Meal Plan; 12-16 December

Despite the best-laid plans, last week was a bit of a wash. It started great with some fabulous and delicious meals planned for the week, only for the projects to be hijacked by stupid illnesses.

I had “suffered” with a few days of Barry White voice almost two weeks ago, but it gradually faded away, and I thought everything was fine. Then, unfortunately, the Barry White voice resurfaced and steadily turned into what I thought was strep throat.

Strep throat is something that I’ve encountered many times throughout my life. It happens once every 18 months, so when the symptoms show up, I know what to do … most of the time.

In addition to my “man flu” tantrums, our son developed a runny nose and slight coughing, while our youngest daughter complained about ear pains. She woke up Thursday morning crying in pain.

We decided to make a father-daughter trip to the local urgent care and spent the next four hours waiting in the car for our turn, seeing the doctor, and getting drugs prescribed. Thankfully neither of us had contracted the Flu or COVID viruses. However, she had an ear infection (both ears), and I had an onset of strep throat or sinus infection.

We needed modern medical assistance in the form of antibiotics to kill off any potential virus.

In 1928, at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. This discovery led to the introduction of antibiotics that greatly reduced the number of deaths from infection.

ACS Cemistry of Life

But I also want to make a large batch of my Viking immune system flu/COVID/cough arse-kicking brew made from fresh lemons, ginger, honey, and warm tea.

As a result of the family is down with various illnesses and low energy, dinners were canceled to accommodate dietary requests for the sick people. Melted cheese sandwiches, pot noodles, oranges, and fluids were on the list of demands.

I packed the rest of the meals in containers and threw them in the freezer for future use. It is always great with fast family dinners by just nuking and heating freezer meals.

Cooking for Energy

We like having a proper sit-down family dinner on Sundays, and my wife enjoys Sunday roast. It is a tradition we have tried to keep alive since we lived in Ireland, where we would go to the local pub on most Sundays to have a fabulous carvery dinner.

The pubs serve fantastic carvery options such as turkey, pork, or beef, with a wide range of delicious sides and gravy. Excellent Sunday meal for the family, and if we went somewhat early, we could watch the rest of the Sunday premier league game while enjoying a cold pint of Guinness. Oh, I miss my pub visits.

In true Viking Heart Within spirit, I prepared an hour-long pot roast on the Trager, using a nice 3.7lb chuck roast from the quarter cow I bought in late summer. A beautiful piece of meat with plenty of healthy fat, making it very tender.

After 5 hours of slow-cooking in the Lodge cast iron Dutch oven, on the Traeger, I served a pull-apart roast with roasted potatoes and gravy made from the juices. Damn delicious and full of energy.

While smoking the pot roast, I threw in a whole chicken on the grill for an hour to be added to my chicken soup. Again, we need energy and immune-boosting food, and chicken soup is good for the heart. Then I removed the skin and quartered the chicken before adding it to the stock and vegetables to simmer for an hour – or until the meat would fall off the bones.

In parallel, I updated a salmon chowder recipe I had used, made a new version, and called it the Svendborg Sund Seafood Chowder. It is an excellent combination of fresh vegetables, large shrimp, potatoes, salmon chunks, and coconut cream instead of heavy cream. Excellent and smooth chowder.

The kids enjoyed simple school lunches, mostly made from scratch, although I did not bake this week.

LunchDinner
MondayCaesar salad with grilled chickenPot Roast dinner; slow-cooked on the Traeger for 5 hours.
TuesdayDumplingsSvendborg Sund seafood chowder
WednesdayPesto & Mozarella toasted bagelSmoked chicken soup
ThursdayTwo-cheese melted sandwichHomemade pizza for the kids while the adults are attending company Xmas party
FridayHomemade pizza (left-over)Something, most likely meat, made on the Traeger with a nice salad on the side

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 much easier to make food in advance, although you must invest several hours preparing meals during the weekend.

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