This week will be a little subdued in regards to meal planning or a country-themed approach.
I’m heading to Boston on a business trip and will be away until Wednesday evening.
It is good to test the family’s ability to fend for themselves, although I still wrote the meal plan, giving them some direction. I premade as much as I could. I’m not a cold bastard and will always help my family.
The past weekend was too hot for the pale Viking, topping 34C / 93F. It was so hot that when you stepped out of the AC-cooled house, it felt as if you had entered an open-air sauna.
Saturday was my personal “spa” day, where I also visited my barber and set up a tattoo session. Part of my bucket list before turning 50 years old is to finish my tattoo sleeves on both arms. One arm (right) is 100% done, but the left arm is only 70% complete.
Spending time with my barber and tattoo buddies is like therapy. We talk about everything from faith to heavy metal and everything in between. It is a great way to clear out some thoughts you have been building up, and I see these as valuable mental strengthening.
Many of these professions have a positive impact on mental health. They can talk to every client and make it a more wholesome experience. I value that.
Indeed, nothing fancy on the menu this week.
Planning and shopping for this week’s meal plan are relatively straightforward. The family enjoys simple dishes when I’m away, and I know they are not comfortable cooking themselves.
We used some left-over grilled chicken for the pesto mozzarella sandwich, hard-boiled a few eggs, and I got to play with my Blackstone griddle grilling a few excellent breakfast sandwiches.
For dinner, I have a few ideas for some simple meals. First, my wife makes a fabulous (kids’ favorite) pasta dish with corn and spinach. Next, we defrosted some chicken soup, and I bought a couple of bags of dumplings – the family loves dumplings.
Once I return to the domicile Wednesday evening, I’ll prepare a few meals for the school lunch, and then we wrap up the week with a BBQ feast.
|Monday||Chicken pesto and mozzarella on a ciabatta||Spaghetti with corn and spinach|
|Tuesday||Breakfast sandwich; egg, beef/pork patty, and grilled/melted cheese||Left-over; chicken soup|
|Wednesday||Egg sandwich||Dumpling feast|
|Thursday||Black bean and quinoa salad||Shrimp and Salmon teriyaki fried rice|
|Friday||Pesto pasta with salmon pieces||Family grilling on the Traeger|
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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