Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List– Postponed

Friends– after much planning (well just normal planning) I was not able to finish this week’s shopping list. If you read my most recent post you would have learned that we have a new household cleaner in our house. Earlier this week, while I was in the bathroom, someone who happens to be short, cute, and 2 1/2 years old, found said household cleaner, climbed into our desk chair with it, and gave our wireless computer keyboard a Green Works bath. As as I’m sure you can imagine, the keyboard is no longer with us. So, in the mean time, I posted all of the recipes I picked out to my “Saturday Shopping List” Pinterest board. Follow this link and you can find 7 delicious dinner recipes all in one place.

To be continued…

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Dating Jazz

Compromise

Jazz and I have been in the midst of an all out “all-purpose cleaner” war. You know, all-purpose cleaner. The stuff you spray down your counters with when you clean. We have been having a slight disagreement about what product we should be using in our home. You see, I am a little bit of a skeptic. Also a little bit of a hippie. I am terrified that the chemicals inside those bottles of all-purpose cleaner (or any type of cleaner that uses chemicals) are going to kill us, or give us dementia and cancer. And let’s not even mention what they do to the earth. In my opinion, it is not necessary to use chemicals for everyday cleaning. I mean, on occasion, for a tough clean or to keep all the white clothing I wear bright, I can permit a little chemical action (I am no purest). But for everyday cleaning I had been making my own all-purpose cleaner out of white vinegar, a couple drops of dish soap and some essential oil (to cover up the vinegar smell –because Jazz HATES the smell of vinegar). And I was feeling pretty proud of myself. We were saving money, saving the earth, effectively cleaning the house, and not dying.

Until one day…
We were doing one of our “oh my god, friends are coming over and our house is trashed” kind of cleaning binges when Jazz just disappeared. Twenty minutes later, he walks in the door. I was not particularly paying attention because my head was in the closet putting away piles of laundry. I walk into the kitchen when the smell overwhelms me.

Is that bleach?
Yes.
What are you doing?
Cleaning the kitchen.
With bleach?
Yep. That other crap you were using doesn’t clean and it stinks.
What?!! It cleans perfectly well and smells better than BLEACH!!!!! (Stacy walks away with steam spewing from her ears)

It’s fine. He just wants to get the house really clean at the moment. It’s not for everyday. I’ll just make some more vinegar cleaner. It’s fine.

The next morning, Willow is sitting at the table, waiting to be fed, while our new bleach cleaner is being misted all over the table in front of her.

NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

What are you doing?
Cleaning the kitchen.
With bleach?
Yep.
In front of our daughter?
Yes.
You are going to kill us!!!!!

I got so mad, I hid the bleach cleaner in a conspicuous location after Jazz left the house. But, when I went to go make a new batch of my healthy, non-toxic, vinegar based, all-purpose cleaner, I found that Jazz had thrown out the spray bottle I used to make it.

It would be so nice if the person you are in a relationship with was exactly like you. That they shared all the same values and had the same style and liked the same food. It would be convenient if you each loved what the other person loved and just wanted to spend your time doing and learning about the things that the other person loves to do. And in some cases, this can be partly true but in most cases it is not.

There is an unhealthy and misplaced idea in our culture that in order to have a successful relationship you need to be similar people. And if one individual changes, the relationship is in danger (hence the term, “you’ve changed” in any romantic drama). But this idea disrespects the humanity of the person you love. Every human is different and a healthy relationship is seeing all there is about a person (even the things you don’t like or agree with) and respecting them enough to let them be the way they are without feeling you need to change them (or change who you are to be like them). Besides, if that idea was true, we [Jazz and I] are in some serious trouble, because you can tell by just looking at us that we are our own individuals. Jazz dresses straight out of an episode off “the Fresh Prince of Bellaire” (if you’re too young to understand, that means he wears bright, vibrant colors and patterns and picks his hair) while I am a bit of a minimalist and literally own nothing but black and white.

Yesterday evening I came home from work. The house was spotless, the laundry was done and Jazz and had been busting his ass all day to get some important work done. I felt immeasurably grateful for all he had done so that our weekend might be spent with more hours of time together (and let’s be honest– watching some Netflix) rather than cleaning the house. Then he said he bought something for me, and he handed me a bottle of all-purpose cleaner.

What is this?
It’s Green Works. It’s a “green” all-purpose cleaner.
Ok?
Because you don’t like using the bleach cleaner.
Yeah, but I really want to use my vinegar cleaner.
I thought this would be a good middle ground.

Honestly, I was still a little frustrated, ( the same people who Green Works make the bleach cleaner after all!) but given a moment to think about it, I felt adored. Jazz was acting out of love and respect. He wanted the house “clean” but he also wanted me to feel safe and heard. By accepting this gift of Green Works I was showing love and respect to Jazz, understanding that using vinegar to clean our counters made him uncomfortable. It is things like the bottle of Green Works that is the key to successful relationships. Not that one person changes for what the other person wants or that both people try to be the same but rather that there is constant movement toward one another. A gravitational pull of love that can only result in generosity. An outpouring of grace upon grace upon grace. That both individuals compromise some of their desires in order to serve the other. That’s love. That is mutual respect.

I think it’s time to stock up on some Green Works.

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Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List

I don’t want you to think I’m a perfect person.  I don’t cook from scratch dinners every single night.  I try to.  But there are the “it’s too hot to stand up not to mention make dinner” days and days when I’m just too exhausted to prep and cook dinner.  Sometimes we go out to eat and sometimes we buy a jar of Indian curry simmer sauce, something quick and easy.  So, while I want to provide nutritional, home cooked meals for my family every night, that doesn’t always happen.

I just wanted you to know that before we go on.

So here is the menu I have picked out for this week.  I threw in a dangerously rich pasta dish, which we don’t usually eat, but sometimes you need to treat yourself.

