I stopped posting my meal plans at the beginning of July because I was already giving daily food updates on the Whole30. I’ve decided to resurrect my weekly dinner recaps. I tend to make a lot of old favorites, but that’s exactly why they show up time and time again — they taste good!
Paul was off work (he took an extra vacation day after we returned from Buffalo and Portland), so he picked up dinner for us at Chipotle. He had a burrito; I had a chicken bowl with brown rice, veggies, medium salsa, lettuce, and guacamole. No beans. Except for one dive into a bowl of hummus about a month ago, I haven’t eaten any beans since late June. (I have 11 cans of beans — various types — taking up space in my pantry right now.)
I’ve continued to eat a lot of braised cabbage (instead of rice or other gluten-free grains), but I make an exception when Paul and I are craving Chipotle. If I were to leave out the rice, my chicken bowl would be a pretty small serving.
Tuesday: Taco-Seasoned Beef
Paul was recording a podcast with his friends, so I cooked up some ground beef, added homemade taco seasoning, and served it over braised cabbage. I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.
Wednesday: CrockPot Coconut-Curry Beef
This was my first time making this recipe…it was delicious! Then again, I’m a huge fan of the coconut milk + curry combination, so I assumed in advance that I’d like it.
Thursday: Weeknight Bolognese
Instead of making this recipe with ground beef like I usually do (I’ve made this sauce many times in the past), I substituted a pound of ground sausage. This sauce is rich, spicy, and divine. Paul ate his over pasta and I had mine over braised cabbage.
Friday: Country Captain Chicken
I’ve made this dish six times since I tried it for the first time back in July. It’s a winner. Not only is it super easy and fast to make, but it has the coconut milk + curry combination, plus a hint of sweetness with the golden raisins.
Saturday: Chocolate Chili
Paul and I spent a few hours at the National Zoo on Saturday. I hadn’t been in two years (it had been even longer for him), the weather was great, and we had never been to a zoo together, so there were a lot of factors combined to make it an awesome visit.
I made this chili when we got home; it’s a recipe I’ve seen on several Paleo blogs recently and I wanted to try it out. I didn’t have fire-roasted tomatoes so I just used the regular diced variety. I also didn’t have beef broth, so I substituted homemade chicken stock for both that and the water.
Verdict? Mmmmmm. I don’t miss beans in my chili one bit. I thought the consistency looked a bit runny when I first put the ingredients together, but it had thickened up nicely by the time it finished simmering on the stovetop for two hours.
I went out to dinner with the two Janets.