What we ate this week 11/6 – 11/12

Last Monday, I found out I developed dry socket (a very painful problem that can happen when you get wisdom teeth removed), which made eating pretty difficult. I tried to make softer foods, but it was still pretty hard to eat all week. Here’s what we ate.

Monday

Leftover broccoli cheddar soup from last week

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Credit: Piping Pot Curry

Tuesday, Sunday

Roasted root vegetables with sausage. I loved this so much on Tuesday (the few bites of it I could eat) that I wanted to make it again Sunday so I could fully enjoy it.

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Credit: Primal Palate

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Butter chicken over jasmine rice with turmeric roasted cauliflower. No, I didn’t get sick of it. My husband wasn’t home Saturday so he only ate these leftovers once.

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Credit: Little Spice Jar

Thursday

Instant Pot Italian beef sandwiches, Caesar salad

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Credit: This Old Gal

Have you ever gotten dental surgery? What did you eat when your mouth was healing?

Stay fit,

Marisa

What we ate this week 10/30-11/5

It feels like winter here in Wisconsin, and our meals are shifting into late fall and winter mode. On Friday I got a wisdom tooth removed, reflected by the soft and liquid foods on the menu at the end of the week. I didn’t have general anesthesia or moderate sedation. Just local anesthetic and the dentist RIPPED it out. No prescription pain meds either, just extra strength Tylenol and ibuprofen. Now it’s Monday and I’m dying. Here’s what we ate last week.

Monday

Steak fajita loaded potatoes (I used white baking potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, and I used venison backstraps instead of beef)

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Credit: PaleOMG

Tuesday

Out to dinner for tapas

Wednesday

Caribbean snapper over arugula with balsamic dressing

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Credit: Diabetes Well Being

Thursday

French dip sandwiches and salad. I made the shredded beef in the Instant Pot using an Italian beef recipe adapted from This Old Gal. I used one gluten-free onion soup packet (instead of the Italian seasoning packets) and 3 cups beef broth (instead of broth, water and pepperoncini juice).

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Credit: This Old Gal

Friday

Tomato basil soup from the hot bar at the grocery store.

Saturday

Leftover shredded beef from Thursday’s French dips, with gluten-free rice macaroni and white cheddar from Aldi.

Saturday

Broccoli cheddar soup in the Instant Pot and grilled cheese made with Schär gluten-free deli-style bread, Swiss, extra sharp cheddar, sriracha-infused olive oil and Earth Balance mayo.
This soup recipe was the best broccoli cheese soup I’ve made!

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Credit: Piping Pot Curry

What did you eat last week?

Stay fit,

Marisa

What we ate this week 10/16 – 10/22

When I used to post meal plans, almost without fail at least one meal per week would get bumped off the menu as we tried to finish leftovers, were too busy to cook or decided to grab tacos instead. In order to be 100 with you guys, I decided to change up how I shared my menu by posting what we ate for dinner during the past week. This way you can still see what we’re eating and get menu ideas for yourselves, while also seeing that we’re real people who live outside of Instagram and Pinterest and don’t cook according to the plan every day. So here’s the first installment of What We Ate This Week. There are a lot of vegetarian things because I have been cooking for our vegetarian friend lately.

Monday

Butternut squash alfredo. I didn’t add the chicken, but I did include bacon for me and my husband and left it out for our vegetarian friend.

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Credit: Damn Delicious

Tuesday

Vegetarian pot pies. I used this 1-hour vegan pot pie recipe from Minimalist Baker, but I used whole milk instead of almond milk, so mine weren’t vegan. The filling was also too stiff, so I would use less flour. I used a gluten-free pie crust recipe that I didn’t really care for, so I’ll figure out a different topping option if I make these again.

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Credit: Minimalist Baker

Wednesday

I mostly ate snacks. Particularly cured meats, cheese and popcorn while having a glass of wine with some girlfriends. My husband ordered pizza and saved me some for when I got home, but it was too salty and I couldn’t eat it.

Thursday

Out to dinner for tacos to celebrate my husband finishing an important exam.

Friday 

My parents came over and I made one of my favorite recipes that I invented myself: Apple Gorgonzola stuffed pork loin. Here’s a simple recipe:
Cut a pork tenderloin down the center like a book, leaving about 1/4 inch intact. Pound flat to 1/4 inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper.
In a cast iron skillet, carmelize peeled and diced or sliced apple chunks in butter and a little maple syrup. Let the mixture cool slightly and spread evenly on the pork loin. Sprinkle crumbled Gorgonzola cheese on top of the apple mixture.
Roll the pork tenderloin lengthwise and secure with butchers twine. Spray or rub with a small amount of cooking oil. Sear all sides of the pork loin in the cast iron skillet.
Place the skillet in a preheated 425 degree F oven for about 35 minutes. Drizzle with maple dijon sauce (maple syrup and Dijon mustard in proportions based on taste, salt, pepper and thyme; thin with 1 teaspoon of water if needed; optional add chopped walnuts)
Slice and serve with steamed broccoli and baked sweet potatoes.

