And We Just Keep Truckin’

Hi friends, meal planning has been an…interesting ride so far.

Pros: I love going to the fridge and seeing meal possibilities instead of opening it and screening each level and trying to figure something out.

Cons: I feel so bad when I don’t follow my rules!

I set out my goal to not eat out as much and to make as many meals at home as possible. However, I’m sad to report in that I ate out twice and it’s already Wednesday! 🙁 Things just keep coming up! The good news is that I didn’t exceed my allowance, just met it a lot earlier then I was planning to.

MONDAY

I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast. We didn’t have any spinach left in the house, so I figured I’d add a cucumber in.

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I don’t normally make smoothies, but when I do, they come out tasting a lot better than I expected! Besides the cutting board of fruits and (1) vegetable above, I also added ice, chia seeds and almond milk. No extra sugar needed!

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My friends from middle school called me up on Sunday to grab lunch the next day. I couldn’t say no! I haven’t seen one of them for a few months. The other one, I luckily got to eat lunch with a few weeks ago, which is also the time I sadly found out she’s moving to Colorado. We ate at a Peruvian restaurant (not the same one I went to last time) in West Portal called Fresca.

The appetizer we shared was Shrimp Chupe, described as a shrimp bisque con andean corn, green peas, potatoes, aji panca and a poached egg. Did I mention how much I love poached eggs?

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My entree was the Lomo Saltado, which was two thumbs up! Steak, french fries, onion, rice. What more can I ask for?

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For dinner, Chi and I had a steak cooked in wine, served on a bed of kale and mushrooms with a moat of roasted red potatoes. Not our best, but definitely edible.

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TUESDAY

Since I had to leave the house so early, I couldn’t be assed to make breakfast so I just ate a banana on the way to work. No picture necessary, you guys know what a banana looks like! Ha. I also stopped by my grandma’s house after and I ate a bowl of Jook, which is a Chinese porridge. Since I was still full, I made myself a small lunch and put together this salad made with spring mix, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms.

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Chi’s cousin and her wife just moved to the Bay Area from LA, so we arranged to have a gathering with everyone. We went to an awesome hidden gem, Southern Pacific Brewing! It’s a brewery/bar/restaurant that’s HUGE.

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It’s nussled in an alley, so you can’t see it when just walking on the street.

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All 9 (or 10?) of us shared pitchers of beers and fries for the table. I ordered a pizza and Chi got fish and chips.

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The food was good, although a little over priced.

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And that’s it! Today I’m going by my list and sticking to it. The point is to save money, not spend more!

To remind you of the plan I made…

Breakfast

  • Smoothie (bananas, strawberries, raspberries, spinach, almond milk and chia seeds)
  • Yogurt parfait (Fage yogurt, strawberries, raspberries and granola)
  • Apples with nut butter (Almond, peanut, sunflower butter) Plain ol’ banana
  • Cereal and almond milk w/ bananas.
  • Banana Bread Oatmeal

Lunch

  • Flatbread Sandwich (w/ tomato, avocado, spinach and mozzarella)
  • T’s Salad (w/ spring mix, mushroom, raw onion, tomato, jalapeño and cucumber)
  • Pasta (w/ pesto, capers, pine nuts and artichoke)
  • Toma tacos Fresca with friends
  • Omelette (w/ eggs, potatoes, mushrooms and avocado)

Dinner

  • Steak, red roasted potatoes and kale & mushroom salad
  • Bell Peppers stuffed (w/ turkey) (recipe coming soon!)
  • Chicken breast (w/ sweet potato and a side salad)
  • Flatbread pizza
  • Blue Barn, maybe? Southern Pacific Brewing Co.

Doing the food diary posts are kind of exhausting, I don’t plan to do it everyday, but it is fun to do it once in a while. I also see it as a little motivating to stick to my goals. I will continue until the week is over to let you know how it goes!

Do you allow yourself cheat days when you meal plan? Any hidden gems in your local town?

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