but too long! Next up, The Holdout. Watching Better Call Saul. I loved Breaking Bad and this is equally as clever.

    1. Breaking Bad and The Wire are the two big shows that I've never watched. I guess I'm saving them in case I ever run out of good treadmill shows?

  2. Good to know about the IP clean-up. I am still on the fence, but I think I'll continue perching (I know, bad joke). That's funny about the growing boys in the house. I'm tall (5'9) and we were all shocked when the oldest daughter passed me (she's 5'11). The son passed her (eventually) and he's closing in on the dad. The son is 22-1/2, and seems to still be growing (currently 6'2+). The other daughter, is content to be at 5'6ish and (apparently) done. Crazy how the genes all play out!~

    1. There are things that I like about the IP, but so far I'd say it's not a "must have" and I'm going to detail everything good, bad, and in between. My husband was a terribly picky eater and so skinny when he was younger so he got gypped on height front, but the boys are making up for it.

  3. I just got an instapot but have not played around with it enough yet. All your meals look good! Have a great week

    1. Thanks Deborah, I haven't played with mine enough either, there's a lot to learn.