What’s for Dinner Week of 3/1/15

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

Mar 02

Welcome to the start of another week!  The weekends are NOT long enough, right?  On Saturday, I had a great time visiting the Manatawny Distillery for a tour and bottling workshop (yes, I bottled vodka – pretty cool!), then followed up with a late lunch at the SlyFox Brewery!  The event was sponsored by the local Society of Women Engineers chapter.  I should have taken more pictures – needless to say, I had more beer and liquor in one day than I normally have in a week!

Proof that I was actually there...loved learning about the distillation columns!

Proof that I was actually there…loved learning about the distillation columns!

I’m linking up with Jill Conyers and Laura from Mommy Run Fast for What’s for Dinner!  This is a great linkup for cooking inspiration and it helps a busy working professional such as myself on track with my meal planning!


When You Lack Inspiration…

While we did eat out a few times, overall we ate pretty well this past week, but not because of me…I’ve been completely uninspired and feeling lazy in the kitchen.  I’ve mentioned the past few weeks have been very stressful because of a work project, and I just haven’t had the joy to make a great meal.  But I’m not giving up yet!  Here are some ways I plan to shake it up this during this cooking slump:

  • Food bloggers anyone?  I follow so many food bloggers, and I find scrolling through my Bloglovin’ feed brings up tons of great recipes that inspire me!
  • Go to Pinterest!  I love just wandering through my Pinterest feed and seeing what recipes inspire me, but better yet, you can search recipes on Pinterest and see what pops up.  Even if I have no plans to make those menu items, at least it gives me something to think about and I can pin it for later!
  • Check your kitchen inventory.  Have you ever bought some food ingredients months ago that you were really excited about, but life got in the way so you forgot all about it?  Check your cabinets and freezer and if it hasn’t expired, start planning that special meal!
  • Watch a few cooking shows.  I know good and well that I can never duplicate anything made on Chopped, but I love watching just to get some good ideas for flavors and ingredients.
  • Remember how much you love eating GOOD food.  Sometimes I’m just lazy and don’t want to cook even when I’m not stressed out, but then I think about the consequences of eating unhealthy processed foods, that can give me the kick in the pants I need to make something more wholesome!

Meals for the Week:

Monday 3/2:

  • Breakfast:  Half a bagel and green smoothie
  • Lunch:  Tuna salad and fruit
  • Dinner:  Bret’s night

Tuesday 3/3:

  • Breakfast:  Half a bagel and green smoothie
  • Lunch:  Tuna salad and fruit
  • Dinner:  Chicken Ropa Vieja with brown rice

Wednesday 3/4:

  • Breakfast:  Half a bagel and green smoothie
  • Lunch:  Tuna salad and fruit
  • Dinner:  Bret’s night

Thursday 3/5:

  • Breakfast:  Half a bagel and green smoothie
  • Lunch:  Tuna salad and fruit
  • Dinner:  Homemade pizza (since I didn’t make it last week)

Friday 3/6:

  • Breakfast:  Cereal and green smoothie
  • Lunch:  Tuna salad and fruit
  • Dinner:  Chicken and vegetables

Saturday 3/7:

  • Breakfast:  We’ll be heading on the road so I doubt we will have a big breakfast.
  • Lunch & Dinner:  Out on the slopes!  I can’t wait to let you know how it goes!

Sunday 3/8:

  • Brunch:  Most likely the typical waffles and eggs combo, maybe some sweet potato hash as well.
  • Dinner:  I’m thinking chili with ground turkey…just need to find a good recipe!

What tasty meals do you have planned for the week?  How do you handle a lack of cooking inspiration?  

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