This Week’s Menu: Back In the Kitchen?

I think we can still find all these vegetables at the farmers' market
I think we can still find all these vegetables at the farmers’ market

I am going to make my way back into the kitchen this week even though I’m still on “light duty.” Brett has done a fantastic job preparing our meals these past couple of weeks, as well as making sure that leftovers get used up and there’s no food waste, but I think he’s ready now to let me pick up the cooking again, or at least parts of it. According to the physical therapist, it’s OK for me to start resuming activities, but not anything that requires prolonged standing, or any bending.

Since it’s the beginning of a new month, I’ve decided to try adding limited amounts of cheese back into my diet. I’ve done alright with small amounts of Parmesan, and want to try out small amount of softer cheeses and see how it goes. That means no grilled cheese sandwiches yet, or macaroni and cheese, but I will add a small amount of cheese to my serving of the enchiladas that are planned for this week. I continue to have no interest in adding meat back into my diet for the time being.

This week we’re having:

  • Tuesday (this evening): Grilled cheeseburgers (Boca Burger for me and no cheese); garlic fries. YaYu made the fries in her culinary class last week, said they were delicious, and wants to make them for us!
  • Wednesday: Vegetable yakisoba
  • Thursday: Green chili seafood enchiladas; refried beans; Spanish-style yellow rice
  • Friday: Pizza for Brett and I (YaYu has another cross country spaghetti dinner)
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Mango-mustard tofu; steamed rice; cucumber salad (the recipe calls for chicken but I’m substituting cubed tofu)
  • Monday: Grilled chicken kebabs; vegetable kebabs; bulgur pilaf (no chicken for me)

We’ll be looking out for vegetables that we can use for the kebabs this week at the farmers’ market (cherry tomatoes, zucchini, etc.) as well as some more mint for our mojitos, but otherwise we’ve got everything we need on hand.

I’m still a bit sore (the PT kicked things up a bit) but am looking forward to easing back in cooking again. We’ll see how it goes this week, and how much I can do. I’ve got the best back-up help though!

6 thoughts on “This Week’s Menu: Back In the Kitchen?

  1. You always have the best menus and seeing them helps me to be more creative in the kitchen. Take it easy so you don’t have a setback. I am sure B will be happy to have a prep cook, but not happy if you overdo it!


    1. Thanks! I’m lucky that I have a family that enjoys a wide variety of dishes and foods – it’s kept cooking fun and interesting over the years.

      No overdoing it here. I am still resting most of the time.


  2. You are on the road to being mended; I have to say the same as everyone – ease back into it!

    Can you send me an email at anexactinglife at – I have a book question for you!


    1. It’s going to be a while before everything is right again, but I am definitely taking it easy. I feel very lazy though – it’s not fun being laid up all the time.

      Will email you this evening!


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