I know some of you get stressed out by the idea of meal planning. I even had myself second guessing whether I was crazy that I find meal planning calming. But after flying home Sunday evening to an empty pantry and fridge, we grabbed dinner out at Mac’s. Yesterday morning, still not having time to shop, I ate a single egg for breakfast then Hailey and I grabbed lunch at Chipotle. My stress level was rising. No plan, spending money out, not knowing what’s for dinner. That, my friends, is way more stressful than an hour of meal planning.
So I took advantage of nap time by planning out our week of meals.
Monday – Gyro Burgers & Salad
Tuesday – Chicken Burrito Bowls
Wednesday – Chopped Salad with Chicken
Thursday – Shrimp Pasta with Quinoa Noodles & Salad
Friday – Homemade Veggie Pizza
I also prepped what I had on hand- quinoa, brown rice and watermelon. I felt my stress level began to drop.
Once Hailey was up, we took off for grocery shopping. I’ll admit, it got a little crazy. We hit up The Meat House (best chicken ever), Josh’s Farmers Market, Target and Harris Teeter. Yes, that’s extreme.
Total haul $99.27
Putting away food and seeing the fridge fill up, knowing that the whole week was planned, solidified by belief in meal planning. Then, I got to work on dinner.
I wanted to make one of David’s favorites after he had been such a rock star dad by playing with Hailey all weekend while I hung out with the girls. It didn’t take long for me to pick the perfect man-pleasing meal.
These may not look super fancy (blame my sub-par photography skills), but the flavor in these burgers is UNREAL.
- 1 lb. ground lamb
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Wash your hands and get in there. You want it thoroughly mixed without overworking the meat. Divide into 4 long patties.
Pan fry them over medium heat with cooking spray or a little olive oil for about 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Serve them on pita bread with tomato, cucumber and this dip-
Of course you can use Tzatziki, but this dip was incredible.
These totally hit the spot and we devoured them in no time. I’m sure you could use ground beef or maybe even ground turkey, but the lamb makes them taste truly authentic.
Do you ever use more exotic meats, like lamb or bison, at home?
Why or why not?