I love to cook and I love to eat. No surprise there if you’ve ever happened over to my Instagram page, or had the pleasure of actually sitting at my dining room table (lol, meaning my couch.) The best part of my day is when I get home from work and can stand in front of the stove to cook dinner, especially now that I’ve recommitted to the Weight Watchers lifestyle.
Generally speaking, I bulk cook my lunches on Sunday and take them to work with me throughout the week. Pretty straightforward, I usually make like…a ton of rice/grain + protein + legume + veggie (but only if I’m feeling healthyish. More often than not I skip the greenery…eeeeek!) Planning out my lunches how I cook my lunches is literally the key to success while on Weight Watchers because I’ll know exactly how many points I’ve allocated before 6PM. Then, I can come home and know how wild I can get with dinner based on how many points I have left in the day.
I don’t have the pleasure of being able to enjoy lunch at work usually, so there’s no point to making anything truly exceptional. All I need is energy food that tastes decent!
When it comes to dinner, I usually am dreaming about what I want to cook starting at around 4PM. I come up with some sort of plan, and stop at the grocery store on my way home from the office. Then, it’s just me and some HGTV while I wash produce and the stress of the day away.
I hate Mondays. To make them a little less shitty, I stop at Aldi and pick up a huge bunch of fresh parsley to make a bomb sauce with once I hit home. If you don’t have an Aldi near you, apologies in advance because you are MISSING OUT. Aldi is owned by the same parent company as Trader Joe’s and has similar-ish products but soooo muuuuchhhhh cheeeeeeapppperrrrrr.
So, parsley/garlic/lemon/walnuts/olive oil/mustard/red wine vinegar go into the food processor and bam. Saucey dressing that tastes like spring even when there’s still nasty snow on the ground. Serve that over some chicken breasts with a side of rice, call it a day.
Shout out to my mom for the mini food processor by the way, the BESTTTT investment you can make and it’s so worth the counter space! Also- invest in good olive oil because that makes all the difference when making a sauce or dressing that is oil-based. Kirkland (the Costco brand) has an awesome valued olive oil that tastes like it’s straight from Italy.
Mid-week stretch! I still have a bunch of parsley left over from Monday, so let’s make a salad. I stop by Acme (your general, run of the mill supermarket) and pick up celery, anchovies, and lots of lemons.
Using a veggie peeler, peel the celery stalks into strips and place ’em in a bowl. Chop up the parsley (stems too! They’re tasty and no reason to waste them) and add them to the celery. In a separate, smaller bowl combine 5 or 6 cloves of minced garlic and a tin of minced anchovies. Add in the oil that the anchovies are preserved in, and grind a ton of pepper on top. Seriously, LOTS of pepper. Then squeeze in the juice of three lemons and whisk all of that yummy goodness together. Salt generously and taste.
It should taste perfectly lemony, garlicky, and a little fishy. If you taste one note of any flavor too much, balance it out. Dress the salad and top with protein of choice. I love tuna fish on top but chicken breast is totally good too!
Dinner is served.
By the time Friday rolls around, I just want to curl up on the couch and watch really bad reality television. What goes perfectly with that?? A bowl of legit delicious soup! I usually shop my pantry for soups just because I’m big on beans as a source of protein…and the last thing I want to do is have to stop at the store on my way home from work!
Unwind from the week by chopping up onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. Add ’em to your big soup pot and get that mess sweating with red pepper flakes, salt, pepper. Open up a can of fire roasted tomatoes, butter beans, and cannellini beans. Dump them into the soup pot with Italian seasoning and a bay leaf or two. Bring to a bubble and top off with a carton of chicken broth. Boil.
Serve topped with cilantro, avocado, and goooood squeeze of lime. Ya welcome killas. The most delicious dinners are always served in a bowl.
Do you like to cook?
What are your go-to meals?