Weekly Menu 5/18 - 5/23


How in the world is it the middle of May? I'm blaming this partially on the fact that Easter was so late that I just can't comprehend how we're more than halfway through spring and chugging right on along to summer. Not that I'm complaining, summer is by far my favorite season ever. But there's just something odd about Easter being barely a month before Memorial Day! I need more time to transition from hams and mashed potatoes to burgers and fries!

So I'm ending my second and starting my third week of the Whole30. I'm still craving sweets more than anything. To counteract that, I've ignored the incredibly high price of limes and picked up all of the ingredients for the lemon-lime smoothie I shared with you last week, with plans to make it any time I get that gimme-sweets-right-now craving. Other than sweets, I still desperately miss my iced tea. I will be returning to that the day after this is over. Otherwise, it's going fine. I remind myself of just how strong my willpower is every time I walk through the cheese section of Wegman's to get to the meats. Speaking of willpower though, I did cave yesterday.

Tom and I went to Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ because they are one of his new locations at work and it needed a bit of fine tuning before they open next weekend. When he went for the installation last week or so, he told me about how you can win a minion at practically every game and we really needed to go there. So, we decided to go yesterday. I had a pathetic burger encounter (please tell me why a restaurant has no lettuce OR tomato?) and was starving. One thing I have to have every time I am at the beach is Polish Water Ice. I got a child's size one and ate half. I counteracted it with a bunch of water though. Hopefully that helps.

I do have to talk about something. On the Whole30 website, it says that doing this is not hard and things like giving birth or surviving cancer are hard. To be completely honest with you, that pisses me right off. Yes, those things are hard but one is a choice and one is something I hope we can cure. Now in comparison, the Whole30 is no where near as difficult as those two things, but that doesn't mean it's easy either. I'm on a boardwalk surrounded by pizza, fries, ice cream, candy, Greek food and Italian food. To truly stick to the Whole30, you'd need to grill your server and possibly the chef about what goes into every single thing they make. Which, sorry, is not going to happen. You should have seen the look I got for asking for a burger without a bun. It was like I asked for beef wellington at McDonald's.

Anyway, my whole point is it is not the easy to eat out at restaurants when trying to strictly follow the Whole30. You need to assume and make allowances for the fact that there is probably sugar or soy in something you are eating. Again, just another reason why I'm not taking this super seriously. Yes, I'm reading labels and doing my best to avoid what I'm not supposed to have but I'm not going to grill a 16 year old kid serving me a burger about said burger ingredients. Sorry, I'm just not.

Now that my rant is over, how about I share with you what I'm cooking this week? :)

Sunday: spaghetti and meatballs (zoodles for me), salad

Monday: crock pot jerk chicken over caramelized mashed plantains 

Tuesday: steak, baked sweet potato, roasted asparagus

Wednesday: jalapeno chicken burgers, sweet potato fries and salad

Thursday: cardamom spiced pork, baked sweet potato and roasted asparagus 

Friday: leftovers, most likely either the jerk chicken or chicken burgers 

For breakfast this week I made an absolutely gorgeous bacon, basil and heirloom tomato frittata (that I can't wait to share with you!) and for lunch, I'm having caramelized onion chicken over stir fry veggies.

I think I may have overdone the carbs last week so I'm trying to space them out more and increase my protein. I'm most proud of the fact that I'm still eating eggs. For the most part, I can handle like one egg dish for breakfast a month and here I've had them every week and it's not bothering me at all!

Oh, and because I think some of my increased page views from sharing my Once Upon a Time fan fiction last week came from all of you, here's the new story I'm working on. I haven't decided yet if there is going to be an end goal to each of these chapters or if each chapter is just going to follow in a general sequence of time. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10347266/1/Chinese-Food-and-a-Movie

And thanks to everyone who followed me on Twitter after I politely asked last week! I love new followers! 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a delicious week to look forward to. Blessings, Catherine


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