Meal Plan 3/25-3/31

Here’s my food plan for this upcoming week, including a shopping list. We have a couple of curveballs, including blood donation and Good Friday, so adjust as necessary to suit your dietary needs. Recipes and prep lists (all of this can be easily scaled for serving sizes) coming Sunday morning, after I drink all the…

Shrimp and Grits (And Greens)

From the Low Country to Louisiana, everyone has their own take on how to make shrimp and grits. My own tastes fluctuate when I make this dish, from cooking the shrimp in bacon fat to making the grits more cheese than coarsely ground meal. But it’s Lent, and that means no meat on Fridays. Living…

Sweet Sixteen Southwestern Eggrolls

Okay, so not quite so healthy. But we had leftover eggroll wrappers, along with super ripe avocados, so we called an audible. Avocados are weird, right? They go from unrelentingly stiff to overripe in about two seconds, with a nanosecond window for peak ripeness. So here’s what we did, just in time to settle in…

Sheet Pans: Not Just for Taking Up Cabinet Space

Let’s talk sheet pans, which exist not just for your cookie needs, but also to bake your frozen Costco flautas (at least for my friend, Jess). Last week I cooked a pork tenderloin, potatoes, and green beans in 30 minutes on one sheet pan, and my husband – he of dishwashing duty – nearly wept…

That’s how it starts.

With apologies to LCD Soundsystem, we’re going back to my house. Most of us struggle to find balance between our work and personal lives, and I’m no exception. I have no panacea to offer, but as I trip though adulthood – from my career to my family – I’ve learned a few ways to carve out…

Black Bean Burrito Bowls

::extreme John Oliver voice:: CAULIFLOWER RICE. It can be spectacular, and it can be bad. It’s a useful substitute for rice and flour in some capacities, though, and this recipe highlights exactly that. Plus, it’s easy to make this vegan, and it’s assuredly gluten-free.

Reuben Eggrolls

New Orleans’ Irish Channel parade is legendary, and so, too, is my love of hygienically questionable cabbages being lobbed off floats by people who have been drinking for 6 hours. Our friends host a house party each year near the parade route, and my job is to bring reuben eggrolls. They’re ridiculously easy, and a…