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Hi, all! I hope you're having a great Monday!
Want to punch me in my chipper, blog-happy face already? Me too!
So I'm not really that chipper today. But I did realize this morning that I'm probably on a bit of a happiness-fueled, coffee-induced high that began with Husband's return from deployment last week.
I've had him home and have been chatting his snuggly-wuggly face off, and until today – when I realized my dog was utterly fascinated with my flapping lips – I didn't fully grasp that even the months' worth of Reality TV updates I've got for poor Husband are going to run out eventually. (Probably long after he's found a way to listen to Scott Van Pelt while pretending to care about the Gorga-Manzo-Giudice road trip currently assaulting our DVR.)
What I'm sayin' is: at some point, I'll have to come back to reality. And that point is now.
I've slacked BIG TIME on my meal planning the last few months, but it's time to tighten up ship.
So, here's what we're looking at for this week. I generally cook from Make it Paleo (spectacular) and Well-Fed (amazing) – you'll see those on the list – and now I've added the fantastic recipes from my buddy Diane's book, Practical Paleo. These three are quite literally the bomb-dot-com.
When I'm planning, I pick what we're eating and make a shopping list of the ingredients we don't have. I use this template.
I shop on the weekend for the week ahead. Simple. Takes 15 minutes to plan, and trust me – it's time well-spent. Knowing what you're making for dinner after a 12-hour day of
RHONJ marathons hard work makes one MUCH less likely to eat six Larabars and thirty packets of ketchup for dinner.
I pick a few meals for “bulk cooking” to get us through lunches and such. My meatballs bring all the Husbands to the yard.
For those who know me (or if you listen to the Podcast), you know I'm a “nutrient-seeker.” I'll generally “hide” liver in meat sauce and meatballs, I drink plenty of broth most days, and I love me some Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil blend.
I'll graze on coconut flakes, olives and fermented carrots, beets or cabbage, sip on Kombucha, and if I'm really hungry, I'll grab a Paleo Kit. Those don't always make it in the meal plan because – well – they're givens.
On weekends, I'm known to skip breakfast for some kind of badass brunch – this means that after I sleep in I make CH take me out for Huevos Rancheros and then watch M*A*S*H the movie or Season 2 of Parks & Rec.
Yes, “brunch” is a loaded term in our house. It also means Liz gets what she wants and the lawn will mow itself.
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