My stepsons are slightly picky eaters. It's really not that bad, and in fact down right mild compared to myself when I was a kid.
One sticking point that they have is meat sauce on pasta...I mean why would anyone eat something so weird? Back when their grandparents were alive we used to have a family pasta dinner nearly every week, so it's not like they were never exposed to it, it's just something that had fallen in the "ugh" category. And hey, that's their parents' battle to fight and not mine. In a typical dinner where we have our favorite pasta I make it for the adults and give the kids buttered noodles and chicken nuggets. Until this week....when we were trying to figure out what to have for dinner last night, my husband had a yen for pasta...for all four of us. I plopped down four plates of marinara on the table and...everyone ate it with no complaints and no drama like it's a perfectly normal thing. Hmm, did I pull one over on them or have they been punking me all along?
Anyway, with the roaring success of one meal, I am kind of out of my meal planning slump that's gone on for the past few weeks? months? years? It's radical enough that my family now eats fish but pasta and meat sauce as well? Whoa, where is this crazy train going to go from here?
But before the breakthrough we had a solid week of tacos and pizza. Oh and NBD but I ran a half marathon so if my food choices look a little odd this week, it's because I was going for some serious calories to fuel up.
Usual boring stuff throughout the week. That pre-half marathon air fryer French toast tho...
Early in the week I feasted off sofritas bowls. Here's the rundown since the picture only shows you that I have everything but the kitchen sink in that bowl: roasted sweet potatoes, rice, refried beans, salasa, sofritas from Pinch of Yum, a Trader Joe's guac pack and of course some fritos to help scoop it all up.
Later in the week I switched over to lower fiber fare to prepare for my half marathon on Saturday. Mini pizzas from Costco fit the bill. With garlic stuffed olives on the side.
After the race I immediately had a beer and a protein bar, which held me over until brunch. Bacon, egg, cheese sammie.
Monday and Tuesday: leftover tacos
Wednesday: "fend for yourself night". The boys had dinner with their mom, hubs had tuna salad, and I had a chicken sausage, rice, and peas.
Thursday: out on the town! We went to the Lebanese place.
Friday: pre half marathon pizza. I got a small alfredo, spinach, and tomato pizza and yes I ate the whole thing, I mean the whole thing except for the crusts. And I mean, it was small. I think I've found my standard pre-race dinner.
Saturday: family bash at our house. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and my SIL's brought chips, veggies, and apple crisp for dessert.
Sunday: pasta with Budget Byte's Weeknight Pasta sauce.
No TV this week, just some old movies here and there to tide me over. I cannot find a decent TV show to save my life.
Back in the grove! Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and it is good, very good. I've been in something of a mood with TV and books recently, and after clicking thumbs down on practically every show on Netflix and walking away from countless books after a few pages, I start to ask myself "hey what's up with me anyway?" And then I come across a truly good book like this and it's like "duh, it's not me it's the books". I'm trying to take this one slow instead of binging it.