Week 1 – Recap

This is me in thought.

Charliethought

These are my thoughts about week 1.

This week was pretty successful.  My Person and Other Person managed to eat up most of the groceries that were bought and to use up some of the already existing kitchen items.  I think it is fair to say that 5 dinners were prepared and 5 breakfasts were prepared, but only 4 lunches were prepared, but this was more because of inconvenience rather than lack of groceries.   Also, just like Other Person has an animal cracker addiction, My Person has a multi-grain cheerios addiction.  Unfortunately, multi-grain cheerios are $6 a box and the TJ’s version just misses the mark so these will have a be a weekly splurge.  However, in the money saving spirit, this just happened.

Cheerios MultiGrain Cereal, 16.2-Ounce Box

$2 off per box!  That’s something.

Week 1 – Dinner 5: Hake / Brussel Sprouts

Hake: The recipe:

Hake
Olive oil
Garlic salt seasoning

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Rub oil and seasoning on fish
  3. Bake until no longer translucent (about 25 minutes but depends on thickness and size of cod)

Brussel Sprouts: The recipe:

Brussel Spouts
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

  1. Cut off ends of brussel sprouts and cut into quarters.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. In bowl, toss brussel sprouts with oil and salt and pepper
  4. Bake until done (about 35 minutes)

Pictures below.

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Hake.

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Fish in the oven.

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BS.

YUM!!

YUM!!

...and dinner is served!

…and dinner is served!

Week 1 – Dinner 4: Teriyaki Chicken / Bok Choy / Rice Krispy Treats

Teriyaki Chicken: The recipe:

Chicken (My Person had drumsticks this time)
Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Marinade

  1. Marinate chicken in marinade overnight or for a few hours (My Person puts the chicken and marinade in ziploc bags in the morning to marinate until dinnertime)
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Bake chicken until done; occasionally brush on more marinade (about 25 minutes)

Boy Choy: The recipe:

Chicken broth
Boy Choy
Salt

  1. Cut stems off bok choy
  2. Bring broth to a boil
  3. Add salt and boy choy; reduce heat to medium and simmer
  4. Cook until boy choy is tender
  5. Drain and serve

Tonight, instead of eating the chicken, bok choy, rice meal with Other Person, My Person made some rice krispy treats and had that for dinner.  She is a human adult so she can do that.

Rice Krispy Treats: The recipe:

1/8 stick of butter
Half back of mini marshmallows
Rice Krispies

  1. Melt butter in pot
  2. Add marshmallows, reduce to medium heat.  Cook until melted
  3. Remove pot from heat source.  Add rice krispies (usually about 2:1 to the marshmallows, but depends on how you like it)

Pictures below.

Chicken.

Chicken.

Is this for me?

Is this for me?

Marinating.

Marinating.

Ready to bake.

Ready to bake.

Brushing on more marinade while baking.

Brushing on more marinade while baking.

Boy choy (TJ sells them pre-washed).

Boy choy (TJ sells them pre-washed).

Stems removed.

Stems removed.

Boiling broth.

Boiling broth.

Cooking boy choy.

Cooking boy choy.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served! (brown rice made in rice cooker)

Melting butter.

Melting butter.

Marshmallows.

Marshmallows.

Mmmmm....melty.

Mmmmm….melty.

Rice krispies added.

Rice krispies added.

Yum!

Yum!

Week 1 – Dinner 3: Fettuccine Marinara

My Person had to work late today so via gchat, she guided Other Person in making pasta.   He did a great job – so great that I helped myself to some…

The recipe:

Salt
Frozen Fresh Pasta (Already in kitchen)
Pasta Sauce

  1. Boil large pot of water (1/3 full).  Salt water with a quarter-sized mound of salt
  2. Add pasta to boiling water
  3. When pasta reaches desired chewiness (probably around 10 minutes), drain. Add cold water to pasta and drain again
  4. Put pot with drained pasta back on stovetop and turn on high.  Add pasta sauce and stir and heat until hot

Pictures below.

Boiling water.

Boiling water.

Pasta added.

Pasta added.

Drained pasta.

Drained pasta.

Sauce added.

Sauce added.

All done!

All done!

Other Person did a good job, right?  But then he made a rookie mistake – he left me alone with the pasta to go wash his hands.  Oh silly, silly man.  I was able to sneak in about two bites of delicious pasta before Other Person spotted me.  Mmmmm….pasta.

So, this was the fate of the pasta.

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He paid for his silliness with this sad, modified dinner:

1) the 6 bites of pasta left in the pot:

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and 2) cereal in almond milk:

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This is my you-can’t-be-angry-with-me-look-how-sweet-I-look face:

Charlieshame

Week 1 – Dinner 2: Cod / Broccoli

Cod: The recipe:

Cod
Olive oil
Garlic salt seasoning

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Rub oil and seasoning on fish
  3. Bake until no longer translucent (about 25 minutes but depends on thickness and size of cod)

Broccoli: The recipe:

Chicken broth (My Person only made it this way because she wanted to do something with the leftover chicken stock from the chicken soup dinner)
Broccoli
Salt

  1. Bring broth to a boil
  2. Add salt and broccoli; reduce heat to medium and simmer
  3. Cook until broccoli is tender
  4. Drain and serve

Pictures below.

Trader joe's frozen cod and packaged broccoli

Trader joe’s frozen cod and packaged broccoli

Ready for baking

Ready for baking

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Broccoli in broth

Dinner is served!  (brown rice was made using rice cooker)

Dinner is served! (brown rice was made using rice cooker)

Peeled grapefruit for dessert

Peeled grapefruit for dessert

 

Week 1 – Lunch 1: BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Salad / PB&J and Yogurt

Weekday lunches get more confusing because My Person (as the awesome wifey) has to 90% prepare lunch for Other Person and then pack herself a separate lunch.  This week, Other Person will be enjoying BBQ chicken sandwiches and salads for lunch while My Person will be enjoying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and yogurt for lunch.

Pictures below.

Cutting cucumbers for salad.

Cutting cucumbers for salad.

Cucumbers and peppers for salad.

Cucumbers and peppers for salad.

BBQ chicken for sandwich.

BBQ chicken for sandwich.

Whenever Other Person is ready for lunch, he can take the cut cucumbers and peppers, add it to the sorrento salad mix with a handful of baby carrots, and drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette on top.  Then, he can toast bread, spoon on the BBQ chicken, and add whatever condiments his little heart so desires.

My Person’s lunch picture will be posted later.

Extra picture of me:

cray cray

Week 1 – Breakfast 2: Cereal/Oatmeal

Weekday breakfasts are less fun.  My Person has multigrain cheerios with FF milk everyday, while Other Person has oatmeal with berries (sometimes bananas).

Cheerios: The recipe:

Multigrain cheerios (again, something My Person already had in her apartment)
Milk

  1. Pour multigrain cheerios into bowl
  2. Add milk

(Some people argue that the cheerios should be poured into the milk, but those people are wrong.)

Oatmeal: The recipe:

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cup water (My Person prefers milk in her oatmeal, but Other Person is milk-challenged)
Frozen berries (fresh berries are preferable but not within the budget)

  1. Boil water in small pot
  2. Add oats and reduce heat to low
  3. Simmer 5-7 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and let sit for one minute
  5. Add berries

Pictures below.

Cheerios.

Cheerios.

Oatmeal into boiling water.

Oatmeal into boiling water.

Boiling oatmeal.

Boiling oatmeal.

Oatmeal!  Bonus: passionfruit tea in a snoopy mug!

Oatmeal! Bonus: passionfruit tea in a snoopy mug!