A Week of Easy Meals

Well, good morning.  Let’s continue on with my recent confessions, shall we?

  1. I spilled a little chunk of brownie and ice cream from a Dairy Queen Blizzard on the center console of my car last week and haven’t cleaned it up yet.

  2. Until this weekend, I hadn’t grocery shopped properly for at least a month.  Just didn’t feel like it.  Nothing sounded good except ice cream.  When I had other things to pick up at Target, I would throw some random food items along with coffee grounds and 25-calorie hot chocolate packets (the essentials) into my cart and eat those.

I finally snapped out of it on Saturday and decided to make a meal plan for this week, which I’m sharing today.  The shopping list and portion sizes are for one, with the exception of the yellow cake baked oatmeal which serves 10.  You can eat this “oatmeal” at any time of day and pretend it’s healthy, so it’s nice to have on hand.

groceries

What, you don’t unpack your groceries like this?

Below I’ve listed the five lunches and five dinners, along with recipes if they’re not linked.  A grocery list for the week follows.

Monday

Lunch: Heirloom Tomato Salad + crusty bread
Recipe (adapted from Cooking Light): Cut two heirloom tomatoes into thin slices. Add a few slices of red onion and English cucumber. For the dressing, mix 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar, 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, and a pinch of sugar. If you have a ripe peach on hand, you can mash up a bit of that and mix it in as well.

Dinner: Sauteed Chicken Tenders + vegetables
Preheat a toaster oven and start cooking some frozen fries (my choice of vegetable). Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper on both sides of 3-4 chicken tenders (the raw ones from the actual meat section, not the Tyson frozen kind). Saute them in olive oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Tuesday

Lunch: Heirloom Tomato Salad + crusty bread

Dinner: Sauteed Chicken Tenders + vegetables + Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal
I’ll probably eat this baked oatmeal after every dinner because it mostly tastes like cake, but I slotted it in here with the intention of pretending I’d treat myself just the once after yoga.

baked oatmeal

Wednesday

Lunch: Snack Plate
Recipe (?): Gather some yogurt, cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts – whatever you have on hand – and call it a day. I can get grossed out by foods that need reheating (a great quality if you live alone), so I actually pack snack plates for work all the time.

Dinner: Mojo Rotisserie Chicken with Caramelized Onions

Thursday

Lunch: Mujadara

mujadara

You can make a big batch of this vegetarian lentil-and-rice dish on Sunday and it will keep all week

Dinner: Mojo Rotisserie Chicken with Caramelized Onions

Friday

Lunch: Mujadara

Dinner: Strawberry & Avocado Quesadillas

quesadillas

Grocery List

  • 4-5 heirloom tomatoes
  • 3 yellow onions
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2-3 peaches
  • 1 lime
  • 1 avocado
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Baguette
  • 1 package chicken tenders (~1 lb)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • 1 box yellow cake
  • Half gallon milk
  • 1/2 dozen eggs
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Lentils
  • White rice
  • Tortillas
  • Shredded cheese
  • Rotisserie chicken (since you won’t use this until dinner on Wednesday, you can wait until then to pick one up from the store)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Mojo marinade

1-week meal plan

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