It is 1:05pm on Monday and I have yet to write a meal plan for this week.
It could be a symptom of the 364 times I almost caved and started stuffing my face with crackers and breakfast cereal in the last 72 hours. Or perhaps it was running out of the chocolate chips that my soul apparently needs to ignore the fact that I am being deprived of all that is delicious in this world.
And the GF pancakes I made on Saturday? Yeah, they almost pushed me over the edge because they tasted more like MDF than an actual pancake.
To complicate matters, Matt is working normal-people shifts this week, so I actually have to cook multiple meals instead of my usual leftovers, meal, meal, leftovers, whatever routine.
Let’s just say week 4 is not starting out well.
So I’d like to ask for your help. Think of it as a game. I’ll tell you what I have in my kitchen and you tell me what to cook!
I’ll even blog about the outcomes, if you want.
Feel free to send me links to recipes, vague notes written on post-its, or random stick-figure drawings wielding knives and bell peppers, if necessary.
And if I select your suggestion, I’ll maybe do something a little special for you. Although, it probably won’t be as cool as this.
Here are the rules:
1) All meals must be gluten-free. That means NO WHEAT products.
2) All meals must be created with ingredients I currently have in my house because I already blew all our grocery money on 300lbs of powdered sugar that I need to complete my cake decorating class homework.
And now, the ingredients (I feel like I’m hosting Iron Chef):
Protein: Flank steak, some other kind of steak, chicken thighs, leftover crock-pot chicken (legs and 1/2 a breast), dried lentils, dried chickpeas, dried split peas (which I’ve never even had before), canned kidney beans, bacon, eggs, peanut butter, hot dogs, tilapia, and chicken stock- tons of chicken stock.
Grains: Brown rice, quinoa, GF spaghetti, rice cakes
Fruit/Veg: Carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, frozen broccoli, frozen spinach, edamame, frozen shredded beets, apples, grapes, mango, banana, lemon, lime, avocado, onion, and garlic
Dairy: Shredded cheddar, shredded mozarella, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, milk, goat cheese, and yogurt
Obviously, I can’t write down everything that’s in my kitchen, but that’s the key players. So, PLEASE give me your recipe suggestions before I drive to the nearest Chick-Fil-A and kill myself with chicken nuggets.