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6.04.2012

Gray Monday

Gray as in the color, not the title character of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. If it was that kind of Monday, I don't think I would be sitting so comfortably with my bum parked on the couch ;)

Gray because that is the sky today. I went out for my first long run in over a month and it rained on me. Talk about losing motivation to workout while you are already struggling to keep going! Don't worry, it may have taken me a while to complete my 7.5mile run, but I made it through, though I was pretty soaked from sweat and rain. It's okay, I am consoling myself with dark chocolate M&Ms and am quite happy now.

Continuing with the thread of motivation, let's talk candidly for a second. I've been anything but motivated to be a good housewife lately. Granted, I am not really a housewife, but when you are "off work" more days than you are "working", it can be said you are a housewife. It's hard to justify not cooking and cleaning when I didn't have work scheduled for that day. I mean, people who work typical 8 hour work days still find time to make dinner, right? So why haven't I even wanted to look up recipes on Pinterest {follow my boards by clicking the link}, or plan meals for the week, let alone actually see them to fruition? I attribute my lack of kitchen work to loss of motivation combined with finding anything and everything to keep me busy and not at home. I have new friends who have time off during the week to hang out with {hi, Ashley!}, hikes and runs to go on, and have been generally too tired, work out, or just not into cooking at home. Lame, I know. See why I can't have kids? You have to feed them, like real food and stuff, and they won't take "I don't feel like it" for an answer. 

Enter today, on this gray Monday I have been scavenging Pinterest, meal planning and creating a grocery list. I have plans to actually leave the house and procure the groceries, come home and put everything together so it's easier to make the rest of the week. *Gasp* this is shocking, for me at least. Knowing I tend to lose motivation the further away from my brain wave I get, I knew I would have to find recipes that would last a few days in the fridge or freezer and could be pulled out and quickly dumped into the crock pot or oven, with little prep or fuss. Ready for some easy recipes that sound delicious?

Monday: Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole with a few tweaks from the original being quinoa instead of rice, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and Italian bread crumbs instead of crushed saltine crackers and spices.  We shall see how that goes over! 

Tuesday and Wednesday I have on location bridal trials in the evening, and won't be able to make dinner on time, so I decided on some crock pot meals to make life easy for me, and dinner ready for Billy when he gets home. Also I'm totally branching out and using meat other than chicken for these two nights. I'm a little nervous because I've never cooked meat well {extra well done beef, or super salty pork anyone?}, but hope using a crock pot will keep everything moist, and tasty.

Tuesday: Marriage proposal pulled pork in the crock pot I'm not sure I am down for a bunch of chopped onion in the pork. I like onion flavor, but detest eating onions, so I may make extra large chunks instead of diced so I can remove them after cooking. 

Wednesday: Slow cooker French dip reading through the reviews gave me some tweaks I will be making, such as the addition of Worcestershire sauce, garlic power, pepper and garlic, and melting cheese onto the bread before topping with meat. 

Thursday: Chicken Parmesan meatloaf muffins I plan on skipping the onions {it's a texture thing, I swear!} but these sound delicious, and I can make the chicken mixture in advance and just plop it into a muffin tin {or store the filled muffin tin covered in the fridge} and bake on Thursday evening. 

Fridays we don't usually cook at home, but if we stay in, there should be plenty of leftovers to go around considering all of these recipes serve 6, and I cook for Billy and myself. 

As for sweets to bake, you knew I wasn't going to leave you hanging there! I will be making this Dashing Dish recipe for strawberry shortcake muffins {which are flour and sugar free!} today. I will probably also make this recipe for peanut butter banana low fat muffins using PB2 instead of real peanut butter, and if I'm feeling naughty I will make Life of Meg's chewy monster cookies, which are so stinking good!

Speaking of Life of Meg, why don't you head on over there and link up for her Mingle Monday series and get your blog read on!

How do you motivate yourself to cook dinner or create meal plans?
Any awesome recipes I should know about? 

4 comments

  1. Thanks for the recipes! I have been totally unmotivated to cook lately and with all these delicious meals you're making, I better get off my bum and cook tonight! Oh, and I totally do big chunks of onion in my pulled pork and take them out when i'm ready to eat it. Better that way!

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  2. I go through major ruts with cooking and new recipes. There are weeks when we have lots of awesome meals and then a long stretch where neither of us feel like cooking or coming up with recipes so we eat simple things like sandwiches or eggs. If you go on my pinterest, we made the shrimp packet recipe the other week and it was so easy and amazing!

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  3. The weather is just training you for your time here!

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  4. Hi Adrian. Just the title of your blog makes me happy :) I found you on Meg's Mingle Monday and I'm looking forward to following your blog. I do find that I often have to cook in bulk, keeping some leftovers in the fridge for the next day or two and some in the freezer. If you cook your meat in bulk (even if its just chicken) you can add fresh/different veggies and sides each day. Chicken Stir-Fry, Stuffed Chicken Breasts (with feta & spinach). I'm actually one of those people that just throw it whatever sounds good at the time. Happy Eating!

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