There was lots of prep work and cooking this past week as I made several of YaYu’s favorite dishes before her departure. I am frankly looking forward to cutting back on my time in the kitchen, or at the least not having to make as much food as I have been. Leftovers always got eaten, but we have had to stay on it.
I have been finding myself craving sweets more than usual this past week and am not sure what’s up with that. It’s been an effort to not go looking for something to snack on and I hope this is only a temporary thing. For so long that one small dessert at night has been enough, but I wanted more this week for some reason (but didn’t give in, thank goodness).
Sunday: InstantPot chicken adobo with bok choy; steamed rice; butter mochi with white chocolate-raspberry ice cream
Monday: Chili pork burritos; Mexican slaw; butter mochi with white chocolate-raspberry ice cream
Tuesday: Japanese chicken curry with vegetables; German chocolate cake
Wednesday: Chili pork quesadillas; German chocolate cake
Thursday: Spaghetti w/marinara and grilled Italian sausages; roasted zucchini; German chocolate cake
Friday: Snake Alley noodles; cucumbers; German chocolate cake
Saturday: Sausage & vegetable mini pizzas; fruit salad; German chocolate cake
This coming week’s menu, in no particular order:
- Loco moco (we had this last night, for YaYu’s final meal here)
- Panzanella salad with chickpeas and feta cheese
- Cuban bowls
- Pork & pepper stir fry
- Grilled flank steak; stuffing
- Steak sandwiches with sautéed onions
- Roasted red pepper and tomato soup with toasted cheese sandwiches
Vegetable sides will be what’s on hand (which is not much right now) and what I can find this week at the farmers’ market. We’ll run out of German chocolate cake mid-week but I’m planning to fix a pan of gingerbread next which we’ll have with Monkeypod Jam lemon curd.
With Brett still in quarantine until Thursday, and YaYu leaving today, I’ll be walking on my own for the next few days, and I’m frankly not looking forward to it – I like having company. Hopefully the weather will hold – we got lucky last week and there was no rain in the afternoons so YaYu and I walked every day (we took last Monday off though, and I’m taking today off as well). We didn’t walk as far as Brett and I typically do (3.5 miles versus 4.6) but we still got in a good workout. I’ll be continuing with the 3.5 mile route until Brett joins me again on Friday and then we’ll kick it up again. As much as we have struggled with the cooler weather at home it has made walking easier and more comfortable up at the park.
I was finally ready yesterday to kick up my upper body strength training routine as well. This past week I started counting the YouTube instructor’s reps and discovered he was very inconsistent. He would do six reps with one arm, for example, and then 10 with the other arms. Or, 12 reps with one exercise, and 18 with another, and so forth. I have the routine memorized and started doing on my own yesterday with a more consistent 20 reps for each exercise. Progress!