It’s Friday and I’m just sitting down to write this post, so apologies. This week. Y’all, this week has been the week from hell. Two work events, Halloween and then my childhood best friend’s mother died suddenly. I’m DONE – emotionally, physically and mentally, DONE. Not sure two days off is going to heal what I’ve got going on but it’s a start. My house is an absolute mess, full of candy wrappers and dirty clothes, but I’m just going to ignore all of that and relax this weekend. It will be there, waiting for me, when I finally get around to it. And let’s be honest – my house is rarely clean. I would choose cooking over cleaning any day of the week. It’s funny, since starting the DwtD blog, people are always asking if I truly cook every single night.
Yes, I always answer, but also make sure these peeps don’t walk away thinking that I have my you know what together because that’s just hilarious. I don’t know anyone who does it all, and I know a lot of people. I’m 100% OK admitting that on most days there is toothpaste all over the bathroom counter, dirty dishes are in the sink, wet towels in my bathtub (yes, in), piles of clothes on the floor, beds unmade and occasionally clothes are pulled back out of the dirty hamper to put on – but only certain items – we do draw the line at undergarments. (Note to self – remind my children where we draw the line) In a nutshell, I’m a walking, talking hot mess. But you know what, that’s alright. I’m a full-time working mom of two and it just is what it is. One day I will have time, or a cleaning service, but until then I’m going to continue putting the things I enjoy first. To hell with the house. Let’s eat!!!
Tip of the Week: I got nothing. Well, a quick something. I’m working on categorizing my recipes so you can sift thru them a bit easier. Stay tuned. I got nothing else.
Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!
XO ~ Kelly D.
Sunday, November 4th – Balsamic Mushroom Pearl Couscous – Y’all I LOVE pearl couscous. No doubt it’s right up there with mashed potatoes. And you KNOW what a balsamic nut I am. PLUS this has goat cheese. Do I need to say anymore? I’m going to add chicken to mine – just a breast or two to make it a little heartier. Not excited for Sunday but this will help ease the blues!
Monday, November 5th – Casablanca Chicken – This is a yummy, low fat & all-in-one chicken dish with incredible Mediterranean flavors. I need a re-set button after Halloween and this will help. Honestly, I am going to try and keep it lean and clean up until Turkey day – who’s with me? Back to the recipe. As y’all know by now I’m not all paleo, no carb or no sugar – I’m just low calorie. This recipe calls for things like “ghee” and cauliflower rice. Do what you do but I will be subbing olive oil for ghee and brown rice for cauli.
Tuesday, November 6th – Cilantro Pork Pot – Instant pot recipe right here BUT there are also crock pot instructions. I do not own an instant pot but after just reading this thing would only cook for 8 – 10 minutes in an instant pot, I may have to go out and purchase one. EIGHT minutes. Impressive. I will serve this over lettuce. Purchase tomatillo salsa instead of regular salsa if you can find it – changes the flavors just a smidge but in an oh so good way.
Wednesday, November 7th – Skirt Steak Salad – I love red meat. When I was a kid I was super picky – like maybe ate four foods – but one of my favorites was really rare steak. Odd, I know. This recipe does call for baby potatoes so if you are a no carb eater, just leave them out. I’m of the mind that a few baby potatoes aren’t going to tip the scale but again, to each his own. Miso dressing is insane in this. Don’t skip that step!
Thursday, November 8th – Spicy Basil Chicken – No, probably not kid friendly but sometimes I’d rather eat what I want to eat and cook my little people something they want to eat. I get if you aren’t down with that so this one may not work for all. It definitely works for me. In my house thai = heaven!!!
Friday, November 9th – Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers – I feel like I’ve shared this with y’all before but maybe it was a stovetop? All chicken and peppers dishes are pretty equal but I like being able to throw this into a crock pot (or instant pot if I get on Amazon tonight). It’s Friday so I will inevitably end up having street drinks (literally drinks in the street) with my neighbors and before you know it, two hours will have passed and then it’s 8 o’clock – too late to cook. Crock pot to the rescue.
Have a great one, y’all. I’m starting my Thanksgiving “list” so next week we can chat all things turkey. Can’t wait. I love a list!!!