Big week ahead. You may question our commitment to one another over the next few days, but I promise I’ll be back soon. As is standard, I’ve left school-related tasks to the last minute and will be doing nothing but work and school most of this week. If it’s any consolation, I consider this blog neither “work” nor “school,” but (as I am a true Loser) I do consider it “fun.” No fun this week. (Sad emoticon.)
Some housekeeping: First, one of the search terms for CGE this weekend was “cavegirl eats shampoo.” Does that delight you as much as it delights me? Second, Charles Barkley is the worst, most inarticulate college basketball commentator on the planet. I would rather listen to Fran Drescher speak in tongues. But since it’s bad luck to mute the television during March Madness (Rock Chalk), I’m forced to suffer through it. So is my dog. But it doesn’t mean he has to like it.
When I’m not eating shampoo or watching Charles Barkley humiliate himself, I’m doing a little meal planning. While I’ve got pants-seat-flying-Paleo-cooking pretty well down, it never hurts to make a weekly meal plan – especially when we’re down to just a few ingredients in the fridge. (What can I make out of kraut, coconut milk and lard?)
This week I’m using the Cooking Light cookbook, a gift from my lovely friend Layna. It’s not a Paleo cookbook per se, but this “real food” cookbook offers lots of inspiration and easily-modified recipes. I just sub plenty of Ghee, coconut oil or lard for the “cooking spray” (hydrogenated oil and expectorant is a no-no) and skip anything that contains flour breading or thickeners. I flip through, and as I pick recipes, I’ll note the ingredients we’re lacking in the “shopping list” section with tally marks for quantity. Makes shopping easy.
Meal planning feeds one of my little food quirks: I’ll repeat/reheat absolutely anything for breakfast and lunch – boring is better – but I absolutely will not tolerate a leftovers-based dinner menu. I like dinner to be a special event – a happy wrap-up to a long day wherein we enjoy our meal in front of the television by candlelight over riveting conversation.
So here’s my plan/grocery list for the week, on my highly technical meal-planning spreadsheet. I focus on meat, veggies and fats; fruit is usually a garnish or part of a marinade. Pineapple kebabs are a delicious exception this week.