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

 You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $112

Shopping List (download)

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These stuffed sweet potatoes by How Sweet It Is blog look absolutely divine.  RECIPE

Saturday Shopping List // Keeping Willow

One of my early recipes but one of my favorites.  Perfect for a slow Sunday. RECIPE

Saturday shopping List // Keeping Willow

This recipe by Little Broken is very delicious, easy and filling.  Willow devours it.  RECIPE

Saturday Shopping List // Keeping Willow

Green Kitchen stories is always coming out with beautiful dishes full of beautiful flavor combinations.  You can use any kind of mushroom you love.  RECIPE

Saturday Shopping List // Keeping Willow

Decadent, rich and simple.  Pinch of Yum is always cooking up flavorful, romantic dishes.  RECIPE

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Smitten Kitchen is one of the best food bloggers.  A healthy, simple and family friendly meal idea. RECIPE

Saturday Shopping List // Keeping Willow

So much healthy in here.  Sombre Mesa is a new blog (to me) and I’m finding so many of the recipe look extremely appealing.  Most likely more to come.  RECIPE

HAPPY EATING AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY!!!

xoxo

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Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List

Hey friends!  It’s been a week (well almost considering my last post was on Sunday).  It’s time for a new shopping list.  There are some seriously delicious meals for dinner this week.  I hope you love them.

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

 You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

Shopping List (download)

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Brilliant with a salad or favorite vegetable dish.  RECIPE

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Jamie Oliver is always cooking up awesome food. Also perfect for brunch. RECIPE

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This recipe by Will Frolic for Food is easy and rich, but you know, crazy healthy. RECIPE

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You will constantly find recipes on here by Minimalist Baker.  Always easy, healthy and simple.  RECIPE

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This pizza is so good and Cookie + Kate makes the fastest, tastiest, and easiest to use whole wheat pizza dough recipe ever.  I use it all the time.  RECIPE

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These are delicious.  This recipe by Feasting at Home is a little more work but not daunting.  I served them over a salad or peppery arugula.  RECIPE

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Willow loves tomato soup and this recipe by Strudel and Cream is a knock out.  RECIPE

HAPPY SATURDAY!!!

And happy eating all week long.

xoxo

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Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List

Saturday.  So great a word it should encompass the entire chorus of a song.  It is for most, with the exception of a decent handful of you in less boring careers, the only day of the week free from the back break of a work day or the stress of starting work tomorrow.  It is a day of endless possibilities from adventure to relaxation. 

That grocery shop though, that’s gotta get done.  I like to get mine done and out of the way Saturday morning so I have most of the weekend without many responsibilities in my way, freeing me to the bliss of all that Saturday has to offer. 

In a perfect world that’s how I’d like my Saturday to look.  Most of the time I spend half of my Saturday trying to figure out a grocery list in between picking up scattered blocks and crayons and then maybe put off actually getting to the store to Sunday afternoon.  That leaves us with almost no food for half the weekend and a pretty directionless use of time.  If only I had planned ahead a little bit.  Then maybe we could have made a trip out to the Toronto Islands that we’ve been wanting to do for, oh I don’t know, an entire year or maybe check out a Blue Jays game.

This is my attempt at that.

I may have mentioned I am a pro at meal planning.  I am adventurous, always wanting to try new recipes and keep up with who’s making what on their amazing food blog.  I am also deeply conscious of health, trying to find vegetarian meals that are packed with protein but not weighed down with too many carbohydrates or a massive glob of dairy.  I think it’s important for Willow to try foods, even if she doesn’t like them, and try to help her develop a palate for foods that are really nourishing to her body.  And let’s get real, this all has to fit into a budget.  So in other words, I put a lot of work into planning meals for the week, making a shopping list and getting out to the store.  And it really seems silly to me, to do all that work and not share it; ease someone else of the burden of doing all the planning.

This “Saturday Shopping List” series is something new I’m doing as a meal planning resource for people who kind of fit into the category mentioned above.  Each week, preferably Saturday morning (I know it’s Sunday but I’ve been on vacation, cut me some slack) I will post a weekly meal plan for dinners Saturday-Friday with a link to each recipe, a thorough grocery list  [just download, print, and check off what you need to buy], and a rough idea of how much it all costs. 

So here’s what’s for dinner this week.  You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week. 

An easy way to get all of these recipes in one place is to follow my Saturday Shopping List board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $88

Shopping List (download)

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Black bean tacos

Seriously delicious and easy recipe by Cookie + Kate.  Substitute green pepper for jalapenos if your tongue is kind of a wimp  RECIPE

tofu stir fry

Minimalist Baker is always putting out easy, healthy recipes.  Cauliflower rice is amazing! RECIPE

corn chowder

This soup by Foodess is sweet and hearty with a little kick.  Willow loved this but the poblanos were a little too spicy for her.  Made it again and substituted red bell pepper.  It was a hit all around! RECIPE 

Tofu salad

This salad dressing by Pinch of Yum is delicious.  I made a salad of black beans, cherry tomatoes, arugula, cucumbers and tofu sautéed in olive oil and then dusted with paprika and chili powder and finished with a squeeze of lime. RECIPE

tagine

A recent recipe of mine.  So easy with tons of flavor. RECIPE

couscous salad

Eat this couscous salad as is or with your favorite protein.  The crunchy almonds with the salty feta is GOOD! RECIPE

zucchini soup

Jazz hates Zuccini, but he loves this soup by Dishing Up the Dirt.  Great meal for when you have little time. RECIPE

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked. 

Let’s keep our pantries full of fruits and veg, our bellies full of only delicious food, our pockets overflowing with cash and our Saturdays wide open for all kinds of shenanigans and tom foolery.  Until next time friends.

xoxo

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