Carnitas and Carol

Last night for The Walking Dead, I made pork Carnitas from Gimme Some Oven (one of my favorite recipe blogs). I love being able to throw food in my crock pot and leave it until it’s ready to eat. In the recipe it called for shredding the meat and placing in the oven to broil for the final step. By the end of the day I wasn’t wanting to do any extra steps but thank god I followed the instructions because they became soooooooo crispy!!! They were perfectly crispy and melt in your mouth amazing! I served them on whole wheat tortillas from Aldi, with some organic Mexican shredded cheese I also get from the A, lime wedges, onions, lots of cilantro and siracha. The pork butt roast only cost me $10 for about 3.5 lbs from Publix. I love this recipe and next time will be making it when we don’t have company so we can have all the leftovers to ourselves 🙂 This fed 5 people having two full tacos each! Of course I accidentally left the crock pot on warm all night with the leftover juices because, well i’ll blame daylight savings but after everyone left I didn’t touch a dish and went straight to bed. The house didn’t burn down and all is well. Here is the mouthwatering set up.

Shameless

Sometimes you need a day… or a few to just let whatever emotion is trying to hit, hit. I haven’t been writing or cooking and today I lost it and had to surrender to a day of “nothing”. A day where I let the shitty feelings sink in and just be. A night of watching Shameless, cuddling with my boys and sipping on a margarita was all I needed. I was able to come out of my bleh mood long enough to throw together some Cajun sausage and rice 

This was the leftovers after two whole bowls were devoured. Basically take two polka kielbasa sausages from Aldi, cut into quarters, sautĂ©e in a pan while your rice is cooking to the side (I used brown) then cut two bell peppers and an onion on the side to throw in with the sausage once browned. Add about 10oz of crushed tomatoes and as much Cajun seasoning as you like, salt to taste and eat up this easy comfort meal in your favorite house frump! Learning to embrace the mess… hopefully sooner than later, cause that’s where life really happens. 

Top of the muffin to you!

I finally got around to making some One Bowl Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins from Running with Spoons yesterday and Im so glad I did. The baby slept for 9 hours last night so I didn’t do my usual snacking while feeding him at 4am and woke up so hungry!!! it takes me a while to make my coffee (Ill post my process one day) so its nice to have a snack while I wait when I don’t want to throw together a whole breakfast. I also love spending time with my son right when he wakes up because he is so happy and interactive. Those are the moments I try to take advantage of so having a muffin to snack on instead of putting him down to cook is so helpful. I made these with 100% whole wheat flour not whole wheat white so the consistency was Im sure different but I enjoyed it! I also was out of vanilla which sucks because I love vanilla! But they are filling and the perfect amount of sweet. I also made them so my boyfriend stops buying the publix ones! I ate one in a fit of hunger a month ago and the rest of the day felt like my insulin levels were so screwed up! He tends to only eat a small breakfast so these are my way of adding a little more substance and less sugar to his morning. I hope you all enjoy!

Tacos and the dead 

We skipped our normal Walking Dead night last night since my boyfriend was out of town and the Oscars were on. Have to say I LOVED the way hollywood made a stand in its own way. I know people are opposed to stars having a say or a voice but I don’t know when choosing who gets to speak their mind became a thing but it’s a bunch of BS if you ask me. Anyways last night for a sweet tooth fix I made homemade chocolate candies. I used pecans, sweetened shredded coconut, hymalayan salt and marshmallows in different mixes to make different bite size squares. So to make them I added about a table spoon of coconut oil to a sauce pan, then 3/4 a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips from Aldi. I mixed it together until melted all the way. I spooned a teaspoon into my silicone cube trays and added whatever filling I felt I wanted (named above) then scooped another teaspoon over. There was enough chocolate for only thin squares for the next tray which actually turned out better for grab and go. The thick squares were hard to bite into and I didn’t give enough thought to filling/chocolate ratio. All in all they are good to enjoy a quick chocolate fix. (I placed the cubes in the freezer for maybe 30. The big cubes were tought to get out so maybe follow a more calculated recipe than mine)

Tonight though for Walking Dead I made Cilantro Lime Chicken which took me 10minutes at the most to throw in my slow cooker and all I did when I was ready to serve was add shredded queso blanco and spicy mayo. I added leftover lettuce cups to my tortilla but the boys opted for no veggies and still enjoyed them. I highly recommend some tequila to go  along with these delicious tacos. My favorite margarita recipe is 2 limes, one shot of any silver or “blanco” tequila and one shot patron citronage, 3/4 shot of simple syrup (make your own by boiling water and sugar, I don’t measure just taste it or look it up) shake it up with ice or if you lost your shaker, like I did, stir it and throw in some ice and top off with pink Himalayan salt. Enjoy!!

Cheesesteak Quesadillas and my jiggly belly

Today I went down to the gym for day two of a workout routine I used to do. I was so excited until I got there and saw a super fit chick working out and immediately wanted to yell, “I look like this cause I had a baby two months ago OK!!!!” She probably took two looks at me the whole time and most likely didn’t even care. I however started being so mean to myself especially when my shirt would ride up from doing mountain climbers and reveal my less than toned belly. It took me a while but about half way through my routine I put some Girl Talk on and handled my shit trying to be proud of the fact I was even at the gym. I don’t want to rush this time and simply focus on the goal of being toned again, I just want to be proud that Im trying to be strong for my family and to workout some of the crazy bitch that takes over when I do nothing. Im working on it! Anyways heres todays meal!! Enjoy!

