Had in kitchen (leftover from other recipes/cooking staples): Butternut squash, loaf of bread, chopped walnuts, sliced almonds, dijon mustard, maple syrup, olive oil, salt and pepper
Bought: Butter lettuce, green apples, bananas, arugula, spaghetti squash, basil, lemon, eggplant, carrots, zucchini, red bell peppers, avocado, Italian sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, red wine vinegar, peanut butter, La Croix 12-pack, almond milk
Spent: $61.74 ($12.35/day)
Daily Breakfast: Open-faced peanut butter banana sandwich
Lunch: Leftover chili and cornbread from Sunday
Dinner: Fall Salad
Comments from Claire: I’m not a huge salad-for-a-meal person–even if there’s protein and it’s filling I just can’t get over eating the same bite over and over…and over again. But I have to say this was really delicious and hit the spot after I did a Class Pass trial workout that night. I had leftover chopped butternut squash so I roasted that instead of the sweet potatoes, and used sliced almonds instead of pumpkin seeds because I already had them in the house.
Lunch: Fall Salad (right)
Dinner: Crustless Veggie + Chicken Sausage “Pizza” with Pesto Arugula Salad (see top photo)
Claire’s Quips: This had great flavor and tasted healthy but still filling and enjoyable. My only “quip” is that after it cooked in the oven it had a lot of excess liquid. Not sure if it was from the zucchini and eggplant (though I did saute them beforehand as it said) or the particular jarred tomato sauce I used, but I actually ended up using a slotted spoon to serve it!
Lunch: Leftover Crustless ‘”Pizza”
Comments from Claire: I veered off the meal plan this day because I went out for last-minute drinks (whoops) and ended up getting takeout on my way home, so I cooked on Friday instead of eating out.
Lunch: The bit of leftover crustless ‘pizza’ I still had and arugula
Dinner: Spaghetti Squash Aglio Olio (similar here, without swiss chard) + Pesto Roasted Veggies (red bell pepper, zucchini, and eggplant)
Comments from Claire: The pesto in this meal plan was an macadamia nut pesto dressing, but I just used walnuts because I had a small amount in my cabinet and macadamia nuts are expensive. I ended up just mixing the pesto and roasted veggies into the shredded spaghetti squash to make it like a faux-pasta dish. Came out pretty good and was definitely healthy!
Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash
Dinner: Rigatoni with these Butter-Roasted Canned Tomatoes
Comments from Claire: This was an easy prep and was a delicious comfort food for the start of the weekend.
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