It is amazing what a few days of wallowing can do for the spirit. I feel better. It is also amazing what nourishing meals can do as well. This morning I woke up wide awake at 4AM. I had a Whole30 friendly dinner the night before and was in bed by 11. When I woke up I was all “oh hell naww” and tried to go back to sleep. Maybe next time I will start the day that early?
Anyway, I cooked three dinners this week and I would love to share the details with you all. Let’s do this.
On Monday I made Melissa Joulwan’s Chocolate Chili. This was the second time I made her chili and it is outstanding. Seriously, buy her cookbook. I love it so much that halfway through reading I just stopped dog-earring all the pages I wanted to flip back to because I know at some point I will try every single recipe in her book. I am such a geeked out superfan that I post on her Facebook when I make one of her recipes and she ALWAYS comments back to me. That is a true celebrity chef.
Back to my chili which I forgot to snap a picture of. I used two pounds of grass-fed beef. I never drain the fat when I use the good stuff. Fat from grass-fed cows is full of goodies. It is liquid sunshine. Safeway was having a killer sale on meat so I snatched up four pounds of ground beef. More chili in the near future!
On Tuesday I fried up teeny tiny lamb loins that I marinated in garlic and oil. I got a bit overzealous with the heirloom tomatoes when we went grocery shopping and ended up buying two pounds (4.99 a pound!!! Next time, pay attention Kerry) of ugly tomatoes. I turned them into a quick salad with oil and balsamic. I felt like dinner needed something green so I sauteed some baby spinach and dinner was served. Aside from the fancy tomatoes dinner was cheap! I got four tiny lamb loins for under $7.00 and they were delicious.
Last night I turned $3.00 of thinly sliced beef into mounds of fajita stuffs. I sauteed two orange peppers with two big Vidalia onions and garlic. Earlier in the day since I was off from work I sliced the beef and rubbed it up and down (woah) with cumin, chili, garlic, onion, and salt and let it hang out in the fridge for a few hours. It cooked up quick right alongside the vegetables when they were finished. Jer rolled his with flour tortillas but I ate mine straight up.
It seems like I am on somewhat of a budget, right? I need to be. Our last trip to Safeway ran close to $200 but I am fairly certain I bought enough to last us two weeks.
To be precise, I am hoping we can eek by until August 1st because that is the day I have decided to do another Whole30. This time, my Prince of a Husband is joining me in solidarity. I am so excited. Jer is… working on being excited. He asked me with childlike wide eyes if he could order Five Guys without the bun. What do I say to that?
“Things are gonna change, I can feel it.” That is for a special friend who will recognize it immediately.
Love and love and love to you all.