Saturday

Spinach lasagna rolls (we had some leftovers that we’re eating for dinner today)

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Credit: Skinnytaste

Sunday

Cabbage roll soup (this was a huge recipe and I’ll be eating leftovers for lunch this week)

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Credit: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

What did you eat for dinner last week? What are you eating this week?

Stay fit,

Marisa

Weekly meal plan #19 (June 26 – July 2)

Meal plans are back! The past couple weeks I’ve been traveling, and when I wasn’t traveling, I was eating at restaurants or throwing together random meals using food I had in the house, with no real plan. My body image has been struggling for it, so I wanted to get back on track this week before leaving town AGAIN for a long weekend at my in-laws’ house. The good part about going there is we’ll eat in while we’re there instead of going out.

Here’s what I have planned for the portion of the week we’ll be at home. Of course everything is grilled.

Monday

Grilled steak nachos. It’s really simple – just steak grilled with spices (chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle powder) – on top of tortilla chips and whatever toppings we feel like – lettuce, onions, diced peppers, jalapeños, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Tuesday

BBQ chicken, pineapple and pepper kabobs with grilled asparagus. This is literally as easy as it sounds. Skewer cubed chicken, pineapple and bell peppers and grill it.

Wednesday

Honey chipotle tacos with BLT slaw

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Credit: Carlsbad Cravings

Thursday

Grilled chicken sausages (from Trader Joe’s) with canned beans on the grill and grilled asparagus.

Friday – Sunday

Out of town, hopefully cooking on the grill at my in-laws’ house.

Stay fit,

Marisa

Weekly meal plan #18 (June 5-11)

Big news! We got a concrete patio poured! It cost us all of our adult money dollars, but we’re very excited to have a real patio to grill, drink and relax. Not a narrow space between the garage and the house that’s really an extension of the driveway and right next to the trash cans. To celebrate, I have a few grilled meals on the menu this week.

Monday

Pulled pork ragu over butternut squash noodles. I got the noodles pre-spiralized at the grocery store.

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Credit: Skinnytaste

Tuesday

Buffalo ranch chicken tacos with lettuce and blue cheese dressing

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Credit: Sweet Little Bluebird

Wednesday

Pesto stuffed pork chops, sweet potato, broccoli

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Credit: allrecipes

Thursday

Chicken and veggie skewers with peanut sauce over rice

Friday

I’ll be running Ragnar Chicago and eating whatever food we have in our van! Blog post about Ragnar coming next week.

Saturday

Grilled steak, oven fries, salad

Sunday

Chili pineapple grilled chicken, sweet potato, grilled eggplant

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Credit: Plain Chicken

Do you have a lot of patio meals in the summer? What about patio drinks?

Stay fit,

Marisa

Weekly meal plan #17 (May 22-28)

This week’s meal plan is a little short because we’re going out of town for a wedding next weekend. I hope you get to do something fun Memorial Day weekend, too!

Monday

Sriracha burgers (pre-made from the grocery store meat counter), grilled eggplant, fries (I’m using the Alexia Foods Rosemary Fries with Sea Salt from the freezer section)

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Credit: The Spruce

Tuesday

Greek chicken and lemon rice, broccoli

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Credit: RecipeTin Eats

Wednesday

Buffalo chicken bacon ranch casserole (yes, again, because we love this meal)

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Credit: Civilized Caveman

Thursday

Spicy southwestern salad with avocado dressing (I’ll be adding chicken)

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Credit: Pinch of Yum

Friday

Honey chipotle pork chops and baked potato with broccoli and cheese sauce (I bought the broccoli and cheese sauce from the frozen section)

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Credit: Publix

Saturday – Sunday

We’re headed out of town for a wedding! If the weather is nice where you live, I suggest making simple grilled meat and veggies on the grill with potato salad, like the one I made last week.

Stay fit,

Marisa

Weekly meal plan #16 (May 15-21)

The weather is finally supposed to get warmer this week (fingers crossed), so I planned three meals on the grill! Here’s to hoping my propane tank isn’t empty.

Monday

Leftovers: Instant Pot chicken tikka masala from Sunday

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Credit: Kitchn

Tuesday

Grilled pork chips with garlic-lime mojo, foil pack asparagus, baked potato

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Credit: The Optimalist Kitchen

Wednesday

Grilled burgers, roasted potato salad with dill-scallion vinaigrette, kale salad

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Credit: Perry’s Plate

Thursday

Venison steak and kale tacos with garlic cream sauce

I’m using the same recipe as last week’s shrimp tacos except I’m substituting venison for the shrimp and kale for the shredded cabbage.

Friday

Pesto stuffed chicken, broccoli, rice

I’m using last week’s pesto-stuffed pork chops recipe but converting it to chicken. I’ll cook the chicken breasts at 375 degrees F for about 25 minutes plus 5 more minutes with the glaze.

Saturday

Grilled bratwursts, leftover potato salad, asparagus

Sunday

BBQ chicken pizza with sweet potato crust

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Credit: The Soccer Mom Blog

What do you like to cook when the weather gets warmer?

Stay fit,

Marisa