There were some definite ups and downs last week. I had several nights where I barely slept and some stressful times at work. I didn’t feel like my usual cheery self. Even though I had the best of intentions with last week’s meal plan sometimes you just have to toss it out the window and go for pizza and wine.
On the plus side I finally got up the courage to get back on the bike for the first time since my knee injury. I’ve been a little worried that spinning would aggravate things so I’ve held off until now. I ran through a really easy workout that focused on cadence and kept the gearing light. Thankfully there were no issues with my knee during or after the workout.
How did the meals we made last week actually turn out?
Spiced Lamb Patties with Nutty Garlic Sauce via Bon Appetit: these lamb patties were delicious. I changed up the nutty sauce by making it with tahini instead of peanut butter and all of the flavours were spot on. Will definitely make this again!
Pappardelle with Veal and Pork Bolognese via Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking (very similar recipe here): the bolognese was fantastic. Even though the recipe is written that the sauce can be made quickly we took the time to let this one simmer for several hours.
Korean BBQ Tofu Bowls with Stir Fried Veggies via Oh My Veggies: this recipe was really more of a jumping off point. We used chicken instead of tofu, white rice instead of quinoa and Neil altered the sauce recipe as well.
Our plan for this week:
Sunday: Braised Beef in Chianti via David Rocco. I had originally earmarked a short rib dish braised in red wine but they were out of short ribs at the grocery store.
Monday: Red lentil and coconut soup via Casey Jade
Tuesday: Chopped chicken sesame noodle bowls via Pinch of Yum
Wednesday: Moroccan Spiced Pumpkin and Chickpea Stew via Happy Hearted Kitchen
Thursday: Penne with pesto, sundried tomatoes and rapini
What’s your go to “too tired and stressed to cook” meal?