Monday, August 21, 2017

What I ate last week

I love seeing what other people eat. Mainly because I am nosy, but also because I get ideas from other people. Also, I am really trying to get out grocery budget down and that means meal planning. Meal planning and actually meal making are two different things though, so I'm hoping posting this helps.

So this week's edition is what I ate without a kitchen. I mean, we finally got our oven and we still have a fridge (and a slow cooker, rice cooker & electric skillet) so even though we can and have been cooking things, I definitely went the easy route as often as possible. I'm also sharing as much as I can of what KC ate. We aren't the healthiest people in the world but I like to think we are like 75%? Maybe? Everyone has different opinions and definitions of healthy anyway, so who knows.


Now, obligatory disclaimer: I'm not a fancy cook, nor am I a fancy photographer.

Breakfast:
Monday-Friday:
KC made a big batch of scrambled eggs with veggies and that's what he took each day. 
I had a smoothie - banana, spinach, milk and protein powder. I use protein powder not because I don't get enough protein without it, but because I don't like most protein heavy breakfasts (eggs, yoghurt etc) and if I don't have protein in the morning, I get hangry at like 10am and eat everything in sight, so I put protein powder in my smoothies. Occasionally I throw frozen berries in there as well. I use whatever milk we have on hand, I prefer almond milk but KC drinks it in one sitting and then there's none left for my smoothie.


I also have a cup of tea (or two) every morning. At work, I use 2 lipton bags with 2 half n half thingys, and at home I use 1 irish breakfast and a splash of milk. During the week I have it after my breakfast, on the weekends I have it before -and most of the time instead of- breakfast (I'm lazy on the weekends).


Lunch:
Monday-Friday:
KC was eating sandwiches that he had left over from last week, and a couple of other meals we'd already prepared like 'taco mix' (turkey, black beans & taco seasoning) in wraps. So, like burritos.
I made 5 servings of my butter chickpeas on Sunday, that's what I was supposed to eat all week.


Unfortunately, I forgot my lunch on Wednesday (rage) so one of the girls at work went to Jason's Deli so I asked her to grab me a caprese panini. So good.


Dinner:
Monday
Sweet italian turkey sausage (aldi) and potatoes with peppers and onions (trader joes). KC had the same, but basically double. The potato dish is normally something I'd prepare myself, but I took the easy route I mentioned above. Not enough veggies for me, though I love taters so not complaining. This was the first time we tried the turkey sausage from aldi, KC liked it, I didn't hate it but I likely won't get it again because I didn't realise until I got it home that it has a pork casing. Boo.


Tuesday
I did kickboxing after work so by the time I got home, KC had eaten already. He had the leftovers from last night's dinner, I had trader joes gnocchi.


Wednesday
Fish (cod) with spinach, onions and a lemon pepper dressing (all wrapped in foil and baked for like 10 mins). Served with a veggie/noodle pack I had in the freezer and wanted to get rid of. Doesn't look it, but the fish was great.


Thursday
Chick fil a. See, meal planning vs meal making? We hadn't eaten out during the week in ages, ugh. So annoyed that we were so lazy.


Friday
I got home later than normal because Fridays are stupid, and KC had already eaten. So I made my mushroom tortelloni from aldi. I didn't finish it all.


Snacks:
I don't snack. Occasionally I might eat some pretzels at work, but only because, well, why not. If I am hungry enough for a snack, I am hungry enough for a meal. I 'used to' have a very big sweet tooth but it seems to have disappeared since we got back from Australia and I'm not going looking for it. I say 'used to' because it's only been like a month and I don't want to jinx it. KC snacks on fruit - apples, bananas, etc.


I was going to include what we ate on the weekend as well, but we were stupid busy with the kitchen and I was too lazy.

I am definitely a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch. Though I might switch things up every now and again, generally I can/will eat something every day with no issues. Dinner I am not so easy to please. Dinner is also harder because I try and make it something both KC and I can eat or will enjoy and often we resort to different meals.

Do you find these kinds of things interesting as well, or is that just me? What is your favourite quick and easy weeknight meal?

38 comments:

  1. Funny we both posted about meals today! I am a creature of habit when it comes to lunch also and eat the same thing just about every day (peanut butter and jelly! I'm five lol). No shame in Chick-fil-A! Yummy.

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  2. i think i'm the same way with breakfast and lunch. i'm always eating eggs for breakfast and the same variations for lunch then dinners are out the window ha. thanks for sharing!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  3. I like seeing in what other people eat, but personally in more of an "I loved this product, here's how I ate it, here is where to get it" way. Or just pointing me to the direction of other people's recipes (I don't like following recipe blogs, so picky). I tried to make masala chickpeas last week and they were terrible so maybe I just need to make my life easy and buy the sauce that you use...

