Doing my meal planning and grocery shopping in 2-week chunks with a smaller weekly supplement of our essentials has really been working well. It allows me to do the main shopping in one swoop at a more traditional Publix or Harris Teeter while making regular Aldi and Costco restocks for our favorites, without feeling like I’m constantly running to multiple stores to finish shopping.
Two weeks ago, I did an HT Express Lane order (“we finished your graaaaand order,” they announced when they called to tell me it was ready… side eye at your sarcasm, Teet). After a trip to the gym for working out, a conference call, and quick shower, the girls and I hopped across the street to grab the goods. While waiting for them to be loaded, Nora Beth announced that she needed to potty, and Jane Ellis seemed frantic to eat. So I did what anyone would do… drove us over to the ABC store parking lot, parked us under a tree, let NB tinkle into a plastic bowl (a very bizarre hobby of hers, which she is VERY good at… mainly because I never got a travel potty for us…?!) while nursing Jane Ellis. All so I wouldn’t have to unbuckle all 3 of them at once to go into a real bathroom. Was it worth it? Eh. We’ll call it a win because sometimes you just need to give yourself that, right?.
But I sure as hell wanted to march into Harris Teeter and reward myself with a free cookie.
(Related note: the HT employees will bring free cookies to your car while they load your groceries if you ask. I assume happily.)
Here’s what we’ve eaten the last two weeks:
Fluffiest Blueberry Pancakes – I’m forever looking for the best pancake recipe, and this one is close. I did some with blueberries (“bloobeebees!” as Annablair proclaims), some with chocolate chips, and some plain.
Peruvian Roast Chicken – This is my favorite twist on roast chicken, and I’ve made it about 4 times in the past few months. I ignore the salad and green sauce (though that sauce looks delicious and easy) and just follow the steps for the chicken. The leftovers make a really great chicken salad.
Rosemary Chicken, Corn and Peach Salad – I don’t like to follow salad recipes because… do we need that? But, I urge you to follow this one, because it is so delicious.
Creamy Salsa Skillet – This is a quicker, healthier(ish) version of one of our go-to fall crockpot recipes (Fiesta Chicken). I had quite a bit of sauce leftover that I used as a dip later in the week while watching football, but would also be great with quinoa for a meatless lunch alternative.
Stewed Pork Pie – my savory pie obsession doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. This one was different, filling and so tasty. The recipe isn’t the clearest to follow, and I accidentally left out the onions, but the result was still a win. I used store bought crust (as always) and did this as one big pie instead of the individual servings.
Santa Maria Tri Tip – I’d like to remake this with actual tri tip (which is available at Costco). I mistakenly purchased tip roast (apparently these are different… mmk). The flavor was really good, and it was a nice red meat switch up (even though I am increasingly convinced that I’ve developed an allergy to red meat??).
Anchovy Spaghetti – We are big anchovy fans around here, and this simple pasta was an ideal comfort food in the middle of an emotionally rocky week.
Almost 5 Ingredient Spaghetti Pie – NB declared this, “Dat weally yummy cassewole,” and I agree. I’ve made it several times, and it’s well worth the effort. I simply roast the spaghetti squash the night before or early the day of, and then assemble everything else about an hour before we’re ready to eat.
Pork Tinga – make this. Use it for rice bowls, salads, tacos or burritos.
English Jacket Potatoes – Davey is a lover of potatoes, and I tend to not think about them. When I stumbled across this recipe, I knew he would love them. We both did!
Butter Chicken Meatballs – We love, love Indian food and tend to have our favorite recipes, which makes me skeptical of new ones, but I trust Half-baked Harvest and was intrigued by the meatball angle here. I’m glad I gave this one a go!
Skillet Moroccan Chicken with Peaches and Feta – I don’t need to wax poetic on this dish, so I’ll say: Add this to your meal plan as soon as you can. It was light, scrumptious, easy and unexpected. I served it with roasted Brussels sprouts.
Spanish Baked Rice with Chorizo – I subbed golden raisins for the currants, since that’s what I could find in stores, and I was a fan of this hearty, comforting dish. It reheated perfectly all week.