Menu Monday 2021 Week 5

Just want the menu and no life stuff. Feel free to scroll, I’ll put a heading just for you.

Week 5?

Really? I’d like to speak to the manager please. This is getting out of hand.

Last year took forever, 2021, is slipping through my hands.

So, I try to be transparent with mental health to try to be a part of the movement that is normalizing the idea getting help for yourself is just like getting help for any physical issue. So *deep breath*

Maybe another deep breath.

And another.

Okay. I am pretty sure that I mentioned back in the late fall that I’ve been having panic attacks. My therapist has said that we I am dealing with panic disorder at this point, rather than your good old everyday anxiety. I’m just good at coping hiding them. Now I want to be exceedingly clear here: being good at coping is NOT a healthy life skill. It is not something I want my children to do. It does not make one a healthy, whole person. It makes one a robot, maybe a strong robot—I’m supposed to acknowledge that, no matter how reluctantly— who gets through one day and the next and the next.

So… I finally, because the American healthcare system is the best in the world /s got to see a psychiatrist after waiting months and we’re making some adjustments. Currently, the hope is that the changes she made, along with continued therapy will reduce the frequency of panic attacks and I will need an actual reason for my heart to start pounding and to break out in a cold sweat. (Like maybe getting ready to speak to an audience, you know, normal everyday stuff, not just sitting there or sleeping).

And you know what? In the middle of all of this? These people still need to eat. Man. I really would like to just sit on the couch and binge something mindless for like a week, while I wait for everything to recalibrate and call that self-care. I somehow don’t think I can get away with that. So here we go.

Hey Scrollers!

Menu planning is part of how I keep going even when I don’t want to. (You have to picture a stubborn two-year-old stomping her feet and pouting because that’s how I feel). A menu plan let’s me not think on the hard days. If you need a printable to help you plan your menu so you don’t have to think (also if you make a few of these, you can just pull one out and re-use it…it’s magic). Here you go. If you don’t know where to start. I have a whole series on how to menu plan. What are you having this week? Was anything particularly good last week?

Yesterday’s smoked pork was excellent, we’ll be having the leftovers tonight.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday – Salads, with pulled pork, baked sweet potatoes

Tuesday – Pesto Pasta with blackened chicken and sun dried tomatoes (I’m hoping to get this on the site this week), caesar salad (the low carbers, will just have extra large caesar salads)

Wednesday – Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Thursday – Chicken Burrito Bowls – whole chicken + crockpot + one cup of salsa, ignore it all day. Shred the chicken. Serve with rice, (cauliflower rice) beans, etc everyone wins.

Friday – Pecan crusted Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, and either Broccoli or Asparagus

Saturday – Spaghetti – the kids have requested a baked version. If you haven’t done this, it’s only the best comfort food ever. I’ll try to photograph the process and get it posted. Your noodles end up soaking up a lot of the sauce’s flavor and it’s extra-cheesy. Don’t feel too bad, the low-carbers will get theirs over sautéed vegetables.

Sunday – Smokin’ Sunday – smoked chicken and buffalo cauliflower, probably more salads, too. We’ve been going through a lot of Bobbie’s Blue Cheese dressing. Something about it is hitting just right lately.

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