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30 Days of Meal Planning

I knew that this new job was sending me into a more corporate and professional arena when I pulled on underwear for the first time in recent (and not so recent) memory (literally putting my big girl panties on) yesterday. And, I knew that I was growing up when I left them on all day. I’m not sure when my tactile aversion to lower half undergarments began, but it was well documented on my previous blog Polka Dots & Protein Bars. Even my sweet husband high-fived me for my perseverance when I walked through the door last night and immediately slid them off when I entered the kitchen (for pure comfort sake, not for anything remotely PG-13). If one’s success can be directly correlated to the time they endure the grip of cotton underpants, then I’m a real champion. However, if their lack of shame for posting a blog about it deducts points, then I’m right back where I started.

Before entering this new career, I was able to slip off to the beach for a few days with my mom, who made it her mission to teach me how to relax. In doing so, she naturally lost her own ability to do the very thing, but mothers are nothing if not selflessly sacrificial, amIright, mamas of the world? All in all, wine helped us both out considerably in our goal achievement, and the only bit of work I did whilst away on the sandy shore was to document what we would eat for dinner (and subsequently, lunches) for the next thirty days. I worked to vary proteins, meatless dishes, price points, preparation time, crockpot meals and also added in days that I knew we would be eating out. I’ll grocery shop once per week (minus the near-daily stop for a 20 oz. Diet Dr. Pepper, which was created to be better in that plastic bottle than out of a can… not that I’d kick that can out of bed either, of course) and do some meal prep on weekends. Here’s a look at our September eats…
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Sunday, September 1stCrab Stuffed Avocados (I made double the crab, and the next day we enjoyed it inside omelettes and later as a dip)
Monday, September 2nd – Seared Scallops and Mahi-Mahi with roasted poblano citrus sauce (I later learned that DTH has an aversion for orange essence paired with fish… who knew? I, on the other hand, deemed it delicious), couscous with feta and roasted broccoli (pictured above)
Tuesday, September 3rd – Date night to celebrate the first day of the new job! We went to a local favorite of ours, New South Kitchen. We shared barbecue pork spring rolls (so divine), pimento cheese, a sirloin entrée, and a mixed green salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, aged cheddar, chicken and an orange mustard vinaigrette. And a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (hey-o, half priced bottle night!)
Wednesday, September 4thSussex beef with long grain wild rice (I threw this in the crockpot Monday, so DTH ate some for lunch Tuesday, I brought it with me today, and I’ll enjoy it tonight as planned)
Thursday, September 5thMediterranean Shrimp Tortellini
Friday, September 6th Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad
Saturday, September 7th Spaghetti all’Arrabiata with shrimp
Sunday, September 8th Frittata and Kale Salad
Monday, September 9th Cheddar Jalapeno Turkey Burgers
Tuesday, September 10th – Fiesta Chicken over Spaghetti Squash
Wednesday, September 11th – Chicken + Andouille Sausage Jambalaya
Thursday, September 12th Spicy Chicken Avocado Enchiladas
Friday, September 13th Spicy Chickpea Salad
Saturday, September 14th – Kale + Coconut Bowl
Sunday, September 15th – Date Night Out!
Monday, September 16th Coconut Cashew Crockpot Chicken
Tuesday, September 17th – Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Wednesday, September 18th – Rice + Bean Casserole with Guacamole
Thursday, September 19th – Crockpot Jerk Pork Roast
Friday, September 20th – Barbecue Chicken Quinoa Salad
Saturday, September 21st – Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
Sunday, September 22nd –
Davey’s Birthday Bonanza!
Monday, September 23rd –
Davey’s Real and Actual Birthday Bonanza!
Tuesday, September 24th –
Samosa Pie
Wednesday, September 25th –
Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Pie
Thursday, September 26th –
Blackened Fish Tacos
Friday, September 27th –
Jerk Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Saturday, September 28th –
Grilled Buffalo Wings (thinking Sriracha Honey marinated?)
Sunday, September 29th – Grilled Steaks with Potatoes and Brussels Sprout Slaw
Monday, September 30th –
Shrimp Creole

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