We eat a lot of chicken. I can't deny that. There have been weeks when we've eaten chicken 5 or 6 days in a row because it was on sale that week at the grocery store. What can I say? I love chicken and I'm a sucker for a good sale. My family starts to get suspicious after the third consecutive chicken day though. 😂
If you ask my kids, they will tell you that we eat chicken "All The Time". The truth is, we normally eat it no more than once or twice a week. (Unless it's on sale of course.) I have a meal schedule that I follow to plan our meals every week. I've published this before but for those of you who might be new to the blog - here it is again.
Monday - Fish
Tuesday - Chicken
Wednesday - Soup, Salad or Sandwiches
Thursday - Beef or Pork (Vegetables for me)
Friday - Pasta
Saturday and Sunday - anything goes
To a lot of people it might seem a little rigid to plan meals like this but if you know me at all - you know that I thrive on (over)planning EVERYTHING. 😂I've been menu planning like this for years and it works great for me. And those unplanned weekend meals - even though the uncertainty gives me anxiety sometimes - they often turn out to be the best.
There are times when I make things on the weekend that we've been craving and sometimes I just pull together a meal based on the leftover ingredients that are already in my refrigerator. Last week, I had a package of chicken in my refrigerator, more than a dozen leftover hard boiled Easter Eggs, a few slices of turkey bacon and a garden that was absolutely overflowing with home grown lettuce. Throw in a ripe avocado, a few tomatoes and I had everything that I needed for a delicious Grilled Cobb Salad.
Grilled Cobb Salad
1/4 cup blue cheese
1/4 cup + 2 T. olive oil
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 romaine lettuce hearts, cut in half
2 avocados, halved
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
4 hard (or soft) boiled eggs, halved
6 slices turkey bacon, diced
Top with bacon and drizzle with dressing.
What do you have growing in your garden this month? I've got lettuce, parsley, basil, rosemary, strawberries and 1 raspberry plant. I started some pumpkin seeds in pots on the porch last month and they're already starting to sprout. I have plans to move them to the garden as soon. I can hardly wait to see how many pumpkins I end up with this Fall. 🎃
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