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  1. Monday, March 12

    Week 570 Weekly Menu

    Hey all! It’s time for some meal planning!

    Week 570 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    Regarding the whole clean eating thing I’ve been doing, I’m going to write a separate post about it instead of updating here in the weekly menu. As I talk to people in real life, I’m finding that even the most reluctant want to give some variation of this a try by the time we are done with our conversation. So, I’ll write a post explaining how I have adjusted my diet and why, along with tons of ideas for food you can actually eat when it feels like everything is off limits. Stay tuned!

    Until then, here is my menu for the week, with modifications for my current way of eating in parentheses.

    – Thai Beef Basil with Brown Rice

    – Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

    – Chicken Stir Fry, Brown Rice and Potstickers (no potstickers for me)

    – Leftovers

    Taco Night (Carnitas and Chicken; I will be having a fajita bowl with brown rice)

    – Eat out night

    – Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes and Smoothies (Going to try these for myself and adjust to make them flourless and dairy-free)

    You all know the drill! Share your menus in the comments! Love that we are all back on this meal planning train together!

  2. Friday, March 9

    ‘Ugly Delicious’ is as great as you’ve heard

    Just a quick Show and Tell for you today. Have you heard the buzz around David Chang’s new series Ugly Delicious on Netflix? Think the buzz sounds like hyperbole? It’s not. We love the show. Go and watch.

    Ugly Delicious on Netflix is AWESOMEImage credit: Netflix

    That said, let me warn you that if you happen to fall asleep while watching the show, you will probably have a dream (nightmare?) where you finally decide to try crawfish and halfway through eating said crawfish you look at your plate where you have set down the crawfish you were just eating and you see it lying on its back on your plate and then you notice that its little legs and claws are slightly moving. Because it’s alive. You are eating a crawfish that is still alive.

    The show, however, is worth the risk of having this dream. I promise. Enjoy! (The yakitori scene in episode 5 almost made me cry!)

    *Note for parents: there is some spicy language peppered throughout the show, so probably best viewed without the little around.

  3. Wednesday, March 7

    Sweet Ricotta Cream

    I can’t eat dairy right now (in the process of figuring out some allergy stuff). Therefore, I think the best way to torture myself is to share a recipe that is all about dairy.

    Sweet Ricotta Cream Recipe from @janemaynard, perfect served with fruit for a rich yet light dessert

    This sweet ricotta cream recipe is divine. The sweet ricotta cream is perfect paired with fruit, especially berries, peaches and the like. And while I am one who usually considers nothing to be dessert unless chocolate is involved, this ricotta cream served with fruit is definitely dessert enough for me. That is saying something.

    Sweet Ricotta Cream Recipe from @janemaynard, perfect served with fruit for a rich yet light dessert

    Now go and enjoy! And eat an extra bite for me!

    Sweet Ricotta Cream Recipe from @janemaynard, perfect served with fruit for a rich yet light dessert

    Ricotta Cream
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    Pair with your favorite fruit to create a rich yet light dessert that everyone will adore!
    • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
    • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
    • ¼ cup heavy cream
    • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • Fresh fruit of your choice
    1. Using a spoon, mix together the ricotta, mascarpone, cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla well in a medium bowl. Some ricotta cheeses are firmer than others - adjust by adding additional cream if the mixture seems too thick.
    2. Pair with sliced or chopped fruit of your choice - berries are wonderful as well as fruits like mango and peaches. Layer the ricotta cream with fruit for a pretty parfait, or simply just scoop everything into a bowl willy nilly. Either way it will be delicious!


  4. Monday, March 5

    Week 569 Weekly Menu

    Hi everyone!

    For those who care about the whole clean eating thing that’s happening with me right now…I went to the doctor and it is definitely food that is causing the trouble. All test results came back super healthy, so I’m dealing with food allergies and sensitivities. So, all in all, good news…but maybe a bit annoying. 😉 I’m still eating crazy healthy and going to slowly experiment with different foods to see what kind of reaction I have (if any) to different things. Quite frankly, when I wrote last week’s post I was feeling so grumpy about what I couldn’t eat and quite bored with my options. Another week in and my mindset is completely different. Eating this way is definitely getting easier (I never in a million years thought I would breathe those words because bread and also food writer). Anyway, this really is a fascinating process and I’ll write more soon. Promise. Until then, let’s get down to business with planning out dinner this week, shall we?

    Week 569 Weekly Menu from @janemaynard

    – Roasted Chicken (link to my recipe coming this week – will update when it’s live!)
    Roasted Vegetables and Salad

    – Boozy Beef Stew

    Stuffed Peppers

    – Leftovers

    Thai Beef Basil with Brown Rice

    – Eat out night

    – Chicken Stir Fry with Potstickers (I won’t be eating the potstickers, but my kids will revolt if I don’t provide them anyway!)

    You all know the drill! Share those menus you’ve got planned in the comments below! THANK YOU!