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  4. I love seeing what people eat! Great post idea. I have a bunch of protein powder to make shakes but I'm not really into them. I don't think they are filling at all and I'm not crazy about smoothies. I wish I was into them but I'm not. And now I need to figure out how to see up all the powder I have. Probably should just give it away or just make smoothies. haha

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  5. Count me in as a fan of this type of post. It's always interesting to see what other people eat. I'm also a creature of habit and don't vary my meal options a lot. I'm actually impressed with how much cooking you did given the state of your kitchen! I'm also with you on hating pork casing. Ugh. I sometimes peel it off before cooking the sausage but that is so tedious!

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  6. I love seeing posts like this! Especially with working people because I love finding new ideas for dinner... since who has time to make these involved recipes and meals half the time? I make an effort and plan to, then I'm exhausted after work and we end up getting Chipotle haha

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  7. I'm totally a creature of habit when it comes to food....i've been eating the same bfast and lunch since 2012. not even kidding about that LOL

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  8. I struggle with meals since I think it's hard to cook for two people or I'm on my own most nights because of Ryan's schedule. I actually just picked up that tortellini from Aldi so I'm anxious to try it.

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  9. I eat the same thing for breakfast almost every day, and we are big fans of the Trader Joe's frozen meals for dinners I love these posts -- I'm nosey too!

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  10. Yum! I'm now totally craving Jason's Deli and Chic Fil A <3
    Green Fashionista

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  11. Yep - I eat pretty much the same thing daily too - so posts like this are great for giving me new ideas! Question - does KC heat the eggs/veggies up throughout the week and they still taste good? I'd never thought about reheating eggs in the microwave, but that'd be a timesaver for me. I need to get some more protein powder - I stopped making my morning smoothies when I ran out - thanks for the reminder! Easy way to get fruits in and drink on the way to work.

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  12. I love seeing what other people eat because I get stuck in huge meal ruts! Chris and I are trying to cut our grocery bill down right now too. It got so high! This week we are having turkey taco bowls two nights, turkey Italian meatloaf muffins two nights and baked chicken tenders one night. For lunches Chris will eat at the salad bar at the hospital and I will be bringing veggie soup, curried couscous and an apple most days. Do you like shopping at Aldi? I have been wanting to take a look to see if I can save money with some stuff there. I hate Trader Joes isn't convenient for us.

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  13. I try to keep to a routine to make it simple for myself for breakfast/lunch, which weekly swap outs so I don't get bored. Bored Tanya cheats. :D I typically eat something light before I workout - cottage cheese, a few pieces of deli meat and afterwards I eat egg muffins cups or hard-boiled eggs (both I make in advance and am set for the week). Lunch is typically either soup or salad that I do for 4 days. On Friday, I either have a different salad or eat lunch out. Dinners tend to be where I do more cooking, although I typically try to make something that will at least give me 1-2 additional dinners.

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  14. I'm totally with you in being ok eating the same thing for lunch and dinner all week, but Chris will get bored sometimes so it can get hard to find a balance in mixing things up. Our go to favorite is our taco mix too with turkey and black beans that we can easily throw over chips for nachos, soft tacos for Chris, or over a salad if we want to be carb friendly.

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  15. I could totally eat that mushroom tortellini every day! YUM!!!

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  16. I find this totally interesting, which is part of the reason I try to share my meals. I need to make me some curried chickpeas soon. I don't mind eating the same thing every day for a week as long as it is tasty. But Mr. Sass can't stand it.

    So I've been trying out making 2 meals for lunches each week. One that he & I both will eat M - W, and another on W that we eat Thurs, Fri & maybe Saturday.

    My favorite quick, lazy weeknight meal is Chicken pesto pasta. Or just pesto pasta. Box of pasta, jar of Aldi pesto. Plus some chicken, or any meat, and I add in veggies if I have them. It's great with peppers, onions, spinach, tomato, or any combination of those.

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  17. I bake chicken, steam veggies, and bake potatoes for a quick weeknight meal.

    I typically eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch M-F. Or at least M-R.

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  18. I find these super interesting, too! And your butter chickpeas have me SUPER intrigued. Pasta is always an easy one for me and I love to just grill burger with potato chunks and some kind of veggie. Marinating chicken in Italian dressing before grilling is super yummy too and easy to pair with a salad or any sides really.

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  19. So I know you only got it because you forgot your lunch on Wednesday, but that caprese grilled sandwich looks super yummy! I'm impressed by your meals without having access to a full kitchen. Go you!

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  20. I'm glad I'm not the only one that eats practically the same thing all the time. You find something you love and just go with it right?

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  21. I have meal planned in the past and meal planned a lot earlier this year. Problem is, unlike you, I get bored eating the same thing daily. Im working on it though because the alternative is just not worth it!

