And We Just Keep Truckin’

Hi friends, meal planning has been anā€¦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, my husband took us to the Modern Southern Food Restaurant in nashville tn! šŸ™ 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 madeā€¦

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)Ā 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, jalapeƱo and cucumber)
  • Pasta (w/ pesto, capers, pine nuts and artichoke)
  • Toma tacosĀ 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?

Sigh Of Relief

After volunteering at the hospital on Wednesday, I walked over to one of my favorite local grocery stores, Bryan’s, and picked up fresh strawberries and raspberries. A smoothie was calling for me and I answered.

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In my smoothie was bananas, strawberries, raspberries, carrots, spinach, some matcha I found on aĀ Matcha Wholesale and almond milk. Such a good way to get my raw veggies and fruit servings for the day, and I can promise it tasted a lot better then it looked after it was blended.

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Yesterday, I had a pretty long day. I woke up at 5:15a to help nanny my kids a little bit earlier than usual because their dad was out of town and mom had to go to work. We played a few rounds of hangman, and I helped E set up all her dolls for a slumber party. I took them to school, went to my grandma’s house for breakfast and left to go to school for last minute cramming. The Micro exam was overwhelming and I don’t think I did as well as I should of, unfortunately.

What really wore me out was how long it took me to get home. My school is (on average) 50 minutes away from my house and it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to get home. There was crazy traffic when I got off the bridge with stop and go right to my house. I was ready to unwind, so my boyfriend and I went to go eat at one of my favorite local chains, Pasta Pomodoro.

Pasta Pomodoro first opened in the Marina in ’94 and rapidly started to extend their locations throughout the Bay Area. My sister worked in the Laurel Village location in either high school or summers in between college and it quickly became a family favorite.

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It’s so funny, the percentage of people eating at all locations are roughly 50% families with kids and 50% first date nights. There’s a definite stereotype to this restaurant.

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We start with the focaccia and olive oil + pesto dip, so much better than bread and butter.

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Next, is the traditional Bruschetta. Chi had just finished eating a huge burrito a few hours before, so he was just keeping me company. I’m ashamed (and proud at the same time) that I pretty much finished everything from dinner.

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The spinach salad is one of my favorites, it has a taste that I can’t recreate in my own kitchen. Included is tomatoes, red onions, shaved pecorino, crispy bacon in a balsamic vinaigrette.

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The main course, the Gemelli. Fusilli pasta with grilled and smoked chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and cream sauce. I could of made this at home, but the convenience is worth the few extra dollars.

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And for the cherry on my day, I came home to great news: I got accepted into my first school! šŸ™‚ Now three more letters to wait on.