So I talk over and over again about how we re-purpose dinner leftovers as lunch. I thought it might be useful for folks to see that in action. What follows is a week in our food-life – how we meal plan, what we make for dinner, and how we turn that into lunch.
This all typically starts on Saturdays, when we usually do our grocery shopping. I’m generally more picky about what we eat, and I enjoy cooking and poking around for new recipes, so it’s usually up to me to pull together a meal plan and shopping list. I try to plan for meals that use any leftover ingredients we have in the fridge, for relative ease of preparation, and for variety throughout the week. For a typical week, I usually plan for 6 dinners – assuming we’ll get takeout or go out one day. This time, I was doing the shopping on Friday, so planned for one more day than normal.
Here’s a shot of the week’s meal plan and shopping list:
Where we’re lacking in creativity is breakfast. Breakfast basically always consists of some combination of fruit, toast, yogurt, eggs, cereal, or oatmeal, which typically just means buying some extra fruit and making sure we’re stocked on milk and yogurt. Maybe boring, but easy.
With a weekly meal (dinner) plan, I usually just pull together a list of 6 dinners, but don’t plan which day we’re having which thing – which gives me some flexibility to do what I’m feeling (and what we have time for) throughout the week.
Breakfast: Pancakes & fruit salad
Lunch: Went out (checked out Little Saint after the Monument 10K – recommend the kids mac n cheese to everyone, omg 🤤)
Dinner: We made grilled chicken (chicken thighs, used spice mix, grilled) and kale salad (recipe). My parents were in town, we didn’t have leftovers, and I forgot to snap a picture.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
Lunch: Went out (took advantage of the warm weather and went to the patio at Union Market)
Dinner: The weather was awesome, so we grilled the salmon (with olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt & pepper), and made this veggie side with lemon-tarragon butter (it was delicious, but labor-intensive – definitely a weekend thing).
Breakfast: Yogurt & fruit
Lunch (box #49): Leftover Sunday dinner, celery and peanut butter, mango
Dinner: Baked sausage, cannellini beans, & swiss chard (w lemon, dijon, paprika, olive oil & parm)
Breakfast: Toast w peanut butter & jam, scrambled eggs
Lunch (box #50): Leftover sausage & beans with parm, kale chips, tomatoes, apple slices
Dinner: Pan-fried shrimp, salad
Breakfast: Cheerios & milk, strawberries
Lunch (box #51): Fresh veggies, leftover shrimp, pistachios, cheddar cheese, strawberries
Dinner: Steak tacos (grilled skirt steak, guac, queso fresco). We decided to take advantage of the one warm day of the week and all cram onto our tiny table on the porch. Forgot to get a picture until we were almost done, but you get the idea.
Breakfast: Toast w peanut butter and jam, yogurt, apple slices
Lunch (box #52): Cheese quesadilla w guac, leftover steak (w onions & cilantro), tomatoes, apple slices
Dinner: Creamy pasta & peas (recipe here). I definitely recommend this. Was a great, simple, weeknight dinner, came together easy, and was deliciously creamy, but the addition of some herbs and a healthy amount of black pepper made it feel not too heavy.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, toast w cream cheese, mango
Lunch (box #53): Leftover pasta & peas, green pepper slices, boiled egg, mango
Dinner: Chinese takeout
Breakfast: Went out to the Fancy Biscuit – one of the very few places open at 8 on the weekends.
Lunch: Leftovers smorgasbord
Dinner: Salmon burgers (chopped up salmon, egg, panko, onion) w avocado spread (mashed avocado, a little mayo, lime, salt & pepper), and sliced cucumbers and tomatoes (like a super lazy salad)
There you have it! A week’s worth of Blackburn food.
This week, we’re working our way through:
- Pork chop, zucchini, & sweet potatoes
- Broiled salmon w citrus, rice, snow peas
- Roast chicken, brussels sprouts, potatoes
- Chef salad
- Chicken pot pie
What are your favorite things to have for dinner (especially during the week when you have exactly 10 seconds to pull something together)?
Sarah Blackburn (Simon, pre-primary)