Life has been a little crazy the last week. Crazy and a little tough. As you may have noticed, I didn’t get a chance to post a menu last week. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t have mattered even if I did because my menu plan has pretty much been going out the window the last couple of weeks.
You want to know something even crazier? I didn’t do my formal menu plan and shopping list this week. I know – crazy, isn’t it? I’m a true believer that having a menu plan and a shopping list allows you to save money and keep things a bit saner around the household. Unfortunately, this week we are just winging it. Sort of.
Now that summer is pretty much here (although it’s a cold dreary day here in Wisconsin), it’s time to bring out our grilling menu. For Mother’s Day I got a brand new grill. We grill a lot here so I typically need to replace our grill every 3 – 4 years, if we’re lucky 🙂 My summer meals tend to be a lot simpler which makes me happy as summer is so short I want to enjoy as much of it as I can.
Another reason I’m trying to keep it simpler is that this week I start an exercise program with a trainer and small group at work. I may not talk about it much, but I despise working out! I mean, I think I’d rather go head to head with a snake than do a sit-up. Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch but I just really don’t like working out. However, earlier this year I declared 2017 the “Year of Me” so establishing some kind of work out routine is a must as I make this journey to a healthier me.
You guys, I’m pretty proud of the strides I’ve made health wise. Although I’ve got a long ways to go, I’ve seen a decrease in my amount of migraines, my energy level has increased and I’ve cut out a couple of bad habits I’ve struggled to break over the last few years. Achieving this hasn’t been super easy but I’ve been taking it slow and focusing on why I’m doing it. Namely feeling good and having lots of energy versus doing it to lose weight. One of these days I’ll get around to sharing with you what changes I’ve been making and the effect it has had.
Before I get to the menu I thought I’d share one last thing with you. For the last few weeks I’ve been seeing this at the grocery store with no idea what it was. Then, last night as I was shopping I noticed an Indian family picking one up and putting it in their cart. They most likely thought I was a nut, but I hightailed it over to them and asked what it was. Turns out it’s a Jackfruit. According to the woman, this one is for cooking (she uses it in curry dishes like you would a vegetable) but she said that there are sweet ones out there too that are eaten like a fruit. One of these days I’m going to pick one up and try it myself. Just not this week 🙂
Burgers – Although I won’t be making our favorite Manchego Burger, I won’t be sticking with the same old boring burgers. I have a couple of recipes earmarked in the Bob’s Burger book (affiliate link) so I’ll pick on of those to try.
Baked Chicken – which I will probably cook on the grill. Same recipe, different way of cooking.
We’ll eat out once or twice and the balance will be leftovers and fend for yourself nights.
As you can see, I wasn’t lying when I said it wasn’t overly exciting but It’s all I’ve got at this point. What are you planning on serving?
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