Meal Plan; 7 – 11 June

Memorial Day was a washout. Miserable weather all weekend, except for Monday when it started to heat up a little, and it actually stayed dry. We even had to turn on the heating with dropping temperatures.

Unfortunately, all the activities for Memorial Day, such as parades, food events, and music, were canceled. The village and its residents were so excited to meet outside for a social gathering, and then Mother Nature decided to step in.

4th of July, Freedom Day, and the annual air shows are coming up soon. I can’t wait to celebrate this wroth our community – outdoors and no masks. Just a bunch of neighbors happy to celebrate.

Happy Father’s Day, June 5th. I celebrate my day, who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer. Damn, I hate that illness. It eats away at the person infected, and it slowly eats away at the loved ones too. We fought with him and were saddened as we could see him get destroyed by cancer. In the end, his body succumbed.

Not a day or week goes by where I do not remember or talk to him. I seek advice as I went through my own health scare in 2018 and ask for guidance before I embark on an important decision. I love my dad, and disappointed, I rarely told him, “I love you, dad!”

My birthday is coming up Monday, but as I’ve already had 48 birthdays, another one is not that special anymore. It’s nice to be celebrated by the family, but it is just another school and workday.

I wish I could fly home to the Viking land to meet my family and mother, hug them all and spend some time with them. It has been too long, and we are not able to visit this year either.

Homesickness comes in many flavors. To ease some of the days I miss home, I tune into the streaming local radio to get a dose of Danish, some news from the local community and message some friends in Danish.

My birth town is a beautiful village in the Southern part of Denmark. It would be cool to move back home at times, but it would be challenging for the family. It is a different life, and we have been accustomed to a different lifestyle in the USA.

The only shitty thing about living abroad is the time difference and the fact that we have to fly to get home. There are limited opportunities to drive to Denmark from the US. We drove from Ireland to Denmark once. It took 36 hours. It was a blast with babies and two dogs.

Oh well, 2022 cannot come soon enough so we can fly to Denmark to visit my family.

Time to talk about food

Back to a full week of school and work. Wife and oldest Viking offspring are doing great with their new diet, but it does challenge the family dinner meal plans slightly. We want to reduce carb intake for all. I’m adjusting existing recipes and preparing light meals all week.

This is the trial and error week, where we experiment with simple dishes and pack them with flavors. We love to eat and love all kinds of international dishes, but many are not as healthy as we thought.

Fire up the Traeger. Ready your Dutch oven. Go shopping, and let’s start cooking—another Sunday in the Kitchen with music on the magical Demerbox and wonderful aromas filling the room.

MondaySliders; roastbeef, sauerkraut and melted cheeseVeggie sticksShrimp, tomatoes, and feta served with and whole wheat orzo (Milk Street cookbook)
TuesdayCobb salad with chicken and fetaFruit cupsTaco Tuesday; green cabbage, tilapia, and avocado … trying to find low carb tortillas
WednesdayPigs in a blanketVeggie sticksChicken with Shallots and Cherry tomatoes, in a deep cast iron pan
ThursdaySliders; sliced chicken with spinach and melted cheeseFruit cupsBroccoli and chicken sausage with whole wheat orzo
FridayGrilled Cheese; a school lunch favoriteCrackersSkewers on the Barbie; beef and chicken, with red peppers and onions

One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!

Have a fantastic week, my friends. I hope you enjoy these meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours during the weekend to prepare the meals.

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