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  22. I love seeing these kinds of posts, I'm nosy and I like food haha. I've been trying to get into a better routine about my eating habits, I have breakfast down and I always have but lunch and dinner are so hard. If I plan out my weekly lunch and dinner meals, all of a sudden the mean I brought with me for lunch I have no interest in and I go and buy something else. I'm trying to work on that though.

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  23. I love these type of posts. I'm in a weight loss program through my hospital so my breakfast and lunch are usually the shakes I get there - then I add in snacks and a dinner. I really need to get back into meal planning/prepping on the weekend for my dinners though. Makes it easier to stay on track.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  24. Love this kind of post. Reminds me to try different things for meal prep. I had a pasta dish last week because no time for food. Your 'Friday's are stupid' sentence made me laugh.

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  25. I love seeing what people eat! I'm super nosey too, plus I love stealing ideas.

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  26. Hmm... I've posted about meal planning and HelloFresh, but I've never done a post on what we've eaten all week. I might do that soon!
    You morning smoothie sounds yummy. I might have to try that because I never eat anything and I'm always hungry by 10am =/

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  27. I like seeing posts like this too, especially if the eating seems more "normal" to me (aka, like what I would eat) instead of something super unattainable.

    I'm pretty impressed that you can eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day! I kind of wish I was like that because I think it would make it much easier for me to maintain my weight (as would getting rid of my own sweet tooth...argh!). But unfortunately, I find I need a lot of variety in my meals in order to not go crazy on the snacks, so there you go.

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  28. You guys did well for not having a full kitchen! I need to try that Trader Joe's gnocchi.

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  29. I'm going to start making smoothies next week, I've never done it before! All your meals look delish :)

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  30. I love seeing these kinds of posts! Yesss to the meal planning vs eating struggle. Sometimes what ends up being an attempt to save money, ends up being a waste of money because by the end of the week we don't want what we had earlier planned or made and then we end up eating out.

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  31. I love these types of posts too. Hmm.. I need to try to like tea. Luckily KC and I can more-or-less agree on things. He tends to edge a bit less healthy foods, I tend to edge a bit more healthy foods. Example, I have a huge bowl of veggies + a piece of chicken + grapes. He has a bunch of chicken (with the skin) + a bit of veggies + some grapes. Or like if we do sandwiches, I want turkey or chicken, and he wants salami or roast beef. LOL. We work it out usually. Dinners we've done ok at recently, well, up until the last 7 days ish... when I've ONLY been reading. I finally finished ACoTaR. So glad it was only 3 books. Anyhow... I had like NO awareness of anything other than those books.. so less on track with the eating. I love that chicken bruschetta pasta (it's on my blog I think). It's SUPER easy. Kc likes it too. I also like tortellini/ravioli. We don't LOVE ricotta (KC hates hates hates it), so I've started getting mushroom ravioli. It still has cheese, but lots less. Just with marinara and some parm usually. We do a chicken stir fry that we like quite a bit. I think I still need to share that recipe yet. There's also a curry we like, it's super easy too, but we haven't made it in ages. And a tilapia crusted with parm/red pepper. It's not hard at all though it sounds it. Xo - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  32. I love seeing what people eat! I'm always running out of ideas of what to make for lunches and dinner so this is great. I've been trying to meal prep as much as possible and thankfully there are a million crockpot recipes out there which makes it so much easier. I'm boring with breakfasts, I usually just eat yogurt with granola and fruit. I can't wait for fall because when I can start making all of the chilis and casseroles which are so easy to cook.

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  33. I'm nosy, so I like seeing what people eat, too. That panini looks really good :)

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  34. Sometimes I'm totally a boss at meal planning and prepping/according to the plan. Sometimes I have no interest in what I planned, or going grocery shopping (jk I literally never, ever want to go grocery shopping and I avoid it to the best of my ability), or actually planning even though I've made my process super simple. But all that to say I like seeing how other people do it, since I could always use a tip!

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  35. I'm always curious about what people eat! I'm great at the meal planning part, it's the actual prepping/cooking where I struggle lol. I could eat sandwiches every day for lunch, but not the same meal like you do. I guess I'm pickier than I thought! My favorite weeknight meals are things I can throw in one pot, have ready in like 20 minutes, and include cheese. Or anything in the crockpot pot- set it and forget it!

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  36. You totally wouldn't know you've been without a kitchen with these meals. Yum!

    I am totally a creature of habit for breakfast - but I usually switch things up for everything else

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  37. I haven't been cooking much lately so my go-to evening meal is a nice sandwich.

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  38. Ugh! I wish I didn't snack. I don't snack horribly (fruit, nuts, Greek yogurt), but I do love my snacks.

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