A weekly round up: eats, watches, and reads. Last Sunday I got my act together and did a bunch of meal prep that I benefited from this week. This Sunday...oops my meal planning mojo has gone AWOL so I have no clue what to eat. Likewise this week's TV situation is a wax and books are a wane.
Mostly Clif bars on running mornings, but there were some eggy things here and there...such as scrambled egg with feta and a bagel thin.
Meal Prep Goodness #1: barbacoa beef and Meal Prep Goodness #2: roasted sweet potatoes, cilantro lime rice (already in the freezer), cole slaw mix with Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing, and quickie guac (1/3 avocado mashed with salt and onion powder). After a few days I packed up the rest of the barbacoa beef into small portions in the freezer to bring back for future lunches.
Meal Prep Goodness #3: I made a big ol' batch of breakfast potatoes (same recipe with a generous pinch of ranch dressing mix added to the potatoes before baking).
Monday: leftover chicken pot pie.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Budget Bytes Weeknight Pasta.
Thursday: my all time favorite family dinner...whenever I suggest it there is a 50% chance that my husband will have the kids make it which makes me like it even more.
Friday: mandatory pizza night.
Saturday: mandatory burger night. I got fancy and made a half batch of Budget Bytes Comeback sauce (basically mayo and ketchup mixed together with a few other things).
The chicken pot pie left us craving an apple pie, but I ran out of steam by the weekend and settled for a 10 minute dessert...oh yes it's the famous s'mores pie. I think the family consensus is that we're still craving an apple pie but everyone was happy to get distracted by s'mores.
Sunday: A quick save to make it look like I had a plan for dinner. I always try to keep ground beef, kidney beans, and canned tomatoes in the house for this very reason...chili mac.
Sniff, hubs and I finished His Dark Materials. Season 3 hasn't started filming yet so we're high and dry for a while. There is a high likelihood that we'll be reading the books.
On my own I saw The Courage to Run, which is about the marathon that Gabe Grunewald trained Chip Gaines for, and spoiler yes it made me cry.
Then I took advantage of our temporary HBO subscription to finally see the Lindsey Vaughn documentary, which was also very good and less weepy.
And since I'm back on the treadmill for running, there is treadmill TV to talk about!
- Finished season 5 of Suits, which I think I will need to continue as a couch show b/c the premise is starting to wear thin and it's getting to be a little tedious for a treadmill show. At this point I don't think there is anyone left who doesn't know that Mike isn't a lawyer, is it asking too much to start another story line?
- Started season 5 of Outlander! It grinds my gears that seasons 1-4 are now on Netflix but I wasn't willing to wait any longer for season 5 so I caved and forked out $5 for Starz for the month. Outlander is a case where I saw season 1, read the first book, saw season 2, started the 2nd book and realized that the books and the show are identical so there's not much point in doubling up. Show > book b/c never in my literary imagination would I be able to come up with Sam Heughan with his shirt off. And of course if you're a treadmill runner that's another case for show > book;-)
Read a few more chapters of One by One by Ruth Ware. I'm in no hurry.