Lately, people have been telling me I look tired. I don’t know whether I should feel bad for looking tired. Does it mean I also look disheveled? I am tired because work was exhausting this week, and I also had two exams. I look tired because I AM tired. Bah.
Another thing the exhaustion leads to is a messy, messy house. My house is embarrassingly messy. I have two bags of laundry that have been waiting to be folded since Thursday. But no time, no motivation… I need to fold these soon :(
Anyhow, I haven’t updated on meal planning since I decided to take the plunge, and I can say that the first couple weeks were pretty solid. It wasn’t until this past week of super busy-ness that I barely cooked. But anyway, I discovered a few tasty recipes, and I also am getting better at winging ingredients in recipes that I don’t have or don’t want to go out and make a special trip for. Here are a couple keepers:
Nom Nom Paleo’s Asian Chicken Thighs – I don’t have the paleo ingredients (like fake soy sauce and paleo fish sauce), but this is good with all those non-paleo ingredients anyhow. I hate restrictive diets, but one thing I can take away from the good ones (like paleo and nutritarian) is eat FRESH and eat lots of whole foods. I don’t plan to replace my soy sauce stash with coconut aminos, but I will eat healthy fruits, veggies, and meats.
Asian Salmon Bowl with Lime Drizzle – I foolishly attempted to squeeze limes over a shotglass (my measuring cup shot glass) and was getting lime juice everywhere but inside the shotglass, so I instead just squeezed the limes into the pot. Probably a foolish idea, because I could taste the lime, which means I put way too much for hubby. But whatever, I liked it :)
Salmon with Spicy Cucumber Pineapple Salsa – I love textures and juxtaposing flavors, so this salsa is great with salmon, which can be kind of boring to just eat by itself. I made a spicy one for me and a jalapeno-less one for hubby. Since this one just said “1 lime” instead of “3 tbsp lime”, I didn’t have to guess how much lime was a good amount, and it wasn’t over limey. Also, normally I pair salmon with rice, so this was a good way of consuming lots of cucumbers.
Jjim Dak – I love cooking Korean food because once you have the main ingredients, you’re pretty much set. Just insert veggie here, insert meat here, insert carb here, and you’re done. I made this with rice noodles because that’s what I had, and it was fine :D Lots of veggies, lots of flavors… delicious!
Things I want to try soon:
Dweji Bulgogi – on the menu for tonight!
Skillet Cheesy Chicken Rotini w/ Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce + Burrata – it just looks so gloriously cheesy…
Butternut squash dip with tahini, EVOO, spices, garlic, lemon juice (for veggies) – but only because I have had a butternut squash sitting on my kitchen counter for 2 months and I need to use this ASAP.
These balls. I bought too many dates, and I need to use them. This is made with dates, sunflower seeds (but I’ll use almonds because I have them at home), and coconut. Might need to get some coconut.. I wonder where i can buy a tiny amount of it.
This roast, but with pork. Would that work? :/ We’ll see.
So where am I in the freezer cleanout? Hmmm… only marginally better… (new items indicated by an asterisk)
Pork shoulder – chili?
Freezerburnt london broil
4 servings unmarinated chicken
2 serving marinated chix legs
3 spicy Costco sausages
Anchovies (for gook)
*samgyupsal – will use tonight
*pork from mom
*marinated asian thighs
Had a ton of 1/8th bags of corn that i just ended up tossing
PACKAGED (i.e., Trader Joe’s stuff)
Pad see ew
2 jasmine rice (emergency rice)
Pineapples (used daily for smoothies)
Meal planning is tough when you’re stressed and have little time. When you’re focused on studying because you have little time after work to study, it makes cooking (and cleaning) a chore. But I’m committed to healthy eating. I’ve been doing well with grocery budgeting – I have been under my budget each week by at least $10-30, though it helps that I didn’t cook anything this past week (except chili, over a campfire). My life will be in a disarray for I’m assuming the next 2 years while I pursue this new future of mine, but it will be worth it. All this tiredness and studying and little time for people and hobbies is a necessary evil, a means to an end. Freedom is just around the corner. I hope…
And just random: