Meal Plan; 7-11 February

It is just a coincidence that this meal plan is labeled 7-11. I have not been inspired by 7-11 for this week’s dinners. I’m not trying to redo or prepare their top hot meals. Not even sure what ingredients and flavor enhancers they might put into these creations.

  1. Buffalo Chicken Roller
  2. Pepperoni Pizza
  3. Monterey Jack & Chicken Taquito
  4. Steak & Cheese Taquito
  5. Big Bite Hot Dog
  6. Cheeseburger Bite Hot Dog
  7. Taco & Cheese Taquito

Many of these items are excellent fuel for hangovers. They contain so many artificial ingredients that you will glow at night and not need any caffeine for days. I’m picturing various science experiments that went wrong and miraculously created these “food” options in my mind.

Just like mixing Monster Energy drinks with beer is a toxic combination, but yet very delicious. Something my cardiologist would object to me drinking LOL!

Freezing our butts off

Despite the best-laid food plans last week, we suddenly had to rethink school lunch for Friday. First, the school made it a snow day, much to the joy of the kids, of course. Another day they could sleep in, and then it just happened to be on a Friday, so they got an extra-long weekend.

The ancient Roman weather goddess Tempestas introduced an ice rainstorm, causing very slick and dangerous roads. By mid-Friday morning, temperatures dropped while raining, introducing a layer of ice on top of the snow, cars, and walkways. Again, a nightmare to drive in.

Many companies closed or went virtual, including mine, so I ended up working from the kitchen and had the extraordinary experience of seeing the kids get eyes at around 10.30 am.

We were relieved that we did not lose power. However, other families North of our location lost power, and it was restored 2-3 days later, i.e., Monday. Can you imagine staying in a house with no heat or electricity, feeling the internal temperature dropping to be colder than your fridge?

On days and weekends like this I prefer to watch the classic move “The Day After Tomorrow” – a not-so-realistic disaster movie, but great action.

Walking outside Friday afternoon and most day Saturday seriously challenged your safety. You would reenact scenes from Bambi when they played on the ice, and I’m not referring to Thumper’s abilities – more a dig at Bambi for venturing out on the slippery surfaces.

On Sunday afternoon, and despite being surrounded by ice landscapes that would make Elsa feel like home, I strapped the ice cleats snow grips on my boots and walked out into the wilderness.

In fairness, I unloaded three large bags of rock salt on my drive- and walkways but avoided salting the lawn and deck areas in fear of doing damage with all the salt.

I no longer cook or bake with salt, but happily apply some of the white-blue crystals on the sheets of slippery slopes of ice forming around the house.

It took me almost an hour of chisseling the cars free from ice!

Nothing can stop me from cooking outside!

I spent good parts of an hour Sunday afternoon by my Breeo fire pit heating up with a nice fire started by the excellent pull-start-fire, sipping on a nice cold Guinness while I was grilling dinner. All while listening to cool music on the Demerbox.

Food and more food

Seafood and simple comfort food dishes are the main themes this week.

We start with an Asian delight, both for lunch and dinner. A simple soup kicks arse.

After that, we have a few delicious seafood dishes. Not fish but shrimp and mussels.

On Thursday, I’m attending a concert. Not just any show. A concert with some Danish heroes from my home country, Denmark – Volbeat. I want to make sure the family eats, so I kept a lasagne in the freezer for them to heat up.

School lunches have some excellent options for the kids, a mix of salads and sandwiches. Again, nothing advanced, but healthier options compared to regular school lunches.

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.

WeekdaySnacks n’ BreakfastsLunchDinner
MondayYogurtsSpring Rolls with soy dipWonton noodle soup
TuesdayEgg sandwichCowboy pizza; half cheese and half pepperoniHomemade shrimp and seafood bisque
WednesdayCerealSquash sliders on homemade bunsPasta with mussels, shrimps & chorizo
ThursdayCerealBuns stuffed with carrots and ham, with hard-boiled eggLasagne
FridayYogurtsBacon and chicken salad with corn and Italian dressingCreamy and cheesy chicken and broccoli

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 in preparing the meals during the weekend.

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