Sunday: Chickpea Stew
Monday: Teriyaki Salmon with braised bok choy (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Spinach & Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken (from last week)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Asian inspired Salmon tacos (DIY)
Thursday: Leftovers: Chickpea Stew
Friday: Pork Chops with Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Saturday: Eat Out

Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon…Christian calls me “tri-curious.”  So that means that I’ve been trying out a triathlon training program for the last few weeks…working out 5-6 times per week.  Yikes!  That crunches my time for cooking during the week a bit but since it’s another healthy hobby I’m okay with it for now.  It’s making me get more creative on the weekends to ensure we have more leftovers during the week or at the very least ensure the weeknight meals are super fast since we sometimes don’t get home until after 7 when we workout at night.

For that reason, I’m doubling up on  Sunday’s meal, Chickpea Stew, to ensure we have enough leftovers for 1 night and depending on how the week goes, possibly two nights.  If we don’t need it for two nights this week I’ll freeze some to make a night in the future easier.  Monday is our typical seafood night…simple salmon with our favorite Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce and quick braised bok choy.  Later in the week we’ll turn that into some Asian-inspired tacos layering in a bit of cabbage and scallions and maybe a bit more teriyaki sauce.  We also have some leftovers from a meal last week so that will make for an easy night this week too…probably cook up some brown rice on Sunday to go along with it.  Later in the week we’re going to dip into the Omaha Steaks gift pack that we got for the holidays and cook up the frozen pork chops and double stuffed baked potatoes.  I’ll make some Swiss Chard or Rapini to go along with it, and of course serve the pork chops with applesauce!

So probably not my most exciting or inspired week cooking wise, but healthy, simple and still homemade for the most part. Sometimes life gets more busy, but that doesn’t mean cooking healthy meals has to go out the window…if it’s truly a priority you just adjust as we’ve been trying to do.  Trust me, the temptation for us to order-in a bit more has been there too since we’ve both been so busy and tired from the increased work-outs, and sometimes we give into it.  But at the end of the day, we always feel a bit guilty and less healthy when we do which gets us right back on the home-cooking path and reminds us (and our wallets) why we make it a priority in the firs place.