Good morning! My final day of couch surfing is upon me. I’m back to real life (well, student life) tomorrow. It’s one of those situations where I don’t want it to end, but at the same time, I’m definitely ready to go back to school. I love my couch, but I’m getting a little restless over here.
And I loved the feedback on yesterday’s post! Anyone who picks up a copy of Gaining, let me know what you think.
I’m going to be out of town next weekend (heading back to London to visit with my parents for a few days) so I probably won’t have time to do my usual drive-all-over-town-to-every-grocery-store possible trip that I usually do on Saturdays. Yes, I am a bargain shopper, to say the least.
So, I took a bit of extra cash with me when I went grocery shopping yesterday to keep our fridge extra stocked – I’ll do a mini grocery trip when I get back for fresh stuff. but for the most part, my kitchen is jam-packed right now.
I’m going to continue to work on muscle gain when I’m back at the gym this week, so a lot of my focus with shopping this week was stocking up on the protein-packed stuff.
- canned tuna
- ground turkey
- egg whites
- 2% plain Greek yogurt (not my usual Oikos, but they were 50% off)
- lamb chops
- flat of eggs
- deli chicken slices
- whole chicken
- cottage cheese
Yea…that’s a lot of protein.
One of these days, I’ll actually take the veggies out of the plastic. But as it so happens, I got home around lunch and I was too hungry to take the time to do so
- white potatoes
- spaghetti squash
- bell peppers
- frozen brussel sprouts (I love them, but the boyfriend wouldn’t touch a brussel sprout if you paid him. So it’s easier to buy frozen and heat them up for me once in a while)
- fresh spinach
- frozen spinach
- canned mushrooms
So the boyfriend has lunch:
- frozen meals
- frozen french fries
He likes what he likes!
- Wetjet stuff
- peanut butter (mixing it up and going with crunchy this time)
- no sugar added blueberry jam (easily the best kind)
- highlighters – I go through highlighters like it’s my job. You should see my textbooks – they’re so colourful. I always end up needing new ones every semester.
- lasagna noodles
- ziplock bags
- mint sauce (for the aforementioned lamb)
- bagel thins
Yea, I was running out of room to put stuff. There may be a spaghetti squash and a bag of potatoes on the floor…
Back to regular routine means back to planned dinners every week. Is it weird that planning out the menu and grocery shopping is one of my favourite parts of the week?
- Saturday: lamb chops with mint sauce, baked potatoes and broccoli
- Sunday: tilapia, rice and salad
- Monday: roasted chicken and salad
- Tuesday: pork tenderloin and veggies
- Wednesday: chicken and veggies
- Thursday: my favourite lasagna
- Friday: whatever my mom is cooking for me
Back to that lunch: big grocery hauls like this tend to take me about 3 hours, so I’m more than ready to eat by the time I get in.
Cooked brussels with coconut oil, 2 over-easy eggs + 1/4 cup egg whites, raw baby carrots and peanut butter. Yes, it is random. But it was awesome.
I’ve only had lamb a handful of times, and I’m definitely never cooked it. But when I saw it was on sale, I thought it would be fun to test it out.
I approached it the same way I do steak: salt and pepper both sides (plus I added oregano – I was going for a bit of Greek flavour), cooked stovetop in a bit of olive oil on high heat until pink in the middle. A little dash of mint sauce to finish and it turned out really well! I think it’d be fun to make a sort of cream sauce with the mint. I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time.
I baked a sweet potato on the side – in the oven, for once. I usually go the lazy route and nuke it in the microwave, but potatoes really are much better when you take the time to throw them in the oven for an hour. And some steamed broccoli on the side for some greenery.
Dinner was complete with Saturday night’s movie – Martha Marcy May Marlene. Has anyone seen that movie? The main character is played by Elizabeth Olsen; I think she beats out her sisters in the acting department. Slight frustration: one of those open ended endings-that’s-not-an-ending (annoying, right Caitlin?) Nonetheless, it was an interesting movie.
Todays plans involve a bit of food prep for the week, maybe some yoga/stretching and getting started on my readings for the upcoming week. Enjoy the last day of the weekend!
<— crunchy or smooth nut butter? I’ buy smooth 95% of the time, but I felt like something new.
<— Do you nuke potatoes in the microwave or do you take the time to bake them?