Week 14: It’s All About Balance

Had in kitchen: leftover white rice from Chinese food, 3/4 of a container of ricotta cheese, 1/2 loaf of multigrain bread, peanut butter, cream cheese, small bit of sour cream, Frank’s Hot Sauce, miso, soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds, salt and pepper

Bought: Almond milk (just to have in the fridge), boil-in-a-bag jasmine rice, pack of 2 chicken breasts, 2 blood oranges, 1 seedless cucumber, 1 pack baby carrots (for snacks), 1 pint strawberries, 1 bag broccoli and cauliflower florets, 1 pack firm tofu, 2 avocados, 1 pack peeled garlic cloves, 1 package baby arugula, 1 bunch scallions, 2 tangerines, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 bunch bananas, 1 package pitted dates, 1 container premade tzatziki (for snacks with veggies), frozen mixed vegetables, 6 pack yogurt, loaf of crusty bread (bought day-of)

Spent: $52.26 (aka $10.45/day)

Daily Breakfast: Toast with cream cheese and PB (weird combo I learned from college but tastes really good!), and fruit

MONDAY

Lunch: Brought lunch (came straight to work from being away)

Dinner: Leftover Chinese food from the weekend

TUESDAY

Lunch: Leftover Chinese Food

Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato with Roasted Veggies

Comments from Claire: This was really tasty – I made a few changes to simplify it by cooking and shredding the chicken a different way (this is my favorite technique), and then I just mixed the chicken with hot sauce and some butter, salt and pepper. I also cooked the potatoes in the microwave instead of the oven to save more time. I didn’t have ranch but did have some sour cream – which I thought would balance the buffalo spice well, and also sour cream and a baked potato are a match made in heaven! – so I mixed that with some garlic powder and paprika to add a little more flavor and topped it off. While I was cooking I just through some broccoli and cauliflower in the oven with olive oil and garlic and roasted until it was nice and crispy. So good.

WEDNESDAY

Lunch: Buff Chicken Potato

Dinner: Avocado Salad with Jasmine Rice and Tofu

Comments from Claire: I saw this recipe shared on Cupcakes and Cashmere a while back, and found it the other day in an email draft I constantly update when I come across recipe ideas. I completed the meal with jasmine rice and tofu as suggested (made a baked miso-glazed version since I still have extra miso in the fridge). This was one of those meals that just felt so satisfying and also so good for the body.

THURSDAY

Lunch: Salad with Rice and Tofu

Dinner: Very Veggie Fried Rice

Claire’s Quips: I used this as a base but honestly just threw in random veggies and stirred! I had leftover white rice from that Chinese food over the weekend, and I really hate throwing food away so I decided to reuse it to make some homemade fried rice. I sauteed a bit of chopped garlic, then added frozen mixed vegetables (like this), sauteed with the rice, scrambled in eggs, mixed with some soy sauce and sesame oil, and topped with chopped scallions. Next time you get all of those extra cartons of rice – consider making this instead of throwing them out! You can add even more veggies and/or leftover meat – and it would be even healthier with brown rice! The only thing I would say is that I think I added the rice a bit too early because the whole thing ended up becoming very starchy and stuck to the pan by the end.

FRIDAY

Lunch: Leftover Fried Rice

Dinner: Ricotta and Tangerine Salad with Date Vinaigrette 

Comments from Claire: Ok, so as you’ll see when you click on the link, this was actually supposed to be with clementines but for some reason I just had “tangerine” stuck in my head so I bought those on accident! It didn’t make a huge difference – and dare I say I may have actually liked it better since tangerines aren’t as sweet as clementines and since the dates are so sweet I felt like it meshed well with the other ingredients.

See you next week! To see what I’m eating in the meantime, follow me on Instagram or Twitter @ClaireLeaden

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