Weekly Meal Plan: May 23-29

Exciting news: we’ve planted the rest of our container garden! I’ll be writing about it later in the week, but I just couldn’t help mentioning it here, too. :) We spent a lot of last weekend buying everything and then putting it all into containers.

I’m also really looking forward to our CSA starting up in about three weeks. I’m super jealous of all of you lucky people who have been enjoying fresh produce for a while now, but not much is ready to harvest here until June! We’ll be getting the same “couple”-sized vegetable share that we got the last two years. It seems to be the right size for us, although I do need to get better about using up certain veggies…

I still need to decide whether we should also get a “preserving” share again. Preserving shares give you larger amounts of certain produce so that you can preserve it for the rest of the year. Last year I ended up feeling conflicted about our share. Some items worked out really well, but others were a bit of a bust. It also doesn’t help that the prices aren’t spectacular on most items, contrary to what you might expect when buying produce in bulk. I will have to do some more thinking on this front.

Anyway, while we’re still waiting for tasty CSA produce, here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Wednesday: Meatballs with squash, cabbage

Thursday: Pasta sauce with zucchini noodles, salad

Friday: Baked hake with tomatoes, salad

Saturday: Beef sirloin kabobs with peanut sauce, stir-fried veggies

Sunday: Baked wahoo with veggies

Monday: Taco salad

Tuesday: Roast with veggies

Other News

No particularly exciting news this week. For some reason I have not been feeling much like cooking so I’ve been putting off those stocking up tasks that need doing, like making yogurt, starting a new batch of kombucha and soaking and roasting peanuts. Sometimes I just get into anti-cooking moods. I still have to make all our main meals but extra things fall by the wayside for the while. Can anyone relate?

Jesse did make it to the Asian food store in Broomfield to stock up on coconut cream. This is how much he bought:

Each of those is four cups. Woo! That will make a lot of ice cream and smoothies.

In non-food news, we watched the eclipse on Sunday. Jesse is getting his Ph.D. in astronomy so viewing noteworthy astronomical events is pretty much mandatory here. :) We had to wait quite a while since there was a giant cloud covering the sun, but eventually it moved enough that we could see the eclipse. Our friend set up his telescope and projected the image onto a piece of cardboard:

I know that second picture really looks like the moon, but it’s actually the sun being partially blocked by the moon. Crazy!

What’s been going on in your life lately?

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3 Responses to Weekly Meal Plan: May 23-29

  1. Taryn says:

    That eclipse is amazing! We tried to watch it- but from where we were we could see anything (we may have given up too early too- we are not as committed as some.) Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see your container garden- we finally got our seeds in the ground. We came in to boulder tonight for dinner and I thought of you. This might sounds crazy- but when I first read about you and about your place in Boulder I thought for sure that one or both of you were students- you sounds just like my best friend and her husband. Her husband just finished his phd in microbiology and is on a post doc in Australia! How much more does Jesse have?

    • Meghan says:

      Ah, it’s too bad you missed the eclipse! We did have to wait a long time for it to show up, though. I think we probably would’ve given up, too, except that we’d driven out to a little rest stop on 36 so since we’d gone to that effort it seemed better to try to wait. Plus we went with our friends and their 5 year old and 14 month old, so they provided plenty of entertainment while waiting. :)

      Jesse is finishing up his fourth year. The time to finish the program is pretty variable, since it depends a lot on when you’re able to get your dissertation done, but we’re hoping he’ll be done by the end of six years. After that he’d like to get a teaching job somewhere. I’d really rather not go the postdoc route – it’s a lot of living in a place for one or two years and then moving again. It takes me a long time to get settled in a new place so moving frequently does not appeal to me. But, we’ll see what happens. Thanks for commenting. :)

      • Taryn says:

        Yeah- the moving all the time would be tiring to me to- I don’t think they plan on doing more than one location- they are going to come home and try to get a research job in a couple years. I hope Jesse can finish in a reasonable time- I know how hard grad school can be- both my husband and I did it for a few years to get our masters’- but doctorate programs seem to be even more intense. I can only imagine! We know a few other people who just graduated with doctorates from CU- but none in astronomy- i’ll bet it is fascinating! Hope you move is going well.

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