March Madness! (Not the basketball kind…)
My meal plans might be quick and sparse for the next two months. I’m about to embark on two months of the busiest schedule I’ve ever had. Besides my regular cooking classes/blog/social media workload, two days a week will be spent in a studio cooking for a super exciting project. I’ll have more details soon! All that to say, if I ever miss a meal plan blog post, check social media for the quick handwritten version. And if I don’t return an email or miss a call, it’s because I’m not at my computer, I’m cooking in a studio in downtown Houston. Plus, I’m trying to keep it all together as a mother and a wife and generally not let any major balls drop. I would ask for your prayers, but I think we should direct those towards Ukraine! I know this project is going to bring me immense joy and it is a serious privilege to work on, but there’s a lot of trepidation and fear as I walk into the unknown. Let’s jump in!
My husband has agreed to cook Sunday night dinner for the next two months until my project is finished. He’s been at HEB for over an hour on a Sunday so let’s hope he doesn’t quit before we get started! I know tonight entails grilled chicken marinated in BBQ sauce. I’m seriously grateful no matter what it is!
I have something similar to these vegetarian black-eyed peas already made in my freezer. I plan to warm them up and serve them with steamed rice (or cauliflower rice) and a dash of hot sauce.
I’m taking lots of shortcuts this spring to keep my head afloat. I’ll purchase pre-marinated chicken breasts at HEB or Central Market and grill them for tacos. We have romaine to use up, so I’ll make a big chopped salad with garbanzos, cilantro, sliced radish, black beans and cherry tomatoes. Toss the chopped salad with either jalapeno ranch or super simple salad dressing.
Whole30 beef and broccoli stir fry sounds delicious! If you can’t find flank steak you could also make this with sliced sirloin. If things fall apart and I can’t pull off the stir fry, I could make this three-ingredient grilled tri-tip.
We have a fun corporate class today with some of my favorite cooking class and blog recipes, like a variation of grilled cedar plank salmon (scroll down in that link for the full recipe) but with this spice rub. If you need a delicious Friday night dinner at home, start a batch of easy overnight focaccia on Thursday, make a batch of kale rigatoni and pour yourself an Aperol spritz.