These Quesadillas from Easy Peasy Pleasy were so easy and filling. They also cost about $10 to make 3 big portions. I used cubed steak instead of sirloin which made them thicker but is more cost effective. I think I would have used two tortillas next time instead of folding them over, but again that might be because of the thickness of the steak I used. I will definitely be making this again.

Two weeks comin at ya!!

Sorry it has taken so long! Here is a two week meal plan. We skipped Monday because we went to my boyfriends sisters BBQ, and I made Pineapple Hawaiin Chicken from Lemontree Dwelling the next day instead of Cilantro Lime Chicken from Belle of the Kitchen because we had buns that I needed to use. This is how it happens in our house, as long as I have the ingredients I’ll switch things around to make sure nothing gets bad. I also made the Hawaiin Chicken instead of the Mojo Pork because I didn’t like the pork I saw at the store. Basically I just buy everything, and make meals as much as possible as scheduled, but if freshness or hostessing calls for a change I will switch it up. The two week meal plan cost me about $150 at the most. I’m guesstimating because I had some of the ingredients already. I buy most of my veggies at Aldi because they have organic options and are very inexpensive. Enjoy the pictures and stay hungry, just not hangry!!

Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps! I added ginger while cooking the beef and a little Queso Blanco I had in the fridge. I used organic baby carrots, yellow bell pepper, cucumber from Aldi for my pickled veggies. I threw in some purple cabbage from Publix chopped super thin. I love the Boston Lettuce cups from Aldi because they hold well and are a little fancier than a head of Iceburg Lettuce. I also end up throwing the rest of the Iceburg away after a few days when it goes bad. 

Here’s the Pineapple Chicken with some Boars Head Vermont Sharp Cheddar on a Publix fresh bakery bun. I used the same purple cabbage from the wraps and chopped it thin with some oil and vinegar and a small squirt (hate that word) of Krafts Olive Oil Mayo. My boyfriend hates mayonnaise but he was ok with this one. I didn’t love how sweet the chicken was, but we had company and I couldn’t add as much spice as I think would have been good. I added a shake of Pepper Flakes (from Aldi) but would have added more. I also used Simply Natural Orange and Pineapple juice so that could have been what made it too sweet. This recipe made enough for 5 big sandwiches already and I have a lot more chicken to use. I definitely recommend it for game nights! Alright, I need to sign off before I get deeper into this episode of Nashville.

Let me introduce myself…

Hello,

My name is Marla. I am a new mother of a 2month old baby boy, and I live in South Florida with my boyfriend. I have only “blogged” one other time in my life, and that was when I was in Africa for a month. I have always wanted to blog again, but more because I like sharing my opinion and thoughts since I think they are more valuable and unique than they actually are. In this blog though, I am going to just share my meal plans and the recipes I have found on Pinterest that have gotten me through the last couple months of pregnancy, to present day. My stomach is to thank for starting this journey, because it was sick of me coming home from work at 6month pregnant wishing there was food or at least the promise of a yummy filling meal at some point that evening. Instead I would come home around 5, throw myself on the couch and watch Chopped Junior while my boyfriend threw snacks at me trying to calm the hangry beast I had become. Being on your feet for 6 hours not being able to eat a full meal equals a very hungry, tired, angry, lost pregnant woman. One evening, while watching Chopped, I was inspired to put together a sloppy plan of what I would shop for and cook the following week. I felt ambitious, put together, and most of all hungry. Pinterest got me through week after week as I began to have fun finding new yummy recipes, and ways to apologize to my boyfriend for my hungry behavior. Eventually I stopped working and the meal planing was even more fun because I had time to make new and exciting recipes. I told my sister (who has two kids) what I was doing, she just laughed at the luxury of time I had to sit and dig through Pinterest while waiting for my baby to come out. She was right! It would take me at least 45 minutes to just sit there and search through recipes alone, then make the grocery lists, and actually go do the shopping. Ive been successfully meal planning for about 6 months now, and I would like to share just what I am doing week to week so that anyone who doesn’t have extra time to get lost in the Pinterest world can find and put togther a meal plan for their families or even for my single friends out there who are killing it in the office, you need good food to come home to as well! I will be providing my weekly meal plans, which lately I have been doing two weeks ahead because I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING, especially with a baby. I shop at Aldis and Publix since there are specific things I prefer from each store which I will share with you. I also will be pricing out the meals so if there is a week you need less expensive meals then you can pick those. I have hesitated starting a meal plan blog because there are so many better ones out there that will have better pictures, more clean and organized layouts, more precise plans with nutritional facts. I am not going to be that for you (but I do envy those bloggers). What I will be is a messy, not all the ingredients, screw it we’re eating a frozen pizza blog that will hopefully bring some relief and help when you feel less than capable. I complained to my boyfriend that my pictures were not going to be nice like other blogs because our kitchen lighting is great for cooking but not for my BBQ Chicken sandwich to do a photo shoot. He simply asked, “Isn’t that the point?” and he’s right. The pictures you get will not be doctored, I will not clean up around them. As you will see below, if my coffee table has an empty cookie container and game box from boys night, I will leave it there. I hope you will find relief, a laugh  and more importantly yummy recipes to fill your bellies and more time to enjoy family and friends.