Food Diary Week 96 (1/27-2/2)

Alright, I’ve been totally awful at posting so far this year! I did some traveling, but that’s not really an excuse since I totally had time to write on my adventures. But let’s dive in and catch up on what we’ve been eating around here!

This week my husband found purple cauliflower and fontina cheese both on sale when he went to the store. So I made chicken Florentine, except I used boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and I made some extra pasta with a Florentine sauce on the side and did roasted purple cauliflower for the vegetarian. It wasn’t a bad meal.

Over the weekend, I also made paella, complete with shrimp, chicken, chorizo and mussels. I also made a vegetarian paella using a couple types of mushrooms in place of the proteins. In hindsight, making two full pans of paella was pretty ambitious. Also, I need a paella pan as you just cannot achieve the crispiness on the rice without it. But this particular cooking fest did serve use for two separate dinners plus lunches for the week.

For Sunday dinner, we had my oldest and her crew over for dinner. I just love those boys. I made vegan meatballs with marsala sauce, roasted tiny potatoes, roasted broccoli, and roasted chicken legs and thighs. It was all a huge hit, but I was especially proud of that marsala sauce.

I also decided to try out a new recipe I found in an Alton Brown cookbook I picked up recently for chocolate chip cookies. I will attest that there is a method to that man’s madness as those were some of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. Okay, I don’t make cookies that often as we don’t eat a lot of sweets (by we, I mean my husband and I because the girls would definitely eat them all the time) but still, they were fantastic!

I also experimented with a spinach pesto and made a nice pesto margarita pizza. I like spinach pesto because you sneak in a lot of veggies. I don’t really need to sneak in the veggies with our crew, but it’s nice to sometimes feel like it’s a junky meal when it’s really good for you. Don’t worry, we ate unhealthy at least once because I did make oven-fried chicken and potatoes one evening. I guess oven-fried is healthier than deep-fried, but there was definitely a lack of vegetables.

I realized this week that I’ve gained 7 pounds. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I haven’t gained a single pound in like 5 years. I haven’t lost any weight either, so I’ve been kind of okay with this. I haven’t decided yet if this is just winter hibernating weight or if I should check myself. Time will tell. I’m definitely not planning to replace my jeans, so there is a limit to how much time.

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