Let’s just establish right up front that I suck at meal planning.
I barely have time to cook, let alone plan what I’m cooking, and then we end up eating poorly, and I try to “do better next time”, but I somehow always fail. My heart’s just not in it. But it really needs to be, for the sake of My Cowboy’s heart.
Over the last month, I’ve been trying harder, and doing most of the cooking. My Cowboy needs to be on a low-sodium, low-potassium, low-oxalate diet, because he doesn’t just have heart problems, he has kidney problems, too, resulting in chronic kidney stones. I can’t even imagine — one kidney stone would be enough for me for life, but he has them all the time, poor guy. Good thing he’s Cowboy tough!
I try to avoid sugar and white flour as much as possible, so what does that leave? See my dilemma?
So even tho this is NOT a cooking blog by any stretch of the imagination, I thought I’d periodically post some of the meals and meal plans I’ve come up with, in case it helps you out, too. If you’re not interested, just skip this post, and I’ll be posting more goat and quilt pictures in the future!
I do have a Cookin’ page on this website, which you can find HERE, where I’ve posted some of my favorite recipes over the years; not all of them super healthy, but really good!
We do not live in an area where you can just get on your phone, order some food, and it magically appears at your door a few minutes later. We can’t even get a pizza delivered. And this is probably a good thing. We have to plan (whether we want to or not) about a week’s worth of food and necessities at a time, then go to town and get it our ownselves. Super Walmart is our best closest option, and while I’m not always pleased with that, it works out OK.
However, while I was in California, my daughters made full use of their phones to have food delivered right to the door, and we ate pretty good! Because of where we live, I’ve been hearing about “Street Tacos”, but had never gotten to try them, so my daughter went out and around the corner one day to the food truck and got me some street tacos to try — So. Damn. Delicious. And I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to get any more once I got home.
So when I got home, I looked up a recipe for them. They are so unlike typical tacos (which I don’t really care for that much). Here is the recipe I found, and they are almost exactly like the ones Danna got me off the LA food truck. I’ve made them twice since I’ve been home.
There are other recipes on this site that I will also be trying. It’s appropriately called damndelicious.net.
I also made My Cowboy make me a list of things he might like to try from this website. While it’s a home-delivery meal plan place, they also have recipes, so I’m gonna try a few of their recipes, and leave out the salt, and the potatoes, and tomato sauce, etc. — all things My Cowboy can’t have.
Danna, who is a doctor, by the way, also made me sit and watch the gal from Downshiftology. She does meal prep, but in a different way, and I think it can partially work for me. It was interesting.
And my other daughter bought me a Magic Bullet while I was there, so I’m all set, right?
My ultimate goal is to finally have gathered up at least a month’s worth of really good, healthy recipes that I can just repeat month to month, occasionally removing old ones and adding in new ones that I’ve found. I want to avoid having to completely make a new plan every week, or even month. But to get started, that’s what I’m having to do at first. I’ll eventually get the library of perfect meals put together for us.
And the other day, I got the sweetest Happy Mail ever from my friend, Denniele! She sent us this wonderful box of salt-free spices!! I’ve already tried a few of them, and she’s right — they’re really good. I used the Chili Powder in my Street Tacos!
Denniele is a SCAD survivor (spontaneous coronary artery dissection). Such a scary thing. Denniele went through all this before I ever met her, and thank God she was in the right place at the right time when it happened to her, or I might never have gotten to meet her. Every time I see her or talk to her, I am fully aware of what a miracle it is that she’s even my friend!
A few of the other things we’ve had are a plain roast in the crockpot (that I also used my Penzey’s seasoning on) used to make sandwiches, My Cowboy’s chili (leaving out the packaged seasoning), Garlic Lime Chicken (again, without the salt), Cauliflower Steaks (no salt), and a Beef Stir Fry that has cabbage and brown rice in it (I need to post that recipe). Tonight we’re having Baked Acorn Squash, so we’ll see how that goes.
So, we’re not being perfect, but much better than we were. My daughter says to avoid ever eating anything out of a can, so I’m working toward that. I’ve been using my Magic Bullet for smoothies at breakfast. It’s really annoying me to have to spend so much time cooking, but I guess it’ll be worth it, and I’ll eventually get lined out and it will become easier over time.
I’ll leave you with a picture of my supervisor, Louise. She likes to squeeze herself into My Cowboy’s box of Coke cans on top of the refrigerator and boss the job from there!